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390 pages, Hardcover
First published June 18, 2019
I love to draw and create projects for the people I care about, but I’ve never considered that my art could create change.Skye is the daughter of an absentee father and a mother who is frequently emotionally unavailable and/or drunk.
“Other families are there for one another.” I can hear the tears clouding her whisper. “Other families are normal. Ours isn’t. Ours sucks.”Skye is basically a second mother to Emma, her younger sister.
Sometimes I wish I could go back to her age. Before … everything.Skye tells everyone she’s fine.
“I’m fine.” Fine. My go-to nothing word.Skye is not fine. Why? Mostly because she has a secret. One she’s been keeping inside for years.
I wonder how many girls finally tell their secrets and what happens when they do.This is such an important book and I hope it makes it into the hands of those who need to know they’re not alone. Skye’s story felt authentic to me, from what she has experienced to her emotions and behaviour. I found it gut-wrenching and difficult to read at times but I also experienced validation whenever Skye expressed feelings or thoughts that have mirrored my own throughout the years.
Do I exist? Do I speak out loud? Sometimes I wonder.I loved that Skye’s creativity is explored throughout this book, particularly when she describes how she would capture moments in time through art. The titles she gives these imagined scenes were interesting and helped to convey Skye’s perceptions and emotions at the time. While I could easily visualise these scenes, I wanted to see many of the finished products. In particular, there is a mural that includes a tree that I need someone to create; if I ever learned this existed outside of my imagination I‘d buy a framed print so it would be the first thing I’d see each day.