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The Sky is Mine

4.31  ·  Rating details ·  32 ratings  ·  24 reviews
No one has ever asked Izzy what she wants. She's about to change all that...

In a house adept at sweeping problems under the carpet, seventeen-year-old Izzy feels silenced. As her safety grows uncertain, Izzy know three things for sure. She knows not to tell her mother that Jacob Mansfield has been threatening to spread those kinds of photos around college. She
Paperback, 304 pages
Expected publication: February 6th 2020 by Rock the Boat
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Nov 01, 2019 rated it liked it
This debut novel certainly covers quite a few dark topics. I like how Beashel didnt hold back and really helped you understand the characters in her book.

Izzy is our main character and she is going through some tough things. Unfortunately, what we see quite often in the youth of today, she is keeping those things to herself. As the story progresses we see that Izzy begins to take back over her life, and one of her biggest supporters is her mother.

Izzy and her mom endure troubling times togethe
Jul 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Fran Clarke
Aug 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What an amazing and powerful book. I received a copy at YALC (and met the wonderful Amy) and I am so happy that I did. The story raises a lot of issues that are very relatable for young people today and also the parent/child relationships are explored beautifully, showing how we are influenced by the behaviour of people around us.

100% would recommend. I flew through this wonderful book in a day
Kirsty Hughes
Nov 04, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, arc
Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free e-ARC of this novel in exchange for an honest review

I am not sure if trigger warnings are truly required for this book since nothing is ever really told in cover-your-ears-graphic details, but I kind of wish I had been warned. So, yeah.

Trigger warnings: sexual abuse, physical abuse, rape, manipulation, abortion

Overall, I appreciate what this story does for the voice of abuse survivors. I like the coming together of the women and the whole "finding your vo
Karen Barber
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Due for release in February 2020, I'm pretty convinced that this will be a hit read.
Plunged straight into the life of our main character, Izzy, it takes a while to establish quite what's going on. We see Izzy get drunk at a party and she is threatened by someone in her college who vows to send round an embarrassing picture from the party unless she does what he asks her to. There's no doubt that Izzy would be perfectly in her right to ignore this and call him out - but we see how insidious
Aisyah Umaira
Nov 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
"FOUR goddamn stars" ⭐😂 *im absorbing Grace's energy now.

I don't think I like it at first. Somehow the writing style doesn't match my taste. And I guess it quite a messed up for me. But you know what I did, I just kept going.

And yes, I glad that I didn't DNF this freaking awesome book. Because it gives us a message that quite being not well known.

Teen parents. How you deal with rapes. How you deal with a toxic parent or a toxic partner. And friendship message totally blown me away!
Katy Rink
Sep 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Just finished this amazing book and am completely blown away. Amy Beashel is some wunderkind! It is so contemporary & fresh and important. The message is beautiful, like some kind of bittersweet medicine for girls. I found the opening quite uncomfortable as it took me back to a couple of dark spaces not too dissimilar from my schooldays, with similar fallout too.
And the narrative style kicks ass!
The Artisan Geek
Sep 10, 2019 marked it as to-read
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I met the author at YALC - really excited to have a read! :D

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Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Izzy's world is spiraling out of control and she feels she has no one to lean on. Her friend Grace is caught up with her new girlfriend and her mother is too scared to listen to Izzy's fears about her stepfather David. So when things start to go really badly for her, she has nowhere to turn. David's behavior is getting more erratic and there is nowhere for her to turn.

David is a typical gaslighting abuser, who has ulterior motives in everything he says and does. Things have to be David's way or
Koshesai Fundira
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I had the pleasure of reading this incredible book and it was nothing short of an absolute pleasure. Beashel’s writing style is really to be admired because not many authors can take you on such an emotional rollercoaster, undo the seatbelt numerous times along the way, but still bring you back safe and sound. The courage to write this incredible book alone is to be both admired and applauded because just, wow.

The characters are all given their own importance in reflecting the unfortunate reali
Eve beinguniquebooks
Oct 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
In this book we meet Izzy, a girl who's being blackmailed into sleeping with a guy, Jacob from her school while at home she and her mum are domestically and verbally abused by Daniel, Izzy's stepfather and her mum's husband.

Grace is her best friend but spends most of her time now with her girlfriend Nell and makes Izzy jealous of their close bond as she feels pushed out and unwanted.

However as things keep worsening with Jacob and Daniel, her mum on
Nov 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020-releases, fiction, ya
The Sky is Mine addresses some important issues surrounding misogyny and female experience. The main protagonist, Izzy, goes through an empowering transformation as she comes through blackmail and abuse and takes control of her life. There’s a brilliant exploration of parent/child relationships, and there are some thought-provoking reflections on the pervasiveness of the patriarchy and how everything connects.

That said, I don’t think there is anything particularly original here – and wha
Kelli Belli
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
I had a hard time when I first started reading this book. It made me mad. Very mad. Mad at Izzy. Mad at Jacob. Mad at Grace. Mad at Steph. Mad at Max. Mad at Daniel. To the point that I thought I wouldn’t be able to finish it. I’m so glad that I stuck with it though. How a book about so many horrible and difficult topics can still be so heartwarming is no easy feat and this book is just that. Even though nothing is told in graphic details, you really feel what these characters go through at the ...more
Megan Skipper
Oct 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the kind of book that makes me proud to be a woman and really takes a stand against the toxic rape culture in our society.

Beashel’s writing style is very easy to become entranced by. I honestly couldn’t put this book down and am looking forward to seeing more by this author.

Although I read this book very fast, the story of Izzy and her mother discovering their worth will live on with me for years to come. This book got me out of a reading slum and was a really fresh start for me after
Jessica Ryn
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Stunningly written with important and relevant messages for teens/young people to hear. Izzy is an amazing, fresh and instantly relatable character who I was rooting for from start to finish. The story is heartbreaking and explores traumatic issues with senstive, empathetic writing that's confronting in all the right ways without ever shying away from what needs to be told. I cried a lot, both for Izzy and all those in the world affected by #metoo/domestic abuse/rape culture. The rays of hope in ...more
Lisa Mackenzie
Oct 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Although this book is aimed at young adults, I would urge parents of young adults to read it too. As a mum who has children around the ages of Izzy and her peers I found this story hard to read but unable to put down. Although Amy Beashel steered away from any graphic detail, you felt every bit of pain Izzy was going through, every sharp word that was inflicted on her. You’ll find yourself shouting at the characters, rooting for Izzy and her mum and smiling when Izzy finally finds her voice.
Laurie Tell
Nov 03, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow! This book dealt with several teenage issues: bullying, sexual assault, domestic abuse, friendship, family.... I thought these issues were handled well.

This is not what you call a typical feel good book. Yet, I felt hopeful when it ended. And to me, the two most important words when reading a book are "I felt" .. And i felt sad, i felt angry and I felt like I wanted to reach out and hug her.

I want to thank net galley and the publisher for an ARC which did not impact my review.
Oct 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
really enjoyed this book! The different topics, although hard to grasp and also dramatized (as seen in the ending) were all very relevant. It totally branched off the stigmas of domestic abuse, rape etc. Izzy was extremely brave and I did love Grace too! Also wish we could've had even more scenes with Harry but that would've taken away the core message.

Thank you :)
Oct 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is all you have to read in 2020. Amazing, heartbreaking, powerful and beautiful!

Full review to come.
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
A story of a young woman and her mother who face what they feel to be impossible situations yet overcome in the end. Life, love, hurt, and happiness. Friendship, hardships, and a Jar of Sunshine. There are some situations that might be triggers for some readers, but they are handled well and without too much detail. In the end, The Sky is Mine is a good read of resilience, overcoming, and becoming.
Kate Larkindale
Nov 09, 2019 rated it liked it
I have really mixed feelings about this book. It deals with some really complex and relevant issues that need to be discussed. But I feel like it tries to cover too much for a single book and every one of the issues gets a little short changed as a result.

There's date rape, coercion, psychological and physical domestic abuse, sexting, revenge porn, abortion and more, all wrapped up between the covers of this single novel. All important topics to explore in YA literature, but maybe no
Crystal Wheeler Leighty
Thank you to NetGalley and the Publisher for allowing me to read an ARC of The Sky is Mine, in exchange for an honest review.

This story started off a little slow for me, but once I got going I really enjoyed it. This book covered so many horrible and difficult topics with grace. And it even ended up heartwarming. This would be a great teenager read.
Nov 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
So captivating, thank you for providing me with an arc of this novel. I was captivated from the first page!
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