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The Sky is Mine

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  101 ratings  ·  68 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 knows to
Paperback, 304 pages
Published February 6th 2020 by Rock the Boat
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Schizanthus Nerd
Everyone seems to think Izzy is fine, but she’s not. Izzy and her mother’s life with Daniel had a fairytale beginning. The fairytale fractured a long time ago but Izzy’s mother can’t/won’t protect them.
And I get that she’s scared, cos me too. But I’ve been here before, watching her literally throw away some problem she can’t handle.
Then there’s Jacob from college, who’s blackmailing her by threatening to send photos from that night to everyone.

Izzy used to rely heavily on her best friend,
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
Bookphenomena (Micky)
See that bright, shiny cover? THE SKY IS MINE is a book that shines but not with cheery goodness. No, this isn’t a story to get comfortable with, it’s a story to get uncomfortable with but it’s really important. This is a spoiler-free review though, so expect a little vagueness.

Izzy was a young woman crushed. Crushed by her home life, crushed by manipulation and crushed by the demise of the most important friendship of her life. Izzy had lost her voice, herself and her perspective. This was a
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
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
Kajree Gautom
Dec 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is so important. And so beautiful. Heartwrenching.
The book tackles the theme of rape, domestic violence, friendship and toxic relationships in a very positive and hopeful light. The author has shown a very good coping side of such issues, the harsh truth and reality that seeps deep.
I cannot really explain in words what the story stands for, but it is a book that you all shouldn't miss it on.
Sure, the writing style is new and different, and might be a bit confusing in the beginning
Kathy - Books & Munches
Dec 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-s, releases-2020
TRIGGERS: (view spoiler) [There are a LOT.]

As is custom in my reviews, I want to address the writing first. Especially since it took some getting used to on my part. One of my first notes when reading this book consisted of me pointing out that the sentences are sometimes very long. It made Izzy's
Jan 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
The Sky Is Mine is such a powerful yet heartbreaking story centred around Izzy and her Mum and how they have been torn apart by men in their lives. This book covers some dark and heavy topics including rape, sexual abuse, domestic violence amongst other forms of abuse. They both feel pretty broken and afraid until they find the strength and their voices to speak out and realise that things do get better and that there is hope. They both have such huge character development throughout the book ...more
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
I'll start off by emphasising just how much I loved the message of this book, I love the fact that it encouraged women to speak up, to be heard and to fight for justice! But the execution just wasn't the best for me

It almost feels as though the writer was so determined to have as many problematic occurrences throughout the book that nothing was really developed and everything just seemed rushed. The writing was difficult for me there were parts, there just seemed to be little bits that
Tough, heart-breaking read, with an ultimately hopeful resolution.

Karen Barber
Oct 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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 such
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!

These are
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!
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
Dec 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Firstly, I want to say thank you to Rock the Boat publishing for sending me a copy of this book for review I am so grateful for this opportunity.

Trigger warnings for rape, coercive control, domestic violence, teenage pregnancy, revenge porn and abortion.

I have had my eye on this book for a fair amount of time, it definitely seemed to be a book that I would enjoy reading ... I was right! The Sky is Mine did not disappoint me. What I will first say is that if any of the above topics are likely to
Coded Reader
Dec 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2020
The Sky Is Mine is the debut YA novel by @beashelwrites,tells the story of a mother daughter relationship which becomes estranged by the menace men commit. It talks about abortion why it should be considered when you are not ready to have a child,also there is also the case of bullying also fleshed out as well as domestic abuse by partner ,obsessive partner and still shows that patriarchy is still in full play. It’s a read i will recommend if you looking out for a YA novel with issues like this ...more
The Sky is Mine covers some difficult subjects and does it very well. The story is beautiful and heartbreaking, and told almost perfectly with writing that flows really well. The characters are well-developed and well-described.
It's a really good book and it covers important subjects. The only reason I'm not giving it 5 stars is because it didn't grip me as much as I wanted. But that doesn't necessarily mean it's the book's fault, it could just be me.

*Copy received through NetGalley in exchange
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
Nov 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I feek this book will be a total hit once released, I am so happy to have had the privilege of reading such a well-written story! So many different topics are discussed in this novel including bullying, sexual assault, domestic abuse, friendship and family... all crucial topics for the young adult. Going through the ups and downs of adolescence with Izzy, her mom and the other characters was both beautiful and heartbreaking .. a must read!
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 one day decides enough is enough and the pair up
Nov 01, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, fiction, 2020-releases
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 what is
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
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.
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.
Isabelle | Nine Tale Vixen
I received an advance review copy from Rock the Boat through Netgalley; all opinions are my own and honest.

2.5 stars

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CONVERSION : 7.5/ 15 = 2.5 stars

Prose: 4 / 10
Characters & Relationships: 6 / 10
Emotional Impact: 4 / 10
Development / Flow: 5 / 10
Setting: 6 / 10

Diversity & Social Themes: 3 / 5
Intellectual Engagement: N/A
Originality / Trope Execution: 2 / 5
Rereadability: N/A
Memorability: N/A
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!
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.
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