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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
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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 shes not. Izzy and her mothers life with Daniel had a fairytale beginning. The fairytale fractured a long time ago but Izzys mother cant/wont protect them.
And I get that shes scared, cos me too. But Ive been here before, watching her literally throw away some problem she cant handle.
Then theres Jacob from college, whos blackmailing her by threatening to send photos from that night to everyone.

Izzy used to rely heavily on her best friend, Grace, for
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Bookphenomena (Micky)
See that bright, shiny cover? THE SKY IS MINE is a book that shines but not with cheery goodness. No, this isnt a story to get comfortable with, its a story to get uncomfortable with but its 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 story
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Janye
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
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Seren
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
Hâf
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I knew The Sky is Mine was going to break my heart from the very first page, the amount of emotion locked within each sentence was overwhelming. For a debut novel, I was blown away by how powerful and evocative the writing was. Whatever Amy Beashel writes next, Im picking up a copy!
The author has decided to tackle some very difficult topics within her writing that some readers may find uncomfortable to read so please make yourself aware of all the triggers before deciding to read this book. I
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Lauren
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
Kirsty
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
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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
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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
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cafeyre
Dec 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Izzy Chambers life looks like a perfect picture. Happy family, gorgeous house, but it doesnt as perfect as it seems. Most of it is just for show. She lives with her mother and controlling stepfather. However, he is not controlling in a way: at what time you need to come home, or that you need to have the best grades. He wants them to be perfect. He wants them to look and behave perfectly. He controls what they eat, wears and how their life needs to look like.

Besides her life at home, her school
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Georgia_books
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was ok
2.5*
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
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Trisha
Tough, heart-breaking read, with an ultimately hopeful resolution.

Hristina
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
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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
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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
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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
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!
Cat Spearey
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copy
This book comes with some wonderful endorsements on the cover and I have to agree with all of them. As a debut novel, Amy tackles a really sensitive subject which has a lot of relevance in todays society and I think she does it with a great deal of poise and realism.

Izzy is our protagonist, shes a teenager who finds herself in a difficult and hurtful situation. Im not going to go into details and I think the book itself doesnt discuss the situation in a lot of depth instead briefly touching on
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Fuzaila
This book was hard to get through, but it is extremely important. Honestly, the first few chapters were hard. It was brutal, and gruesome to read about rape in a way that made the victim feel like it was her fault. Basically, sex with partial consent due to bullying/threatening. TW: Rape, bullying, domestic violence - a bit graphical.

Jacob, Izzy's classmate, has been threatening her with photos taken inappropriately at a party they were at. This leads to her agreeing to go over to his place so
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Katie
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
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Isabelle
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oh wow. This.. this was an astonishing book. When I finished reading it, I was left with this feeling not unlike that of having just gone on three different types of rollercoaster rides. Though I want to clarify and say Im not equating this book to the typical rollercoaster analogy, Im just saying how it was just rush of overwhelming feelings.

I wish I could reread and read and reread it all over again. I want to never have read it, pick it up anew, then reread it.

My heart broke a million times
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Aoife
Feb 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
This heartbreaking story explores Izzy's journey to find the strength to stand up against her various problems.

We start the story in the middle, so it's immediately clear to us how awful Daniel, Izzy's stepfather, actually is. Flashbacks show how he worked his way into their lives, how slimy he was. Iliked Izzy's actual father much more...and yes, I went and looked up DanandCharlie95 singing You are my Sunshine. Who wouldn't?

This book made me laugh in spots, it made me cry, it made me very
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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. Its a read i will recommend if you looking out for a YA novel with issues like this ...more
Jenny Hobson
Feb 05, 2020 rated it liked it
I found this so hard to rate this book. It brings up some really important issues like rape, domestic abuse, jealousy, bullying, blackmail, abortion but I felt like it was too much crammed in one book.
The book dives right in to what happens to college girl Izzy at a party and the aftermath that follows. She's also dealing with a sleazy stepdad and feels like her best friend is drifting away from her now she's in a relationship. She's struggling big time and struggling to find her voice and speak
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Jodie (jodie.loves.books)
Feb 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2020
This is one of the most powerful, important books Ive ever read. Honestly, I feel like it should be part of the school curriculum - its message is that important!

In The Sky is Mine we follow teenager, Izzy, and her Mum, Steph, as they face some heartbreaking issues. Abuse and the effects that it has is a huge theme in this book, which makes it such a harrowing and honest read. The story focuses on Izzys thoughts and feelings about the different issues she is dealing with and her ability to
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Melissa
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: own, arcs, 2020-releases
RTC closer to release date!
Jessica Joy
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Read this in a day because I could NOT put it down. WOW! A powerful, moving and ultimately uplifting book that left me in pieces. Fabulous story. I love, love, love Izzy. So goddamn good!
Vincent Ralph
Feb 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is a brilliant book. Some novels have sentences I need to stop to admire. This book has those sentences on nearly every page. A vital story with a wonderful voice.
Kayleigh Cyphus
Jan 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I heard about this book quite a long time ago and loved the sound of it! However, when I went to pick it up I realised that it had themes of domestic violence which is an automatic no for me usually. That said, I knew there must've been a reason that I requested a copy of The Sky is Mine in the first place so I decided to give it a go, and I'm so so glad that I did!It's been a loooong time since I read a book in one sitting, and this was surprisingly one of those books! I simply couldn't put it ...more
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