chick-lit · Emotional · Young adult

The Sky is Mine – Amy Beashel ★★★★

Blurb; 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 quiet the grief that she’s been abandoned by her best friend Grace. And, seeing her mother conceal the truth of her stepdad’s control, Izzy also knows not to mention how her heart splinters and her stomach churns whenever he enters a room.

When the flimsy fabric of their life starts to unravel, Izzy and her mum must find their way out of the silence and use the power in their voices to rediscover their worth.

My Review; This was one off my library pile, I don’t know how I came upon it to be honest. It was shortlisted for an award last year and I really do believe this book deserved it. It is a hard hitting book. Tough book. Heavy book. I will warn you now it is YA but it does contain rape & domestic violence. But within the story there is more than that. There’s hope, strength, determination, speaking up for yourself and standing your ground.

The story focuses on a mother and daughter duo. Both having to experience the above but in different ways. They are both such beautiful characters strong. It may take Izzy a while to notice that for herself but she gets there. Its about your friendship group. Reaching out and getting support. A new beginning. A happy ish ending.

I do believe every young girl should read this story is has a powerful message. It is a powerful, eye opening read. It even have all support sites and numbers and the back. We girls need to unite together. Stand up strong. I wouldn’t say I enjoyed it as such but I devoured it. I felt for both of there characters throughout. A well deserved four stars from me. Yes. I would recommend.

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Emotional · romance

Sam’s Letters to Jennifer- James Patterson ★★★★

Blurb; Grief-stricken by a recent tragedy, Jennifer returns to the resort village where she grew up to help her beloved grandmother. There, Jennifer will discover new meaning in life and experience not one, but two of the most amazing love stories ever.

My Review; I was given a pile of second hand James Patterson books not long ago and this was among them… I didn’t know he wrote romance and my god it was really really good. Brilliant. Amazing. I fell in love and devoured it in around 3 hours front to back. James Patterson is one of my favourite authors and now I’ve found his romances I love him even more. Something different from his thrillers and crime.

Easy reading with short chapters. A very cute story but parts had me tearing up and very emotional. A brilliant, cute ending of not one love story but two. A real page turner. A well deserved four stars from me. Highly recommend. I’ve just started another romance story by him so keep your eye out on the blog for that…

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Emotional · Short Stories

And Every Morning The Way Home Gets Longer & Longer – Fredrik Bachmann ★★★★★

Blurb; A little book with a big heart!

From the New York Times bestselling author of A Man Called Ove, My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She’s Sorry, and Britt-Marie Was Here comes an exquisitely moving portrait of an elderly man’s struggle to hold on to his most precious memories, and his family’s efforts to care for him even as they must find a way to let go.

With all the same charm of his bestselling full-length novels, here Fredrik Backman once again reveals his unrivaled understanding of human nature and deep compassion for people in difficult circumstances. This is a tiny gem with a message you’ll treasure for a lifetime.

My Review; WOW! This has gone straight into my top 20 of the year and I am amazed because it’s only 75 pages long, but it is a hard-hitting, emotional and for me a tear jerker of a read. Such beautifully written. Eye opening and a story that many readers themselves may have experienced or will do in the future.

Perfection. I did tear up. A short read which won’t take long to get through so perfect for those readers with busy lives or in a book slump. Has some beautiful illustrations throughout to accompany the story. Its a must read from me. Highly recommend. A well deserved five stars. Pop it onto your pile you won’t regret it.

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