To save her life, she must risk her heart . . .For 18-year-old Sidney Shaw, life pretty much sucks. Her mom’s a drunk. Her dad’s worse. At school, she’s bullied by her ex-best friend. Cutting used to bring her relief, but not anymore. Something’s got to give.
When Sidney punches a kid to protect her little brother, she’s forced into group counseling with perfect, popular Arianna, who looks like the type to grieve over a broken nail. But Arianna has secrets of her own. She might just be an ally, if Sidney can let her guard down. Then there’s the new guy, sweet and funny Lucas, who sees straight through Sidney’s tough, snarky façade.
But Sidney’s wounds go deeper than anyone knows. As her father’s abuse escalates, her secrets threaten to unravel her. How far is she willing to go to protect her family? And who can she turn to when the unthinkable happens?
Beneath the Skin is a gut-wrenching exploration of trauma and resilience, the redemptive power of friendship, and how we piece our broken selves back together, one shard at a time. For fans of Laurie Halse Anderson’s Wintergirls, Jay Asher’s Thirteen Reasons Why, Jennifer Niven’s All the Bright Places, and Ellen Hopkin’s Identical.
*Trigger Warning: Includes mature content, including self-harm and non-graphic depictions of sexual abuse. Recommended for ages 16+*
I’m speechless, well not quite but this book is just one of those books you know. It should be in every teachers to read list in addition to every parents because this rubbish goes on all too frequently. My review is short because basically it’s just one of those reads that’s beyond explanation.
The writing is strong, amazingly so. The characters ones you come to care about very quickly. The storyline harsh beyond belief.
My last post I listed my top nine writers of the year, leaving the tenth blank. Kyla Stone, you’ve just filled that slot.
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