Title: Beneath The Skin
Author: Kyla Stone
Published Date: December 22nd 2016
***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***
For 18-year-old Sidney Shaw, life pretty much sucks.
Her mom’s a drunk. Her dad’s worse. At school, she’s betrayed and 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.
And 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?
“It’s so ordinary, I think, to break and be broken. It’s so much more extraordinary to put in the hard, agonizing work of rebuilding yourself, piece by piece, shard by shard.”
Gut-wrenching is the only way I can describe this book. Sidney has to deal with issues that no child should ever have to face, issues that make her doubt her own self worth.
This story covers a lot of touchy subjects, but they are covered in a precise and respectful way. The whole story is about finding a way through even the darkest of times, not letting life break you no matter how bad it gets and discovering how forgiveness can truly set you free.
I loved Sidney and how she protected her little brothers as best as she could. I loved that, even though she felt so ugly on the inside, she didn’t let it break her.
A really heartfelt ugly cry read.
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