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A Hell of a ride It has left me awed and shocked It is an amazing debut novel that follows the life of a girl abuded physically and mentally, and really, it has left me astonished and without knowing what to say. I have to say right now this book has a lot of hard things to deal with Such as rape, self harm, and so muchI was pulling for Sydney from the beginning of the story What a life that her and her brothers had to live with And don t get me started on their mother, I don t even think she deserves that titled Sydney wasof a mother to her two brothers And her awful father, I just couldn t stand him, and there were parts in the book with him, that I just had to put the book down for a I have to say right now this book has a lot of hard things to deal with Such as rape, self harm, and so muchI was pulling for Sydney from the beginning of the story What a life that her and her brothers had to live with And don t get me started on their mother, I don t even think she deserves that titled Sydney wasof a mother to her two brothers And her awful father, I just couldn t stand him, and there were parts in the book with him, that I just had to put the book down for a few minutes Just for I wouldn t through my kindle across my bedroom.I really loved the characters of Lucas and Arianna Both of them had problems of their own to deal with, but they were there for Sydney when she needed them And even if Sydney didn t want them there or wasn t nice to them, they were still there for her.I really felt bad for Sydney because she didn t think she deserves to be loved And while you understand why she feels this way, it still tears you up inside.I am so glad that things started to look up for her in the end I am so happy that I was able to get a copy of this book to read and review It s a sad book but its a book that will tug at your heartstrings I would say that if books with the type of subjects that I mentioned above bothers you, then I would say not to read the book But I will say the author did a great job handling the subject matters I mentioned As well as some that I didn t mentioned A heart felt, challenging, and uncompromisingly realistic novel, the book takes the reader literally beneath the skin inside the head and heart and life of Sidney Shaw, a girl who wants to be fat, to be as unattractive as possible There are compelling reasons for this, which are revealed in the course of her story Sidney is driven to cut herself, as she tries to amputate the pain from her life The school counselor partners her with someone so completely different that she cannot imagine what A heart felt, challenging, and uncompromisingly realistic novel, the book takes the reader literally beneath the skin inside the head and heart and life of Sidney Shaw, a girl who wants to be fat, to be as unattractive as possible There are compelling reasons for this, which are revealed in the course of her story Sidney is driven to cut herself, as she tries to amputate the pain from her life The school counselor partners her with someone so completely different that she cannot imagine what he was thinking Her life goes from bad to worse, to appalling Some of what she suffers she almost brings upon herself, in making herself a social pariah Nevertheless, there are points of light, as bright and as tiny and which feel as far off as the stars Lucas likes her sass and her willingness to strip away social facades Arianna, impossibly, becomes a friend And then there is a violent resolution to her greatest agony This is not the end of the book, though, as there are consequences to deal with, and a good deal of growing up still to do Through the entire novel, Sidney s voice is painfully authentic, and as far from nice as she is, she wins the reader s heart and unstinting support.A very fine work, this is at times a gut wrenching novel which addresses serious teen issues head on and without any sugar coating Sensitive readers, note that Kyla Stone pulls no punches Trigger themes abound This is a great book 5 StarsI have received a free copy of this book from the author, as part of the Read to Review program in We YA Books group on Goodreads, in exchange for my honest reviewBeneath The Skin was an amazing journey of holding on, fighting, surviving, growing and transformingThe main character Sidney Shaw is not a likable, poor, little sweet teen you ll love right away and feel sorry for She s, atually, kind of a snarky, sarcastic, mean, bad girl In fact, when we first meet her, sh 5 StarsI have received a free copy of this book from the author, as part of the Read to Review program in We YA Books group on Goodreads, in exchange for my honest reviewBeneath The Skin was an amazing journey of holding on, fighting, surviving, growing and transformingThe main character Sidney Shaw is not a likable, poor, little sweet teen you ll love right away and feel sorry for She s, atually, kind of a snarky, sarcastic, mean, bad girl In fact, when we first meet her, she has just punched a 12 year old kid But I have to say I did Like her a LOT, since the beginning.We soon come to realise that Sidney s Family home life is very hard and painfulNo one cares No one wants to see Some pretend to want to know, but they don t really No one wants to know about all the ugly things in the world They don t want to know that the darkest, most despicable acts happen right under their noses, that the real monsters live amongst us They don t want to knowSidney s mother is a selfish mindlessdrunkand her father isworsehe s an horrible human being.And then, there s Sidney s 2 younger brothers Frankie 11 and Aaron 8 who she has to take care of, most days, because her mother is incapable of, and her father is mostly gone.Still It is better when her father is away from home, if not for the lack of money and having to ration food until he comes back with money for groceries because when he is home, things shift, they change for the worse and life really sucks.But, Sidney is Not a poor little victim she deals with it all the best way she can the only way she canThere s only me The freak who wants to cut her own skin off and beats up little kids and resents her own brothers, who pushes away any whiff of kindness because she doesn t deserve any of it, who hides her true self in a shield of rage The slut who thinks and does ugly, dirty, despicable things I wantI wantthan this I want to bethan this I want to claw out of my own skin and be someone something, anything elseSidney is just hoding off until graduation, when she ll be able to leave home for good to go to CollegeEscape Escape is the only thought keeping me tethered to this earth I need to be goneDue to the all punching a 12 year old incident, Sidney is put in Group Therapy sessions with the popular, perfect, Colombian christian girl, Arianna Torres And Sidney is not happy about it Only, Sidney s about to find out Arianna may belike her then it seams, as she, too, has her own issues and her life is not as perfect as Sidney thinksIt always surprises me how the deepest pain the stuff nobody ever sees how it doesn t even leave a mark, no scars Nothing It didn t seem right So I made one myselfThen, there s the new kid in class, Half asian, sweet and funny Lucas kusuma, who seams to seeinto Sydney than her angry, snarky front.As time passes by and Sidney s life unravels in the worse possible way, getting harder and harder, it is in these 2 people, she ll find the True Friendship, Care, Support and Trust she desperately needs to keep goingArianna said we have choices God gives us a choice Every single one of us We make choices for good or choices for evil Choices for self protection and survival or choices for something bigger, better, greater than ourselves Even when it doesn t feel like a choice, it still is I have a choiceI really Loved this bookI Loved the Deepness of it, the Seriousness of it, the Diversity, the Feelings it brought on to me, the beautiful writing so many inspiring, Heartbreaking, heartfelt quotes and the Complex characters, with so many different struggles and issues, but Still so strong on their own This was the most serious and realistic book I have read on broken people and abuse and I really liked that the author Does NOT try to manipulate our feelings, she doesn t pull at our heartstrings, trying to write a sad, cryable story and Still, we FEELwe Feel A LOT And, let me just say, this isn t your tipical Romance book even though there is Love here , because the focus is on Sidney s and Arianna s issues and how they struggle with it and rise from it And the Friendship that grows between these 2 girls is Beautiful and The Truest Friendship I ve read.To sum it up this was a Beautiful, Realistic tale of Survival and going throught Hardship and Painful events, and Rising from it all [ BOOK ] ♕ Beneath The Skin ☪ Foryear old Sidney Shaw, life pretty much sucksHer 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 any Something s got to giveWhen 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 fa ade 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 I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.I am in awe What a brilliant book It is fiction but it felt so real, like you were taking every step with Sidney You cry with her, you cry for her and you just want to get in on the fight an punch the lights out of everyone who is hurting her.I could not put this book down.Beautiful story, so sad your heart breaks but it spells HOPE.Be warned that this book contains possible triggering topics so keep that in mind before you read.I stepp I was given this book in exchange for an honest review.I am in awe What a brilliant book It is fiction but it felt so real, like you were taking every step with Sidney You cry with her, you cry for her and you just want to get in on the fight an punch the lights out of everyone who is hurting her.I could not put this book down.Beautiful story, so sad your heart breaks but it spells HOPE.Be warned that this book contains possible triggering topics so keep that in mind before you read.I stepped out of familiar waters by reading a book like this which is a world apart from my usual genre, but I was pleasantly surprised by it LOVED it Oh and those last two words..brilliant and yes you will have to read the book to know what that means This book made me feel splendiferous I received a copy by the Author for a honest review There are books that have abusive, homophobic or sexist characters, which although raise important questions don t address them, and that makes me strongly dislike those authors and books.This is not one of those books, it raises so many questions, but directly confronts them in the best way possible, here is a really good example, roughly a quarter through the bookAm I the word that Pop said FaggotThis book made me feel splendiferous I received a copy by the Author for a honest review There are books that have abusive, homophobic or sexist characters, which although raise important questions don t address them, and that makes me strongly dislike those authors and books.This is not one of those books, it raises so many questions, but directly confronts them in the best way possible, here is a really good example, roughly a quarter through the bookAm I the word that Pop said Faggot I bite my lip so hard I taste blood My hatred for Frank this moment is a towering inferno No Never There s nothing you could do to make you that word It s a mean, nasty word that mean and nasty people use to tear someone down and make them feel bad That s all Okay Okay, but people at school say that word to me, too Cause I like pink and sparkly things Cause I cry sometimes They say I like boys I want to beat the snot out of every kid in his school I don t care how young they are They re old enough to know better I want to shake Aaron and tell him he has to be tougher, stronger, harder, but his sweet little face is looking up at me, and I just can t bring myself to do it You are good Just like this Whatever you want to be is just fine It doesn t matter if you like boys or pink sparkles or wear purple polka dotted skirts to school every day Okay No one has a right to treat you like crap The corners of his mouth tilt into a tiny smile Will you hold my hand I lace my fingers through his They are still so small, so delicate I swallow hard Tonight, you need to stay in your room Don t come out, okay He nods I hold his hand all the way home in the crackling silence The dread creeps up my throat, strangling my breathIf that doesn t make you love this book to bits and pieces, I don t know what will, oh, maybe it s the incredibly well written characters that sometimes have scenes that make me just feel good inside, all the wit and sass includedKeep rolling your eyes, I mutter Maybe someday you ll find a brain back there Lucas laughsYou said Jasmine was a loathsome toad I said to myself, here s a girl She s creative with her words, just like me And I just knew He shrugs, grinning sheepishly The characters in this book are so well written, I can find myself relating to people who, seemingly, have absolutely nothing in common with me They all seem real, which is something I rarely see in books lately.The story seems to come in two arcs, or rather, you can stop reading the book at roughly the halfway point view spoiler so just before our protagonist shoots her father hide spoiler and be left with a fully fledged, good experience, if you continue on reading though, it will leave you with an amazing second half of the book and an amazing experience I read this book in 1 sitting, then I put it down for a while, cried a bit, and read it again, it s that good This book is that great READ IT READ IT READ IT yona Rating 3.5 Stars I received an ARC from Netgalley for an honest review While I wasn t optimistic on how I d feel about this book in the beginning, this was quickly changed This book made me feel something I still can t quite express I did not enjoy this book Not due to the writing, characters, or the plot, but because of how heartbroken and emotional Beneath The Skin was So this is probably a backhanded compliment to the author Relaying the struggles of Sidney Shaw, this book deals Rating 3.5 Stars I received an ARC from Netgalley for an honest review While I wasn t optimistic on how I d feel about this book in the beginning, this was quickly changed This book made me feel something I still can t quite express I did not enjoy this book Not due to the writing, characters, or the plot, but because of how heartbroken and emotional Beneath The Skin was So this is probably a backhanded compliment to the author Relaying the struggles of Sidney Shaw, this book deals with a lot of issues self harm, rape, depression and so much.I have been waiting for a story where the main character finally isn t for the most part perfect, and Sidney Shaw is it Snarky, sarcastic, and hurtful even to those she loved, it was difficult to like her at first Arianna hit close to home because of how relatable she was to me, and even Frankie and Aaron had me rooting for them Most of the characters in this story were so diverse butimportantly realistic There isn t a happy ending for all the characters, and many were still left struggling, but I think the plot did a good job at sticking to theme learning how to face your problems and find the strength to live.My only problem would be slight bits of executing the story and characters The story was so centered around Sidney s growth and healing that I feel Lucas and Arianna s problems were never fully explored, although Sidney learning to sympathize with others would ve been a good thing An example would be when Lucas poured out his grievances and Sidney seemed to comfort him at first, but it quickly turned into Sidney being comforted instead Another bit about the execution might be a little sensitive, but it would probably be the introducing of ethnicity in the characters I absolutely loved the fact that the characters were diverse, but there seemed to be a tendency to single out even minor characters ethnicities in want to make itdiverse I suggest and hope that they do not take away their diversity, but perhaps portray the characters in ways not immediately starting off with He s Asian, with and large expository regarding their race The point was to portray different ethnicities, but I winded up feeling as if they were singled out over it.Overall though, I think Beneath The Skin is a novel that teaches people to be strong in spite of hardships I m glad to have read it for the new perspectives I ve experienced Read this review andon my blog.The Book Return BlogSidney Shaw has a terrible home life Her former best friend now torments her She covers up the pain by pushing people away She also cuts herself.Sidney does everything she can to protect her little brothers When that means Sidney strikes a boy who was bullying her brother at school, there are consequences She now has to start group therapy with one of her school s popular girls, Adriana.First off, this book has some big trigger points Read this review andon my blog.The Book Return BlogSidney Shaw has a terrible home life Her former best friend now torments her She covers up the pain by pushing people away She also cuts herself.Sidney does everything she can to protect her little brothers When that means Sidney strikes a boy who was bullying her brother at school, there are consequences She now has to start group therapy with one of her school s popular girls, Adriana.First off, this book has some big trigger points For example self mutilation, eating disorders, sexual abuse Each of this things are important topics that affect many teens today.I thought that the author handled each of those topics well They were each approach slowly and were woven into the tapestry of the storyline This took away some of the shock factor that these trigger points could have invoked.Sidney as a character was very complex and relatable but very human She did everything she could to fix things for herself and her family but often came up short My favorite character was Lucas He pulled Sidney out of her shell and helped her see the light at the end of the tunnel I did like Adriana but I felt like maybe the insta friendship between her and Sidney was a little forced Sidney s dad was the villain of the story He wasn t totally evil and Sidney did see some positive things in him Sidney s mother, however, had no redeeming qualities what so ever I would have liked to see a littleof her when she wasn t totally out of it Beneath the Skin delved into some important topics but is an important read I look forward toof Kyla Stones books.This review was originally posted on The Book return This young adult novel is well written and deals with a lot of touchy issues quite well The main character, Sydney, is well drawn and very likable but also very real The book reflects the way teens think, talk, and act but isn t so trendy that it becomes trite I don t usually read young adult fiction, as I m way past that age, but I liked this book I think it s a good read for anyone interested inserious issues that teens face today I was given an ARC in exchange for an honest review.