Beneath the Skin
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 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, Kathleen Glasgow's Girl in Pieces, Jennifer Niven's All the Bright Places, and Ellen Hopkin's Identical.
*Trigger Warning: Includes mature content, including mild language, self-harm and non-graphic depictions of sexual abuse. Recommended for ages 16+*