I am honoured to be welcoming Amy Beashel to my blog today, as I join the blog tour for We Are All Constellations. Many thanks to Amy for providing me with a copy of the book, and to Anne Cater from Random Things Tours for inviting me to be a part of the tour.
You are strong. You are brave. You are not alone.
Seventeen-year-old Iris is happy. She might not have her mother but she refuses to let her past determine who she is. Then Iris finds out the truth about her mum’s death.
As her childhood memories prove uncertain, not even her friends or her new love interest Orla can help her make sense of them. Reeling from the discovery, Iris is forced to question everything she knows about her friends, her family and herself. But can she find a new future now her eyes are open to the past?
As a regular reader of YA, I am used to the emotional turmoil that a lot of books put you through, but every now and again a book comes along that takes you completely by surprise. I finished reading We Are All Constellations on Wednesday, and I am still struggling to put into words everything that I want to say about it.
To be totally honest, I struggled with this book to begin with and didn’t find Iris to be a terribly likable character. However, a few chapters in, something clicked and it became this beautiful, utterly devastating story. I was an emotional wreck by the end, and even now a couple of days after finishing reading, it remains in my thoughts.
There is a lot going on in this book, with mental illness, grief, sexuality and male privilege being just some of the areas covered. Each of these is handled sensitively and in no way are they included purely for shock value or to tick a box. The characters are flawed, but this only serves to make each of them more relatable, and there are some beautiful moments where you would perhaps least expect them.
Amy Beashel is clearly a talented writer, and I know I will be reading her debut, The Sky is Mine, and everything else that she writes in the future – once I have had a lie down in a dark room and stocked up on chocolate and tissues that is!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Amy Beashel lives in Shropshire with her husband and two kids. Her debut novel, The Sky is Mine, was nominated for a CILIP Carnegie Medal 2021, longlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2021 and shortlisted for the Bristol Teen Book Award 2020. Incidentally, she is also the fastest woman in the world on a space hopper.
Don’t forget to visit the other blogs taking part in this tour.