Skylarks by Karen Gregory #NetGalley

We watch the bird as it flies high above us, singing like it’s the only thing in the world that matters. And I feel it – that life can be beautiful. That there are possibilities.

Sometimes you just need a good contemporary YA in your life. There’s nothing quite like a realistic dip into life to bring you back down to earth, cleanse your soul and maybe even make you have a little cry.

“Keep your head down and don’t borrow trouble is the motto Joni lives by, and so far it’s seen her family through some tough times. It’s not as if she has the power to change anything important anyway. Like Dad’s bad back, or the threat of losing their house.

So when Annabel breezes into her life, Joni’s pretty sure they’re destined to clash. Pretty, poised, privileged – the daughter of the richest family in town must have it easy.

But sometimes you find a matching spirit where you least expect it. Sometimes love can defy difference. And sometimes life asks you to be bigger and braver …”

My heart ached for Joni, it’s not easy being a teenager and falling in love but under her complicated circumstances things are particularly hard. She faces a tough time dealing with being on the poverty line and in a lot of ways she has to grow up fast. But Joni is lucky to have a loving accepting family. Then there’s Annabel who seems to have it all, money, security, good education. But is money really everything when you have to constantly put on a show for the families good name.

When their worlds collide you desperately want that happy ending, but life isn’t always so straightforward and things aren’t always easy, it takes a lot of work from both side. Will love be enough? A well written heartfelt novel about love against all the odds.

Many thanks to Bloomsbury for approving a copy of Skylarks on NetGalley, all opinions are my own and I am not paid to give them.

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