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During a Melbourne heatwave Hannah's family life begins to distort beyond her deepest fears It's going to take than a cool change to fix it but how can a girl who lives in the shadows take on the task alone Feeling powerless and invisible Hannah seeks refuge in the two anarchists of her life her wild best friend Chloe and her eccentric grandmother Essie who loo. Gale s first YA novel is a blend of the contemporary and historical entwining the stories of fifteen year old Hannah her mother Sara and grandmother Essie Steal My Sunshine deals with one of the darker aspects of Australia s history the forced adoption of children born to unwed or wayward girls often at the coercion of churches hospitals and adoption agencies This practice of removing babies against the mothers will or institutionalised baby farming went on for around five decades Apologies to those affected have only been issued since 2010 commencing with Western Australia and most recently in 2013 on behalf of the Federal Government There s an element of mystery in the unwinding of Hannah Sara and Essie s story The relationships between the three women are fraught tense with resentment and unfulfilled yearning Hannah who s already trying to navigate her parents separation school her crush and a complicated relationship with her best friend begins to uncover Essie s history sensing that it holds the key to the family s conflict Essie gradually reveals her secret piece by piece These sections are related via flashbacks and what is unearthed in these scenes is truly harrowing Even with the knowledge that Gale is only providing a glimpse of the horror endured by these girls it s enough to make for compelling albeit grim reading Though Essie s portions of the novel are comparatively brief compared to the contemporary storyline they pack a punch Gale s novel is a heartfelt coming of age story that tackles the themes of redemption and forgiveness internalised pain and the far reaching effects of trauma Particularly noteworthy is her skilful hand with crafting realistic relationships between the characters There s a touch of romance in this story but mostly it s about family and learning to heal the wounds of the past

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Steal My Sunshine

Of Steal My Sunshine is the revelation of a shameful aspect of Australia's history and how it affected thousands of girls and women the forced adoptions that saw 'wayward girls' and single mothers forced to give up their babies by churches and hospitals The practice endured for decades and only now are the numbers and the heart wrenching stories coming to ligh. This book was satisfying full of a family mystery and the importance of finding out who you are and where you belong People have to be close because they want to be not just because they think they re part of a story they can t get out of Set in Melbourne Hannah s life looks to be falling apart after her parents decide to separate On top of that her mum is becoming distant and her brother doesn t seem to even notice her existence Additionally her friendship with the slightly unstable bad girl Chloe is becoming tense as she starts to become involved in learning of her grandmother Essie s past and secrets ultimately unravelling a family mystery that will open up old wounds and bring the family togetherI found this a good read on the whole as a Australian novel and it wasn t entirely what I expected With the plotline about a family history mystery to be found out a little cliched I still did find this novel to be interesting and it did have me wanting to find out what would be happening next That being said there were a few instances in terms of characters and their relationships which could have been developed better or gone in a direction that made sense Some things I found felt like afterthoughts and didn t really tie in with what was going on in terms of the rest of the storyline CONCLUSION In conclusion Steal My Sunshine was a uick read that didn t totally blow me away but still was satisfying If you re interested in a contemporary novel with family and frienships as a strong focus and some historical famliy mystery thrown in then this is one that might be worth looking at

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K like they know how life really works But Hannah's loyalty to both is tested first by her attraction to Chloe's older brother and then by Essie's devastating secret that sheds new light on how the family has lost its way Even if Hannah doesn't know what to believe in she'd better start believing in herself Combined with Hannah's contemporary story at the heart. When I was in high school we had an English short story assignment which had to fit the theme remembrance Searching for inspiration I did what I always do in a crisis and turned to The Beatles I took Eleanor from the song Eleanor Rigby and wrote about why she might be so lonely as an elderly lady I imagined she might have been forced to give her baby up for adoption after being sent to a Magdalene Laundry So when I found out what Steal My Sunshine was about there was no uestion I would read it Before I got to it though Love Child aired on Australian TV The main thing is that I am so glad to see these stories being told to a younger generation because history and stories live on as long as we tell them Steal My Sunshine is a brave and beautiful novel The way Gale tackles the issue of Australia s forced adoption policies for unwed mothers is truly moving It s a part of the nation s history which seems to be largely unknown by modern generations but Steal My Sunshine makes these stories relevant for 21st Century women It only serves to highlight how lucky we are to have the sexual freedoms and choices we do today even if we still have a long way to go as a nation in other areas As Essie tells her story she s not an old woman reliving her past She s a young woman scared of what the future holds and coming to terms with a loss no one that young should have to deal withI also found the family element in the novel uite moving Hannah s parents are breaking up and this is causing tension between her and her brother I thought the way she reacted to the break up was only natural and was pleased to see her work through some of her issues during the novel But the way Hannah s mother treated her made me sad and angry at times Likewise I was frustrated by Hannah and Chloe s friendship and the way Chloe seemed to put Hannah down all the time making the problems in their lives into some sort of competition she always had to win Steal My Sunshine was such a compelling read and one which came to life on the page From the dry baking heat of the Melbourne summer to the pain Essie endured and the confusion Hannah felt as her parent s marriage ended I felt a very strong emotional connection with this novel and wouldn t hesitate to recommend it to fans of contemporary Australian YAIt was amazing in a very different way to Steal My Sunshine but that s another story This review and many can be found at The Unfinished Bookshelf


10 thoughts on “Steal My Sunshine

  1. says:

    Gale’s first YA novel is a blend of the contemporary and historical entwining the stories of fifteen year old Hannah her mother Sara and grandmother Essie Steal My Sunshine deals with one of the darker aspects of Australi

  2. says:

    This review has been posted on my blog #1 First impressionsYES DO WANT1 Aussie author2 Contemporary Aussie histori

  3. says:

    There are two sides to the Moon family – Hannah and her dad on one side her mum and brother Sam on the other It

  4. says:

    Steal my Sunshine by Emily Gale is set in Melbourne Sixteen year old Hannah Moon is dealing with her much outgoing best friend Chloe and spending time with her grandmother Essie When Essie reveals she has a secret to share Hannah and Chloe get dragged into her past creating issues at home and for their friendshipThis book contains a story within a story and I found both of them riveting It was so easy to sympathise with Hannah She has a mot

  5. says:

    It all started over an argument about the Christmas tree on the last day of the school holidays during a stinking hot February afternoon in the midst of a Melbourne heat waveBeginning with Hannah's present day narration we

  6. says:

    When I was in high school we had an English short story assignment which had to fit the theme ‘remembrance’ Searching for inspiration I did what I always do in a crisis and turned to The Beatles I took Eleanor from the song Eleanor Rigby an

  7. says:

    This book was satisfying full of a family mystery and the importance of finding out who you are and where you bel

  8. says:

    Thankyou to Netgalley and the publishers for the ARCThis piece of fiction gives a small glimpse into the past and present impacts of forced adoptionFor such an emotionally charged subject matter this book was extremely easy to read and not too hard on the readers emotions and I didn't feel that this lessened o

  9. says:

    The idea behind it was really good but it was poorly executed I think this book would have benefited from better editing and also Spoiler alert the whole Sam and Chloe thing made no sense and neither did Evan and Hannah We

  10. says:

    Emily Gale's writing is glorious and beautiful Her imagery is vivid and poetic and I could just drown in her words forever This was a really touching novel a contemporary entwined with historical looking at 3 generations of women and how their lives and relationships have been shaped by forced adoption I feel it was an ambitious sto