April 14, 2018

#BookReview: In Sight of Stars by Gae Polisner #NetGalley

About the Book:

Seventeen-year-old Klee’s father was the center of his life. He introduced Klee to the great museums of New York City and the important artists on their walls, he told him stories made of myths and magic. Until his death.

Now, forced to live in the suburbs with his mom, Klee can’t help but feel he’s lost all the identifying parts of himself—his beloved father, weekly trips to the MoMA, and the thrumming energy of New York City. That is until he meets wild and free Sarah in art class, with her quick smiles and jokes about his “brooding.” Suddenly it seems as if she’s the only thing that makes him happy. But when an act of betrayal sends him reeling, Klee lands in what is bitingly referred to as the “Ape Can,” a psychiatric hospital for teens in Northollow. 

While there, he undergoes intensive therapy and goes back over the pieces of his life to find out what was real, what wasn’t, and whether he can stand on his own feet again. Told in alternating timelines, leading up to the event that gets him committed and working towards getting back out, Gae Polisner’s In Sight of Starsis a gorgeous novel told in minimalist strokes to maximal effect, about what makes us fall apart and how we can put ourselves back together again.


Publisher: Wednesday Books
Recommended Age: Young Adult 
Genre: Mental Illness 
How I Acquired this book: Netgalley 
Overall rating: ★★★★
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About the Author:
GAE POLISNER is the award-winning author of The Memory of Things (Nerdy Book Club Best YA 2016), The Summer of Letting Go (Nerdy Book Club Best YA 2014, Teen Ink Editor’s Choice Badge of Approval) and The Pull of Gravity (2012 Bank Street Best, 2012 PSLA Top Forty, Nerdy Book Club Best YA 2011). She also co-hosts Teachers Write!, a virtual writers camp for teachers and educators. She lives in Long Island, New York with her family.

Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: Kinda graphic sometimes 

Check out author's other books? Maybe 
Recommend this book? Yes

Notes and Opinions:  This book did a good job with dealing with mental illness as well as dealing with the parent dinamics of the story at large. Although I did like this I thought parts of it were kind of confusing. But I think I got the gist of what it was trying to do. I really loved the main character's strength and the positive message that this story gives. This one gives a good perdiction of teens and their plight. And really gives teens something to read to feel true to themselves. 

Go Into This One Knowing: Good story 
 









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