In Sight of Stars

In Sight of Stars

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Hardcover, Pages: 288

Genres: Young Adult, Realistic Fiction, Health, Mental Health

Language: English

Reads: 19

Downloads: 1162

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In Sight of Stars
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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 Stars is 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.

Reader Reviews
  •    Zolorn Hebior
    2020
    I received an uncorrected proof from Facebook friend and author, Gae Polisner. This review, however, is written without bias and without a complete summary because...read the book. I hate spoilers. Without giving up the plot I can say it is beautifully written with characters that are still in my mind and even made me dream of them as I napped today. The nap was necessary because I couldn't put the book down last night and stayed up until I finished it this morning after 3 AM. The subject matter, concerning mental health and recovery, complicated parental relationships and friendships was so real and handled with great care. There were a couple of gut punch parts but overall It gave me hope. It was deep enough to challenge adult and young readers alike. Definitely giving this book as a gift to others. I also think that this book could help people struggling with anxiety and depression even though the story does not necessarily focus on those diseases but rather tells a beautiful story of one teens journey. I love the characters and it's a really good book. The small stories within and the riddle were a nice touch. I liked the alternating perspectives used in the writing. A must read, for sure. I wonder how long these characters will be hanging out with me, making me think? Probably a really long time.
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