Saturday, December 23, 2017

Review: Sky Between You and Me by Catherine Alene

34974120Sky Between You and Me by Catherine Alene

Lighter. Leaner. Faster. 

Raesha will to do whatever it takes to win Nationals. For her, competing isn't just about the speed of her horse or the thrill of the win. It's about honoring her mother's memory and holding onto a dream they once shared. 

Lighter. Leaner. Faster. 

For an athlete, every second counts. Raesha knows minus five on the scale will let her sit deeper in her saddle, make her horse lighter on his feet. And lighter, leaner, faster gives her the edge she needs over the new girl on the team, a girl who keeps flirting with Raesha's boyfriend and making plans with her best friend.

So she focuses on minus five. But if she isn't careful, she's going to lose more than just the people she loves, she's going to lose herself to lighter, leaner, faster...

"Sit quietly with this book. Feel the wind, the dusty air. Taste the sorrow and the wonder. Listen to the heart that is beating on every page. Then be grateful that Catherine Alene gave us this stunning story. It's a thing of beauty." --Kathi Appelt, Newbery Honor and National Book Award Finalist

Pages: 352
Format: E-Book
Published By: Sourcebooks Fire
Genre: YA - Contemporary, Mental Health

TRIGGER WARNING: Eating Disorder

Cover Review:
I absolutely love this cover. I feel like it expresses more about the book than the original cover did.


For the most part, Catherine Alene's novel Sky Between You and Me was absolutely amazing, and I personally felt that telling it in verse was a great choice, although I can see how others would not like that. The thing about this book is even if you aren't suffering from an eating disorder, you can still relate to what Raesha is going through, whether that be from coping with the loss of a parent or just dealing with self-image issues. I think it's a wonderful story that hits on a topic that is very prevalent in our society today, not only with teens/adults who are struggling with an eating disorder.

What I love most about this book is that you see how Raesha's eating disorder progresses into her life. Most novels about eating disorders don't show how quickly eating disorder's can take over your life with just a simple thought and choice.

Another great thing about this book was the relationships that are very prevalent with the Raesha and the other characters in the novel. Most YA contemporary relationships focus, almost solely, on the romantic relationship, which is present in the novel. Sky Between You and Me focuses more on Raesha's relationship with her father, and with her best friend. Her relationship with her boyfriend wasn't a favorite of mine, and I wish it had been told differently, but at the same time, I'm glad this relationship was on the backburner to the relationships that are focused on.

I would highly recommend this book if you read YA contemporary books that focus on tough topics. I think it's an important story to read if you are able to get through the writing style. If you are like me, though, I would definitely recommend some tissues on hand.

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