Saturday, 28 January 2017

Review: The Sky Between You and Me by Catherine Alene

Lighter. Leaner. Faster.

Raesha will 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 on to 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 the saddle, make her horse lighter on her 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 Raesha focuses on minus five. But if she isn't careful, she will lose more than just the people she loves. She will lose herself to Lighter. Leaner. Faster

Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: February 1st 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire

Terri's Thoughts

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you!  The expected publication date is February 1st 2017.

If I have to be honest, I struggled with the way this story was written.  It took me a while to get used to the fact that it was all in verse.  The lack of periods at the end of sentences really bothered me and I desperately wanted to correct it.  That being said, this review will most likely be riddled with grammatical errors so who am I to judge?  I did get used to it after a while so my advice to anyone who feels the same way is to keep going and give it a chance.

As the synopsis suggests, this is a story of a teen girl struggling with an eating disorder.  I felt it was an effective way, for the audience intended, to tell the story of how it not only affects the body but the relationships with people.  For a slightly older audience like myself, I felt it only touched the surface of the topic however this was written for the YA audience.  With that in mind I think it did a good job of telling the story without giving so much details the reader loses interest.

Another key point that I enjoyed about the story is that Raesha was an everyday average teen and not necessarily who you would pick to have an eating disorder.  It showed that anyone can be impacted by this disorder and that is something that I think audiences will appreciate, in particular the young female audiences.  I am sure that every girl can see a bit of themselves in Raesha.

After a rocky start, I am glad that I stuck with this book.  I found it entertaining and insightful.

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