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The Sky Between You and Me

Posted by shorty on February 1, 2017
30063029The Sky Between You and Me  by Catherine Alene
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Pages: 352
Release Date: Feb 2017
Place on Hold

Raesha is teenager who is a cowgirl and rodeo rider. She strives to be just liked her mother who passed away a few years back. To be like her mother, though Raesha thinks she needs to lose 5 pounds to be as good as her mom. What ensues is skipped meals, wedges between friends and family, and missing qualifying rodeos. I really liked this book, but I also sort of hated it. The sky between you and me is written in verse, which is why I hated it. It didn’t run together smoothly and felt like it was kind of choppy. The plot was amazing, the characters were good, and it wasn’t long which made it a quick read (which is why I loved it also). I would still recommend this book to people even though the way it’s written is awful. I’d recommend this to people who are looking for a different type of book to read.

I really liked Raesha, I thought she was a well developed character except for one thing (maybe two). The author didn’t adequately describe Raesha’s passion for rodeo. She just mentioned over and over that she wants to be just like her mom who was a fantastic rider. In trying to be like her mom, Raesha is diagnosed with Anorexia Nervosa. This leads to her best friend getting mad, but not doing anything to help Raesha until the end of the book (seriously you see your friend starving herself and get mad at her? Tell someone and get her help before you lose her for good). The other thing was Raesha’s jealously over Kierra. Raesha’s boyfriend Cody is only being nice to Kierra who just moved to town. Raesha  of course gets jealous and starts acting weird which makes Cody a bit concerned and confused. This drive me up he wall. I wanted to jump in the book and yell at Raesha “you’ve been dating for 2 years, he’s not going to cheat on you, and even if he does you don’t need a guy to make you happy!” but I couldn’t do that.

All in all, I thought Raesha was a great character. I also really liked Asia who  is Raesha’s best friend. When Raesha skips meals in he beginning, Asia tries to get her to eat, but her attempts are futile. After a while, Asia gets mad at Raesha and things get weird between them. Towards the end of the book, they start to patch things up and talking gets easier and less strained. Now onto Cody. I really liked him except when he said things like “it’s no fun to hug a skeleton” or something similar to that. When he did that, I wanted to punch him. Seriously, your girlfriend has an eating disorder and you’re saying that? That’s not going to help her get better. It’s going to push her away from you and deeper into her disorder. Other than that, I thought he was a great character. I haven’t read anything like this before. Like I said earlier, I hate that it’s written in verse, but the plot was so good I couldn’t stop reading. I would recommend this to people who like reading “problem” books or who are looking for something new. Overall, I would give this book a 5.5/10 on a scale if 0-10.

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