Seventeen-year-old Klees 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 cant help but feel hes lost all the identifying parts of himselfhis 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 shes 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 wasnt, 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 Polisners 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....
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In Sight of Stars Reviews
I received an ARC of this book through a Goodreads giveaway.
I was very excited to read Gae’s newest book and once I got started, I did not want to stop. The further I read, the more I had to know more about Klee.
Klee is a seventeen year old young man dealing with the recent death of his father whom he adored and his mother moving him to a new home and school for his senior year. Something tragic happens to Klee and he ends up in a hospital, recovering on an emotional and physical level.
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Teens have a tough time being who they are or who they want to be. Gae Polisner knows that, has written a poignant story of one struggling high school senior, Klee, whose father is so important to him, an artist who gave it up to make a better living as a lawyer. But as an artist at home, he spent special time telling Klee stories, teaching him about artists and art. He did that until he died.
Now Klee had not only to give up his life with his father, but his ...more
One of Gae’s best. It is because of stories like this that I love YA so much. Powerful!
I received an advance uncorrected proof version. I have read all of Polisner's books and enjoyed all of them. This book, however, feels quite different to me, stretching from young adult into adult, captivating and satisfying in a more nuanced style. There are different textual features depending on the stability of the narrator, art woven into and through the text and the plot, family, love, twists, and the grappling of all that is life. The story navigates therapy and recovery post a traumatic ...more
I loved Gae Polisner’s previous book The Memory of Things , and was excited to be given an ARC of her new book, In Sight of Stars. The books are very different, but they are similar in that the characters are wonderfully drawn. The author has an amazing ability to write characters that are real, and multi-dimensional, and alive. I loved The Memory of Things because and in spite of the fact that I was brought back to the day of September 11th, the sights, the smells, the emotions. I loved In Sigh ...more
I don't cry at books, I just don't. I get sad and do feel emotion for whatever is happening, but I don't ever shed physical tears. BUT HOLY WATERWORKS. This book got me. In Sight of Stars by Gae Polisner melted my icy heart and sent tears streaming down my cheeks in droves. This story follows Klee (pronounced Clay), a teen struggling with his father's suicide, who in a moment of weakness hurts himself and ends up in a mental hospital (more fondly known as the Ape Can). It's then that he's forced ...more
If you’ve ever wanted a fly-on-the-wall view of what a counseling session looks like, look no further. While not every person who sees a counselor does so in this context, I can say from experience that Klee (pronounced “Clay”) Alden’s experience in the office of Dr. Alvarez is indicative of what it’s like to have someone listen, validate very human responses to life events, and convince a broken mind that hope and healing is achievable.
Klee’s journey of mental health after the death of his fat ...more
In Sight of Stars, by Gae Polisner, is a poignant coming-of-age novel. It is also a story that delves into tough family and life issues, ones that force readers into uncomfortable places. But it is ultimately those places that allow us to know and understand ourselves and each other, and move forward.
This is a story featuring a teen (17-year-old Klee) who has faced the unimaginable, the suicide of his father - and after a breakdown finds himself in the “Ape Can,” a mental health facility for te ...more