In Sight of Stars by Gae Polisner

Setting: New York
Genre: Teen Fiction
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Author: Gae Polisner
Release Date: March 13, 2018

Bound together by a passion for art, Klee and his father had a strong relationship for almost all of Klee's life. That is until tragedy took his father from him. In the aftermath of grief and a move to a new town, Klee bonds with a girl at his new school. She becomes his rock. When he finds she's just added another wrong to his already growing list of painful experiences, Klee winds up in a psychiatric hospital for those under the age of 18.

It's in Northhollow that Klee is forced to face everything that's gone wrong in his life. As he finds his way back to the young man he wants to be, Klee realizes that some things are not as they first appear and that to heal, he needs to be okay with it.

What a beautifully told story of family dysfunction and mental illness. In Sight of Stars took me a couple of tries to get into. I am so glad I stuck with it. Klee's story broke my heart and uplifted me at the same time. I especially loved his brief evenings with the resident nun. Together, even though their relationship was based on little more than board games and swimming, they were an unbeatable pair.

This book is often sad, but it's also funny, loving, and packed with a strong teen hero who I really came to enjoy. I'm glad I read it.


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