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[ARC Review] The Sky Between You and Me by Catherine Alene


Title: The Sky Between You and Me
Author: Catherine Alene
Page count: 352 Pages
Format availability: Hardcover
Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire
Release date: February 1 2017
Series / anthology / stand alone: Stand alone
Rating: DNF




Got my copy via Netgalley for an exchange of honest review! Thank you Sourcebooks!

20adf4_df1db29699fc459a8480746d5e7c0908 Goodreads synopsis 20adf4_df1db29699fc459a8480746d5e7c0908

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.

20adf4_df1db29699fc459a8480746d5e7c0908 My thoughts 20adf4_df1db29699fc459a8480746d5e7c0908

I see good review about this book. It has a lot of great ratings, the synopsis is great too! So I get my copy because I’m really excited to read this. But I feel bad and pretty disappointed when I started it. I’m almost like 80% and I got totally fed up reading it. I’m really sorry.

First, it’s really hard to read and there are some points that I didn’t understand. I love reading poetry style of writing but this book, I really can’t get it properly. I got fed up on 30% and I’m just trying to finish the book but I can’t. Second, the story, since it’s really hard to read, I can’t follow the sequence of it and what’s happening to the POV itself. And lastly, as I said earlier the synopsis is great, it is a great concept to have that story but it drove me crazy over not understanding feeling lost mostly to the story.

I understand Rae’s condition in her mental illness. The story of her is there, the emotions and her struggles are intact to the story and I much love reading mental illnesses books like this one. This is not the first time I read poetry books, I actually like reading poetry but it’s just didn’t click me more often to read this more.

20adf4_df1db29699fc459a8480746d5e7c0908 About the Author 20adf4_df1db29699fc459a8480746d5e7c0908

dsc_9983-edit-2.jpg Catherine Alene has an MA in teaching, and earned her MFA in writing at Vermont College of Fine Arts. Like the protago­nist in The Sky Between You and Me, Catherine battled anorexia nervosa. Now in recovery, she is actively involved with the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) and regularly serves as a recovery speaker, talking to college students and professional groups about her experience living with, and finally recovering from, the disease. Catherine teaches language arts at an alternative high school in central Oregon, where she currently lives with her daughter, horse, cat, and black lab, Herman.


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