The Sky between You and Me by Catherine Alene

cover89500-mediumThe Sky between You and Me by Catherine Alene is a novel written in verse begins with poems that evoke the richness of Rae’s life.   It is a story about a horse-loving girl who develops an eating disorder in order to become a better athlete. Unfortunately, this novel in verse focuses very little on the sport and throws all of its energy at repetitive phrasing and one-dimensional characters.

Rae is overtaken with her obsession with being lighter, leaner, faster, this evocative verse whittles down to bone and her need to be thin carves away her flesh, friends, and family.

This book is one where the characters stay with you. Especially Rae. Based on talking to others who have suffered from an eating disorder, Catherine’s book gives an in depth glimpse into what it must be like to be all consumed by seeing the scale achieve all while going through the stresses of being a teenager. She created Rae to be incredibly relatable. I think we all can see a piece of ourselves in Rae.

I found this story to be honest, unflinching, and painfully beautiful, and I believe that The Sky Between You and Me offers a gift of understanding and hope to those who struggle with eating disorders and the ones who love them.

Thank you to NetGalley and SOURCEBOOKS Fire for the advanced readers copy in exchange for an honest review.


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