March 13, 2018

In Sight of Stars by Gae Polisner

Cover Art Courtesy of St. Martin's Press
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 to reconcile everything that's happened...with his dead father, with his mother, and most importantly with himself.

This book is 100% character driven, which is good because the characters were fantastic. Sister Agnes Theresa was such a joy! While at first she was a completely random character with her board games and snack delivery, she ended up being one of the biggest supporters of Klee.  I also absolutely adored Dr. Alvarez. I thought she was supportive and nurturing in all the right ways, letting Klee take his time with things and pushing just enough to let progress blossom on its own. Between what Klee did for her at the end and what she revealed about herself to him, I just couldn't hold myself together. I really didn't like Sarah, but I don't think I was meant to. She's the typical manic pixie dream girl who takes what she wants without giving anything back, and even at the end she just left a bad taste in my mouth. Klee's mother was a difficult character to crack, but the more the story developed, the more you start to understand why the "Ice Queen" is the way she is.

And Klee himself, I have so much to say about Klee (but I can't without spoiling too much). From his love of Van Gogh to his fierce loyalty to his father, Klee is emotionally complex and raw. I loved seeing him open up to everyone in the Ape Can, and you could tell that no matter how much he was struggling, he really wanted to understand what was happening and get better.

I loved all the stories and flashbacks with Klee and his father, and the tales he told Klee to teach him about life. The whole thing was beautifully written and like I said before, it takes a lot to touch me enough to make me cry, and this story succeeded. Trigger warnings for suicide and self harm are definitely needed, but the subject was touched on in a sensitive and tender way. This book was deep and emotional, and one that will definitely stick with me for a while.

Overall Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

A huge thanks to St. Martin's Press for sending me an early finished copy of this beauty. In Sight of Stars by Gae Polisner is out TODAY so be sure to pick up a copy of this beautiful emotional roller coaster.

11 comments:

Jo Linsdell said...

This sounds great!

Tin @ The Book Maiden said...

Great review! This one looks interesting.

Nikki Saturday Nite Reader said...

Wow, sounds like a profound read. Adding to my TBR!

Cricket said...

This sounds like one I should give a try. I've been seeing it around and enjoy an emotional read
Latoya

Randi said...

Sounds like a wonderful book.

Bookworms Corner said...

Sounds like a great book.

Whispering Stories said...

I've never balled at a book yet. Yes I have that lump in my throat, but not properly cried. But then I hate crying, so not sure this would be any good for me :-)

DJ Sakata said...

Excellent review! I totally get it, if a book makes me cry I almost have to give it 5-stars ;

Jenn Garey said...

This sounds like an amazing and emotional read. I rarely ever physically cry reading, but I think this one might make me cry! Great review!

Terri said...

I think most of the time I cry over books it has more to do with whatever is going on in my life or how much sleep I haven't gotten.

Katiria Rodriguez said...

Great review, this is actually the first time I heard about this book and it looks and sounds absolutely fantastic and a very emotional book. Plus I totally love books that deal with mental illness. Thank you so much for sharing your awesome post and putting this book on my radar.