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The Art of Breaking Things

The Art of Breaking Things

by Laura Sibson


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In the tradition of Laurie Halse Anderson and Sara Zarr, one girl embraces the power of her voice: rules are meant to be broken and she won't stay silent.

Weekends are for partying with friends while trying to survive the mindnumbingness that is high school. The countdown to graduation is on, and Skye has her sights set on escaping to art school and not looking back.

But her party-first-ask-questions-later lifestyle starts to crumble when her mom rekindles her romance with the man who betrayed Skye's boundaries when he was supposed to be protecting her. She was too young to understand what was happening at the time, but now she doesn't know whether to run as far away from him as possible or give up her dreams to save her little sister. The only problem is that no one knows what he did to her. How can she reveal the secret she's guarded for so long?

With the help of her best friend and the only boy she's ever trusted, Skye might just find the courage she needs to let her art speak for her when she's out of words. After years of hiding her past, she must become her own best ally.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780451481115
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 06/18/2019
Pages: 400
Sales rank: 20,523
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 7.70(h) x 1.60(d)
Age Range: 14 - 17 Years

About the Author

Laura Sibson worked for years as a career counselor for undergraduates before getting her MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. When she's not writing, counseling, or drinking impossibly strong coffee, you can find her running miles around her home in Philadelphia, walking her dog, or ingesting pop culture (along with great takeout) with her family.

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The Art of Breaking Things 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous 17 days ago
THE ART OF BREAKING THINGS is a really interesting read from a perspective that I haven't read a lot from. While the tension that arose from the lack of communication throughout the novel slightly irked me, it wasn't without purpose. It made total sense for the characters to behave the way that they do. Skye's story is heartbreaking, and yet, even when she's at her worst or her sloppiest, she has a kind of hope about her that radiates through others (whether or not she realizes it herself). I loved her dynamic with her best friend Ben and the book's portrayal of the different ways high schoolers support each other, from the obvious to the incredibly subtle. This was an enjoyable read (well, as enjoyable a read as a book on this topic can be) and I could feel the author's heart throughout.
The Eclectic Review 19 days ago
I am extremely moved by this brave story "inspired by truth" of a young girl holding a horrible secret for 5 years; her life spiraling out of control until her love of art reveals the truth to the people she loves. The story is told from Skye's point of view jumping from present day to days past when the secret happens and how it changes her life forever. Her true friends, Ben and Luisa, are her support system, but the partying has got out of hand when the man behind her secret has appeared in her mother's life again. The family dynamic with her mother and sister, Emma, are very volatile and very real, especially Skye's need to protect her little sister from what happened to her several years ago. I enjoyed Skye's art and how things in her life inspired her drawings and murals. The idea with the post-it notes was genius!  I can't recommend this debut novel enough! It is filled with heartbreak and despair but also about renewal and healing. I promise you will be affected by this book! Thank you to Ms. Sibson, Penguin, and NetGalley for giving me the opportunity to review this book with no expectations of a positive review given.
Anonymous 29 days ago
A stunning debut by Laura Sibson. It perfectly encapsulates the effect of sexual abuse and the trauma the ensues after. You will laugh, cry, rage, and heal.