An emotional and heart wrenching novel about grief and striving for perfection.
Lighter. Leaner. Faster.
Raesha will to 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 onto 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 her saddle, make her horse lighter on his 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 she focuses on minus five. But if she isn't careful, she's going to lose more than just the people she loves, she's going to lose herself to lighter, leaner, faster...
"Sit quietly with this book. Feel the wind, the dusty air. Taste the sorrow and the wonder. Listen to the heart that is beating on every page. Then be grateful that Catherine Alene gave us this stunning story. It's a thing of beauty." Kathi Appelt, Newbery Honor and National Book Award Finalist
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
"The Sky Between You and Me" is written as a series of poems cataloging Raesha's life after her mother has died and develops an eating disorder. Raesha is part of the rodeo team at her school and being lighter will make her better at competitions. However, Rae has taken this too far, and you can see her downward spiral as she tries to hide what she won't eat (everything) and her obsession with calories. She is constantly running the numbers in her head and even throws up when it is too much. Her boyfriend and friends don't seem to understand and she is very good at avoiding these situations where they would be eating together and hiding that she doesn't eat anything (or much of anything). As for the format, I found it really hard to follow for about the first 5% but then it got progressively easier to read the style and figure out the story, feelings, and conversations. I can't imagine how difficult it was to write this style for so many words! If you don't like poetry though, this probably is not the book for you (I wish this was clearer in the description that this would be the book writing style). The book is well written and really allows the reader to get into Rae's head and see the eating disorder as it takes over her life and has the potential to ruin her relationships and health. I think it was good to see how it not only affects her, but those around her- such as her father. I was also glad that it ends with a message of hope and healing (not at all glorifying eating disorders but rather portraying them to people who may not understand). It's really well done throughout. Please note that I received this book from the publisher through netgalley in exchange for my honest review.