Skyscraping A heartrending bold novel in verse about family identity and forgiveness Mira is just beginning her senior year of high school when she discovers her father with his male lover Her world and everyt

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  • Title: Skyscraping
  • Author: Cordelia Jensen
  • ISBN: 9780399167713
  • Page: 421
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A heartrending, bold novel in verse about family, identity, and forgiveness Mira is just beginning her senior year of high school when she discovers her father with his male lover Her world and everything she thought she knew about her family is shattered instantly Unable to comprehend the lies, betrayal, and secrets that unbeknownst to Mira have come to define and keepA heartrending, bold novel in verse about family, identity, and forgiveness Mira is just beginning her senior year of high school when she discovers her father with his male lover Her world and everything she thought she knew about her family is shattered instantly Unable to comprehend the lies, betrayal, and secrets that unbeknownst to Mira have come to define and keep intact her family s existence, Mira distances herself from her sister and closest friends as a means of coping But her father s sexual orientation isn t all he s kept hidden A shocking health scare brings to light his battle with HIV As Mira struggles to make sense of the many fractures in her family s fabric and redefine her wavering sense of self, she must find a way to reconnect with her dad while there is still time Told in raw, exposed free verse, Skyscraping reminds us that there is no one way to be a family.

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    1. "The constellation of a family can shift shape in seconds."Holy freaking shit guys. Words can't even describe how absolutely flawless this book is. I cried my eyes out. It was beautiful as fuck and it is easily one of my favorite books of 2015 and maybe ever. This is the story of a girl named Mira who is a senior in high school, told in poetic verse. Mira discovers that her Father is gay when she walks in on him with his male lover and it takes a toll on her life. Later, she finds out that not o [...]

    2. Bu kitapta ilk ilgimi çeken şey bir bütünlük olduğu halde kitabın şiirler halinde yazılmış olmasıydı. Şiirlerden oluşan bir roman okudum diyebilirim sanırım Gökyüzüne Tutunurken için.Kitaba başlarken kitaptan bir beklentim yoktu. İlk defa böyle bir roman ile karşılaştığım için nasıl bir şey okuyacağımı merak ettiğimden dolayı başlamıştım. Fakat kitap bana umduğumun ötesinde hisler yaşattı.Başlarda yazarın diline adapte olmakta zorlandım. Kitabın [...]

    3. 3.5 StarsI can’t believe I have owned this book for two years without reading it. I have a bad habit of reading books I borrow before the books I own because I know they will always be there. This novel is written in verse and was so fast paced. I read it in its entirety in one sitting.

    4. Neden böyle kalp parçalayıcı şeyler yazıp beni mahvediyorsunuz acaba?Gece gece ne olduğumu şaşırdım. Bu kadar duygusal yazılmış bir kitabın naif olması gerekir değil mi? Naif değil vurucu ! KALBİM PARAMPARÇA

    5. This book took everything I dislike about trends in YA right now -- 1993 setting, New York City setting -- and made them work so well I didn't even care. Mira's dad and mom have an open marriage, and when she discovers this, after walking in on her dad with his male partner, she feels herself becoming unhinged. Slowly, she learns more about the relationship between her parents, (view spoiler)[ as well as the HIV her father has and has had for many years(hide spoiler)] and has to come to terms wi [...]

    6. I made it through this book with a box of Kleenex right next to me. Life is difficult at times, and for Mira, who discovered her dad with James, it just got more difficult. Teenagers can be so unforgiving of their own parents, even in the face of death, which Mira's father was. Mira had choices to make: "overlook" that her dad is gay/bi, or forgive him and spend those last days he has left by being there for him and loving him. For those of us who were alive in 1994 and old enough to know, it wa [...]

    7. 3 StarsOverview: Written in verse, Skyscraping revolves around Mira discovering her parents not only have an open marriage—but that her father is bisexual. Taking place in 1990s NYC, this book touches upon several big themes and topics, including: HIV/AIDS, sexuality, first love and family dynamics. I just don’t think it said anything new about them, or said them in particularly interesting way.Pros: Give me more characters who love “unconventional” school subjects, please! Mira loved as [...]

    8. Skyscraping is a novel in verse and each page is so beautifully written they could all be displayed individually for people to read and admire. This is the story of Mira, a high school senior living in New York and trying to make it through her senior year. She finds out quickly on that her entire family is a lie--her parents aren't who she thought they were, and her dad has an even worse secret, he's HIV positive.My heart broke while reading this novel but I wasn't able to put it down. The stor [...]

    9. I typically don't enjoy books written in verse, but this one was beautiful. Highly recommend it if you're looking for something to pull at your heart strings.

    10. Babam sabah bize kahvaltı hazırlamıştı.Annem yine yoktu,tıpkı televizyondaki aileler gibiydik;canı istediğinde,seçebiliyordu,bizi ne zaman açacağınave hayatına dahil edeceğine4/5🌟🌟🌟🌟Konusunu okuduğumda gayet güzel bir kitap olacağını düşünüyordum fakat içeriğinin şiir tarzında yazıldığını görünce okuma konusunda önce kararsız kaldım, daha sonra belki de gerçekten farklı bir kitabın beni beklediğini düşünerek hevesle elime aldım. Kitabın [...]

    11. "I scrape the sky, scouting for warmer air" 4⭐️This book was really good, it was the first book I've ever read in verse surprisingly and I am not disappointed. What took away from this book is that at times it felt a little over dramatic for me and I was kind of like calm down love. But other than that I really enjoyed the plot and execution of the novel.I also liked the huge family aspect placed on this book and breaking the norms of what a "normal" family is supposed to be and how they're [...]

    12. This one caught me completely unaware. Oh how I cried!I became a fan of writing in verse when I devoured Ellen Hopkins' "Crank" series a few years back, and I am pretty sure if was for that reason alone that Cordelia Jensen's debut novel "Skyscraping" made its way onto my To Read list. It took me a long time to get my hands on a copy of this book, and I am so relieved it didn't disappoint.At the beginning of this end to end 3 hour read (I was gripped and read it in one sitting), I was unimpresse [...]

    13. Such a humane, moving book, full of wonderful, heartbreaking characters, set in a time and place that needs to be remembered.

    14. Absolutely fabulous mature YA novel in verse about tough topics but dealt with in a beautiful and heartbreaking way. This book is set in a time period (the 90s) and a societal situation that not many others are - the uniqueness is so refreshing despite the trauma. Should be in all HS libraries.

    15. I usually love books in verse. Normally I find myself hanging on every word. I find that books in verse flush out the main character and make the drama/event more real because I have to spend more time looking between the words and the lines to find the full meaning.but this one just.didn't work for me. I knew from about 100 pages in, that this was just not connecting with me like normal. I think it's a good story and I'm glad it's out there. it just wasn't for me

    16. Şiir formatında yazılmış bir roman. Bu tarzı sevdim. Başlangıçta okumayı psikolojik olarak zorlaştırıyor çünkü şiir okur gibi okumaya çalışıyorsunuz ve zor oluyor. Ama alışınca keyifle gidiyor. Farkındalık yaratma, saklı gizli olsa da gerçek bir yaşamı anlatması hoş. Ancak yazım hataları 😞Özellikle bu tarzda daha duraksadıcı olmuş.

    17. Honestly, I was taken a back when I got Skyscraping in my hands and found it it's written in verse. I don't read poems or anything written in verse, it's just not my cup of tea. But I had been waiting for Skyscraping ever since I heard about it, the author was so nice and friendly, and I really yearned to read it. So I thought: I'll give it a try, it can't be bad even if it's different than prose. I'm so glad I decided that, because I fell in love with Skyscraping - every aspect of it. Truthfull [...]

    18. This is the first book I've read that was written entirely in verse. It was so different and so beautiful. <3

    19. This book had a huge emotional impact on me. I can’t even express how moving it was, and I can’t believe more people haven’t read it. I was considering putting it on my ultimate favorites shelf at one point—that’s how good it was. This book is a MASTERPIECE. I loved it.

    20. I am going to try my best to write a coherent review that isn't a bunch of fangirl gibberish. But I can't make any promises. I have been waiting for this book all year. This book was one of my most anticipated releases of 2015 and I am so happy that it did not disappoint. This book was amazingly flawless. I really cannot think of a single bad thing about it. When I first heard about this book, I didn't realize it was written in verse. I am snot typically a fan of books written in verse. Sometime [...]

    21. This book is about family problems and how to deal with them, it's about forgiving the people you love and giving them second chances. I love the writing of this book it's very simple and has no excess description about events unlike other books. It's an easy read and a very emotional one.Mira is a typical teenager who rebelled against her parents because of certain reasons. Her mom and dad were in an open marriage meaning they can have affairs to other people and won't get mad about it. Until o [...]

    22. This a short story is extended into small short verses. As I read more into the book there was small little quotes I just had to write down. Some of the points said in the book really sparked my liking of the book. Jensen's writing in Skyscraping is full of perfect details. It was a nice quick read and I enjoyed a lot of the visuals. The only thing I had a hard time understanding was why Adam got so angered. I won't put anymore information into that. I did love Jensen's writing she has a touch o [...]

    23. A completely refreshing novel told entirely with poems. When I realized that this was the format for the entire book, I was a little apprehensive to read it, since poems aren't some of my favorite things to read. But this was a very easy, captivating read. This book revolves around Mira growing up as a senior in NYC who learns that her parents have an open marriage. Feeling betrayed by this revelation, Mira becomes rebellious and stopped caring about school, until her father's devastating health [...]

    24. This is the first book I've read thats written entirely in verse, each page was a beautiful poem itself. The emotions in this are so raw, I teared up twice throughout the whole book. I can't imagine what people living with HIV must be feeling like everyday, this really hit it hard for me. 341 pages filled with beauty, thank you so much for this novel.

    25. Cordelia has written a heartbreaking and emotionally true window into the huge transition that is senior year of high school. For Mira, those challenges are amplified by revelations that shake her world and a tragedy that reshapes her family, but the background and bedrock is about the separation and uncertainty for the future that every graduating senior lives through.

    26. What a great read the tears just kept cominghhhThe writing format was great and so different. I applaud Ms Jenson!!!!! Bravo Bravo!!!!

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