About the book:
Title: The Sky Between You and Me
Author: Catherine Alene
Genre & Age Group: Contemporary, young adult
Lighter. Leaner. Faster.
Raesha will 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 on to 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 the saddle, make her horse lighter on her 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 Raesha focuses on minus five. But if she isn’t careful, she will lose more than just the people she loves. She will lose herself to Lighter. Leaner. Faster.
Source: Thanks so much to SOURCEBOOKS Fire for providing me with an e-ARC of this book via Netgalley!
How I Found Out About It: Netgalley
The Sky between You and Me is a moving, inspirational story which I’m sure many teens would be able to benefit from. It may embark on many serious topics, but they are ones that are often overlooked upon in YA fiction that I think many readers would find useful.
To sum up, this book is about Raesha, who is an eager horseback rider. It’s her dream to go competitive and win the Nationals, especially since her mom, who lived for horseback riding, passed on. In order to do her very best in the competitions (and in real life), Raesha believes that a mere five less pounds would do the trick. But dieting just to lose weight does have its setbacks…
Just a warning,
If you do not like
Books that are formatted like
Then I really don’t think that
This would be the one for you.
I honestly don’t mind the poetic format, but I know that there are many people that do; so I just wanted to give them a heads-up. Anyway…
Raesha was a nice character, even though she came across as a little bit whiny and needy. But I do understand where it’s all coming from; what with the loss of her mom and the pressure of the horse competitions. She was definitely a loyal and kind person, but I found myself shaking my head at many of the decisions she made. I don’t think it was very good that she started dieting without a doctor’s consent, especially since she was being secretive about it. Things like that, if you don’t tell, can be very harmful to both you and the people you’re close with. If I were her, I would’ve told my parents and asked my doctor for tips of things to do other than dieting to reach the goal. Still, I did like her passion, mindset, and determination for everything she wanted to do. In that area, she definitely shined!
Raesha’s ‘boyfriend,’ Cody, was the worst! He didn’t even seem like a boyfriend at all, since he paid almost no attention to Raesha and gave her no support during her hard times. All he really seemed to care about was her friend Kierra! Instead of holding onto someone like this, I think the ethical thing for Raesha to do would just be to break up with him. She definitely needed someone to make her happy in that point in time, and Cody was absolutely NOT doing it for her!
Kierra was a nice friend, but I didn’t seem to get too much information about her. I feel like the author could’ve expanded a little more on her story and her relationship with Raesha.
Overall, this was a great, coming-of-age story about family, friendship, romance, and how all of those people can be affected by an eating disorder. Eating disorders could have a pretty huge impact on those who love you, and this is an amazing story of what could happen if you start dieting. I’d recommend it for any teen looking for a contemporary that is more on the serious side centring around any of the topics above, because you’re sure to find almost anything you’re looking for in this book, and even more. Be sure to pick it up at a bookstore or library near you starting on February 1st!
Rating: 3.5/5 Stars
*I received a digital ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*