In Sight of Stars by Gae Polisner

In Sight of Stars

Seventeen-year-old Klee’s father was the center of his life. He introduced Klee to the great museums of New York City and the important artists on their walls, he told him stories made of myths and magic. Until his death.Now, forced to live in the suburbs with his mom, Klee can’t help but feel he’s lost all the identifying parts of himself—his beloved father, weekly trips to the MoMA, and the thrumming energy of New York City. That is unt...

Details In Sight of Stars

TitleIn Sight of Stars
Release DateMar 13th, 2018
PublisherWednesday Books
GenreYoung Adult, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Contemporary, Health, Fiction, Death, Family, Romance, Realistic Fiction, Teen

Reviews In Sight of Stars

  • Jeff Zentner
    I loved this book from start to finish. It’s an achingly fierce exploration of the way the world wounds us and heals us. If you love exquisitely written coming-of-age stories that will leave you breathless, In Sight of Stars is for you. I wanted to underline every other passage.
  • Aimee (Aimee, Always)
    Whoops, I ended up not finishing this one. The choppy writing, manic pixie dream girl trope, and confusing AF narration were too much for me. At least I managed to uphold my 30-percent-before-I-quit rule. Mini review to come closer to the release date.[DNF @ 30%]
  • Donalyn
    I've read all of Gae Polisner's books and enjoyed them all, but this is her best so far. Her characters feel like people you know (or want to know) and the structure of this book is unique and thoughtful. I can't wait to share this book in my workshops this year!
  • Monica
    Excellent story! Fast paced, this book can definitely be completed in one sitting. I thoroughly enjoyed it!Our main character Klee is brutally honest. At only 17, he has faced grief, trauma, and adversity. At the heart of the book is the idea we most often see what we want, what is easiest. The truth is so unclear sometimes. Particularly when it concerns loved ones. We can twist reality to match our ideas of our life story. The difficult part is ...
  • Kelly Hager
    Finished In Sight of Stars by Gae Polisner. I received a copy for review. This will be published March 13. Klee (pronounced like clay) has been committed. We don't know why, and this book goes back and forth in time, explaining how he got there and, more importantly, how he'll find his way back.I want to make my book club read this, because I have so many thoughts. I think teens will love this---this book really showcases the way that everything ...
  • Oona
    Please note that this review is written by a teacher with the intended audience of educators. I make specific recommendations for how to consider this novel for addition to curriculum, so if you don’t want to nerd out with me, skip this. I received an advanced reader's copy of this novel at the NCTE convention and was able to read the book in just a few sittings once I began it. I value this novel most for its reflection of real life, artistry...
  • Dawn McNutt
    I received an uncorrected proof from Facebook friend and author, Gae Polisner. This review, however, is written without bias and without a complete summary the book. I hate spoilers. Without giving up the plot I can say it is beautifully written with characters that are still in my mind and even made me dream of them as I napped today. The nap was necessary because I couldn't put the book down last night and stayed up until I finis...
  • Nora Baskin
    I read this story in an early draft and my first response was..Damn, she nailed it. Ms. Polisner captures the truest sense and expanse of a young man's emotions-- his complicated relationship with his mother, the loss of his dad, and his romantic heart aches. She also beautifully renders his descent into confusion when all three collide, and his journey to redemption. Consider this book, ORDINARY PEOPLE for a new generation of's that ...
  • Flor
    I received a copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange of and honest review.More like 3.5 stars.It was good but that’s it, a quick read that help me get through a reading slump, so thank you book. This is the story of Klee, a boy who has to start over after a suicide attempt (this is not a spoiler as it happens in the first chapter), he gets into a mental facility and then we’ll switch from his healing to his memories.There are very i...
  • Sarah
    I received an advance uncorrected proof version. I have read all of Polisner's books and enjoyed all of them. This book, however, feels quite different to me, stretching from young adult into adult, captivating and satisfying in a more nuanced style. There are different textual features depending on the stability of the narrator, art woven into and through the text and the plot, family, love, twists, and the grappling of all that is life. The sto...
  • Michele Knott
    Brilliantly crafted. So many lines I want to return to and think about. This is a book that is worthy of many rereads.
  • Jennifer (JC-S)
    ‘There was a time when I felt happy and normal.’Klee Alden is seventeen years old when the world he was comfortable in changes forever. His father, the centre of his universe, dies. He has committed suicide, and it is Klee who finds him. Klee (pronounced Clay) has explored New York City’s museums and art galleries with his father, learned about the lives and loves of great artists, experienced the magic his father could generate. We meet Kl...
  • Gila
    I read the ARC of this book and I was engrossed immediately. Without giving anything away, Ms. Polisner managed to write with a level of compassion I was SURE that no one could achieve. Character driven, the story resonated for me on many levels and I was left with many emotions when I finished.. which is how I like my reads!
  • El (book.monkey)
    I have many, many things to say about this book... First I'd like to begin by saying thank you to NetGally for providing me with a pre-publication copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This book will be published on the 13th of March 2018.Lets begin with how beautiful the cover is before we get serious. I love the sunflowers in the cover and the first thing I thought of when I saw the cover was Van Gogh, and how right I was.This nov...
  • Lmakler
    I loved Gae Polisner’s previous book The Memory of Things , and was excited to be given an ARC of her new book, In Sight of Stars. The books are very different, but they are similar in that the characters are wonderfully drawn. The author has an amazing ability to write characters that are real, and multi-dimensional, and alive. I loved The Memory of Things because and in spite of the fact that I was brought back to the day of September 11th, t...
  • Kim
    I loved this book. I was confused at the beginning, but we meet Klee (Clay), the main character, at a personally confusing time of life. VanGogh is his favorite artist, and it seems that Klee has tried to mimic VanGogh's famous ear cutting off antics. The story goes back and forth from that introduction to Klee's life leading up to that event, and we meet his parents, his girlfriend, his doctor, and a very special nun who guides Klee in the darke...
  • Elisha
    IN SIGHT OF STARS is Gae Polisner’s latest young adult novel. It’s a contemporary story that tackles mental health in the wake of trauma and loss. The protagonist, Klee, hurts himself in the opening pages of the book and gets shipped off to the Ape Can, as he calls it. The plot unravels as he confronts the experiences that resulted in his break. With help from a caring therapist, an offbeat nun, and even the other quirky patients, Klee slowly...
  • Julie Kirchner
    I received an ARC of this book through a Goodreads giveaway. I was very excited to read Gae’s newest book and once I got started, I did not want to stop. The further I read, the more I had to know more about Klee.Klee is a seventeen year old young man dealing with the recent death of his father whom he adored and his mother moving him to a new home and school for his senior year. Something tragic happens to Klee and he ends up in a hospital, re...
  • Lesley
    Researchers at Johns Hopkins Children’s Center found that “children who lost a parent due to suicide when they were teenagers or young adults had the highest chance of being hospitalized for a suicide attempt in the first 2 years after the parental suicide.” This highlights the vital importance of providing support to children who are grieving. Klee’s father committed suicide, and Klee was the one who found him. If that weren’t bad enou...
  • Amanda
    I received an advance uncorrected proof version, and I first want to say that I am so glad that I did. I needed to say that before I made my first statement. When I chose this book, I wanted to love it, but when I started reading, I questioned whether I would actually finish it. Not one to reread when I am confused, I quickly realized that I was going to have to read carefully and thoughtfully to follow the diverging thoughts of Klee, the main ch...
  • Stacey
    "... with wisdom and bravery." Gae Polisner writes a powerful story about young love and family, loss and metal illness. Challenging emotions both positive and real.Not just for young adults.
  • Olivia
    This was my first time reading one of Gae Polisner books and I was not disappointed. This book is about a teen named Klee The story goes back and forth between the past and the present with moments with his dad when he moved to Nothhollow to where he is now in the psychiatric hospital. I usually don't like books switching between times but its hard not to with this book. You should pick this book up as soon as it comes out in March.
  • Liz Overberg
    I was assigned to read this one for School Library Journal.All in all the messages are very positive, but it goes to some dark places. Lots of sex (very descriptive scenes) and some gruesome scenes would make this one a better fit for older teens.Very reminiscent of Ned Vizzini's It's Kind of a Funny Story.
  • Jenn
    I adore Gae and all of her books. Each one gets better and better but in drastically different ways. This one has voice and passion that cannot be ignored. In this tumultuous time, a book about mental health and surviving life’s ebbs and flows could not be more important. I’m so grateful for the opportunity to read an advanced copy and can’t wait to share more of Gae’s work with my students.
  • Patricia Keefe
    In Sight of Stars by Gae Poliser is a young adult novel that will resonate deeply with teens and adults. Klee, (pronounced Clay), is grieving both the sudden loss of his father and his being uprooted from New York city life and transplanted in his final year of high school to a provincial northern suburb of New York. Polisner writes Klee’s internal monologues convincingly, her use of flashback and flash forward is intentional and makes the read...
  • Kim Hutson
    I always think that the good books are the ones where you kind of forget you're reading and there are other things gong on in your life. They're all-consuming. I definitely did that with this one. I kept thinking about it at work; when I was out and about and I'm still thinking about it now.It tells the story of seventeen year old Klee (pronounced Clay), and his struggles with some pretty traumatic stuff. It deals with suicide, loss, the fucked-u...
  • Julie Jaeger
    Klee (pronounced Clay) is a seventeen year old who has been uprooted from his former life in the city and forced to move the suburbs following the death of his father. Gae Polisner creates an authentic, believable teen character who is struggling with depression and repressed grief over this tremendous loss. This book is moving in so many ways. The characters are well developed. I love that the women in Klee's life are the real heroes: one is a m...
  • Mrs. Krajewski
    **4.5 stars**Klee—pronounces Clay—has been committed to a psychiatric facility. Seeing the world through Klee’s eyes, the reader can at once sense his fear and confusion about the events that led to his breakdown. As Klee begins his daily therapy, his life begins to emerge for the reader to dissect. It’s obvious that he’s still grieving the recent loss of his father, who he completely idolized and adored. Since then, his mother, or the ...
  • Librarian Laura
    Thanks to Net Galley for giving me an early ebook! Ohhhh I loved this one. This one is so sad and sweet. I could have read it all in one sitting if I didn't have to go to work during the day. Klee (pronounced "Clay) has a mental breakdown and is admitted into a hospital. The book flashes back and forth between him in the hospital and his memories. And I love the Van Gogh theme. There were a few things about Van Gogh I hadn't known! I really liked...