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
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
GenreYoung Adult, Mental Health, Mental Illness, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Health, Fiction

Reviews In Sight of Stars

  • Larry H
    4.5 stars, rounded up.Klee (pronounced "Clay") worshiped his father. They shared a love for art and artists, especially van Gogh, and they spent countless hours together painting and visiting museums and galleries, and Klee loved listening to his father's stories, even the ones which were so clearly made up. He knew his father gave up his dreams of becoming an artist to have a stable job as a lawyer, but his father wants him to have the chances h...
  • 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...
  • Vishy
    Gae Polisner's 'In Sight of Stars' was one of my most awaited books this year. I loved all her three earlier books and so I couldn't wait to read her new one. In the first scene of the story we find Klee Alden, our narrator, opening a door and entering somewhere and he sees something inside which shocks him and something inside him snaps and he takes a knife out of his pocket and before anyone around him could do anything, he tries to cut himself...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Richelle Robinson
    In this story we meet Klee who cuts his neck with a knife at a party. Afterwards we are transported to past plus we see what leads up to the event. Klee was going through a difficult time with a parent passing and I honestly felt he would have done well with some counseling. I really liked that we got to see what was going on with Klee and how he’s been feeling the last year. Throughout this story there are some twists that I didn’t see comin...
  • 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...
  • Samantha (WLABB)
    Shocker. I read another book about grief and loss, and I liked it, a lot. My penchant for this type of book is well known, but there were so many other things I loved about this beautifully written story of love, loss, and healing.•Pro: The writing was exquisite. Besides it being so painfully beautiful at times, it also masterfully helped me slip into Klee's mental state. In the beginning of the story, where Klee was in crisis, the writing was ...
  • 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.
  • Jessica
    I absolutely adored this book. Gae Polisner always writes amazing characters, and In Sight of Stars is no exception. I also loved how the story unfolded itself to the reader, a mix of the present and the past. Polisner also deals with the important issue of mental health with beautiful grace and compassion. I think this has become my new favorite book by her. I highly recommend it.
  • 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!
  • Mandi Schneck
    I don't cry at books, I just don't. I get sad and do feel emotion for whatever is happening, but I don't ever shed physical tears. BUT HOLY WATERWORKS. This book got me. In Sight of Stars by Gae Polisner melted my icy heart and sent tears streaming down my cheeks in droves. This story follows Klee (pronounced Clay), a teen struggling with his father's suicide, who in a moment of weakness hurts himself and ends up in a mental hospital (more fondly...
  • 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...
  • Paula
    "For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream."- Vincent Van GoghI know nothing with any certainty, but the reading of each Gae Polisner novel makes me think and feel more deeply about life. I've read everything she's written and she continues blowing me away! In her latest YA book she introduces us to Klee (pronounced Clay-as in Paul Klee) a talented high school artist who is reeling from the recent su...
  • Patrick
    One of Gae’s best. It is because of stories like this that I love YA so much. Powerful!
  • Gary Anderson
    Review coming soon. Still processing ...
  • 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...
  • Kate Olson
    #partner * So, so many young adult books are featuring themes of mental illness now that I start thinking I know what to expect in the genre.........but then THIS book comes along and shows me how it should be done. Polisner has written a quiet and poignant look into a teen's experiences with grief, depression and desperation, and has managed to do so with the most compassionate touch I have seen. Her portrayal of mental health professionals, the...
  • 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...
  • Linda
    Thanks to NetGalley for this arc. Teens have a tough time being who they are or who they want to be. Gae Polisner knows that, has written a poignant story of one struggling high school senior, Klee, whose father is so important to him, an artist who gave it up to make a better living as a lawyer. But as an artist at home, he spent special time telling Klee stories, teaching him about artists and art. He did that until he died. Now Klee had not ...
  • Stacie
    In Sight of Stars, by Gae Polisner, is a poignant coming-of-age novel. It is also a story that delves into tough family and life issues, ones that force readers into uncomfortable places. But it is ultimately those places that allow us to know and understand ourselves and each other, and move forward. This is a story featuring a teen (17-year-old Klee) who has faced the unimaginable, the suicide of his father - and after a breakdown finds himself...
  • Heidi
    If you’ve ever wanted a fly-on-the-wall view of what a counseling session looks like, look no further. While not every person who sees a counselor does so in this context, I can say from experience that Klee (pronounced “Clay”) Alden’s experience in the office of Dr. Alvarez is indicative of what it’s like to have someone listen, validate very human responses to life events, and convince a broken mind that hope and healing is achievable...
  • Joanne Kelleher
    In Sight of Stars reminded me a bit of the 2018 Printz Award Winner We Are Okay in that we meet the protagonists of each after they have fallen apart and we learn more about what happened to them as they slowly start to piece themselves back together. The confusion in the opening pages of this book echoes Klee's state of mind in the aftermath of his emotional breakdown. As he settles into his surroundings at the psychiatric hospital, the narrativ...