Skyscraping (Anglais) Relié – 2 juin 2015
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I drop my backpack. Run.
Don’t wait for the elevator.
Chase the stairs down, like a slide.
Run past Jimmy, out onto Riverside.
I make it to the water.
Yell at a boat on the Hudson,
beg it to take me away, under a bridge,
out to the ocean, vast and wide,
beg someone to make me blind,
take me out of this shady city,
to a country, a continent,
a universe away
My eyes blur,
I don’t know what I’ve just seen.
My legs shake,
the earth has shifted.
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Praise for SKYSCRAPING:
A 2016 NCTE Children's Notable Verse Novel
A Booklist Top 10 LGBTQ Book for Youth title
A YALSA 2016 Best Fiction for Young Adults title
A Booklist Essential LGBTQIA Book for Youth
A Los Angeles Public Library's Best Book for Teens
* "Exquisite free-verse poems...illuminating and deeply felt."—Booklist *STARRED*
* "[An] exquisite coming-of-age novel in verse."—School Library Connection *STARRED*
“This book should be popular with fans of Sarah Dessen and would be a worthy addition to most high school library collections.”—VOYA
"Jensen's spare free-verse poems and accessible imagery realistically portray the fraught moments of adolescent identity formation with great empathy. Compelling snapshots of contemporary family drama and the AIDS epidemic as captured through a teen's eyes."—Kirkus Reviews
"Written in straightforward, accessible free verse tinged with celestial metaphors, this story--set in a well-rendered 1993 NYC--is sincere, touching, and heartwrenching." —Horn Book
"It left me speechless. Skyscraping is like a regular book with wings."—Becky Albertalli, author of National Book Award finalist Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda
"In gorgeous poetic verse, Jensen captures the raw emotions and hard truths of a family dealing with forgiveness and love.... Your heart will soar and break and heal anew."—An Na, author of Printz Award winner and National Book Award finalist A Step from Heaven
" Skyscraping is brilliant, sharp and bright. A stellar story. Jensen has written a powerful tale about love and loss, a story that will stick with readers long after they’ve reached the end. Her poetry is vivid, tangible, and visceral. She’s a rising star with a breathtaking debut. This is a novel made of star stuff."—Skila Brown, author of Caminar
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Mira hasn’t had the time to get used to her father’s relationship when tragedy strikes. She has to help her father when he’s really sick and he tells her his next secret, he is HIV positive. The illness is progressing rapidly and Mira has to make a difficult choice, will she hold on to her anger or can she let go, so she can properly say goodbye to her father? Can she forgive her parents for their dishonesty and her father for shocking her to her core to make the most of the time they have left together?
Skyscraping is an incredibly impressive emotional book. I was blown away by Cordelia Jensen’s beautiful verse and she perfectly describes Mira’s struggles and each emotional stage she’s going through. I had tears in my eyes while reading her story. Her whole life shatters, she has to deal with coming to terms with the family secrets, her father’s terrible illness and people’s reactions, both good and bad. Fortunately she’s surrounded with love, friendship and acceptance and this eventually helps her to cope. I loved how Cordelia Jensen describes her journey, it’s raw, honest and open and it completely took my breath away.
Cordelia Jensen is a fantastic author. She has a rare ability to choose the exact right words, which makes every line she writes spot on. There’s so much depth in her story and each of Mira’s feelings are being throughly and beautifully explored. Skyscraping is poignant with many different layers and several easily distinguishable and precious kinds of love. It’s a strong story about the way a fractured, but close family deals with a heartbreaking disease. Cordelia Jensen’s writing moved and transformed me, Skyscraping is absolutely brilliant. It’s a compelling must-read that will stay with me for a very long time.
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. Sometimes the writing style can make me feel a bit disconnected with the main character. But that was not a problem with this book. I could feel Mira's pain so clearly. The poetry was exquisitely beautiful. I loved Mira's obsession with astronomy and the metaphors Mira weaved throughout the poetry. I loved the realistic portrayal of her relationship with her parents. Mira's mom was always kind of absent and actually left the family for a period of a year to go to Italy. Because of that, Mira is holding onto a lot of resentment towards her. She has always been much closer to her father until she catches him with his lover, James. Suddenly her whole world is thrown into chaos and she doesn't know how to handle the fact that she feels everything is a lie. She starts pushing her friends away, skipping school, and rebelling against her parents.
When Mira realizes her father is sick, she struggles to come to terms with everything going on. Her confusion and sadness were so heartbreaking. This story took place at a time when people were still terrified of AIDS and thought they could get it just by drinking out of the same glass. I swear I spent the second 50% of this book crying my eyes out. The author's acknowledgements at the end made me tear up even more. This book was loosely based on the fact that the author's own father died of AIDS. I haven't felt this much emotion from a book in a long time. I was speechless when I finished it and I know this book will stay with me for a long time.
Also . . . can we talk about how beautiful that cover is? It is seriously one of the most beautiful covers I have ever seen.
A gorgeous, gorgeous book.