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Kiss the Sky

2.75  ·  Rating Details  ·  52 Ratings  ·  12 Reviews
From political commentator, book author, and multimedia personality Farai Chideya comes an intense and darkly funny debut novel about a woman who learns what you stand to gain -- and lose -- if you follow your dreams of fame.Sophie Maria Clare Lee doesn't have the resume of a rock star. She grew up a book-smart black girl in blue-collar Baltimore, then remade herself at Ha ...more
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published May 12th 2009 by Atria (first published 2009)
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Aug 23, 2011 Kia rated it really liked it
Interesting book. It started off kind of slowly, actually very slowly. To be honest, I picked this book up two times before but couldn't get past chapter 5. This time when I read it, I was determined to finish it and boy am I glad that I did. Chideya gives a lot of back story and really crafts out each character, especially the main character Sophie (aka Sky). You grow to know her and actually establish a connection with her as she is on her journey to not only super-stardom, but to dealing with ...more
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Mar 19, 2012 Lit FanGrl rated it it was ok
Didn't really like the main character, so that make me less than thrilled with the book. It was well written, but I could never quite get all the way into it.
Jun 02, 2014 Ari rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2014
Incredible Quote: "But Mimi knew that I was lying to her. What were girlfriends for except telling your other girlfriends their business? It was twisted group therapy, where you had no secrets except the ones you truly kept to yourself" (pg. 66).

I think I first heard about this book on NPR, it's been on my to-read list since 2009 so I'm glad I finally read it although I wish I hadn't bought it (I believe I purchased it from Open Books at Printers Row Fest so that's a plus). I hate being frustra
Susan Gottfried
Nov 27, 2011 Susan Gottfried rated it did not like it
Shelves: rock-fiction
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I don’t remember where I first heard of Farai Chideya’s Kiss the Sky. I do know I had really high hopes for this story, of a woman struggling with herself and her music career. Sophie is the sort of character you initially want to root for: she’s divorced from her music partner, but they’ve found a way to co-exist — maybe they are even comfortable with their status. She’s got a cool job, at least when the book opens, and she’s willing to work to
Judy B.
Apr 28, 2010 Judy B. rated it liked it
I wanted to love this book, but ultimately found it just good. If 1/2 stars were possible, I would give it a 3.5; a B-. Some of the writing is clever, but overall the book did not keep me thinking about it for days afterward. It is an attractive story - girl meets boy rocker, gets caught up in getting world rocked - but the convention of naming chapters after song titles became trite and the characterizations were not super deep. Great rock tunes can be deep. So a really good rock novel should b ...more
Sep 05, 2009 Shamekia rated it liked it
Let's see...where do I begin? Kiss the Sky is a well- and often beautifully-written book. The story of Sophie "Sky" Lee a 30-something rock singer, and her love affair with the ex-husband, the current boyfriend/manager, and of course, her music.

Sky is a very flawed character to say the least, she battles depression, alcoholism, drug use(typical of artists right?), and addiction to bad men and destructive behavior. I found myself rooting for her and frustrated with her at the same time.

I especia
Mar 13, 2014 Julia rated it liked it
This book was okay. I agree with most of the reviews. The book started a bit slow and the main character annoyed me. It seemed like she never learned from her mistakes.
The song titled chapters are kind of quirky but I did YouTube a few them. What I didn't like about the book was that it just seemed to end abruptly. It was like watching a movie and then the power goes out.
Jul 26, 2015 Markeda rated it it was ok
This book was like reading the main character's personal journal. It was a summary of a life with sex, drugs, and music.
Erika Carruth
I found this book on the clearance table at Borders. Though I often disagree with some of Chideya's opinions and comments on NPR, her storytelling and character building in this novel is ON POINT. Good chick-lit for any black woman who's attended private school and has had to survive and swing in many world views.
Mar 31, 2010 AJ rated it did not like it
This book is written terribly, so bad that I couldn't get past more than 40 or so pages before putting it down for good. I expect fiction to be light and fluffy at times, but this is just awful. The conversations between characters are cliche at best, and the internal dialogue and narrative were bland.
Tserhapetros tpb2471
The book is kind of good but not a fast reading! Complected life of a musician!
Aug 31, 2010 Stacie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've read better written books, esp from Farai Chideya, who excels in nonfiction about news and hip hop, respectively. However, what I liked most about this book was that I don't think I've seen such a complicated character before in black literature. Black punk rock chick, hip hop lover who quotes The Clash. You see her making these decisions in the book and you want to cringe. Sophie/Sky is emotionally messy, an alcoholic, a bullimic and often reacts to things as opposed to making her own deci ...more
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