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A heartrending, bold novel in verse about family, identity, and forgiveness

Mira is just beginning her senior year of high school when she discovers her father with his male lover. Her world–and everything she thought she knew about her family–is shattered instantly. Unable to comprehend the lies, betrayal, and secrets that–unbeknownst to Mira–have come to define and keep
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published June 2nd 2015 by Philomel Books
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"The constellation of a family can shift shape in seconds."
Holy freaking shit guys. Words can't even describe how absolutely flawless this book is. I cried my eyes out. It was beautiful as fuck and it is easily one of my favorite books of 2015 and maybe ever. This is the story of a girl named Mira who is a senior in high school, told in poetic verse. Mira discovers that her Father is gay when she walks in on him with his male lover and it takes a toll on her life. Later, she finds out that not o
Dec 21, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars
I can’t believe I have owned this book for two years without reading it. I have a bad habit of reading books I borrow before the books I own because I know they will always be there.

This novel is written in verse and was so fast paced. I read it in its entirety in one sitting.
This book took everything I dislike about trends in YA right now -- 1993 setting, New York City setting -- and made them work so well I didn't even care.

Mira's dad and mom have an open marriage, and when she discovers this, after walking in on her dad with his male partner, she feels herself becoming unhinged. Slowly, she learns more about the relationship between her parents, (view spoiler) and has to come to terms
I made it through this book with a box of Kleenex right next to me. Life is difficult at times, and for Mira, who discovered her dad with James, it just got more difficult. Teenagers can be so unforgiving of their own parents, even in the face of death, which Mira's father was. Mira had choices to make: "overlook" that her dad is gay/bi, or forgive him and spend those last days he has left by being there for him and loving him. For those of us who were alive in 1994 and old enough to know, it wa ...more
Jun 05, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2015-releases
Gosh... uh.. i really don't know what to say.
I am not sure how i feel about this book tbh.
Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
3 Stars


Written in verse, Skyscraping revolves around Mira discovering her parents not only have an open marriage—but that her father is bisexual. Taking place in 1990s NYC, this book touches upon several big themes and topics, including: HIV/AIDS, sexuality, first love and family dynamics.

I just don’t think it said anything new about them, or said them in particularly interesting way.


Give me more characters who love “unconventional” school subjects, please! Mira loved astrono
Cheyanne Young
Oct 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Skyscraping is a novel in verse and each page is so beautifully written they could all be displayed individually for people to read and admire. This is the story of Mira, a high school senior living in New York and trying to make it through her senior year. She finds out quickly on that her entire family is a lie--her parents aren't who she thought they were, and her dad has an even worse secret, he's HIV positive.

My heart broke while reading this novel but I wasn't able to put it down. The stor
Dec 07, 2015 rated it really liked it
I typically don't enjoy books written in verse, but this one was beautiful. Highly recommend it if you're looking for something to pull at your heart strings. ...more
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This one caught me completely unaware. Oh how I cried!
I became a fan of writing in verse when I devoured Ellen Hopkins' "Crank" series a few years back, and I am pretty sure if was for that reason alone that Cordelia Jensen's debut novel "Skyscraping" made its way onto my To Read list. It took me a long time to get my hands on a copy of this book, and I am so relieved it didn't disappoint.
At the beginning of this end to end 3 hour read (I was gripped and read it in one sitting), I was unimpresse
Kate Olson
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely fabulous mature YA novel in verse about tough topics but dealt with in a beautiful and heartbreaking way. This book is set in a time period (the 90s) and a societal situation that not many others are - the uniqueness is so refreshing despite the trauma. Should be in all HS libraries.
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Such a humane, moving book, full of wonderful, heartbreaking characters, set in a time and place that needs to be remembered.
Sandra Waugh
Jan 30, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Breathtaking and heartbreaking. In tears for both its ache and beauty.
Jodi Meadows
This made me teary eyed while on a plane.
Suze Lavender
Jul 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
It’s 1994 and Mira is a senior looking forward to her last year at high school. When she catches her father with his lover, a man she’s known for years, her whole world is being turned upside down. Her mother has recently returned home after a long stay abroad and she finally discovers the truth behind her parents’ marriage. Mira can’t process this news, she’s devastated that her whole foundation is apparently based on lies and she no longer knows who she is anymore. She stops caring and distanc ...more
Beth Honeycutt
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I’m so glad I finally read this one! It’s heartbreaking but beautifully written. The setting of 1993-1994 was comforting and fun to remember. Impossible to put down - I read it in one day:)
Jan 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
"I scrape the sky, scouting for warmer air"


This book was really good, it was the first book I've ever read in verse surprisingly and I am not disappointed.

What took away from this book is that at times it felt a little over dramatic for me and I was kind of like calm down love. But other than that I really enjoyed the plot and execution of the novel.

I also liked the huge family aspect placed on this book and breaking the norms of what a "normal" family is supposed to be and how they're supp
Jul 27, 2015 rated it it was ok
I usually love books in verse. Normally I find myself hanging on every word. I find that books in verse flush out the main character and make the drama/event more real because I have to spend more time looking between the words and the lines to find the full meaning.

but this one just....didn't work for me. I knew from about 100 pages in, that this was just not connecting with me like normal. I think it's a good story and I'm glad it's out there. it just wasn't for me
May 27, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Honestly, I was taken a back when I got Skyscraping in my hands and found it it's written in verse. I don't read poems or anything written in verse, it's just not my cup of tea. But I had been waiting for Skyscraping ever since I heard about it, the author was so nice and friendly, and I really yearned to read it. So I thought: I'll give it a try, it can't be bad even if it's different than prose. I'm so glad I decided that, because I fell in love with Skyscraping - every aspect of it. Truthfull ...more
Dec 22, 2016 rated it liked it
This is the first book I've read that was written entirely in verse. It was so different and so beautiful. <3 ...more
Jan 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Skyscraping by Cordelia Jensen is by far my favorite book I’ve read this year. The emotion and tragedies that Miranda faces throughout the book give the story so much life and adds depth and detail. I liked this book so much because when Miranda looked past all of the struggles and complications that she had with her family, I could really connect with her because she showed so much support and love towards her family. I gave this book 5 stars because I loved how emotion was displayed in the boo ...more
May 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I was fortunate to win a class set of this novel in a giveaway run by the author. I typically don’t enjoy novels in verse because I am usually left feeling like the character development is poor, but that certainly wasn’t the case here! The characters are dynamic, and the controlling metaphor is a beautiful one. The dialogue surrounding AIDS in the 90s was very different than it is today, and this book does a wonderful job capturing that. I am delighted to have so many copies to share with my st ...more
Jan 28, 2019 rated it it was ok
I personally don´t like poetry books, and I thought this book was kind of slow. I just don´t think it´s my type of book.
Sabrina Auciello
Dec 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Skyscraping was a very interesting book with conflicts that you never saw coming. The poetry and language was intriguing to read.
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
This book had a huge emotional impact on me. I can’t even express how moving it was, and I can’t believe more people haven’t read it. I was considering putting it on my ultimate favorites shelf at one point—that’s how good it was. This book is a MASTERPIECE. I loved it.
Cynthia (Bingeing On Books)
I am going to try my best to write a coherent review that isn't a bunch of fangirl gibberish. But I can't make any promises. I have been waiting for this book all year. This book was one of my most anticipated releases of 2015 and I am so happy that it did not disappoint. This book was amazingly flawless. I really cannot think of a single bad thing about it.

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. Sometime
Jun 02, 2016 rated it liked it
This book is about family problems and how to deal with them, it's about forgiving the people you love and giving them second chances. I love the writing of this book it's very simple and has no excess description about events unlike other books. It's an easy read and a very emotional one.

Mira is a typical teenager who rebelled against her parents because of certain reasons. Her mom and dad were in an open marriage meaning they can have affairs to other people and won't get mad about it. Until o
Mar 04, 2016 rated it really liked it
This a short story is extended into small short verses. As I read more into the book there was small little quotes I just had to write down. Some of the points said in the book really sparked my liking of the book. Jensen's writing in Skyscraping is full of perfect details. It was a nice quick read and I enjoyed a lot of the visuals. The only thing I had a hard time understanding was why Adam got so angered. I won't put anymore information into that. I did love Jensen's writing she has a touch o ...more
Aug 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing
A completely refreshing novel told entirely with poems. When I realized that this was the format for the entire book, I was a little apprehensive to read it, since poems aren't some of my favorite things to read. But this was a very easy, captivating read. This book revolves around Mira growing up as a senior in NYC who learns that her parents have an open marriage. Feeling betrayed by this revelation, Mira becomes rebellious and stopped caring about school, until her father's devastating health ...more
Dec 25, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: poetry

At first, I wasn't sure that I would like Skyscraping, but as I kept reading, I started really enjoying it.

If you were to ask me why I liked this so much, I wouldn't be able to give a direct answer. Maybe it has to do with the writing in verse. Maybe it has to do with the characters. Maybe it has to do with Mira's love for astronomy. I have no clue. I just loved it.
Natasha Sinel
Jan 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Oh, how many things I put aside to finish reading this book. The descriptions of everything - Manhattan in the early 90s, Miranda, her family, everything so crisp, I felt like I could touch the characters inside the book. A beautiful and important story of family, love, acceptance, hope in a time period that feels far away yet was so recent. Five stars.
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