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The Sky Between You and Me

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  486 ratings  ·  139 reviews
Raesha can’t let go. Not of the ache she feels at the loss of her mother. Or her loneliness from the long hours her father spends on the road. And certainly not of her jealousy of the new girl who keeps flirting with her boyfriend and making plans with her best friend. So she focuses on training for Nationals.

For Raesha, competing isn’t just about the speed of her horse or
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published February 7th 2017 by Sourcebooks Fire
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Jan 28, 2017 marked it as dnf
DNF at 7%

I'm not sure if it's the authors writing style not jiving for me, or the awful NG formatting/lack of punctuation, but that 7% was painful for me to get through.
Kaylin (The Re-Read Queen)
4.5 Stars


“I wish I could explain, what it was like. Fingers counting the bones that were becoming me.”

No, this book isn’t perfect.

Yes, the writing style isn’t for everyone.

But it is single-handedly the best book about eating disorders I have ever read.

All too often eating disorders are romanticized into some pretty girl with a shy smile meekly pushing a plate of food away from her. Or it’s all treated like an after school special where someone faints, is told a few kind words, a
Claude's Bookzone
Jul 12, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: verse-novel
CW: eating disorder, dealing with loss of mother through illness, suicide, mental health

I don't know if this is a good, accurate or respectful exploration of someone developing an eating disorder but I liked how it was an aspiration that gradually developed into this all consuming beast that poisoned all aspects of her life. I had to dig deep to push through the very slow first half and I didn't 'enjoy' the novel, but I was invested enough to want to know how things turned out.
Jenna Buss
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wow. Where to start with this amazing book.
The Sky Between You and Me was a gripping, powerful novel told in beautiful verse. Even though I don't generally read verse narratives, this book truly changed my perspective on the writing style.

This story was super realistic. This book wasn't just another one of "those" books about eating disorders, where some popular girl pushes away a plate, faints, and then magically overcomes it. Some of the pages were heart-wrenching, but the truth. The eating di
Feb 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
** 2.5 / 3 stars **

I really wanted to love The Sky Between You and Me, and at first I was. However, that quickly changed. There were a couple of moments (6 or 7 times) that I thought about DNF'ing this.

Full review to come.
Feb 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I'd almost given up. I could barely make it through the first chapter because of the way the story is written. But thankfully, I stuck with it. For one, I love different and I love stories that aren't always too obvious so this ended up working for me.

Everything seemed almost poetic; so alluring. As I read the more it became clear that she was going through a tough time. Not only with the lost of a parent and the constant absence of another, but she also had struggles with her body.

I can under
Aug 20, 2016 marked it as to-read
This sounds amazing! I can't wait for it ...more
Daphnee (daphneereads)
DNF... the writing style is not for me. I don't know if it's the ARC that is missing punctuation or not but it's very confusing. ...more
Angelique Simonsen
written in prose form this is a story of a teens experience of anorexia. I did find this a little bit disjointed sometimes but the message was good
Karlita | Tale Out Loud
My secret

While I can't say this is the type of book I normally go for, the topic/issue is really hard to ignore. I admire Catherine Alene for writing a novela, too personal for her, and that she was able to talk about the sensitivity of eating disorder, an issue everyone is afraid to address in the first place.

This book is about a girl named Rae who is on the Rodeo team and wants to compete for the Nationals. Her goal? Minus Five on the scale.

After her mom died, everything was different
Feb 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fiction
The Sky Between You and Me caught my interest because it deals with mental illness as well as the struggles of a teen girl dealing with friendship issues and the loss of her mother. This is the second book that I read in verse and once again I enjoyed it. It's like a heady mix of poetry and narrative. I was so caught up in the writing and the story that I raced through it.

The Sky Between You and Me is the story of Raesha, a teen cowgirl who is on a Rodeo team and wants to compete at Nationals. H
Emerald Sue
Aug 05, 2017 rated it really liked it
“This isn't who I want to be
But I am
At least right now”
Ryley (Ryley Reads)
Thanks so much to Raincoast Books for sending me an ARC of this book for an honest review, as always, all opinions are my own.

**TRIGGER WARNING: Before I get into this review, I just want to say that this book deals with eating disorders, specifically anorexia nervosa, and I will be discussing these elements throughout the review.**

I want to talk about the way this story is told first because it was very different from the usual books I read. It is written in verse, so even though it is almost 5
May 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Catherine Alene’s debut, THE SKY BETWEEN YOU AND ME, is inspired by a true and very real story. The book follows a girl named Raesha, a teen suffering from anorexia. She also deals with many other struggles and some heavy teenage challenges through the story.

After the tragic loss of her mother a few years ago, Raesha felt lost and alone. Her dad’s constant job on the road doesn’t help. What Raesha does have is her love and skill for riding and her friends: Cody, her loving boyfriend and Micah. R
This book had so, so, SOOOO much potential and Catherine Alene just didn't reach that point for me.

“Everyone leaves
So they shouldn't say they won't”

-THE DOGGGG. This dog, Blue, should go for Pet of the Year or something 'cause he was amazing!!!!
-It was cool seeing a story in a poem. I think they're called epic poems or whatever.... The style isn't for me, but still was cool to read.

“Everyone is always in such a hurry
Measuring the minutes
Dripping off the end of the second hand
At the
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
So this book was incredibly difficult for me to read for a variety of reasons, mainly because it hit far too close to home for me. Between the horses, the boy, the jealousy, and the eating disorder, I low key felt as though I were reading a book about me from a few years ago. That said, it was an excellent book. The author was completely flawless in her descriptions of the character’s motivations and the plot itself was wonderfully handled. While it wasn’t entirely what I was expecting—I was wan ...more
McKenna Becher
Nov 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Raesha had brought out all of the problems in her life. Her mother’s death, her father never being home, her eating disorder. Her life just seems to be tough. I can for sure say it's not a life i would enjoy. This book was extremely good and kept me always wondering what was going on. I always wanted to jump in and help Raesha. I wanted to help her out of her problems. I also connected with her when they started talking about competing. Her eating disorder came out of her wanting to fit into her ...more
Sydney Abhold

Personal Response: The book The Sky Between You and Me hits on a personal level for me. This being because I had close friends suffer from eating disorders like Raesha. Otherwise, this book is very good despite what I previously said.

Summary: The Sky Between You and Me by Catherine Alene is about a girl named Raesha suffering from an eating disorder called anorexia. Raesha or Rae’ for short lost her mother at a very young age, and all she wants to do is be like her. She had it all a great frien
Mar 21, 2017 marked it as dnf
Shelves: young-adult, arc
DNF at 8%

I'm don't know if it's the authors writing style or the lack of punctuation but I just can not find myself getting into the story.
Melissa (BookNerdMomo)
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Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire and NetGalley for providing me with an eARC in exchange for an honest review.

I was so excited to read this because one, I love books written in verse, and two, I knew it was going to be covering an important topic. Now that I’ve read it, I’m left with a lot of mixed feelings. There were so many times where I was beyond frustrated. I nearly marked this as DNF twice. However, it portrayed the topic very realistical
Isabella Marin
Mar 27, 2017 rated it it was ok
this book was a very touchy book. the friends knew that the girl was anorexic but they didn't do anything to stop it or help her. it made me kind of mad. there was a bunch of f-bombs but that's normal. I just wouldn't recommend it to a person ...more
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
The Sky Between You and Me was a book I was actually pretty iffy on picking up. I did request it so I could review it but then I realized I am pretty ignorant to any and all things farm or horse related. I don't herd cattle or do 4h club stuff, although, I do own a bunny and that is the extent of my farm knowledge. I am glad that I pushed through the beginning because the rest of the book was pretty good. But it was so slow for the first 50 or so pages that I did find myself wanting to pick up a ...more
Grace P
3.5/5 Stars! RTC
Cynthia (Bingeing On Books)
I received this ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.

I wish I had known when I requested this one that it was written in verse. I am kind of picky when it comes to those because there have only been a few that I have really enjoyed. I was really interested in the premise of a girl (Rae) who becomes anorexic because she wants to be lighter for her horseback championship. In some ways, this book was well done. I thought the portrayal of her eating disorder was very realistic. Rae st
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
Grade: D
1.5 stars

Raesha has never gotten over the loss of her mother. Although she has a great best friend and boyfriend, a faithful dog, horse and riding hobby, she becomes increasingly insecure when a new girl with similar interests befriends her group. With her father often away working, Raesha becomes anorexic and begins to lose herself.

Despite Raesha's story being sympathetic, I didn't find her likable or easy to champion. Her jealousy/insecurity and lack of empathy for her new classmate,
Jan 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Review also found at

I received an advanced copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.  Thank you!  The expected publication date is February 1st 2017.

If I have to be honest, I struggled with the way this story was written.  It took me a while to get used to the fact that it was all in verse.  The lack of periods at the end of sentences really bothered me and I desperately wanted to correct it.  That being said, th
Chrissie Morrison
Jul 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Raesha is not the stereotypical girl with an eating disorder from the "after school specials" of my youth.  She isn't the super-popular girl who is afraid to lose it all if she gains a few pounds, nor is she the unpopular fat girl who thinks that she will finally be accepted by her peers if she loses some weight.  This story is much more realistic, so I think it's only fair to provide a *TRIGGER WARNING* for people recovering from eating disorders.

While Raesha doesn't set out to be anorexic, she
Shannon Fay
I liked this book, really I did, but I would give it 3.5 stars if I could and not the 4 or 5 stars that books like this usually garner from me, because something was just... missing.

It's not that this book wasn't good, because it was. I thoroughly enjoy any sort of issue books, and this one was no different. In addition, I liked that the girl affected by this eating disorder wasn't portrayed as some vapid shallow idiot, but also a girl who helps her dad run a farm and is capable of taking care o
Mikayla Beckman
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
Going into this book, I wasn’t sure I was going to line it. The synopsis made it sound like a jealous suck up girl who rides horses. THIS. BOOK. IS. SO. MUCH. MORE. THAN. THAT. Raesha, a young girl who is still coping with the loss of her mother is dating a boy named Cody, and her best friend is a girl named Asia. Everything is okay, as okay as it could be, until kierra comes. Kierra who is the image of perfect. Kierra who quickly befriends Asia and Cody, kierra who Raesha cannot stand. Amidst t ...more
Dec 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
Full disclosure: this book, which was kindly given to me as an ARC by Sourcebooks Fire and Netgalley, was the first YA novel in verse I read. While I like classic verse and poetry, I'm sad to say this foray into YA verse was not for me. I felt like the plot, the novel, lost out on being fully developed by choosing this style of composition.

The novel follows Rae, a competitive rider who *not too spoilery spoiler alert* develops an eating disorder. We meet her friends, her boyfriend, her family b
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