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The Art of Breaking Things

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  787 ratings  ·  161 reviews
In the tradition of Laurie Halse Anderson and Sara Zarr, one girl embraces the power of her voice: rules are meant to be broken and she won’t stay silent.

Seventeen-year-old Skye has her sights set on one thing: getting the heck out of Dodge. Art school is her ticket out and she’s already been accepted to her first choice, MICA. All she has to do is survive her senior year,
Hardcover, 390 pages
Published June 18th 2019 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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Sophie "Beware Of The Reader"
4,5 stars

Reading this book was hard for me personally. Not because I went through what Skylar went but because of her behavior toward drugs and boys.

Usually the girl is the straight laced one and the hero may be the partying and womanizer type.
Having a role reversal forced me to realize that I had double standards and that's not something I was proud of!

Another trigger was Skye's use of drugs. Again not because I had been addicted but one of my friends went down that road and being a tee
Schizanthus Nerd
Skye dreams of being an art major at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) when she graduates.
I love to draw and create projects for the people I care about, but I’ve never considered that my art could create change.
Skye is the daughter of an absentee father and a mother who is frequently emotionally unavailable and/or drunk.
“Other families are there for one another.” I can hear the tears clouding her whisper. “Other families are normal. Ours isn’t. Ours sucks.”
Skye is basically a sec
Caidyn (he/him/his)
This review can also be found on my blog!

Thanks to Viking for sending me a finished copy!

CW: child sexual abuse, grooming, drug misuse, sexual assault, and PTSD

When I got home from Portland, this was a surprise for me! It’s not usually a genre I reach for, nor is it a topic that I like reading about. Sexual assault is content that I don’t read because it bothers me. As it should, of course, but it just is one of those things that bothers me.

Skye is an art student in high school, going out for a
Jul 07, 2019 rated it liked it
3 stars.

I hadn't heard of this before finding it randomly on Scribd, but I started immediately because I was intrigued, but it unfortunately just ended up being fine.

This book had a pretty big case of not knowing what it wanted to be. It went from this emotional journey about a girl who was molested by her soon to be step dad, to being about her fighting with addiction, to her having inner turmoil about college, and to falling for her best friend. Just too much happening in a 300 page book.

It wa
ivy ♡
edit : i've remade my blog + the name of the blog has also been changed from oscarthewilder to sapphicfairylights ! find this review & others on my new blog, here!

Seventeen-year-old Skye Murray has a secret. It’s a terrible one, one that she hasn’t told anyone about, not even the ones she considers closest to her. She was repeatedly molested and even assaulted by her mother’s ex in her childhood, who makes a comeback just when she thought he was gone away for good. She’s worried that what she ha
Nicole Valentine
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is an absolutely incredible debut. It's a stunning and accurate depiction not only of the damage that sexual abuse creates, but how the subsequent ways of managing the secret trauma can render the victim less trustworthy in the eyes of those who love them-- and ultimately, renders them unwilling to trust themselves. Sibson makes Skye's world so real, every rent in the fabric of her life will leave you feeling as if your firmament is also torn, long after you've put the book down. In this mo ...more
Chapters And Sparkles
Skye is an art student in high school and she works hard to get her scholarship at an art school. Her Mother and little sister are everything in her life. She loves them, but because of her secret – she can’t truly express her love for them. When she was twelve, Mother’s boyfriend, Dan molested her. Because of that, Skye hides herself in drugs – she drinks every night, she smokes joints, and she hits on the random guys.

The truth is that nobody knows ho
Feb 09, 2019 added it
Shelves: read-in-2019
My heart is full after reading this timely, empowering debut YA novel. I cried, I laughed, I swooned, I felt fury, I felt hope. This important and affecting book has it all. 💜
THE ART OF BREAKING THINGS is the story of Skye, a talented artist who has already gotten into art school and plans to spend the rest of senior year partying until she can escape her hometown. But everything changes when her mom’s ex-boyfriend resurfaces. Skye has to face the terrible truth she’s kept buried for many years
Jamie :)
Jul 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow such a powerful book. Made me feel so many things. Tore open my heart and made it bleed. So so good. Loved how raw it was ughhh so much better than expected!! Please please read this!!
Apr 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It's 12:11 AM and I just finished this after starting it a couple hours ago and I'm crying, is any more explanation even needed? I would throw all of the stars at this book if I could. ...more
Melanie  Brinkman
Just how much more can go wrong before she breaks apart completely?

After getting into MICA, the art school of her dreams, Skye's sure she's finally done it. If she can make it through her senior year of school without getting too drunk at parties, and manage to be there for her sister, Emma, she'll finally escape her hometown of bad memories. But then her mother's creepy ex shows up, ruining everything. Now that her worst nightmare has returned, Skye knows she can't leave her sister behind to de
Jun 24, 2019 rated it it was ok
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Candace Walker
Mar 07, 2020 rated it liked it
Cute book. It shows you that secrets will eventually break you and effect the people around you if you don’t learn to open up and trust
Apr 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The Art of Breaking Things by Laura Sibson (June 18)
Overview: Skye was twelve when she was molested by her mother's boyfriend on a camping trip. When she tried to tell her mom that night, her mom brushed her off and was too drunk to remember what happened to Skye. Now a senior in high school, she's lived with the fear and shame for a while, believing that her mother doesn't believe her. She's tried to cope with alcohol, drugs, and art, and she's starting to heal when Dan comes back into their li
Aug 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The star of Laura Sibson's The Art of Breaking Things, Skye, is not the typical high school senior unless you think a hard drinking, pot smoking, party goer who has been molested by her mother's boyfriend as a child and who has an amazing talent for art is normal. I’d call it damaged--challenged, maybe. This book is Skye's story of how she handles the roadside bombs life throws at her while graduating from high school and moving on with her life.  Can she heal herself enough to pursue her closel ...more
PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps

Skye’s mother’s ex boyfriend Dan is back in the picture, five years after molesting Skye. Her little sister is the same age as Skye was when Dan attacked her. Alcohol, drugs and boys don’t numb Skye’s pain enough or take away her fear for Emma or the abandonment she feels that her mom doesn’t believe what happened.

THE ART OF BREAKING THINGS is a difficult, realistic story about the aftermath of molestation. I could understand Skye not wanting to confide in friends or adults after her m
Nikki Barthelmess
Mar 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
THE ART OF BREAKING THINGS is a story I will not forget. Laura Sibson weaves a compelling story about a girl with a secret that too many young girls can relate to. Her character is hurt, but not broken, searching to find her way through the other side of trauma. Through her, I imagine so many others will find healing. What a fantastic debut.
Alexandra Villasante
Apr 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Gritty, necessary and completely gripping!
** I received an ARC of this in exchange for an honest review **

Uh, where do I begin? Oh right, trigger warning for literally anything you can think of!

I want to say that this book is this generations Speak but not quite as good. The writing is fantastic and the cover is beautiful! Probably one of my favorite covers I've seen in quite a while.

The biggest downside to this is that I think it almost tries too hard to be like Speak. Even down to the main character being an art student and using her
kelly {BookCrushin}
This book is intense. A lot of trigger warnings are necessary. Child sexual abuse described on page. Having to relive the experience through an older perspective. Drug & alcohol abuse as a coping mechanism, thoughts of self harm & worthlessness.
But if you are in a good place the book is well written even though it focuses more of the self discovery and having to relive her abuse when the perpetrator returns to her life and coping.
Jan 31, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
Jul 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audio-book-2019, 2019
There's no way I can give this less than 5 stars. AMAZING. HEART BREAKING. NECESSARY.

Josephine Sorrell
May 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: newbery-2020
applause for an extremely well written young adult novel on timely and sensitive subjects.
This story was a slow burn read as I held my breath, hoping what was about to happen would not happen. Skye lives on a very slippery slope as she maneuvers her life around a younger vulnerable sister, an insecure single mother who loses her troubles in glasses of wine and an overbearing stepfather to be. All this home life is the background for a typical teen trying to find her way in a complicated life of
Elisa Zied
May 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This young adult novel was so beautifully done. From the gorgeous cover and wonderful writing to the realistic dialogue and seamless transitions from present to past, the novel scores on so many levels. I love how protagonist Skye’s art manifests in her thoughts, relationships, and world view and how it’s used to help her work through her own trauma. consent in a delicate yet empowering way. The characters are compelling and believable, and while several engage in illegal substance use and abuse ...more
Jul 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Wow, I was shocked by how much I enjoyed this book. It dealt with a lot of serious issues (i.e. sexual assault, pedophilia, drug abuse, etc.) but it did it in a way that I thought was done really well.

I really liked reading about Skye and how she is still coping with what had happened to her all those years ago. It was pretty clear from the start that Dan, her mother’s ex, had something to do with it and I was not surprised when I found out what he did to her. But it w
Heather Lander
Oct 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Reminded me of Sadie by Courtney Summers but I liked this even more!
Bella Reads and Reviews
Apr 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Laura Sibson has done a stunning job of creating a profoundly believable character who kept me engaged even though her story was hard to face. The damage done to twelve-year-old Skye by her mother's boyfriend, enhanced by her mother's dismissal of the event as never having happened, so clearly influences Skye's self-destructive behavior several years later. Yet this is a story of hope as Skye does her best to protect her younger sister when the boyfriend comes back into their lives. She finds he ...more
Apr 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book is almost instantly gripping. Based on the jacket I thought there might be some redundancies, as I’ve come to read quite a few books lately that seemed to have a story just like this one. However, once I started this one, it felt different than other books almost immediately. The characters are so relatable and the flow of the writing so natural that you can easily paint yourself into the story right alongside these people. I think the very striking difference between this book and tho ...more
This book is almost instantly gripping. Based on the jacket I thought there might be some redundancies, as I’ve come to read quite a few books lately that seemed to have a story just like this one. However, once I started this one, it felt different than other books almost immediately. The characters are so relatable and the flow of the writing so natural that you can easily paint yourself into the story right alongside these people. I think the very striking difference between this book and tho ...more
Jul 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2019
Skye is in her senior year of high school, she parties a lot and hooks up with a fair amount of guys, but mostly she’s ready to just get out of town and go to art school. But when her mom’s ex-boyfriend Dan shows back up in the picture her life starts spiraling out of control. Nobody knows what Dan did to her back when she was a young girl, and now she has to worry about Dan being around her younger sister Emma.

This is a difficult book to read as it deals with childhood sexual assault and someb
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Laura Sibson worked for years as a career counselor for undergraduates before getting her MFA from the Vermont College of Fine Arts. When she’s not writing, counseling, or drinking impossibly strong coffee, you can find her running miles around her home in Philadelphia, walking her dog, or ingesting pop culture (along with great takeout) with her family.

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