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Harley in the Sky

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  215 ratings  ·  103 reviews
Harley Milano has dreamed of being a trapeze artist for as long as she can remember. With parents who run a famous circus in Las Vegas, she spends almost every night in the big top watching their lead aerialist perform, wishing with all her soul that she could be up there herself one day.

After a huge fight with her parents, who continue to insist she go to school instead,
Paperback, 384 pages
Published March 10th 2020 by Ink Road
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Jun 06, 2019 marked it as to-read
Akemi constantly gets the most beautiful covers to complement her beautiful writing and this time is no different!!!!
Frank-Intergalactic Bookdragon

Due to personal reasons, I'm leaving all my responsibilities behind to join the circus.

Prereading thoughts
Update June 2019
The fact Akemi Dawn Bowman's books all have matching cover designs pleases me on a deep level.

Prereview September 2018
After finishing Starfish last night at one in the morning I desperately need more from this author.
Elora   Cook
Mar 03, 2018 marked it as to-read
I will read anything Akemi gives me. Shhh, no questions. Anything. Even a grocery list.
Mar 23, 2020 marked it as to-read
take my money now
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Harley in the Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman is my first book I have read from this author. Thank you Netgalley and Simon and Shuster for a copy of this ARC for an honest review.

Harley Milano comes from a family of Circus Performers as well as her family owns the most famous circus in Las Vegas. She wants to be a Trapeze Artist but her parents want her to stay in school and go to college. Then one day Harley feels like her parents are just not listening to her dreams so she decides to join their
Akemi Dawn Bowman
Mar 14, 2020 added it  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
HARLEY IN THE SKY is officially out in the world, so I guess its a good time to mention how grateful I am to each and every one of you for reading this book. It means the world, truly.

One of the things I get asked the most is why I chose to write this story. And recently, I was given the chance to write a guest piece about the inspiration behind HARLEY IN THE SKY, as well as my thoughts on mental health, labels, and why stories that discuss what it feels like to be living with an undiagnosed
I got this book in my September, 2019 The Book Hookup Young Adult Subscription box, presented by The Strand Bookstore, and I was pretty thrilled to read this as the synopsis sounds absolutely intriguing. What I appreciated most about this story was the beautiful, diverse cultural backgrounds of the main characters, Harley (Japanese/American) and Vas (Russian/English), and the supportive roles such as Dexi and Vivien. It was delightful to read more about the culture shock as well as how these ...more
The Nerd Daily
Feb 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie DeFelice

I was swept away by my emotions while I was reading Harley in the Sky. I dont think Ive ever related so much to a character, and I think it might portray the story of lots of young people that might also feel the same way. The topic of mental health was not one I was expecting to encounter in a story about trapeze artists and circus tents, yet it was exactly this story that made me weep uncontrollably. This story about identity
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Many thanks to the publisher for sending me a free ARC in exchange for an honest review
all quotes taken from the ARC and may differ slightly in finished version!!

This. Book. This book. Was. Everything.

I had impossibly high expectations going into this book. I love Akemi Dawn Bowmans other two books, especially Starfish, and I absolutely love the idea of the circus (The Greatest Showman is one of my favorite movies!!) so the moment I heard of this book, I knew that I had to read it. Most of
Circus books are a niche I will continue to pursue, even though I know I often am setting myself up for failure. I'd heard good things about Akemi Dawn Boman from friends who read her previous books, so when I learned she'd be writing about an aerialist, I smashed the "want to read" button.

Here, we follow Harley, a teen so enraptured with the circus, she decides to pursue her dreams at all costs. While her parents do own a Vegas show and she's grown up around circus artists all her life, they
Brenda Waworga
Mar 19, 2020 rated it it was ok
There are books you wish to love.. and you feel bad cause you couldn't connect with the main character and you can't understand the mental health story inside the book and you feel like you are a bad person because of that? that is me with this book!

I hate (duh what a strong word) the main character Harley, she is literally one of the most selfish person i have ever read, being an ambitious one is okay but meaning to hurt your parents and bestfriends and people who genuinely love you for the
rebeccca elane (pistachiobooks)
Thank you to the author for organising the street-team and providing us with ARCs!

Came for a contemporary about literally running away to join the circus and stayed for the mental health rep and discussions about identity and not wanting to follow a certain path. Its no secret that Akemi Dawn Bowman is one of my favourite YA contemporary authors, not only because of her passionate, well-defined characters but also because of the way she explores themes in a way thats accessible for multiple YA
Feb 02, 2018 marked it as to-read
i dont care what she writes im reading all of it
laurel [suspected bibliophile]
Harley has dreamed of being a trapeze artist for as long as she can remember. And with her parents owning a literal circus (in Las Vegas), she should be a natural, right? Nope. Her parents keep her grounded and want to her pursue college instead of her dreams. But Harley is not going to sleep on her dreamshe's going to pursue it, even if it means running away to join a rival circus.

Welp, milder spoiler, but this book is not about flying motorcycles.

Granted, you probably should have guessed that
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
"I only wish my parents could see what this means to me. What it would mean to hold a dream in my palm, press it tight against my heart, and never let it go"

The story took us on a ride with a lot of twists and bumps but it all ended on a heartwarming note. I love how grounded this book was, nothing was exaggerated to make the readers happy, Harley had to face tons of obstacles and in the end, every argument and struggle ended in realistic compromises or the characters having to give up
Swetlana (The Caffeinated Bookworm Life)
Update: September 17th, 2019 - I finished this the other day and while I won't be sharing a review & rating for a few more months, just know that I loved this book a lot! I really like the way the author handles topics of mental health and identity here and kept finding myself in bits and pieces of Harley's character. This was a great read and if you like contemporaries that deal with more serious topics - this could definitely be the book for you!

I'm incredibly lucky and happy to be part of
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
caitlin ✶
Jun 14, 2019 marked it as to-read
Akemi Dawn Bowmans covers, along with her writing, are to die for 😭👌 ...more
Mar 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars!

Once again, Akemi Dawn Bowman offers us a beautiful story full of passion, teens finding their place in the world, difficult family relationships, artist souls, a POC/biracial main character, neurodiverse characters, and so much heart. I'm in awe of the way she can incorporate such timely, vital discussions so smoothly and wonderfully into her books.

ADB's characters aren't always easy to love. They do frustrating or impulsive things. They hurt people when they themselves are hurting.
Jinghay (TheSecretNoceur)
Akemi Dawn Bowman's done it again!!! Her writing really never fails to amaze ❤

I was hooked on to the story from the very first page, and I found Harley's struggles to be really relateable at times.

The circus and it's descriptions, made me feel like I was actually sailing through the sky with Harley! (And I kinda want to run away to a travelling circus now, to experience all the magic myself ✨🤩)


There was only one aspect that really bothered me though, and that was Harley's mental health.

Kate (Reading Through Infinity)
4.5 stars

Thanks to Ink Road for sending me a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review. This in no way influences my opinion.

TWs: Mental health issues, emotional manipulation, bipolar disorder, depression, racism, suicidal thoughts.

You know when you can just tell youre going to love a book? Well, I could feel it with Harley in the Sky before I even turned the first page. And I was right. This book is an ode to dreams, found families, and the magic of a circus.

Ive been a huge fan of Akemi
Kajree Gautom
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was one of my most anticipated reads of 2020 and i was so so so lucky to have gotten an early bound manuscript to read. Akemi became one of my favorite authors after i read Summer Bird Blue and i cannot tell you how excited i was to read this new book.

Harley in the Sky is a story about hope and determination, and dreams and courage. Harley Milano had always dreamed of being a trapeze artist but after a huge fight with her parents, she runs away from home and joins the rival circus. What
Raquel Irvine
Dec 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
** I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review **

I strongly believe Akemi Dawn Bowman is the queen of emotional character development and Harley in the Sky is a perfect example of Bowmans expertise in weaving a novel full of emotional highs and lows that are both incredibly touching and very raw.

Harley wants to join her familys circus but her parents want Harley to think of her long term goals and go to university. When her parents push Harley to the breaking point, she runs away and
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
(Disclaimer: I received this book from the author. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Trigger warnings: depression, mentions of suicidal ideation

Harley in the Sky is a character driven story about Harley a girl focused on her big dreams in the air and her ambition balanced on a tight rope. She's incredibly passionate and along the way makes mistakes, but Harley's story is one of growth, understanding, and forgiveness. Some of my favorite elements were the way Bowman
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I absolutely loved this book, and Im quite sad that I finished it already.
Harley is such an amazing, real character and I could relate to her feelings and that really meant something to me. I also adore books that involves a circus, and a cast of great characters! Cant wait for the release of this amazing book on March 10, 2020

*I received an earc, but all opinions are my own!
Mar 16, 2020 rated it really liked it


Akemi's writing is lovely as ever, but I'd be lying if I said I didn't struggle with the MC a bit. She makes a lot of selfish decisions, but yeah, she is a teenager and I'm an adult.
Dec 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The easiest route is sometimes the hardest. And its easier to understand if you explain it. But to fly, that requires trust in yourself and the support system under you.
Nina-Tala (JustAddAWord)
more of a 3.5 tbh. still conflicted.

michelle (magical reads)
3.75 stars

read on my blog

**I received an ARC as a part of the street team and from Netgalley. These are my honest opinions, and in no way was I compensated for this review.**

An artist performing on a trapeze the strength, and the movements, and the story, and the sparkle its the very heart of the circus.
I want to be that heart.

Ive really enjoyed this authors past books and I was so excited to join the street team! Its been so fun so far. Ill admit, it did take me a bit to get into this book,
Emma Ferrier
I kept putting off writing this review because I so desperately wanted to do it justice, but I just don't think I can find the right words because I am so in awe with this book. I finished this three weeks ago and I'm still suffering a book hangover. I've barely read anything because this was just SO GOOD and I want need more.

Harley in the Sky is a beautiful book set predominantly within a travelling circus... a circus that rivals our main characters parents own. The setting was so fun and it
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Akemi Dawn Bowman is the author of William C. Morris Award Finalist STARFISH, SUMMER BIRD BLUE, and HARLEY IN THE SKY. Her upcoming sci-fi series, THE INFINITY COURTS, is set to release in 2021, followed by her middle-grade debut, GENERATION MISFITS. A proud Ravenclaw and Star Wars enthusiast, she has a BA in social sciences from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She currently lives in Scotland ...more

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