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In Sight of Stars

By Mary Cosola, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Sweet story of boy's breakdown recovery takes time to gel.

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age 17+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 16+

Addresses mental health issues

This book deals with some heavy themes, but mental illness needs to be discussed. In Sight of Stars handles these issues in a realistic, sensitive, yet ultimately uplifting way. Klee is a relatable teen, with which readers can identify. This book is recommended for grades 10+.

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age 18+

Not appropriate for Young Adults

This authors literature is riddled with very foul language. It is pushed on young adults and sales to High Schools and Jr. High Schools. Subjects including suicide, sex, sensuality should be taken very seriously in our young generation and this book is not the best choice for influencing them positively. This book should not be included in curriculum.

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This story of a teen boy grappling with deep emotional issues somehow ends up feeling flat. Klee, the central character of In Sight of Stars, is sympathetic, but he's not interesting or engaging enough as a narrator to sustain the reader's interest. Author Gae Polisner alternates the narrative between flashbacks and Klee's current stay at a mental hospital. It is an interesting approach, as the reader goes on a journey with Klee as he uncovers tougher and tougher truths about his life and family situation. Unfortunately, at the beginning of the book, we can't tell when he's hallucinating or when he's thinking things vs. saying them aloud. Polisner was likely intentionally highlighting Klee's state of mind, but it makes for confusing reading and it takes too long for the story to gel and hit its stride.

In Sight of Stars shines most when Klee does the hard work in therapy of seeing his parents for who they are. He learns the important lesson that we never really know what's going on with other people and that it's dangerous to project or speculate on the motivations and actions of others. His growth over the course of his two weeks in the mental hospital is uplifting and an enjoyable aspect of the book.

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