Skyscraping – Cordelia Jensen


Skyscraping is a young adult novel entirely written in prose by Cordelia Jensen. Just the format is interesting enough, but the heartbreaking story makes this an incredible read. I give it eight stars, and recommend it to fans of The Fault in our Stars by John Green.

Summary (Goodreads): 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 intact her family’s existence, Mira distances herself from her sister and closest friends as a means of coping. But her father’s sexual orientation isn’t all he’s kept hidden. A shocking health scare brings to light his battle with HIV. As Mira struggles to make sense of the many fractures in her family’s fabric and redefine her wavering sense of self, she must find a way to reconnect with her dad–while there is still time.

Mira’s life is very difficult. She discovers her family life is more complicated than she could have ever imagined, and her anger takes a sharp turn to heartbreak when she finds out about her father’s sickness. Skyscraping is beautifully written, and I would read it in close proximity of tissues. It is emotional, tragic, and also beautiful. I wouldn’t suggest anyone with a liking of serious contemporaries about life ans sickness misses this.


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