14 March 2018

In Sight of Stars; Gae Polisner

In Sight of StarsIn Sight of Stars by Gae Polisner
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Klee's depression over losing both his father and his home in New York is understandable, as is his anger at his mother (who forced him to move, and who he somewhat blames for his father's suicide). His only focus for now is his art, creating the portfolio that will get him into his college art school and away from all that. Until it all crumbles when he brings a knife to a party and ends up in a mental institution. The depression, the treatment and Klee's reactions are all well described and can, to some extent, help demystify what happens when someone needs inpatient help.

What would have been better is showing more of that - how long recovery can take. How many times the medications might have to be adjusted. That recovery isn't always quick, or complete. Two weeks isn't enough, honestly, as I've (sadly) seen with some friends. So ultimately 3.5 stars, rounded up.

ARC provided by publisher.

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