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Mira is just beginning her senior year of high school in 1993 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.

Told in raw, exposed free verse, Skyscraping reminds us that there is no one way to be a family.

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"The novel is well written in a beautifully flowing free verse that tackles complicated topics such as relationships, the first sexual experience, high school to college transitions, homosexuality, and HIV/AIDS. The author adeptly balances the forward-moving plot and the well-rounded characters....A skillfully told and captivating novel about love, family, and surviving the hardships of life." — Julie Zimmerman, School Library Journal

Product Details

Recommended Age 14 and up
Author Cordelia Jensen
ISBN 0399167714
Publication Date Jun 2, 2015
Publisher Philomel Books
Language English