Does 17-year-old Skye Murray break things because she is broken, or are these fractures the only way she can try to fix the damage of her past?
Skye breaks her mother’s rules, betrays her younger sister Emma’s trust, and disappoints her art teacher’s expectations, all because she’s trying to deal with the fallout of an event that happened when she was 12 years old. Her only healthy way of coping is making art, although she often chooses to get high or hook up with boys instead. Despite her strong support system, which includes best friend Luisa; art buddy Ben (who sometimes feels like more than a buddy); single, hardworking mother; and spirited sister, Skye often feels like she doesn’t belong. Her only ticket out of her small town near Philadelphia hangs on a scholarship to the Maryland Institute College of Art. Skye knows she grew up too fast and she’s doing her best to make sure that doesn’t happen to Emma. But when her mother’s ex-boyfriend re-enters their family, Skye is unsure whether she’ll be able to protect herself, let alone Emma. All characters are assumed white. In this moving debut, Sibson has created a flawed and likable narrator who attempts to work through cause and effect, shame and secrecy, avoidance and obligation. With layered nuance, the novel brings to light the impact of sexual assault and the importance of consent.
A somber yet triumphant tale of family and fortitude. (Fiction. 14-18)