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Harley Milano has dreamed of being a trapeze artist for as long as she can remember With parents who run a famous circus in Las Vegas she spends almost every night in the big top watching their lead aerialist perform wishing with all her soul that she could be up there herself one dayAfter a huge fight with her parents who continue to insist she go to school instead Harley leaves home betrays her family and joins the rival traveling circus Maison du Mystère There she is thrust into a world that is both brutal and beautiful where she learns the value of hard work passion and collaboration But at the same time Harley must come to terms with the truth of her family and her past—and reckon with the sacrifices she made and the people she hurt in order to follow her dreams

10 thoughts on “Harley in the Sky

  1. says:

    I think the best part of this book was when I was reading it at 2am saw the words “his adorably pointed ears” and instantly thought “CARDAN?????”

  2. says:

    take my money now

  3. says:

    Sometimes impulsive feels like magicMy expectations were sky high yet they were still exceededAkemi Dawn Bowman's books mean a lot to me Starfish is my favorite book of all time and Summer Bird Blue was cathartic and helped me figure out I'm on the aroace spectrums Her newest book is no exception Harley in the Sky is both relatable and extremely entertaining I wouldn't be surprised if it's the best thing I read all yearThe book follows a girl running away from her parents who own a circus to a rival circus where they'll let her train to be a trapeze artist The story is just as interesting as the premise It's full of colorful side characters and lush descriptions with a perfectly paced plotHarley herself is one of my new favorite leads She's determined flawed and complex She acts irrationally much of the time yet I couldn't help by sympathize for her Like Kiko I saw myself in her with both her passions and her flawsAnd then there's the mental health rep which is some of the most relatable I've ever read because Harley's situation is practically identical to mine She thinks she has depression and will either be impulsive and feel invincible or completely crumble and lose all motivation But she's never been diagnosed or seen a therapist and had to learn to cope herself and got to a healthy head space without any help That's literally my situation down to the symptoms This is the third book in a row Bowman's written that I just feel seen in and honestly it's getting a little weird but I ain't complainingHarley's situation is especially interesting with her family life You sympathize with her parents and they aren't bad people at all they just don't see eye to eye with their daughter In a way the book's about family How complicated family can be and how you can disagree and fight and hurt each other while still loving each otherThey're also a multiracial family Both of Harley's parents are biracial and she's a mix of Japanese Italian Chinese and Irish There's lots of discussion of what it's like to be multiracial and it's a fundamental part of Harley and her family I cannot speak for the rep myself I can only say it added an extra thematic layer I did look up own voices reviews and they were positive and the author is multiracial but I'd suggest you look up some own voices reviews for yourself if you want a deeper takeAll that aside this book is a blast The circus setting is as fascinating as the premise promised The side characters are fun there's someone who throws knives How could you not love someone who throws knives as a circus act?? the plot's twisty there's an adorable romance that I have and will screech about etc Also this was the perfect length?? Like I never realized I usually have issues with how long or short books are but this was the exact perfect length???So rarely do anticipated releases exceed my expectations I went into this expecting a maybe five star read yet I'm still blown away When I finished I immediately wanted to reread it and a month later I still want to reread it Perfect book is perfect Prereading thoughts Update June 2019The fact Akemi Dawn Bowman's books all have matching cover designs pleases me on a deep levelPrereview September 2018After finishing Starfish last night at one in the morning I desperately need from this author

  4. says:

    HARLEY IN THE SKY is officially out in the world so I guess it’s a good time to mention how grateful I am to each and every one of you for reading this book It means the world truly One of the things I get asked the most is why I chose to write this story And recently I was given the chance to write a guest piece about the inspiration behind HARLEY IN THE SKY as well as my thoughts on mental health labels and why stories that discuss what it feels like to be living with an undiagnosed mental illness are so important You can read it hereMental health isn’t a one size fits all Having a label doesn’t make your experience or less valid than anyone else’s And please remember that no matter what you’re going through you are not alone 3

  5. says:

    I will read anything Akemi gives me Shhh no uestions Anything Even a grocery list

  6. says:

    There are books you wish to love and you feel bad cause you couldn't connect with the main character and you can't understand the mental health story inside the book and you feel like you are a bad person because of that? that is me with this bookI hate duh what a strong word the main character Harley she is literally one of the most selfish person i have ever read being an ambitious one is okay but meaning to hurt your parents and bestfriends and people who genuinely love you for the ambition isn't something i can forgive easily 😑I love the diversity aspect on this book tho about being biracial and also feel disconnected with cultures and your large family i also like the cute romance story and the easy to read writing style I think i will come to the conclusion this book just was not work for me i just can not stand the main character at all and it ruined the whole reading experience for me

  7. says:

    Harley in the Sky by Akemi Dawn Bowman is my first book I have read from this author Thank you Netgalley and Simon and Shuster for a copy of this ARC for an honest review Harley Milano comes from a family of Circus Performers as well as her family owns the most famous circus in Las Vegas She wants to be a Trapeze Artist but her parents want her to stay in school and go to college Then one day Harley feels like her parents are just not listening to her dreams so she decides to join their revival circus Maison Du Mystère Harley feels this is the only way she will become what she has always wanted to be I loved the story The characters where all so different I enjoyed the chemistry between Harley and Vas I enjoyed how this story took place around the circus and learning the in and outs of the circus life The writing style was beautiful Such a fun read

  8. says:

    Many thanks to the publisher for sending me a free ARC in exchange for an honest review all uotes taken from the ARC and may differ slightly in finished version This Book This book Was Everything I had impossibly high expectations going into this book I love Akemi Dawn Bowman’s other two books especially Starfish and I absolutely love the idea of the circus The Greatest Showman is one of my favorite movies so the moment I heard of this book I knew that I had to read it Most of the time when I have sky high expectations I end up disappointed because there’s no physical way for a book to be so impossibly perfect but this book this book was even better than I hoped and dreamed it would beThe character of Harley Milano and her dream of joining the circus and being a trapeze artist was so incredible and wonderful and fun to read about Her passion and excitement for trapeze the thing she loves so much shines through the page so much and it was like I could feel her joy with every sentence I read about the circus The descriptions were so beautiful and evocative that I felt like I was there I was flying through the air with her Bowman really captured the feeling of falling in love with something so fully“I love the way it makes me feel as if the world is in reverse and upside down all at once–like there’s starlight beneath my feet and the ocean above my head and every impossible dream can come true in a single whisper”Further the whole setting of the circus feels so absolutely magical and whimsical and I was just captivated the whole time I was reading it It’s a contemporary but it almost felt a bit like a fantasy a bit dreamlike with the circus that’s so enchanting it feels unreal Trapeze artists doing rolls and flips high in the sky a tightrope walker balanced high above the world a girl throwing knives with her eyes closed and shooting arrows with her feet–it’s so enchanting and incredible and the descriptions were so perfect that I could get swept up in the magic with each pageAs much as I love the idea of the circus the main reason I was so desperate for this book is Akemi Dawn Bowman’s multiracial rep it’s like nothing else Harley is multiracial the daughter of two biracial parents She’s mixed Chinese Japanese Italian and I think just general white not positive As you might imagine this leads her to have mixed feelings almost a crisis about her identity as she feels like she fits into so many boxes yet none at allShe’s part Asian so I’ll say that the Asian rep is wonderful There’s talk of hong baos Chinese folktales and other Asian moments that were lovely to read aboutBut I have to say as a biracial half Asian person myself as happy as I am that fellow Asians can feel represented in multiracial characters I sometimes feel almost a bit annoyed when reviewers gush about the Asian rep and ignore the white or whatever race part that’s eually a part of her So after reading a few uotes in this book I had to stop reread the page a few times to make sure I read it right and then just reflect on the fact that it’s so darn true and I’ve never seen that in a book before “Asian people call me ‘too white’ and laugh at me for not knowing enough about Chinese and Japanese culture And white people only ever see me as Asian as exotic–different from their version of ‘all American’ When someone is biracial it’s suddenly like ‘no you don’t get to claim all the things that you are because you’re not Asian enough”And another one“I hate Halloween People get understandably upset about people dressing up like they belong in another culture but honestly? I’ve felt like that my whole life Like I’m wearing a costume from someone else’s background Like I have no real claim to all the different pieces of my family’s heritage”Anyways I was hoping for a few snippets of being multiracial thrown in there to make me happy and as you can see they were certainly there But then This book goes above and beyond and celebrates being multiracial It’s like a love letter to any multiracial person who has ever felt like they don’t belong It celebrates the push and pull of different identities and cultures and weaves that into a circus routine shows how amazing and beautiful it can be and I was just sobbingI’m always on the lookout for not good biracial rep but any biracial rep Because there’s just so little of it out there So I’ve eagerly read a few books about half Asian characters by full Asian authors and while they’re good and I really appreciate them they don’t fully get it They often have good Asian rep and good ideas but they don’t full capture how it feels to be in between to be everything yet nothing all at onceI have never felt so heard so loved in a book before EverAnyways you can probably tell that I love the multiracial rep But–there’s This book also has such incredible mental health rep and I also related immensely to it so at this point Harley is literally me okay There are various people obviously struggling with different parts of their mental health with descriptions of a a character huge black cloud making everything seem terrible a character having erratic mood swings from exhilarated and happy in one moment to absolutely despairing in the next a character finding it really hard to talk to strangers and make small talk and even a character feeling like she wants to dieYet there are purposefully no labels used for any of them and I really liked that choice Some reviews I see people saying “oh that’s bad anxiety rep” or “that’s not what depression is really like” or whatever but in this book none of the conditions are diagnosed and I feel like that shows that everything isn’t black and white and it’s on a scale and what’s normal for one person might be totally different for someone else and that’s okay They’re working through their problems in their own way and that’s okay You don’t need an official diagnosis for anxiety to struggle with and overthink something as simple as making small talk and know that your normal and the victories you make over your personal mental health is enough for youAll of the relationships developed were amazing as well Family friends and romanceHarley desperately wants to join the circus yet her parents want her to go to college and this is what starts the whole plot of her running away with the circus It’s really moving particularly to anyone who has ever wanted something different from what their parents want for themFurther Harley has to betray her parents in order to join the rival circus and she spends part of the book struggling with that decision struggling with doing what she knew was wrong yet knowing that it lead to the right thing for her The book really deals with the repercussions of these choices concerning her parents and her betrayal and even her relationship with her grandmother and how that affected generations of family relationships and it’s all very movingI loved seeing Harley’s new friends in the circus seeing how she would struggle to fit in and belong She’s initially not accepted and as someone who also struggles to make new friends it was really relatable She also deals with drifting away from her old childhood friend and how their differences affect them and the struggles with trying to preserve an old friendship when both sides don’t put in the same effort and their lives are changingFinally I absolutely adored the romance It was a kind of slow burn for most of the book and there was so much tension and chemistry building up between them because hello? They’re rehearsing together in the literal circus how magical is that? It was super swoony and made me smile so much but it was also just the right amount to not overpower the rest of this bookTL;DR this book is AMAZING it has circus magic multiracial and mental health rep and amazing relationships so READ IT NOW 12420This book is the best book I've read this year easily Maybe the best book I read counting 2019 too The multiracial rep it's what I've been looking for my whole life and I'm sobbing I've ever felt so represented so heard so loved before in a bookEver

  9. says:

    I got this book in my September 2019 The Book Hookup Young Adult Subscription box presented by The Strand Bookstore and I was pretty thrilled to read this as the synopsis sounds absolutely intriguing What I appreciated most about this story was the beautiful diverse cultural backgrounds of the main characters Harley JapaneseAmerican and Vas RussianEnglish and the supportive roles such as Dexi and Vivien It was delightful to read about the culture shock as well as how these people accommodate themselves to the circus life Above all I adored the natural chemistry between Harley and Vas from the moment they set eyes on each other SWOONSThe only thing I disliked about Harley was that she acted like an immature spoiled and what's worse ungrateful child not knowing how to put herself in others' shoes and whined about everything that didn't go along with her plans I seriously had enough when Vas was the one constantly tolerating her and even sacrificing himself just to fulfill HER dream whereas Harley still threw a tantrum and eventually gave up whenever she didn't get the spot she wanted in the circusThankfully Harley redeemed herself after Vas was as always generous enough to give herthem a second chance by being the first one to apologize Anyway in spite of the character flaws I still recommended this book to everyone It'll be available this March and I can't wait to read from this author

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    Originally published on The Nerd Daily | Review by Nathalie DeFeliceI was swept away by my emotions while I was reading Harley in the Sky I don’t think I’ve ever related so much to a character and I think it might portray the story of lots of young people that might also feel the same way The topic of mental health was not one I was expecting to encounter in a story about trapeze artists and circus tents yet it was exactly this story that made me weep uncontrollably This story about identity and finding the place where you belong while also asserting your independence is what my soul needed right now and I hope that it will find its way into the hands of kids who struggle to find themselves in books who also battle with mental health the way that Harley does in this bookHarley Milano is a young woman who’s dreamed of being a trapeze artist her entire life Her parents run a famous circus in Las Vegas and she spends most nights under the big top watching the artists perform and hoping to be in the place one day After a huge fight with her parents who insist she go to school rather than pursue a career in the circus she betrays her family and joins the rival circus Maison du Mystere She suddenly learns brutal truths about this world she longs to be in but also what it means to work hard for what you believe in At the same time Harley will need to come to terms with truths of her family’s past as well as deal with the hurt she’s dealt her family with her betrayalLet me start this review by saying that I’ve never read any of Akemi Dawn Bowman’s books before but when I started Harley in the Sky I was swept away into this world of the circus Personally I have fond memories of going to the circus when I was a child but this story takes that to another level Bowman’s imagery is stunning I felt like I was right there next to Harley watching the lead trapeze artist with stars in my own eyes Harley is such a complex character She’s a hard working young woman with a dream and she doesn’t want to let anything stand in her way She’s also stubborn reckless and just a dash thoughtless which is what catapults her into her uest to find out where she truly belongsFor much of this story Harley is dealing with the struggles of her identity She’s bi racial Italian Chinese Japanese and American She feels like a puzzle piece that doesn’t uite fit into the mould people are trying to put her in I identified with her struggles Going further into this story you also begin to notice that Harley is also struggling with some sort of mental health issue It doesn’t go into specifics of what the issue is but it certainly goes into symptoms that I think many readers can relate to particularly anxiety I don’t want to go into specifics because of spoilers but it was this aspect of the story that had me weepingOf course a little romance develops along the way with a person who is also facing struggles of their own I absolutely loved Vas because he provides readers with this uiet but deep comfort Sometimes people aren’t necessarily looking for someone to poke and prod just someone who will listen I loved the work he was doing behind the scenes and how uplifting this winds up being for Harley Everyone needs a VasI wound up reading this 408 page novel in three hours I love the way this story sucks you in but importantly I love how the chapters are broken down Of course you still have a traditional chapter structure but Harley is travelling with a circus so it was so neat to see a page detailing where Harley is in the country but what week she’s on in her journey I didn’t really think about the weeks until I started looking at her overall wellbeing and it just adds another layer to the story Each place in her story creates an impactful memory and I think readers will feel that this is just one reason to keep turning that pageThis story is a 1010 for me It spoke to my soul in a way I wasn’t expecting and I found myself relating to a character on a number of levels I feel like it’s nostalgic atmosphere will also draw in readers that are looking for stories of personal growth and perseverance Please add this to your TBR