Book Review: Skyscraping – Cordelia Jones

 Skyscraping by Cordelia Jones

Pages: 341
Genre: Poetry, Gay
Publisher: Philomel Books, June 2015

Rating: 4/5 stars

Synopsis:  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.

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


I thought I wouldn’t like reading free verse, but I still got the story and the message from the book, quicker. There aren’t many words on one page so I went through the book fast. I read it in the midst of finals ( for hs freshman year).

I suggest that everyone read it because not only is it in free verse, but focuses on a family’s problems in the year of 1993 in New York. Mira’s dad gets HIV. I just learned about HIV/AIDS in my bio class and in the 1990s, people didn’t know much about HIV and how it can be spread. They thought it could be spread through air.

My least favorite character is Adam. I feel he only wants to take away Mira’s virginity. The first time they were about to do it, she backed out. The second time, she lost her virginity and they had a fight after Mira confesses everything about her and her family. He gets mad and walks out of the room.



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