The Sky Blues by Robbie Couch
Publisher: Simon and Schuster Books for Young Readers
Release Date: April 6th, 2021
Genre: YOUNG ADULT FICTION–Contemporary, Romance, LGBTQIA+
Format Read: e-arc
Summary: Sky’s small town turns absolutely claustrophobic when his secret promposal plans get leaked to the entire school in this witty, heartfelt, and ultimately hopeful debut novel for fans of What if it’s Us? and I Wish You All the Best.
Sky Baker may be openly gay, but in his small, insular town, making sure he was invisible has always been easier than being himself. Determined not to let anything ruin his senior year, Sky decides to make a splash at his high school’s annual beach bum party by asking his crush, Ali, to prom—and he has thirty days to do it.
What better way to start living loud and proud than by pulling off the gayest promposal Rock Ledge, Michigan, has ever seen?
Then, Sky’s plans are leaked by an anonymous hacker in a deeply homophobic e-blast that quickly goes viral. He’s fully prepared to drop out and skip town altogether—until his classmates give him a reason to fight back by turning his thirty-day promposal countdown into a school-wide hunt to expose the e-blast perpetrator.
But what happens at the end of the thirty days? Will Sky get to keep his hard-won visibility? Or will his small-town blues stop him from being his true self?
About the Author: Robbie Couch is the author of the young adult romantic-comedy novel, The Sky Blues. His work has been published in HuffPost, Upworthy, and O, The Oprah Magazine, among other outlets. Originally from small-town Michigan, Robbie now lives in Los Angeles, where he remains in constant fear of aggressive birds and on the prowl for his next bowl of noodles.
Rating: 4/5 stars
Review: I enjoyed this book. It’s about a guy named Sky whose secret promposal ideas got leaked to the whole school. Now he and his friend search for who leaked it and he tries to find his true self. This book was well written and the writing was very persuasive. It flowed well throughout the book and went well with the pacing. I enjoyed how the author wrote real problems into the book and the positive message it sends to the readers. The writing was well done and I had no problems with it.
I enjoyed the main character, Sky, in this book. He is gay and is trying to show the world he is proud of who he is by going through a difficult journey. He had many conflicts and I enjoyed his character development. Usually, I don’t enjoy a male main character’s pov but the author did a wonderful job with writing Sky that I enjoyed so much. There were so many great side characters in this book and I enjoyed their involvement. Sky’s friends were amazing characters and I loved how supportive they were of him. There wasn’t much romance in this book but it was perfect for this book.
The reason I gave it 4/5 stars was because of the ending. I didn’t enjoy how it was ended and I wish there was more to it. I can see why the author ended it the way they did but in my opinion, I was hoping it to be something different. Overall this book was well done and I really enjoyed it. This book is perfect for fans of Simon vs. Homo Sapiens Agenda and to every reader out there!
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