Hi everyone, today I’m bringing you a review/favourite quotes post as part of the Sky Blues Book tour! I really liked this book, so I’m very happy to be part of this book tour. Make sure to check out the welcome post here, which also has the other tour stops listed!
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?
Disclaimer: I received an advance copy for review as part of this blog tour. This in no way affected my opinion.
Rating: 5/5 stars
There’s so much to love about The Sky Blues. From the synopsis, it sounds a lot like a prom book with a gay twist, but it’s so much more; with heartwarming friendships, finding yourself and you place in the world, and yes, there’s a dash of romance too. I tore through this book once I started it, and I’m so excited to hear that the film rights have been optioned!
Sky is the perfect balance between a strong character to carry the story, and that particular brand of unsure that so many teens about to graduate and enter the real world are. Sky is out as gay, but still feels a disconnect between him and his classmates at his rural Michigan high school, and has been living with his best friend since his mother kicked him out. A lot of the book is centered around how things are shifting as the end of the school year approaches, and I thought how Sky’s feelings were written was done really well and captured exacty what this is like. There’s also themes of family and how blood families aren’t always your true family, and Sky’s conflicted feelings of love but also disappointment were portrayed in a really touching fashion. My favourite part of his growth throughout the story, aside from him finding his place as a gay teen at school, was his rediscovery of his father and who he was before he dies – this really added so much to the story and I thought it was really lovely.
The thing I loved the most about this book, which is quite an achievement considering how much I liked it all, was the sense of community and how people were there for Sky. He gets a lot of support from his classmates and friends – the entire Yearbook class is there for him when the school doesn’t deal with the harassment he faced properly, and his friends are just generally awesome – but there are also some really great adult figures in the book too. It was so heart-warming how so many people came together to help Sky get back at whoever shared his prom plans with the whole school, because at its core, this is a happy story. The support that he had from adult, like Bree’s parents and his Yearbook teacher, but also some he met while dealing with everything happening, really amplified the message that a community and a support system can be a powerful thing.
There’s a really great cast of characters, both those who are close to Sky and those who cause problems for him. I really liked the way his friends group was treated – his interactions with Bree and with Marshall were different and suited the way they were friends, but it was still abundantly clear that they were both his best friends and he loved them a lot. There are also newer friendships developing; his feelings for Ali become more platonic than romantic and their growing friendship is awesome, as well as his new friendships with Dan and Teddy. There is a romantic element, and though it certainly doesn’t make the romance, I thought it was absolutely adorable and every time they interacted my heart grew a little more.
The Sky Blues was a book perfectly written for what it wanted to be. There were moments where I smiled like a goofball, and moments when I could feel my heart breaking slightly, and everything was perfectly balanced in a really wonderful story. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for a contemporary that will give you a warm feeling!
My Top Four Favourite Quotes
“Fight to keep them in your life. For friends like Bree and Marshall, the fight is worth it.”
But I can’t look away from his eyebrows, of all things. His big, bushy, glorious effing eyebrows. I’ve never even noticed another person’s before Ali’s, I don’t think. But his are different.
“I especially love that one,” he chuckles, pointing to a meme that combines a Peter Kavinsky Quote with a pic of Baby Yoda.
Yearbook is the only thing I wish I could hold on to after graduation. Winter and the other Yearbookers mean more to me than I can probably even understand right now, I’m realizing.
Up for grabs we have ONE (1) physical copy and ONE (1) digital copy of The Sky Blues by Robbie Couch! This giveaway will be open from April 5th to April 12th at 11:59 PM CST. The digital copy will be available to INTL only, and the physical copy will be available to US only. To enter, click the link below
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