•Title: THE SKY BLUES
•Author: ROBBIE COUCH
•Length: 336 PAGES (hardcover)
•Publisher: SIMON TEEN
•Read Date: 03/15/2021
•Publication Date: 04/06/2021
•Type Read: DIGITAL ARC (via NetGalley)
•Genre(s): YA CONTEMPORARY FICTION, ROMANCE
Tagline and Book Description:
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?
Giveaway (US Only):
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My Book Review:
There are few things that Sky Baker really cares about… He loves working on the school yearbook committee, he loves his very best friend and her family who so kindly took him in when his mother kicked him out, and there is the beautiful boy that he is secretly crushing on. But with just thirty days until his senior prom, Sky’s elaborate prom-posal plans get leaked to the entire school in not only a homophobic attack against him, but in a racist attack against the boy he had been planning to ask, leaving him shaken to the core. While Sky is openly gay in their small Michigan town, he still doesn’t feel openly accepted, and this anonymous e-blast that went out to practically the whole town was a rude awakening.
Sky is heart broken and embarrassed and doesn’t know what to do. But with the encouragement of his friends and the delivery of a high school yearbook from the past on his doorstep, he decides to fight back against this unknown person and attempt to uncover their identity at the same time. He launches a whole movement inside his school that garners a wonderful amount of support, learning things about his family and ultimately about himself in the process.
This heartfelt book sends such a beautiful message about acceptance, both outward and inside yourself. It is about learning about what makes you happy and working to make it happen. This book felt like a warm hug and even though there were parts that made me want to cry, I am left with just the overall feeling of happiness. Sky was a sweet soul who deserved nothing but happiness. His friend group and the people he meets along the way were unique and each lent something special to the story.
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.