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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 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?


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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 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?

30 review for The Sky Blues

  1. 5 out of 5

    daph pink ♡

    i am queer and ready!

  2. 5 out of 5

    anna (½ of readsrainbow)

    rep: gay mc, mlm li, Black sc, Iraqi sc, trans sc, autistic sc, gay scs tw: homophobia, racism, f-slur, past car accident, past death of a parent, vomiting ARC provided by the publisher. Review also on Reads Rainbow. The Sky Blues is, in my humble personal opinion, a little bit of a perfect book. A big part of that is thanks to the great writing, of course. You would not guess this is a debut, if you didn’t know. Not only is the style itself good, but Couch also nails the voice of the teenagers rep: gay mc, mlm li, Black sc, Iraqi sc, trans sc, autistic sc, gay scs tw: homophobia, racism, f-slur, past car accident, past death of a parent, vomiting ARC provided by the publisher. Review also on Reads Rainbow. The Sky Blues is, in my humble personal opinion, a little bit of a perfect book. A big part of that is thanks to the great writing, of course. You would not guess this is a debut, if you didn’t know. Not only is the style itself good, but Couch also nails the voice of the teenagers. Which, arguably, is the most important thing about writing YA books. (I do have to note, for those of you who understand how big of a compliment it is, that the vibes here are reminiscent of a fic. Not even a specific aspect of the writing, though the cool humour & the dynamics between characters definitely help, but the energy of the style & the story itself. I mean this in a very good way, so if you don’t read fics yourself, just ignore this paragraph.) I think the rating gave it away already, but I truly do not have anything that I would change in this book. So instead let’s talk about all the things that I absolutely loved: The way the whole school stood together when Sky’s plans got outed. That overwhelming feeling of community, of belonging. Of being loved and being safe. It’s visible in other parts of the novel as well, but might be the most obvious right here, when teens literally unite for the sake of someone else’s mental well being. That feeling of protection is also there in the form of adult people Sky meets. Because yes, his mother and brother aren’t supportive and that sucks. But! But there are other parental figures to be found, and lots of them: teachers, other parents. No spoilers but one of those figures is gay, and the concept of older gay people taking care of the younger generation is the most beautiful thing in the world. That’s probably what makes The Sky Blues work so well. This understanding that even though a conflict is crucial for a story, that LGBT teens coming from shitty homes is still a reality for so many of us, there needs to be something to counter it off. There needs to be a balance, because at the end of the day this is a work of fiction designed to give readers hope. And it does. It tells you time and time again that no matter how many awful things happen to you, there will always be people who love you. That family isn’t just measured by blood. There’s also another message The Sky Blues sends: that you need to put yourself first. Not in a way that you can do whatever you want, even if it hurts other people. Instead it shows you that if someone hurt you, you don’t owe them anything. You don’t have to listen to their explanations, their apology. You don’t have to let them keep hurting you out of some imagined obligation. You only need to do what will help you, what will make you stronger and happier. Also like, the romance is the cutest ever. And when it comes to actual relationships, Sky is incredibly oblivious. I’m gonna close with my initial one-sentence review that I wrote right after finishing the book because it still just captures the energy of The Sky Blues: “many thoughts, head full (of love)”.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Larry H

    The Sky Blues is a gorgeous, emotional book about chosen family, friendship, and love. God, I loved this book. Robbie Couch has created a beautiful, unforgettable story with an incredibly diverse group of characters, and I’m so glad I got to buddy read it with a friend of mine. It’s almost time for high school graduation. While Sky is worried whether he’ll have enough money to pay for community college since his religious mother kicked him out of the house once he came out to her as gay, his b The Sky Blues is a gorgeous, emotional book about chosen family, friendship, and love. God, I loved this book. Robbie Couch has created a beautiful, unforgettable story with an incredibly diverse group of characters, and I’m so glad I got to buddy read it with a friend of mine. It’s almost time for high school graduation. While Sky is worried whether he’ll have enough money to pay for community college since his religious mother kicked him out of the house once he came out to her as gay, his biggest focus is prom. He has decided to ask his crush, Ali, to prom—even though he’s not sure if Ali is into guys. He and his best friend, Bree, are brainstorming the best—and even some of the worst—promposal ideas. When Sky’s plans are somehow broadcast to the entire school along with homophobic and racist messages, he’d like to just retreat into himself. But he quickly discovers that his friends and classmates are with him every step of the way—and want him to stand up for himself, so they can stand up with him. As the end of the school year draws closer, Sky makes some unexpected discoveries about his long-deceased father, and realizes that sometimes the things you want and need most are right in front of you. The Sky Blues gave me all the feels. My mom died when I was a baby so I identified with Sky’s feelings, and I, too, had plans for an event during high school (a party, not prom) ruined by some homophobic bullies. (And that was pre-internet, so they had to work HARD to ruin you then!) I’m so grateful today’s youth have books like The Sky Blues and authors like Robbie Couch. Can’t wait to see what’s next in Couch’s career!! Check out my list of the best books I read in 2020 at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2021/01/the-best-books-i-read-in-2020.html. Check out my list of the best books of the last decade at https://itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com/2020/01/my-favorite-books-of-decade.html. See all of my reviews at itseithersadnessoreuphoria.blogspot.com. Follow me on Instagram at https://www.instagram.com/the.bookishworld.of.yrralh/.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Tiernan

    This book is such a joy! It really would have meant a lot to me in high school, and I'm so happy for the queer teens who will soon get to enjoy a page-turning, funny, cute, adorable, heartfelt queer book. Bonus points for the small town Midwest vibes. video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roOf8... This book is such a joy! It really would have meant a lot to me in high school, and I'm so happy for the queer teens who will soon get to enjoy a page-turning, funny, cute, adorable, heartfelt queer book. Bonus points for the small town Midwest vibes. video review: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=roOf8...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lauren Lanz

    After several big disappointments this year, I was beginning to lose interest in YA contemporaries. Luckily The Sky Blues changed my mind for the better, delivering a realistic and touching rendition of the high school experience. ~★~ What is this book about? ~★~ Openly gay Sky Baker has thirty days to prepare an extravagant promposal to his crush, Ali Rashid. When a hacker releases his plans to hundreds of students in a homophobic e-blast, however, he feels defeated and contemplates dropping After several big disappointments this year, I was beginning to lose interest in YA contemporaries. Luckily The Sky Blues changed my mind for the better, delivering a realistic and touching rendition of the high school experience. ~★~ What is this book about? ~★~ Openly gay Sky Baker has thirty days to prepare an extravagant promposal to his crush, Ali Rashid. When a hacker releases his plans to hundreds of students in a homophobic e-blast, however, he feels defeated and contemplates dropping out. It isn’t long before Sky discovers that his high school is actually really supportive of him, and willing to spend the days leading up to prom fighting to expose the perpetrator of the e-blast. ~★~ The Sky Blues is an undeniably well-rounded novel featuring great friendships, a relatable narrative and a ton of diversity. The standout for me was definitely the protagonist himself; I grew attached to Sky within few pages, and absolutely loved his close bond with Bree and Marshall. It was incredibly refreshing to see a genuine friendship between a queer boy and a straight boy, as its something thats scarcely represented in contemporaries. I also loved how funny and outgoing Bree was! The whole cast was really well fleshed out. The writing oozes the essence of a teenage mind, which I loved. Despite being very different from him, I could relate to Sky’s train of thought a lot of the time. He warmed my heart, making me either smile or cry through his journey. Its hard to believe this is a debut, because everything about it was executed well. I’d definitely recommend this book to all!

  6. 5 out of 5

    Marieke du Pré

    A fantastic debut! So, so good! I adored this book from the very first page! As soon as I read the first words, I knew this would be a five-star read. It’s so easy readable. It’s funny. It’s heartfelt. It’s full of love. It’s real. It’s serious at times. It’s uplifting. And it’s so, so cute! I can gush for hours about this book! There’s a chosen family, a sweet romance, and wonderful best friends. I should be allowed to wear the gay shirt. Carry the books like I want to. Walk the way I walk. But A fantastic debut! So, so good! I adored this book from the very first page! As soon as I read the first words, I knew this would be a five-star read. It’s so easy readable. It’s funny. It’s heartfelt. It’s full of love. It’s real. It’s serious at times. It’s uplifting. And it’s so, so cute! I can gush for hours about this book! There’s a chosen family, a sweet romance, and wonderful best friends. I should be allowed to wear the gay shirt. Carry the books like I want to. Walk the way I walk. But people in this town have a low threshold for different, and I don’t want to press my luck. The writing is incredible! Showing, active, first person, present tense. Everything is just right. As a reader you’re drawn into Sky’s world. This is how YA books should be written. That first page just pulled me in, Sky gushing about his crush, shower-dreaming as he calls it. You never have to prove yourself to anyone who doesn’t accept you for who you are. I loved this story so much: the way Sky’s friends and classmates helped him when someone leaked his plans, the adults in this story who were so supportive, and of course Sky. Such a wonderful, positive and sweet boy, even after all he’s been through. For your own state of mind, it’s important to take a second and remember the people who love you and support you. The people who make you happy. The people who make you one of the lucky ones. I’m going to add Robbie Couch to my most favorite YA writers list. And I hate it that I have to wait for so long to read his next book! Did I already say I loved this story? Adored it? Okay, I did. Several times actually. But I really did: I LOVED, LOVED IT!!! And Winter ...! And that promposal ...! Oh, and that title ...!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Reading_ Tam_ Ishly

    "I must have accidentally wandered into an alternate universe where Booksmart or To All the Boys I've Loved Before is my new reality." Interesting and fun from page one, this was a cliché young adult filled with teen drama throughout. And that level of crushing gets too intense and hilarious at times. Well, that's what first few chapters would make you feel. But I can see from where all the insecurity and blabbing came from, trying to mask all the pain and insecurity with humour. The story turns pre "I must have accidentally wandered into an alternate universe where Booksmart or To All the Boys I've Loved Before is my new reality." Interesting and fun from page one, this was a cliché young adult filled with teen drama throughout. And that level of crushing gets too intense and hilarious at times. Well, that's what first few chapters would make you feel. But I can see from where all the insecurity and blabbing came from, trying to mask all the pain and insecurity with humour. The story turns pretty serious soon and that's where the plot lies. And the story goes way, way back. And then expect tons of school teen drama! And what happened to the lifecrushing crush? You bet. I really like the writing. It's plain fun and full of humour. And so young adult. One star less for the lack of proper representation of the adults and it's like there are only strict teachers, either strict parents or silly, eye-sparkling OTP shipping parents or "crazy" "homophobic" parents. And I still cannot deal with the abandonment part. Like it's nothing. Seriously, I needed a proper closure to the ending! Hey, give me that last scene dialogues between SB and C. Damn, why is it not there?! I appreciate the multicultural representation, LGBTQIAP representation, also for handling handlinghomophobia and racism sensibly. The best parts are the friends, especially Sky Baker's bestie Bree; the chemistry between the characters (forget the adults, bleh!), and the monologues. For once, cute cover worked. Yes, I got this one for the cover.

  8. 4 out of 5

    ahaana ☽

    Read the full review on my blog! Overall, The Sky Blues is a hard-hitting contemporary novel that deals with themes present in today's society such as homophobia, racism, and just bullying as a whole. After both sobbing and completing tissue boxes whole, as well as laughing until I got hiccups, I can (from experience) tell you that this book is a wild ride (in the best way possible). Seeing found family, and great, loving, supporting friendships was one of the best parts of this book. But what re Read the full review on my blog! Overall, The Sky Blues is a hard-hitting contemporary novel that deals with themes present in today's society such as homophobia, racism, and just bullying as a whole. After both sobbing and completing tissue boxes whole, as well as laughing until I got hiccups, I can (from experience) tell you that this book is a wild ride (in the best way possible). Seeing found family, and great, loving, supporting friendships was one of the best parts of this book. But what really stole the show for me was the natural diversity. Through this novel, so many marginalised voices are uplifted, and it shows us how being from a specific ethnic minority can impact your identity, and your actions. It also shows us how deeply ingrained racism is in our society, and how a person of color, a queer person, or a disabled person just doesn't have the same freedom and safety as a straight, white, fit one. The Sky Blues tackled so many real-life issues high-schoolers face, such as misgendering, and basic shaming because of the minority they come from without looking back. TL;DR - go read this right now because it's perfect thank you; also brb i need to go re-read it again because it gave me ALL the feels!!!

  9. 5 out of 5

    katie ☾

    hello my first Soft Queer Fave of the year?! this was so cute <33 rtc!

  10. 4 out of 5

    charlotte, (½ of readsrainbow)

    (3.5) read my full review on reads rainbow! Rep: gay mc, mlm li, Black side character, South(?) Asian side character, autistic side character, trans side character CWs: car accident, past death of a parent, homophobia, homophobic slurs, racist slurs, religious intolerance, vomiting (3.5) read my full review on reads rainbow! Rep: gay mc, mlm li, Black side character, South(?) Asian side character, autistic side character, trans side character CWs: car accident, past death of a parent, homophobia, homophobic slurs, racist slurs, religious intolerance, vomiting

  11. 5 out of 5

    tessie

    you know when you read a really good book and then can’t properly read anything for weeks and weeks after because you constantly compare everything to that amazing book you just finished? i am predicting, right now, that this will be now that i’ve finished this book admittedly, going into this i didn’t have high expectations - not like i was preparing to dislike it or anything, but i’ve read a lot of books and a lot of those have been ya queer contemporary and the description of this book didn’t you know when you read a really good book and then can’t properly read anything for weeks and weeks after because you constantly compare everything to that amazing book you just finished? i am predicting, right now, that this will be now that i’ve finished this book admittedly, going into this i didn’t have high expectations - not like i was preparing to dislike it or anything, but i’ve read a lot of books and a lot of those have been ya queer contemporary and the description of this book didn’t particularly stand out to me?? so i just thought yes ok that will be a nice quick read that will momentarily be a part of my life then i’ll probably not think about again hah so first of all, this had a really really nice atmosphere - there was something quiet about it? the atmosphere reminded me a little of felix ever after? i am terrible at describing atmospheres but like,,know that that is something i liked also no one told me this had a found family?? strong friendship groups?? friendships i actually believed in?? i can’t tell you how much i adored the friendships that were at the heart of this book cannot tell you how much i loved the characters like . they are my children (even if i am the exact same age as most of them . they are my children ok don’t argue with me). there was kinda a huge cast of characters but i still managed to care about all of them which is honestly rude because now i just want to read more about absolutely every character in this book i can probably list the amount of ya books i’ve read where the characters actually felt like teenagers on one hand but?? i felt this so strongly with this one?? something combined with the atmosphere and the friendships and just the way the characters were written felt?? just right like . i’ve read a lot of ya books lately where, either, the characters are written as if they’re literal children to try and make them read younger OR it goes the other way and like wow why are all these thirty year olds still in high school!! BUT this book definitely got the good balance i loved that there was a romance that wasn’t the centre of the story BUT i actually still cared about it?? like there are SO many books i’ve read where the romance isn’t the main point of the story and yes yes that is brilliant but it really just feels shoved in for no reason and i could . not . care . less . but hey this book didn’t do that!!! so hey!! i thought this book would be fine!! but instead i just know it’s going to be a favourite release of the year so, like, you should read it and stuff tw: car accident, past death of a parent, use of homophobic, racist and ableist slurs, homophobia rep: gay mc, mlm li, autistic side character, Iraqi side character, Black side character, trans side character, gay side characters

  12. 5 out of 5

    Online Eccentric Librarian

    More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ It would be very difficult not to compare this to the same feelings you get after reading Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda. It is uplifting, lighthearted, deep at places, and tells a really nice story of a gay teen in middle America (near Lake Michigan, to be exact). The narrative flows well, has few slow points, a great romance, and adds some interesting touches in the form of protagonist Sky's family. Story: Sky is More reviews (and no fluff) on the blog http://surrealtalvi.wordpress.com/ It would be very difficult not to compare this to the same feelings you get after reading Simon Vs. The Homo Sapiens Agenda. It is uplifting, lighthearted, deep at places, and tells a really nice story of a gay teen in middle America (near Lake Michigan, to be exact). The narrative flows well, has few slow points, a great romance, and adds some interesting touches in the form of protagonist Sky's family. Story: Sky is a Senior in a small town high school in Michigan. He's been out for awhile now but his bible thumping mother disowned him, his older brother never talks to him, and he lives in the basement of his best friend's house. He daydreams of taking friend Ali to the prom and keeps his 'gayness' low key for his friends. But a bully has his sights set on him and is about to make Sky's life very difficult in a small town high school. At the same time, he is given the opportunity to learn more about his father, who died when he was very young. Sky is a great character - he's not mopey, has a good relationship with his friends, and doesn't angst over his family's situation. Best friend Bree is supportive and a great friend; her parents remind me very much of Simon's in Albertalli's book. I liked that the author touched on his friends also dealing with marginalization - from best friend Marshall being African American and Sky's crush Ali coming from Iraqi descent. Small town small mindedness does come into play but it isn't pervasive; a glimmer of hope for American today. The writing is smooth and it is a very nice read. The author does a great job of balancing the harder aspects of Sky's life with the good parts. Sky has a disfiguring scar from a car accident that he tries to hide, he lost his father in the same accident when a child, his mother all but disowned him when he came out, and his brother is never in the picture. That is contrasted with the full support that best friends Bree and Marshall give along with their parents. Sky may not have much money but he has a support system that always keeps him grounded. There are additional side characters such as a yearbook teacher and various acquaintances from the school. I found all to be interesting and none felt like caricatures or there just to further the story. As with a small town, everything is interwoven and more comes to light about Sky's father and his past as the story progresses. In all, a very good read. You'll root for Sky (I can see #gayforsky becoming a real life meme outside of the book) and have the joy of watching him overcome setbacks and find his own strength. This is a highly recommended book, especially to fans of Albertalli's Simon books who want the same kind of feel. Reviewed from an advance reader copy provided by the publisher.

  13. 4 out of 5

    matt

    Every now and again you read a book that you so desperately needed when you were younger, and this is 150% one of those reads for me. The Sky Blues so lovingly and gently deals with many of the things that young Queer people, particularly from smaller or more rural communities, experience as they embrace their truths. Robbie Couch deals so magically with the hurt that can come with Queer authenticity and the loss that so many Queer people will experience through familial rejection, without shyin Every now and again you read a book that you so desperately needed when you were younger, and this is 150% one of those reads for me. The Sky Blues so lovingly and gently deals with many of the things that young Queer people, particularly from smaller or more rural communities, experience as they embrace their truths. Robbie Couch deals so magically with the hurt that can come with Queer authenticity and the loss that so many Queer people will experience through familial rejection, without shying away from the need to often cut ties of abusive (emotionally and otherwise) relationships while creating chosen family systems. I laughed, I cried, and it’s one of those stories that just stuck on and on with me well after finishing. I absolutely loved everything about this book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Shannon

    Audible Review Overall 5 out of 5 stars Performance 5 out of 5 stars Story 5 out of 5 stars So many smiles and a few tears! I loved this book so much! I smiled pretty much the entire time while listening, only broken up by a few tears here and there. I really enjoyed experiencing high school through Sky's eyes- the ups and downs, the good and the bad. He had such a wonderful group of friends to help him navigate all the trials and tribulations being a senior had to offer. Sky's a completely endearing Audible Review Overall 5 out of 5 stars Performance 5 out of 5 stars Story 5 out of 5 stars So many smiles and a few tears! I loved this book so much! I smiled pretty much the entire time while listening, only broken up by a few tears here and there. I really enjoyed experiencing high school through Sky's eyes- the ups and downs, the good and the bad. He had such a wonderful group of friends to help him navigate all the trials and tribulations being a senior had to offer. Sky's a completely endearing character, you cannot help but fall in love with him. The premise of this book was cute and fun, for the most part. The idea of the promposal, and all that went into it, was just so charming. I'm so glad things went the direction they did, when there was so much potential for things to go so wrong, which would have made for a lot of angst and drama! Not to say everything was rainbows and sunshine. There were a few scenes that tugged at my heart, causing a few tears to fall, and a few times my anger started to get the best of me- especially when it came to Sky's family. But luckily he had an amazing found family that loved him, proving blood isn't always family. I am so hoping Robbie Couch has plans for a sequel- there's so much more I want to know about Sky, he's got a lot of story left to tell! Michael Crouch is hands-down my favorite YA narrator- he honestly can do no wrong. He's so good at making me feel all the emotions the characters are going through, bringing out the laughs, the tears, the heartache, and anger. He did such a wonderful job of bringing Sky to life, I felt like I was right there with him in the story.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    I LOVED THIS BOOK! Perfect for fans of Love, Simon (book or movie or tv show), this is a feel-good, delightful read.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Molli B.

    I really enjoyed this. Read it all in one go. Stayed up way past my bedtime to finish it. Tsk!! In the beginning, I thought briefly it might be a bit too...high-school-fluffy. But there was plenty of good drama, a couple little mysteries, lots of great characters (excellent rep, too), and I was extremely invested from start to finish. Very satisfying ending. All the thumbs up. I really have no complaints whatsoever. I’d read another book about these characters—or by this author—in a heartbeat!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Tianna

    I recieved this book from a goodreads giveaway. Highly recommend this book, once I started it I could hardly put it down it was just so good!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ashley Hart

    This was positive in every sense of the word. Sky is a sweet, kindhearted kid who is struggling with coming out and has everything bad happen to him. On the other hand, everyone close to him goes into loving overdrive and rise to the challenge. I think what made it even more beautiful were the number of adults in the novel who weren’t just decorative but actually served as support systems for Sky the whole time. The romance story line is adorable, but the friendships made the whole thing have a This was positive in every sense of the word. Sky is a sweet, kindhearted kid who is struggling with coming out and has everything bad happen to him. On the other hand, everyone close to him goes into loving overdrive and rise to the challenge. I think what made it even more beautiful were the number of adults in the novel who weren’t just decorative but actually served as support systems for Sky the whole time. The romance story line is adorable, but the friendships made the whole thing have a warm glow. This was a kind story in the face of a hard time. I loved every minute. I received a complimentary copy of this book through NetGalley. Opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Thindbooks

    *part of turn the pages tour* 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 p *part of turn the pages tour* 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!

  20. 5 out of 5

    Daniel

    The Sky Blues tells the story of Sky, who's one of the only gay students at his high school in northern Michigan, and his plans to ask his crush to prom. When his plans get leaked, his already fragile world crumbles. What ensues is a funny and heart-warming story about how Sky tries to salvage his senior year, reconcile with his religious mother, and learn more about his deceased father with the help of some great friends and supportive adults. First of all, I would die for Sky and all of his squ The Sky Blues tells the story of Sky, who's one of the only gay students at his high school in northern Michigan, and his plans to ask his crush to prom. When his plans get leaked, his already fragile world crumbles. What ensues is a funny and heart-warming story about how Sky tries to salvage his senior year, reconcile with his religious mother, and learn more about his deceased father with the help of some great friends and supportive adults. First of all, I would die for Sky and all of his squad. Though they make mistakes, they love and support each other. The book offers a realistic depiction of high school life, where the relationships between students and social groups feel true to life, as do the students' and faculty's reactions to Sky's catastrophe. The author also does a great job balancing the comedy and drama in the story. I loved reading Sky's emotional journey, as he learns to accept himself and continue fighting for what's right without losing sight of the good in his life. My only complaint is that I feel like I really could've spent more time in this world, getting to know the characters more, especially Teddy and both Sky's father and mother. It's a really lovely book that touches on a lot of issues while treating them with respect, humor, and a lot of heart.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Her Obsession

    REVIEW: rep: gay mc, mlm li, Black sc, Iraqi sc, trans sc, autistic sc, gay scs tw: homophobia, racism, f-slur, past car accident, past death of a parent, vomiting Sky is a Senior in a small-town high school in Michigan. He’s been out for a while now but his bible-thumping mother disowned him, his older brother never talks to him, and he lives in the basement of his best friend’s house. He daydreams of taking his friend Ali to the prom and keeps his ‘gayness’ low key for his friends. But a bully ha REVIEW: rep: gay mc, mlm li, Black sc, Iraqi sc, trans sc, autistic sc, gay scs tw: homophobia, racism, f-slur, past car accident, past death of a parent, vomiting Sky is a Senior in a small-town high school in Michigan. He’s been out for a while now but his bible-thumping mother disowned him, his older brother never talks to him, and he lives in the basement of his best friend’s house. He daydreams of taking his friend Ali to the prom and keeps his ‘gayness’ low key for his friends. But a bully has his sights set on him and is about to make Sky’s life very difficult in a small-town high school. At the same time, he is given the opportunity to learn more about his father, who died when he was very young. I think what made it even more beautiful were the number of adults in the novel who weren’t just decorative but actually served as support systems for Sky the whole time. The romance storyline is adorable, but the friendships made the whole thing have a warm glow. This was a kind story in the face of a hard time and I loved every minute. The main character, Sky, could not be more awkward if he tried and it is so enjoyable and endearing. He is also incredibly oblivious at times. He is strong and determined so no matter how many times he struggles, he always perseveres. I honestly think he would make such a great role model. I love him with all of my heart. I loved the positivity and diversity. I have to admit, in the first few chapters I was scared that the MC’s only personality trait would be his sexual orientation, but I was wrong. Sky is a lot more than that and each situation brings something new to his character. like any YA rom-com, there were parts that hurt so much to read. The plot is engaging, and I found the mysteries in Sky’s story interesting. I didn’t really put the book down for long once I started it and I found it thoroughly entertaining. It contains a lot of humor, snappy dialogue, and some lovely, flustered teens. A wonderful read. This book certainly does not shy away from stronger topics and themes. There are moving descriptions of grief and anxiety, situations with hostile family members, and the eternal terror of being bullied for being who you are. Some parts made me want to just hug the characters and cry with them. But, they were also beautifully done and were completely necessary to the story. Every bit of the sadness was worth it in the end. But more importantly, this book was also really heartwarming and uplifting! Parts of it made me feel like I could take on the world. One of the most prominent aspects of this book was friendship and acceptance. Sky and his friends are all so strong and genuinely good people. They aren’t afraid to fight for themselves and others. We could all stand to be a bit like them, I think. As Sky’s world grows bigger, there are always people who aren’t supportive but there are a lot of people who are. Robbie Couch does a fantastic job of balancing everything in this novel.I cannot wait to own this book and have it on my shelf. This is a great and very important one. This is one that when I get a copy, I will lend out to whoever needs to read it. Thank you to NetGalley for the complimentary copy of this book and to TurnThePageTours for having me be part of your team once again! I always enjoy working with you guys and your tours always run smoothly with brilliant results! Looking forward to future tours for more amazing books! INTERVIEW: 1. What would you say is your interesting writing quirk? Oh boy. Great question. When I’m in a creative rut, sometimes I’ll put on an audiobook by one of my faves or flip to a great chapter in one of my go-to books. Just spending a few minutes absorbing a great storyteller’s narrative will often spark an idea or get my creative juices flowing again. I do it quite a bit! 2. Where did you get your information or ideas for your book? I get my ideas everywhere! Truly. I highly recommend anyone interested in writing fiction to get in the habit of jotting down notes throughout your day whenever a compelling idea pops into your consciousness. I am constantly adding lines in my phone’s notes app when I see something absurd or interesting or wild or hilarious out in the real world. It could be a tiny character trait or the premise of a whole new story. But either way, I document the thought before I forget it and then transfer those notes into a Google doc every so often. It’s great to reference after weeks or months go by. I’m constantly pulling new inspiration from old notes! 3. What was one of the most surprising things you learned while writing this book? Copyeditors. They rock. I mean, I knew they rocked before writing The Sky Blues, but it wasn’t until the copy folks at Simon & Schuster got out a red pen and noted all my typos, misspelled words, and total grammar flubs that I realized how lucky I was to have them. Seriously. If you know a copyeditor, go hug them. Right now! GIVEAWAY: 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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  22. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

    Rep: gay, trans m, POC, mental health, anxiety

  23. 4 out of 5

    Sapphic Shelves

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  24. 4 out of 5

    Kathryn Speckels (Metaphors and Miscellanea)

    Cute, diverse, and full of both the best and the worst of small-town life, The Sky Blues is an ode to friendship, young love, and the importance of being yourself. While I wouldn’t call it a perfect read, it is a fast, fun read that will certainly appeal to younger YA fans, especially fans of “leaked romantic feelings” stories like To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. One of the strongest points of this book was its emphasis on friendship. Sky’s relationships with his best friends Bree and Marshall Cute, diverse, and full of both the best and the worst of small-town life, The Sky Blues is an ode to friendship, young love, and the importance of being yourself. While I wouldn’t call it a perfect read, it is a fast, fun read that will certainly appeal to younger YA fans, especially fans of “leaked romantic feelings” stories like To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before. One of the strongest points of this book was its emphasis on friendship. Sky’s relationships with his best friends Bree and Marshall were vibrant, full of the banter and intuitive understanding that comes from a lifetime of being buddies. The trio are always supportive (if occasionally jealous–hey, no friendship is perfect!) and will stop at nothing to help each other out. Even though the book is pitched as a romance, there honestly isn’t too much of that; it’s more about all the other relationships, especially the idea of a chosen family and the importance of fighting to maintain your friendships. Unfortunately, this friendship emphasis was also a bit of a drawback. There were SO MANY side characters in this book, and most of them felt very two-dimensional, with not a ton of development aside from their direct relevance to the plot. This applied doubly to the adult characters in the book, who were practically caricatures of adult personalities: either the super homophobic parents or the wholesome, ultra-supportive parent-figures, with not much in between. But back to the positives! The diversity in this story was excellent. There were racially diverse characters (Marshall is Black, Ali is Middle Eastern or South Asian [not ever explicitly stated which, to my recollection]), diverse queer rep (including a trans side character and a gay adult couple), and even an autistic side character. The writing style here is one that I think will garner mixed feelings from readers–while it didn’t quite work for me, I think other readers will love it. Sky’s narration is very, very “teenage,” super casual and full of intense feelings and cheesy descriptions. Being able to nail a teenage voice is obviously great for YA; to me, though, it felt a bit like it was trying too hard, especially with how many random pop culture references it dropped in (heck, they even mentioned Left Shark, which was quite a throwback). Again, though, your mileage may vary, and I think the points that felt a little “extra” to me might be really enjoyable for others, especially younger YA fans or people who enjoy reading, for example, fanfiction. There’s one more poignant element of the story that I feel like the blurb doesn’t mention at all. Early on, we learn that Sky’s dad died in a car crash when Sky was a kid, and the crash left Sky with a large burn scar on his chest. The fallout from these childhood events continues to reverberate throughout the story, both through Sky’s body image issues regarding the scar, and through the drastic effects his father’s death had on his family as a whole. These elements really helped lend extra emotional depth to the story and round out Sky’s character. I do wish that the ending of the book had allowed a little more time to fully wrap up these narrative threads, though; it felt like it didn’t give them the full resolution they needed, and I wanted something a little less vague and a little more satisfying. One final quibble I had was with the characters in the book starting up a club called GLOW: Gay, Lesbian, Or Whatever. While I get that the point is to make sure the acronym is inclusive, “or whatever” feels very dismissive to all identities that aren’t gay or lesbian and honestly comes off as pretty exclusionist. And, considering that the character who proposes starting this group is trans, it rubbed me the wrong way even more. Obviously, different people are comfortable with different labels, but for me (as someone who’s ace and thus already has to deal with a lot of exclusionist rhetoric), it was super uncomfy. All in all, The Sky Blues is a story riddled with teenage anxiety, but ultimately full of hope. It will resonate well with queer teens who are still trying to find out how to fit in–and who have yet to realize that, really, they don’t have to. Trigger/content warnings: homophobia, Islamophobia, use of the f-slur and the r-slur (both challenged)

  25. 5 out of 5

    leo(neil)

    READ THE WHOLE POST & JOIN THE GIVEAWAY! my thoughts: The Sky Blues by Robbie Couch is one of my most anticipated books this year. i remember posting about it on twitter because i have not seen a single post about the book on my timeline. i also remember messaging the publisher for an ARC, just to find out they couldn’t release an advanced readers copy to my area. at first, i didn’t understand why. like, i was just asking for a digital copy, which means shipping wasn’t an issue. of course, i r READ THE WHOLE POST & JOIN THE GIVEAWAY! my thoughts: The Sky Blues by Robbie Couch is one of my most anticipated books this year. i remember posting about it on twitter because i have not seen a single post about the book on my timeline. i also remember messaging the publisher for an ARC, just to find out they couldn’t release an advanced readers copy to my area. at first, i didn’t understand why. like, i was just asking for a digital copy, which means shipping wasn’t an issue. of course, i realized i had a lot to learn about publishing. turns out, some publishers can’t provide ARCs, physical or digital, to some areas around the globe because of legal reasons. luckily, Turn the Page Tours organized a blog tour, and imagine the happiness i felt when they stated the tour to be international! my heart beating in a joyous rhythm and my soul singing in cheer! therefore, thank you Turn the Page Tours for this opportunity! reading the first few chapters of the book, i was in it for the romance and the humor. but, as i dove deeper and deeper, the book became more meaningful, tugging on my heartstrings, making me think how beautiful a friendship is. sky was gay, and some people in rock ledge didn’t like that. thus, he found himself in his best friend’s house, where they devised a promposal. sky was going to ask his crush to go to prom with him, of course things didn’t go the way they plotted. one of the great things about this book was the completely unexpected content. yes, i admit, i thought the plot was going to be cliché just by reading the synopsis, and yes some of it was. little did i know i rode on a train destined to many surprising locations. i also want to commend the author for the representations in the book. one of them i thought was a great plot twist. however, i want to highlight the triggering parts: stereotyping (calling someone a terrorist because of their race), bullying, death of a parent, homophobia, and the most heartbreaking part (being disowned for being gay). no matter how many times i read about homophobia, the anger really bubbles inside me. like, the audacity of people shaming other people for embracing who they truly are. homophobia will never be overrated in fiction, the damage it inflicts on people may be permanent, which can lead to more heartbreaking aftermaths. there was also a part that links to the BLACK LIVES MATTER MOVEMENT, which i believe as timely and relevant to the current situation of the world. and though the book had many great parts, the beautiful portrayal of friendship struck me the most. speaking of friendship, giving the spotlight to bree and marshall. starting with bree, who never left sky no matter what. i loved that her family welcomed sky with all their hearts, never minding one bit that he was gay. i also found myself giggling at bree’s parents teasing sky about his crush. then there was marshall, who added to the humor just by being himself. his goofiness found its way to my heart, and although cis, also accepted sky. and of course, talking about friendship would not be complete without mentioning the friends of sky’s late father. through them, sky was able to know his father via their memories and experiences, which added a many flavors to the story. there was also a mystery subplot, which at first i thought was kind of dragging and unnecessary, but then it became a great device for developing sky’s character. of course, the romantic aspect should not be forgotten. it was cute as hell and my most favorite cup of tea. from a simple sprout of romantic-comedy, the story grew into this ginormous consequential tree, which the world needs to see. a tree cultivated by Robbie Couch’s notable voice and effective writing. READ THE WHOLE POST & JOIN THE GIVEAWAY!

  26. 5 out of 5

    may ✨

    3,5/5 Overall this book was cute. I loved the positivity, the diversity. I have to admit, in the first few chapters I was scared that the MC’s only personality trait would be his sexual orientation, but I was wrong. Sky is a lot more than that and each situation brings something new to his character. Many different characters are introduced, and I especially liked seeing supportive adults, who play an important part in the book’s events and aren’t just there to say yes or no to the kids. Bree’s f 3,5/5 Overall this book was cute. I loved the positivity, the diversity. I have to admit, in the first few chapters I was scared that the MC’s only personality trait would be his sexual orientation, but I was wrong. Sky is a lot more than that and each situation brings something new to his character. Many different characters are introduced, and I especially liked seeing supportive adults, who play an important part in the book’s events and aren’t just there to say yes or no to the kids. Bree’s family, who happens to be Sky’s foster family, is lovely and so sooo supportive. That part just felt really good and it was reassuring to know that Sky was in a safe environment! The general plot was cute and really enjoyable, I loved the initial idea of the "promposal" as well as Sky’s more personal quest of trying to find out who his father was. In the end, I found the many subplots more interesting than the main prom/email story. A few things made this story stand out, like the fact that there isn’t much romance, as this is more focused on Sky’s character development. The novel isn’t about coming out either, since Sky’s already out to everyone in his life, which leaves more room to explore other storylines that are just as important as coming out. Another theme that we often see in books that take place in high school is graduation and college applications. While the novel deals a bit with the idea of life after high school, it really isn’t a central theme and doesn’t come with all the stressful application talk. Like a few other things in this novel, I thought it was handled in a creative way that made The Sky Blues quite unique. As much as I loved the novel, there were things I didn’t enjoy that much. The writing was okay. I think it was fitting for a YA novel, but some group scenes felt a little weird. The general portrayal of teenagers did feel a bit off sometimes, especially in the beginning of the book. It gets better and better after that! As I wrote earlier, there are many side characters and a lot of diversity, which is amazing, but ultimately, we know so little about them and most of them don’t really have much of a personality. I would’ve loved them to be more fleshed out… There really are so many side characters... Another thing that bothered me was the rushed ending. I was still waiting for a few things to happen that didn’t, even though the story was sort of leading up to them, and I really thought they were lacking. To be completely honest, this book was a bit underwhelming for me because of that. Eventually, the last 10-15% brought a bit of the emotions I was hoping for earlier in the book. I think there were so many good ideas, especially with the way the romance progresses in the book, and Sky’s quest on finding out more about his father. Sadly, in my opinion, everything remained a bit superficial. That being said, this is a solid young adult novel, and it totally fits the genre! I enjoyed it a lot despite its shortcomings. I loved its small town vibe, its peaceful sense of quietness. I think this book is a nice version of the found family trope that so many people like (me included!). It is very positive, probably a bit unrealistic but that’s why we read books… and feels like a warm hug. I thought The Sky Blues was a really good book, that checked pretty much all the boxes needed to make it a great YA novel. This is a book for LGBTQIA+ teenagers, it’s what it wants to be and it completely succeeds in doing its job! Content warnings: homophobia, racism, bullying, use of drugs and alcohol, intolerance based on religious beliefs, f-slur, r-slur, death of a parent (happened in the past), car accident (happened in the past), parental abandonment, vomiting. Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this eARC!

  27. 5 out of 5

    Liza | The Inharmonious Heroine

    My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (5 stars) Sky Baker is a 17-year-old – soon to be 18 – openly gay student in his small town of Rock Ledge, Michigan, who is both dreading and anticipating the end of high school. Dreading, because as soon as school is done both his best friends will be moving away for college while he’s stuck in Rock Ledge, and anticipating, because once he’s graduated he’ll finally be able to get away from the homophobic bullies at his school. At least his constant daydreaming about asking My rating: ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ (5 stars) Sky Baker is a 17-year-old – soon to be 18 – openly gay student in his small town of Rock Ledge, Michigan, who is both dreading and anticipating the end of high school. Dreading, because as soon as school is done both his best friends will be moving away for college while he’s stuck in Rock Ledge, and anticipating, because once he’s graduated he’ll finally be able to get away from the homophobic bullies at his school. At least his constant daydreaming about asking his crush, Ali Rashid, to prom makes these final school days bearable. That is, until an anonymous hacker somehow leaks Sky’s plans for his promposal to Ali on their senior class’s weekly e-blast in a super homophobic (and racist) way. Now everyone – including Ali himself – knows how Sky feels. Sky is devastated, but soon realizes he’s not as alone in this fight as he first thought, and that friendship can be found in the most unlikely of places. And while trying to track down the hacker, learns the much more important lesson about being true to yourself. “You aren’t alone in this fight, Sky. You’re never, ever alone in this fight.” This book was such a touching, fun, emotional read! I’ve said it before and I’ll probably say it again, but I think LGBTQ romance novels have it twice as hard. They have to deliver the fluff and Happily Ever After that readers expect from a romance, but they also have to touch on some pretty tough topics, like homophobia, or their book won’t feel relatable. It takes a deft hand to balance these two well, and is what I think makes The Sky Blues shine. The setting for this story takes place in small town, MAGA-hat-wearing, America. Something we’re reminded of often while reading. The protagonist, Sky, is not living his perfect, dream-worthy queer life. He’s living something – unfortunately – much more realistic to what many LGBTQ youth know themselves. He’s been kicked out of his mother’s for being gay, constantly fending off homophobic taunts from kids at school, and has no real gay adult figures to look up to. How Couch includes all this, plus all the other Coming-Of-Age feelings and concerns most teens go through, while keeping the story from being a total downer is a feat in and of itself. The fact that this book also manages to be fun, positive and have an overall uplifting message too? Well, that makes it a story readers wont soon forget. This book made me cry, laugh, and then cry again. The Sky Blues is an honest, hopeful and moving tale that will easily win your heart. ❤️ “Years from now-when everyone else has forgotten about how they wore a Gay for Franch Fries shirt or planned that epic surprise promposal at the Senior Beach-Bum Party for me-I’ll still remember. I’ll remember that people in this not-so-terrible town actually had my back.” Thank you to Turn the Page Tours and the publisher, Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, for providing me with an e-ARC of this book via NetGalley. All thoughts are my own.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rose (booksofmagicandmystery)

    Okay, so let me just start my review my saying this: the book is amazing. No, not just amazing--it's a remarkable, hilarious, brilliant gem of a novel. There's so much to love about it, so prepare to hear me gush about it for the next several paragraphs. First, let's talk about Sky Baker himself. It was an absolute joy to spend 336 pages in his head. His witty thoughts are the best thing since the invention of chocolate chip cookies, and he's just the right combination of awkward and nerdy. He's Okay, so let me just start my review my saying this: the book is amazing. No, not just amazing--it's a remarkable, hilarious, brilliant gem of a novel. There's so much to love about it, so prepare to hear me gush about it for the next several paragraphs. First, let's talk about Sky Baker himself. It was an absolute joy to spend 336 pages in his head. His witty thoughts are the best thing since the invention of chocolate chip cookies, and he's just the right combination of awkward and nerdy. He's also super passionate about the things and people he cares about. He's a bit insecure and doesn't have the best self-esteem, but this allows readers (or at least me) to empathize with him. It was inspiring to see him grow and become more confident throughout this book. Also, I can't even express how much I love that he covered an entire wall with promposal ideas for the guy he likes. That's the kind of nerdiness I crave in a character, and Sky Baker did not disappoint. Next up: the friendship. AAAAHHHHH THE FRIENDSHIP! If a genie popped out of a bottle right this moment and offered me three wishes, one of them would hands-down be to magically become part of Sky's friend group. They have such a good dynamic and their personalities compliment each other perfectly. I loved how Bree and Marshall were so supportive of Sky. I liked how even though their friend group expanded to include other people, like Teddy and Ali, the three of them still stayed super close. Their friendship also felt really natural, and even though there were some tumultuous moments, they always made up and became even closer because of it. I'm not going to go very in-depth with talking about the romance because spoilers must be avoided at all costs, but it suffices to say that the romance is insanely cute and heart-fluttery *insert a million heart-eyed emojis* Plus it felt like a really natural romantic development (thank goodness for no insta-love!). Aaaaaand I'm just going to leave it at that because if I say anything more spoilers are going to come out and I'm a personal believer that spoilers must be avoided like vampires avoid garlic and sunlight *hiss* ​Also, the representation in this book! I loved how inclusive this book was. Sky's friend Marshall is Black, and his crush, Ali Rashid, is Iraqi-American; there were some important discussions about race and racial stereotypes. There was also some great LGBTQ+ representation, with Sky being gay and another character eventually revealing that he's transgender. This book also presented some meaningful discussions about not making assumptions about people and not realizing what others experience because of their race or sexuality. I also enjoyed the inspirational adult characters in this book. In a lot of YA books, adult characters are bland or annoying, but in this book many were portrayed as kind, accepting, encouraging. One of Sky's teachers, Winter, was especially inspiring and always had plenty of good advice to offer. Bree's parents were also really kind and loving, and it was heartwarming to see them accept Sky readily into their lives. I also loved Charlie and Brian; they were so kind to Sky, and it was sweet to see him gain confidence from them. One last spectacular thing about this book: the nerdy references! Sky's love of To All the Boys I've Loved Before is golden. Watching him and Teddy nerd out over that To All the Boys Instagram fan account was absolutely priceless. Plus there was an adorable Love, Simon reference too! There were a few Harry Potter references that I wasn't a huge fan of, so readers should be aware of that before diving into this book. However, the other nerdy references were spot-on and I adored them. Well, that's a wrap on my review of The Sky Blues by Robbie Couch! I highly recommend this book, especially for fans of Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. I've already read this book twice and I plan to read it many more times in my life. Hands-down, 5 Stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. Keep scrolling to read some of my favorite quotes from this book!

  29. 4 out of 5

    DK

    *I received an eARC from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review* Sky is ready for senior year to be over but before he says goodbye to high school he plans to make a statement and stand up against homophobic bullies by asking his crush, Ali Rashid, to prom. However, when Sky's plans and a photo of him and Ali are sent to the entire class in a hate-filled email blast, it sends Sky into a spiral. Just when things feel totally hopeless, Sky's friends and classmates are there to help pick him back *I received an eARC from NetGalley in exchange for a honest review* Sky is ready for senior year to be over but before he says goodbye to high school he plans to make a statement and stand up against homophobic bullies by asking his crush, Ali Rashid, to prom. However, when Sky's plans and a photo of him and Ali are sent to the entire class in a hate-filled email blast, it sends Sky into a spiral. Just when things feel totally hopeless, Sky's friends and classmates are there to help pick him back up, rallying around him and joining him in his search to find out who was responsible for the email. From the very beginning I loved Sky! He's a kid that has gone through many intensely difficult experiences, from losing his father at an early age to being kicked out of his home by his homophobic mother. Despite these hardships, and growing up in a less than inclusive small town, Sky has remained true to himself. When the book first starts, Sky feels like an outsider, even in his close-knit friend group, and feels especially isolated as the only out queer kid at school. Yet as the story progresses, he learns how his friends also feel othered, like his best friend Marshal who is Black or like Ali, his crush, whose family is from Iraq. I appreciated that Sky is able to look beyond his own issues and learn from his friends and be more open with them. While this book does revolve around Sky's crushes, at the heart it's about the importance of friendship and found family. I especially loved the relationships that Sky has with the adults in his life -- his best friend Bree's parents who took him in, his yearbook teacher, and Charlie, his late father's best friend. It was wonderful to read these adults being protective and supportive while also sharing their experiences and hard earned advice. My only real critique is that the end of the story felt a bit rushed and I would have liked a couple more chapters to get into some of the relationships that developed towards the end of the novel. Some parts were really hard to read (like the stuff with Sky's homophobic family) but every time Sky experiences what he refers to as the "boulder of gay gloom" he always has people there to help him get through it. Overall, it was a fast read that kept me fully engaged and left me feeling happy and hopeful!

  30. 4 out of 5

    Randi (Rampant Reading Reviews)

    I received an advanced copy of The Sky Blues as a host for Turn the Page Tours so I could share my review with you! Content Warning: The Sky Blues contain scenes and discussions of homophobia, racism, body dysmorphia from a past injury, death of a parent, anxiety, and a negative parental reaction to coming out. Sky Baker knows a thing or two about invisibility. Though he is openly gay, his small-town world never fails to remind him that he doesn’t belong. Sky won’t let this atmosphere of homophobi I received an advanced copy of The Sky Blues as a host for Turn the Page Tours so I could share my review with you! Content Warning: The Sky Blues contain scenes and discussions of homophobia, racism, body dysmorphia from a past injury, death of a parent, anxiety, and a negative parental reaction to coming out. Sky Baker knows a thing or two about invisibility. Though he is openly gay, his small-town world never fails to remind him that he doesn’t belong. Sky won’t let this atmosphere of homophobia bring him down, because nothing can stand in the way of his perfect senior year. At least, Sky thought that nothing could until someone leaked his plans to surprise his crush with a spectacular promposal. Sky is left picking up the pieces of his life after undergoing such a mortifying ordeal until he formulates the perfect plan to get back at the person responsible for sharing his personal life with the entire school. With the help of his friends and some unexpected allies from school, Sky will make his senior year count, even if it doesn’t go exactly as he expected. You can get your copy of The Sky Blues now from Simon Teen! Every once in a while, I will find a contemporary novel that sweeps me away from reality so completely that I feel disoriented after finishing. The Sky Blues, being incredibly immersive and easy to read, was one of these few books for me! I was pulled into Sky’s journey from the outset, and couldn’t resist reading more of his journey. My favorite relationship in this book is easily that between Sky and Ms. Winter, his yearbook professor and all-around mentor. Every queer student (both those who are closeted and out) who has gone through high school deserved to have a teacher they could rely on the way that Sky relied on Winter. As someone who had a Ms. Winter of my own during the roughest school days, I know first-hand the power that an ally can hold. For this character relationship, among many other reasons, The Sky Blues has become one of my favorite contemporary reads of 2021 thus far! My Recommendation- If you have been looking for a spring-y contemporary novel to celebrate the changing of seasons, The Sky Blues would be a perfect fit for you! I would recommend this story to fans of Becky Albertalli and Adam Silvera!

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