Hey there, bookworms! Welcome to my tour stop for The Sky Blues by Robbie Couch! I'd like to thank Turn the Page Tours for choosing me to be part of this blog and bookstagram tour. Make sure to check out the tour schedule here and follow along--there are plenty more fantastic stops on this tour!
Also, there is a 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 here.
TITLE: The Sky Blues
AUTHOR: Robbie Couch
PUBLISHER: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
RELEASE DATE: April 6th, 2021
GENRES: YOUNG ADULT FICTION--Contemporary, Romance, LGBTQIA+
BUY LINK: https://bookshop.org/a/11727/9781534477858
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?
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!
My Favorite Quotes
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