finally, i am now able to share my thoughts on this book, which is one of my favorite and best reads this 2021! at least, now i know this year has something amazing to offer, and i am hoping for more! an advanced readers copy was provided for this tour, therefore i am one of the lucky few to read this book before its official publication. to follow the tour, here is a schedule from the organizer’s site. Turn the Page Tours is always open for new hosts, so sign up now!
for the mean time, welcome to this blog tour! enjoy and let’s have some bookish fun!
“THE BLUES ARE BLUER UP HERE.”
“IT’S EASY FOR ME TO LOOK BACK AT THOSE YEARS FONDLY NOW. BUT IT WAS TERRIBLE WHEN I LIVED THEM.” I SMILE, CLICKING AROUND IN MEMORIES TO LOOK BUSY. “THAT’S THE DANGER OF NOSTALGIA.”
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.
title: the sky blues
author: robbie couch
publisher: simon & schuster books for young readers
release date: 6 april 2021
age category: young adult
genre/s: contemporary, romance
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.
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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. [ author website | twitter | instagram ]