THE SKY BLUES, by Robbie Couch
Imprint: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
Publication Date: April 6th, 2020
Page Count: 325 pages
*I received an e-ARC from Netgalley free of charge, and my opinions are completely my own.*
“Are Ali and Sky a thing or what? What would your couple name be? Sah-lee? Ah-kai? Nothing rolls off the tongue.”
Sky has a thirty-day plan to ask his crush, Ali, out to prom - what better way to end his senior year, right? After all, this year has already been sucky between his being kicked out of his evangelical mom’s house, and having to crash in the unfinished basement at his best friend’s house. But when his plans are leaked in a homophobic and xenophobic e-blast sent out to the senior students, and Ali labeled a terrorist, Sky just wants to ditch Rock Ledge as soon as possible. However, as his classmates band behind Sky and Ali to find the anonymous hacker, he learns just how much he is lucky to have his classmates.
While the plot started off strong, I feel that it went lukewarm about two-thirds of the way through The Sky Blues. It is still a very cute, very fluffy story about strength and support found through a found family. The plot itself just feels like the author torn it up metaphorically and then clumsily taped it back together. If the story was promoted to be one about support the entire time, then I feel it wouldn’t seem as sharp a turn as The Sky Blues ultimately did. We were told to expect a certain type of story about getting revenge on a doxxer, but that plot line takes a back seat to one of overwhelming support. It made it difficult to believe that Sky and Ali had truly been affected by it as much as Couch wanted us to believe.
However, with that in mind, we do love queer people sticking up for each other and recognizing their differences and similarities to each other. That one scene with Dan and Sky - god, I was clutching The Sky Blues to my chest afterwards. We love straight friends sticking up for their queer/friends of color. We love support! Also, let’s talk about the queer role models that Couch writes in Charlie and Brian. We don’t nearly see enough of that in the media, let alone young adult media. I love that Couch included these two so the reader can see that it does truly get better after high school directly.
Of course, I had to make a playlist for The Sky Blues. The main vibes I went for was that of first love and queerness, with a few sprinklings of what it is like to be in high school. You can check out the full playlist on Spotify.
Check out a few of my favorite quotes!
Are you still not sure about reading The Sky Blues? Well, if you like these books:
The Prom: A Novel Based on the Hit Broadway Musical, by Saundra Mitchell, Chad Beguelin, Bob Martin, and Matthew Sklar
The Meet Cute Diary, by Emery Lee (releasing on May 4th, 2021)
As Far As You’ll Take Me, by Phil Stamper
Then you’d definitely want to grab a copy of The Sky Blues!
The good thing, The Sky Blues is officially out now! You can get a copy from your local bookstore or library, or you can get a copy online. Click on these buy links and you can get your own copy: Goodreads | Amazon | Book Depository | Barnes & Noble | Indigo | IndieBound.
Up for grabs, Turn the Page Tours has 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 internationally only, and the physical copy will be available to US only. To enter, click here!
Many thanks to Turn the Page Tours for allowing me to join the The Sky Blues book tour! You can check out the rest of the tour stops on their Tour Schedule webpage.
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.