Falling From The Skyby Nikki Godwin
All stability in sixteen-year-old Ridge McCoy's life crashed and burned in the plane crash that killed his dad. This summer-long basketball camp is his chance to improve his skills and escape his problems back home. But his summer plans take a turn in an unexpected direction when he meets Micah Youngblood, the guy who runs the carousel at the local mall and has a reputation for devouring straight boys' heterosexuality for breakfast, alongside his chocolate chip pancakes.
Ridge needs a way to avoid the guys at camp, whose only quest for the summer is to drown in beer and hook up with girls. So when Micah offers to explain how the ten unique horses on the carousel are significant to his tribe, Ridge takes him up on it. Still, Ridge can't decide if this is a bad thing or not. All he knows is that he hasn't felt this alive since his dad fell from the sky, and as the horse adventures come to an end, Ridge finds himself falling as well - for Micah.
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This is what I'm talking about!!!! This is a young adult story about heartbreak, hope, despair, confusion and love, that just happens to be between two members of the same sex. The feelings between them are true, no matter what sex you are! Ridge is coping with life, but he's certainly not living it. He doesn't know if he will ever feel 'normal' again as he tries to cope with his dad's death. He is going through the motions of living, whilst feeling very disjointed. Micah is the only one who seems to break through Ridge's barriers, and not in a good way to begin with. Ridge finds him irritating and annoying, but Micah persists. The friendship that grows between these two is gorgeous to read about, as well as Ridge's meanderings on where the friendship is going, and his growing feelings towards Micah. I thought this was incredibly well-written, powerful and yet delicate enough when dealing with Ridge's confusion over his feelings. The ending? Wow, that one whalloped me! I completely 5683 this book and will be on the look out for more from this author. Totally blew me away! Highly recommended. * I received this book from the author in return for a fair and honest review. * Merissa Archaeolibrarian - I Dig Good Books!
I was super excited when I was given the opportunity to read this LGBT novel in exchange for an honest review—and my excitement was warranted because I enjoyed it from the beginning. Falling from the Sky is a young adult contemporary novel about sixteen-year-old Ridge McCoy and his unforgettable summer trying to live life again after a plane crash kills his father and turns his world upside down. Nikki Godwin spun an unforgettable story about Ridge’s summer away at basketball camp, and how his life changes after meeting Micah Youngblood, a local boy who lives on the Bear Creek reservation. Through Micah, Ridge learns what it’s like to feel alive again—but more than that—he learns it’s okay to be true to himself and to live his life for himself, the way he wants to. I’ve always loved young adult novels that explore topics of self-discovery, friendship, and love, and this novel had it all. It’s a refreshing, diverse novel that explores relationships from a same-sex perspective, and is done in such a way that it promotes the idea of loving whoever you want regardless of sex, race, class, and past. I liked Falling from the Sky from page one, and was rooting for Ridge and Micah until the sweet ending that left a smile on my face. Godwin’s writing is well-crafted, and while the story might not be action-packed, it’s such a heart-warming tale, that you’ll keep turning the pages. The only downside to the novel was the unnecessary use of profane language. While it doesn't bother me, it was used liberally, which made it less effective, and it didn't add anything to the story. Because of the profanity, I’d recommend this novel to mature young adults or older. Apart from that, if you’ve never read an LGBT novel, this is a great find. It’s also perfect for those wanting diverse young adult novels, those who enjoy sweet, clean love stories, and those who want to read something a little different.
This book. I just cannot even begin to express how much I love this book. Seriously. You've been warned, guys, there will be gushing. Sorry, but I'm really not sorry because this book is possibly the most beautiful and touching love story I've ever read. Ok, so you've been warned and away we go. Falling From the Sky is a YA love story that just happens to involve two boys. Told from the point of view of 16-year-old, Ridge McCoy, the story grips you from the very first line and never lets go. Ridge lost his father in a plane crash a year ago and his life has become a surreal sort of waking nightmare. His mother can't stand to even look at him and his girlfriend is only his girlfriend because she can't be the girl who dumped the guy who just lost his dad in a plane crash. So they sort of limp through the motions together, neither of them happy but both unwilling to make any sort of change. Relief comes in the form of basketball camp for Ridge-a summer away from the hell his home has become. Micah Youngblood is a 16-year-old local who Ridge meets at the mall where he works, running the carousel. That first brief conversation between them is the beginning of so much more than either of them bargained for. I absolutely loved getting to see the story unfold from Ridge's point of view. Being in his head was absolutely heartbreaking at times. But being there while he came back to himself and the land of the living was totally worth the heartbreak you feel for him. The story is overflowing with emotion; the strength of true friendship, the joys and terrors of new love, the overwhelming devastation that comes from loss--and so much more. I love the characters, all of them-they are real, complete with flaws and their own unique sets of baggage. The way Nikki Godwin captures the essence of this story is captivating. Her writing is flawless and the book is simply impossible to put down. I read it in one sitting. The story broke my heart into tiny little pieces but then as it went on, it glued them all back together again. This book was beautiful and poignant and I cannot put into words how much I think EVERYONE should read it so they can experience it, too.
I really enjoyed the two MCs. I loved Micah! What a great character. Ridge was a strong character who really matured during the course of the story.
This book is truly amazing. It captures your interest from the start knowing it is an LGBT book. They are always different and captivate you in different ways. I loved the story that flowed so smooth throughout the whole thing. It shows signs of struggle within your self as well as just trying to sort out feelings when you feel like you finally belong somewhere. The messages in Nikki's book are breathtaking. This one came across to me as no matter who you love, someone can pull you out when you are drowning. To just be yourself and that is all you need to be. People worry so much about labels and all sorts of things that they drive themselves mad. They can do so much in the world if they would just let that source of insecurity go. Nikki also puts references from her other books in all of her works. There is always the mention of Sebastian's Shadow as well as Mutilated Arteries. I love how I can pull those things out of the books. One of the bands happens to be the band in her sister's book, Mutilate My Heart. The author is such a wonderful writer and could probably write about a chicken if she wanted to and it would still be wonderful. She has an extreme talent for writing. I know anyone who reads this book will not be disappointed and will fall in love with her as a person as well as her writing.