Searching for Sky

Searching for Sky

by Jillian Cantor


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ISBN-13: 9781619633513
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 05/13/2014
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 1,269,505
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)
Age Range: 12 - 17 Years

About the Author

Jillian Cantor is the author of several novels for teens and adults, including, most recently, Margot, a re-imagining of Anne Frank's sister in post-war America. Jillian lives in Arizona with her husband and two sons.


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Searching for Sky 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Okay, first of all I would like to say that this book kinda(mostly) annoyed me. So it starts out with her on the island, or Island as she calls it( I will get to that annoyance later) and she is happy blah blah blah. Then river sees a boat. Okay first of all when she is on the boat she tries to make a run for it back into the ocean, or as she calls it Ocean. Then they tranquilize her!! Is that even legal?! Unless she is a criminal I am pretty sure that's illegal. Anyway, she gets separated from river and she freaks out. She finds him and he is a jerk to her being all "I don't want to see you" ( read that with a snotty voice). Then she goes home with her grandmother, or as she calls her: grandmother woman. Ugggg!!!!!! Hate the lack of a's and the's! I don't like the main charactar because she hates her grandmother most of the book even though her grandmother is SUPER nice to her. Then the whole thing with Ben. That in my opinion was totally irrelevant. Sure he helps.her near.the end but if he isn't gonna be her love interest why did the author.kinda write it like that? I was honestly ticked at then ending. Total twist that came out of nowhere. Read at you're own risk. (I cried at the end so...expect that.) Was okay if you don't want an easy or fun read. : )
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
It’s all they ever needed, their life was so simple but something was pulling River. Sky and River, I was jealous of their lifestyle, alone on Island, going about their daily tasks just looking out for each and making do with what they had. For fourteen years, they knew no different, and the earth provided for them and what it didn’t, they didn’t need. When River came back after seeing the boat, I knew their life would change. There’s no Bathroom Tree on boat, and the large boxes identifying themselves as beds were just a small glimpse of the changes these teens would face as they make their way into the strange world we call California. The simplicity of their ways gave way to complications and I was overwhelmed myself at everything that was changing so fast for these two teens. As River fades away, Sky’s world opened up and she fought the complicated world that surrounded her. Her mind is set on Island and she longs to return to it but she needs River to complete the journey. Grandma enlists the help of her neighbor Ben who is torn at his responsibilities. The implications of a cute, naïve, sixteen-year girl in the hands of another male teen, I had lots of scenarios going in my own head. Sky wants River but something is happening to Ben and his feelings towards Sky. Being confused and with the constant pressure on her to conform to be “normal”, I was hoping she wouldn’t change to fit someone else’s image. The future is uncertain but her past will always remain with her. The ending just wrecked me, I should have stopped reading around page 200 but I had to know. They had it all, their life was so simple; they had each other, the Island, a friendship and a lifetime of tomorrows, they left that behind to get a boat to see what California had to offer. Definitely a must read book!
WorldsCollide More than 1 year ago
An emotional, heart-breaking, gem of a read, Searching for Sky was a fantastic YA read. This book was just wonderful. This compelling book of a girl struggling to learn about modern life was heart-breakingly lovely and a truly enjoyable read. Sky was a lovely heroine. She was a very realistic character. She was a girl, raised in a paleolithic lifestyle, suddenly dropped into the modern world. She wasn't perfect. She struggled, lashed out, and resented the confusing new world she was stuck in. But, she was also strong, clever, and more resilient than people gave her credit for. I liked how her assimilation into the modern world was portrayed. It wasn't easy, it wasn't overnight, and it required a lot of turbulent emotions and struggle. Things that seem normal to the everyday person were totally alien to her and it wasn't going to be easy for her to learn about them. I liked how that wasn't glossed over and was shown so realistically. And, seeing her struggles made me more engaged in her character. She was wonderful and I really liked her. River was also great. In contrast to Sky, he wanted to return to the modern world because, unlike her, he had early memories of living there. Problem was, while he wanted the modern world, the modern world didn't want him, because something that happened in his past, while he still lived in California. I felt so bad for the poor guy. He was so sweet, a genuinely kind soul, but he was blamed for the crimes of another. His situation just broke my heart, not to mention what happened at the end. I absolutely adored him character. The romance was light, since Sky and River spend most of the book apart. But, even when they were apart, they were always thinking of each other. They already had a deep bond, after growing up so closely and it was only natural that it began to shift to something more. But, fate wasn't easy on them... The plot was fast paced and I was hooked the entire way through. I loved how the emotions in this book were portrayed so brilliantly and I felt each one. The secrets hidden in the past were totally shocking and I never suspected the truth behind Sky and River's lives on the island. I loved the story and the ending was heart-wrenching, a bittersweet conclusion with both hope and grief. It was certainly an ending to remember. Searching for Sky was a heart-breakingly lovely, deeply emotional, and utterly engaging read. I absolutely loved this book. Full of deep emotions and shocking secrets, it grabbed hold of my emotions and didn't let go, keeping me totally drawn into Sky's world. YA lovers, this book is a must read. *I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review