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.
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.
Nikki Godwin is a YA/NA/LGBT author. She can't live without Mountain Dew, black eyeliner, and music by Hawthorne Heights. When not writing, she internet-stalks her favorite bands and keeps tabs on surf competitions. Her favorite surfer is Gabriel Medina. If you ever get her started on surfing or music, she'll never shut up. You've been warned.
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