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Published by Katherine Tegen Books on May 10, 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Dating & Sex, Survival Stories, Young Adult
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One midsummer night. Two strangers. Three rules: No real names. No baggage. No phones. A whirlwind twenty-four-hour romance about discovering what it means to feel alive in the face of one of life’s greatest dangers: love.
Who would you be if you had one night to be anyone you want?
Volunteering in New Orleans was supposed to be a change, an escape from the total mess Julie left at home and from her brother’s losing battle with PTSD. But building houses surrounded by her super-clingy team leader and her way-too-chipper companions has Julie feeling more trapped than ever. And she’s had enough.
In a moment of daring, Julie runs away, straight into the glitter, costumes, and chaos of the Mid-Summer Mardi Gras parade—and instantly connects with Miles, an utterly irresistible musician with a captivating smile and a complicated story of his own. And for once, Julie isn’t looking back. Together Julie and Miles decide to forget their problems and live this one night in the here and now. Wandering the night, they dance on roofs, indulge in beignets, share secrets and ghost stories under the stars, and fall in love. But when a Category Two hurricane changes course and heads straight for NOLA, their adventure takes an unexpected turn. And, suddenly, pretending everything is fine is no longer an option.
Richly evocative to the heart-racing end, Even If the Sky Falls is a swoon-worthy debut to indulge in to the very last note.
I wanted to read Even if the Sky Falls as first glance. I have mentioned before that I am a cover judger and this one is so very pretty! Then I read the synopsis and was hooked. A YA romance, but with a very unique setup. Two kids wanting to escape for a little bit and just be free. They decide for one night to live with no names, no back stories, and no promises. As Julie and Miles explore New Orleans they face more than just upset parents when a massive storm rolls in and threatens all that they have. I was hoping that this was not going to be another disappointment as my last YA romance read with a fantastic cover was lackluster. But, yay! Mia Garcia crafted a read that I really enjoyed and the pretty cover was just a bonus.
I enjoyed the plot of Even if the Sky Falls. It was a unique look at an insta-love story that did not make me cringe. Everything made sense in the scope of the story and Julie was not “fixed” by meeting Miles. There was one tiny plot point with Julie and a hometown boy that was unneeded in the whole but it did not detract from my overall enjoyment. The writing of Mia Garcia was a pleasant surprise. She was able to combine a very diverse cast in a way where it was not screaming I’m different, it was just a part of the tale. She crafted a detailed story that really showcased the city as a character in its own right. Speaking of that, the world built was shiny and bright. The city of New Orleans was an impressive backdrop and the detail incorporated was impressive. The pacing was rapid as the main storyline takes place over one night. There were a few bumps in the timeline of the flashbacks, but not enough to damage the story. There were plenty of emotions throughout. Even though this was an instant attraction/love story, I found the emotional arc to be surprisingly complex and am glad the author used such a broad brush. The characters were, for the most part, great. I did really dislike the hometown and found his entire storyline to be a distraction to the whole. However, Julie and Miles were such strong characters that they were able to overshadow that whole useless bit well. As I mentioned before, there was a great deal of diversity in the cast and I loved that it felt so natural.
Even if the Sky Falls was a success. I often find YA romances to be too sappy sweet or too annoying. In my advanced age, I have become jaded and even though I know it is fiction still can’t get over my insta-love hate. But Mia Garcia did such a phenomenal job in crafting a tale that was an actually believable YA love story that I couldn’t help but like it. The cast was enjoyable, the tale was able to flip between vastly different emotions quickly and the majority of the characters’ actions made sense in the context of the story. Mia Garcia has thoroughly impressed me with her debut and I cannot wait to see what she has in store for her next book.
Favorite lines – This was the moment. The change in the tide that shifts everything. The point in time we would look back on and mark and remember. From here on, everything was different. From here on nothing was the same. So simple I should’ve done it earlier.
Biggest cliché – If you really knew me, you wouldn’t like me.
Have you read Even if the Sky Falls, or added it to your TBR?
Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- 2016 Debut Author Challenge
- 2016 Diverse Books Reading Challenge
- 2016 New Release Challenge
- Mount TBR Reading Challenge
- Netgalley & Edelweiss Reading Challenge
- The Goodreads Challenge