Falling From the SkyAuthor: Nikki Godwin
Genre: YA Contemporary, Romance, LGBT
Published: February 21st 2014
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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.
I don't think I've ever swooned over an LGBT book before. Falling From the Sky is a brilliant story of friendship, romance and being yourself. This book is beautifully written and will definitely tug at your heartstrings.
I totally loved the characters! I ship Micah and Ridge so hard that they don't have a choice but to sail. These two are so adorable, yet both are complex characters with interesting backgrounds. In a way, they're both broken but they have different ways of coping. While Ridge is quiet and withdraws to himself, Micah is all bubbly and enthusiastic. The differences between the two of them emphasized the fact that their characters complement each other. And both are really genuinely nice persons that I just couldn't help loving them.
What I also liked about this book is that Micah and Ridge are not the only dynamic and interesting characters here. Zoey can be both fun and protective at the same time. I loved that there are times when she doesn't need to say a word to convey what she thinks. Tuck, bless him, has minimum exposure but darn if he doesn't make his mark in the few times he encounters Micah and Ridge. He oozes this thug vibes, but he's a really really nice person. That gift he gave to Ridge is amazing. And the twins! Jade and Abby are totally lovable! They're also total opposites, but both adorable nonetheless. I was teary-eyed when the twins said goodbye to Ridge and it was Jade who was crying. But the Bestest Best Friend Award goes to...*insert drumroll here* Terrence! Seriously, we need more people like him. I loved him for being so supportive of Ridge. He doesn't judge, but just listens and gives sound advice. It's really nice that Ridge has someone he can tell everything to and not be judged. And bonus points for slashing Zach Perry's tires. Haha!
The story is simple enough but well-put together. The romance is clean and sweet and swoon-worthy. I liked the fact that though Micah was instantly attracted to Ridge from the start, they still have the foundation of friendship and mutual love for Xbox. So I guess it's safe to say that there's no insta-love? ^__^ The pacing is a bit slow and I kept waiting for something big and terrible to happen, but aside from the occasional petty quarrels, all is well. There's also no shortage on humor courtesy of funny characters and witty dialogue.
Although Falling From the Sky is a light and fluffy read, there are also touching and beautiful moments that deal with Micah's and Ridge's separate issues. I think it helps a lot for the both of them that they have each other, since they both know how it feels losing someone you love.
And the ending! Gods, I love that ending. I didn't figure out what 5683 means until the end when Ridge realizes what it means. And it had me swooning all over!!! ^__^ I just wish they said those words to each other personally, though I don't mind that much because THAT FREAKING LAST LINE MADE ME PUKE RAINBOWS!!
So cute and heartwarming! Falling From the Sky comes highly recommended!
He's right, though, about a little disaster being in everything. We have to just live among the wreckage. I think some people just got the short straw and have more disaster than others.
"I've always thought more along the lines of the wind. You can't see it, but you can feel it. You can breathe it in. It can knock you down as easily as it can be subtle and perfect, sort of like love. So I like to think she's in the win. That way, she's with me at all times."
"You don't owe me anything. Just keep living, and keep your head up."
There's some beauty even in disaster.
"McCoy, who gives a fuck? Honestly, does it even matter if anyone understands? He makes you happy, and you love him, and don’t you dare say you don’t because you know damn well that you do. So what if the world doesn’t understand?"
Meet the Author
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 life goal is to meet David Desrosiers of Simple Plan. Her favorite pro surfers are Jeremy Flores, Gabriel Medina, and John John Florence.