Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Book Review: Falling From The Sky by 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.

My Review

You know when you read a book from an author that is new to you, and afterward you immediately go and put every single one of that author’s books on your TBR? I think you can already guess that this is exactly what happened for me once I read Nikki Godwin’s Falling From The Sky.

The characters are realistic, relatable and are written so you really care for them and become invested in their story. The two main characters-Ridge and Micah-are instantly likable, at first seeming like your average everyday teenagers interested in sports and video games. Micah is open about his sexuality, and while Ridge is a bit uncomfortable at first, he eventually eases into a cautious friendship with Micah…while exploring his own feelings that slowly come to the surface.

There’s a good set of supporting characters as well, but my clear standout favorite of them is Terrence, Ridge’s friend and roommate while they are at basketball camp. He is the definition of a true friend, giving guidance and support-and some good bits of wisdom along the way. He accepts and encourages his friend no matter what-something to be admired in someone his age.

The writing-it drew me in and held on tight…I didn’t want to put the story down (and only did so because I had to actually sleep). Everything flowed so smoothly, and you really got to get into Ridge’s thoughts and see and feel everything he was going through.

Falling From The Sky is the skillfully told story of one young man’s journey to acceptance of his own sexuality and feelings. It should be recommended reading for any young adult trying to deal with their own issues surrounding these serious and touchy subjects, as this story provides a great example of accepting and embracing who you are.

I give this wonderful story 5 well-deserved stars and would highly recommend it for ages 16 and up (due to language only). Do yourself a favor no matter what genres you read, and pick up Falling From The Sky. And Nikki, can we pretty please have a follow up story? I know I would love a sequel to see where Ridge and Micah go from here!

About 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 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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