Title: Love Like Sky
Author: Leslie C. Youngblood
Genre: Realistic Fiction, Contemporary, Middle Grade, Children’s
Story Perspective: First-Person
Themes: Family, Love, Divorce, Step-siblings, Friendship, Protesting
Publication Date: November 6, 2018
This book was given for free, courtesy by NetGalley and
Little, Brown Books for Young Readers.
Georgie’s parents are divorced and remarried to other people. Now, she lives with her mom, stepdad, her sister, and stepsister. Her stepsister doesn’t seem to even like her and Georgie does not like her dad’s new wife. Add of all this to the fact that she had to move away from her best friend and the neighborhood she grew up in, her life hasn’t been easy recently.
Wanting nothing more than to be accepted by her stepsister, Tangie, Georgie forgets to be there when her little sister, Peaches, needed her the most. Will Peaches be okay from a severe illness? Will Tangie finally accept Georgie as her sister? Will her parents ever be able to share the same space without bickering and arguing? Perhaps love can bring them together.
I am continuing to go through my NetGalley backlog and found this cute book that I selected a while ago. Since this was an ARC when I was given an e-copy, there were some formatting issues, however, I was able to look past that to enjoy this cute story.
The author’s choice to star a young girl where her family is a “blended-up” one was a great choice, and I fully enjoyed learning the dynamic between these family members and how one event brought everyone together. In reality, there is no one way a family should look like and I think many children would benefit in reading about this one particular family for that reason.
When looking at characters, I felt the author did a nice job in making everyone distinguishable from each other. It’s fairly easy to have a story where there are multiple focused characters to not have distinct characteristics or storylines, but for this being a children’s book I thought the author did nice job with in this respect. Georgie’s character both had likable moments and even annoying ones, but this is the reality with a ten-year-old, especially when she is dealing with divorced, remarried parents and a step-sister who doesn’t seem to even like her.
Looking at the plot itself, I never found myself bored or uninterested while reading. The scenes flowed well into each other and there was enough sentimental and upsetting moments to make this a well-rounded story for children. Though I did find the protesting aspect of the story to be a bit lacking. Not that children need to understand 100% how dangerous some can be, but I’m just not sure how well it was explained within the novel. Perhaps this would be a conversation children can have with their families to better understand what Georgie’s stepsister was involved in and why.
Love Like Sky has such a sweet message about love and the vastness of this lovely theme. The idea that love is like the sky, where it is endless and expansive is something I also believe in, but never really thought about. It’s a visual that I feel would be great for children to better understand this otherwise abstract feeling.
Overall, Love Like Sky was sweet, and I really enjoyed reading about Georgie’s family.
I would highly recommend this book to both children who enjoy contemporary fiction (as opposed to fantasy), and for those who are young at heart. 🙂