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The Sky Blues

Written by: Robbie Couch
Narrated by: Michael Crouch
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Publisher's Summary

Sky’s small town turns absolutely claustrophobic when his secret promposal plans get leaked to the entire school in this witty, “earnest, heartfelt” (Becky Albertalli, New York Times best-selling author), and ultimately hopeful debut novel for fans of What if it’s Us? and To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before.

Sky Baker may be openly gay, but in his small, insular town, making sure he was invisible has always been easier than being himself. Determined not to let anything ruin his senior year, Sky decides to make a splash at his high school’s annual beach bum party by asking his crush, Ali, to prom - and he has thirty days to do it.

What better way to start living loud and proud than by pulling off the gayest promposal Rock Ledge, Michigan, has ever seen?

Then, Sky’s plans are leaked by an anonymous hacker in a deeply homophobic e-blast that quickly goes viral. He’s fully prepared to drop out and skip town altogether - until his classmates give him a reason to fight back by turning his thirty-day promposal countdown into a school-wide hunt to expose the e-blast perpetrator.

But what happens at the end of the thirty days? Will Sky get to keep his hard-won visibility? Or will his small-town blues stop him from being his true self?

©2021 Robbie Couch. All rights reserved. (P)2021 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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  • Kam
  • 2021-04-23

An amazing queer gen z novel! READ IT!

This books was so, so excellent! Please pick it up!
The characters were real and they remind me so much of my own high school experience (I'm graduating soon). The sky is bluer when reading The Sky Blues!

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  • Kimberly
  • 2021-04-09

Beautiful. Authentic. Important.

I want to call this book perfect, but I don’t want to be perceived as being hyperbolic so I’ll let the title of the review stand. These characters will be so important to a generation of young readers and Sky’s story is so true to life in a small town, I often found myself quietly gasping in recognition of these high schoolers’ experiences. The narration is equal to the beauty of the book. Do yourself a favor and indulge in Sky’s story ... no matter what age you are.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2022-02-11

Coming of age story...

There is a ton of stereotyping in this book, regarding "being a gay male" but it's contextual. Part of the main theme is the main character learning to accept himself and allowing himself to be... well, himself. The main character has excessive inner dialog (in my opinion) but it was a decent story, if a tad redundant. Cutest at the end.

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  • ShannonVM
  • 2021-05-07

So many smiles and a few tears!

I loved this book so much! I smiled pretty much the entire time while listening, only broken up by a few tears here and there.
I really enjoyed experiencing high school through Sky's eyes- the ups and downs, the good and the bad. He had such a wonderful group of friends to help him navigate all the trials and tribulations being a senior had to offer. Sky's a completely endearing character, you cannot help but fall in love with him.
The premise of this book was cute and fun, for the most part. The idea of the promposal, and all that went into it, was just so charming. I'm so glad things went the direction they did, when there was so much potential for things to go so wrong, which would have made for a lot of angst and drama! Not to say everything was rainbows and sunshine. There were a few scenes that tugged at my heart, causing a few tears to fall, and a few times my anger started to get the best of me- especially when it came to Sky's family. But luckily he had an amazing found family that loved him, proving blood isn't always family.

I am so hoping Robbie Couch has plans for a sequel- there's so much more I want to know about Sky, he's got a lot of story left to tell!

Michael Crouch is hands-down my favorite YA narrator- he honestly can do no wrong. He's so good at making me feel all the emotions the characters are going through, bringing out the laughs, the tears, the heartache, and anger. He did such a wonderful job of bringing Sky to life, I felt like I was right there with him in the story.

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  • Justin Scarelli
  • 2021-04-27

The blues are bluer up here - and in this book!

Robbie Couch constructs a beautiful story and cast of characters. Funny, introspective, and pure in its intent. Michael Crouch as the narrator continues to deliver a master performance, one of the best in the biz.

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  • alsimvilla
  • 2021-04-22

A Great Listen

This is a great modern coming out story. It shows the progress made in our society but also shows how much more needs to be done. I loved Sky and all his friends, I felt Sky's character development was relatable and genuine. I wanted more at the end, like an epilogue to see where everyone landed after graduation. This is a must read for all.

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  • Ray Paramo
  • 2021-04-18

Feel-Good, but Familiar

This was a nice listen! Characters were likable enough, thought a bit cliched. A lot of queer YA tropes throughout. I also found myself able to predict a lot of what was going to happen. Definitely for younger audiences, but again, I did enjoy the premise. Michael Crouch did a nice job narrating, as always!

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  • Whitney
  • 2021-04-15

An Exceptional & Fun Tale!

Super fast listen - the time flew by. So enjoyable & modern with twists! wow!

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  • Charity P.
  • 2022-12-17

I loved this book

I wanted more!! I wish it had more details and description of other parts of the book.

Super cute non explicit lgbt book. 12 and up for sure! Or even younger depending.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2022-10-13

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It was a great read! However I feel like having one more chapter would had made it perfect. Ending the story on the Prom would have made it so much better. But still a great book overall 9.9/10

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  • Crowe
  • 2022-07-09

Great Feel Good Story

in the spirit of Heartstoppers… This book is a great read. I love the characters and the story was original.