Falling From The Sky, by Nikki Godwin
Release Date: February 21, 2014
Genre: Contemporary YA Romance
Rating: 4 out of 5
Buy Link: Amazon
I was given a copy of this novel by the author in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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.
So now I pray for airplanes, like it’ll really make a difference…
Grief-stricken and reeling from the loss of his father in a tragic plane accident, Ridge McCoy is struggling to keep his head above water. A chance to attend a summer sports camp is a promising way to take his mind off of his loss, but he quickly learns that there are more ways to fall than out of the sky.
I love YA romances, and Nikki does a fantastic job of showing a teenage boy trying to find himself and his way. I think Ridge was a really well-written character, and his emotions and thoughts hit hard in all the best ways. His grief was palpable, but so was his curiosity, and the fascination he feels upon meeting Micah.
While Ridge is terrified of falling, Micah is always one step away from taking the plunge into something new. He’s able to brush off the worst things around him with careful optimism and a deep love of all things Zombie-related.
YA novels usually brush over grief and bullying, but Nikki treats them with the full respect and attention they deserve. And her characters are genuine. I think that’s what I loved most about this novel, the way the characters were real and complex. And watching Ridge slowly heal, with Micah there beside him, was truly beautiful!