by Mia García
Genres: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Publication Date: May 10th 2016 by Katherine Tegen Books
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Source: Publisher via Edelweiss
All she needs is one night to be anyone she wants.
Julie is desperate for a change. So she heads to New Orleans with her youth group to rebuild houses and pretend her life isn’t a total mess. But between her super-clingy team leader and her way-too-chipper companions, Julie feels more trapped than ever.
In a moment of daring, she ditches her work clothes for DIY fairy wings and heads straight into the heart of Mid-Summer Mardi Gras, where she locks eyes with Miles, an utterly irresistible guy with a complicated story of his own. And for once, Julie isn’t looking back. She jumps at the chance to see the real New Orleans, and in one surreal night, they dance under the stars, share their most shameful secrets, and fall in love.
But their adventure takes an unexpected turn when an oncoming hurricane changes course. As the storm gains power and Julie is pulled back into chaos she finds pretending everything is fine is no longer an option.
Mia García’s Even If the Sky Falls is a whirlwind twenty-four-hour romance about discovering what it means to feel alive in the face of life’s greatest danger: love.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Even If the Sky Falls is about two teens who meet in New Orleans and for the course of one night, they won’t share anything personal about them—no baggage at all—not even their real names.
“No interruptions, just you and me and New Orleans.”
I was intrigued by the beginning of the story and how Julie escapes the missionary trip and ends up in Mardi Gras. When she met Miles, I was definitely liking him and his smile. I don’t know why but his smile in my head was perfect. From then on, it kind of took a downhill for me in terms of the characters plus the going back-and-forth between chapters.
[…] This guy is pure charm.
I had problems with the characters because even though this story spans over one night, there wasn’t much depth to the characters so I couldn’t feel any form of connection towards them. I was actually expecting the connection to happen because my thought was, “It’s one night so the character’s lives will go into a lot of detail and a lot of depth.” Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case, which led me to struggle with liking the characters and enjoying the story.
As I said, this story goes back-and-forth between chapters, meaning flashing back to the past and then back to the present but there’s no indicator in the chapters title to let you know when it’s talking about the present or the past. I had to guess a few times and this also led me to struggle with it.
What I did like was the vivid description the author gave of New Orleans. I could picture myself being there, listening to the noise, enjoying the view of the festivity. At times, it got to be too much and that’s why it took me a while to finish this story.
“[…] And New Orleans—she’s alive, she’s a person. Hard to settle on how to describe her, but once you’re in it, once you’re here, you get it.”
Overall, this one had the potential to be exponentially great, but the lack of depth of the characters and the story took away from my enjoyment. Still, if you’re in the mood for a New Orleans story, then I recommend this one for you.
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