The Sky Blues by Robbie Couch
Release Date: April 6, 2021
Why I love this book: I'm not sure I can adequately describe everything I love about this book. At the heart of the story is Sky who has some secret plans to ask his crush to prom, but when the plans get leaked in an absolutely horrifically homophobic manner Sky's whole world gets twisted around. He doesn't know who to trust and doesn't know what to do next. I think the thing that I really appreciated about The Sky Blues is that it is unflinching in looking at all the things that can go right and all the things that can go wrong in high school... and how none of it, the good and the bad, is eternal. We see Sky deal with some absolutely awful bullying and harrassment, but we also get to see his friends and his community rally around him to show that Sky is more then what his bully wants to portray him as and in doing so they also make it clear that his school isn't only the worst things that happen in it, and that they can pull together to make the best parts overpower the worst.
In the end I think The Sky Blues is full of hope and that's something I think a lot of kids need to see and hear. It can be bad, but the good can outshine the bad.
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