book review

This Sky by Autumn Doughton

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Goodreads description:

When he touches me, the sky and the earth switch places.

Gemma Sayers has spent the last six days rotting in a hotel room, wallowing in a noxious combination of gin, junk food and self-pity. She’s no stranger to disappointment but nothing could have prepared her for the chaos that unfolded when her celebrity boyfriend publicly humiliated her. Now the fairytale is officially over and Gemma is determined to put the past behind her and strike out to find a new dream. Just a few teeny-tiny details to work out: she’s currently broke, homeless and unemployed.

Landon Young has his own worries. Surfer by day and bartender by night, he doesn’t have the interest or the time to be anyone’s happily-ever-after. Weighed down by the memory of what happened two years ago, Landon can barely keep his head above water.

This Sky is the thoughtful and often funny story about broken trust, an unexpected love and the hopes we keep sewn in the linings of our pockets.

Now throw that description out the window because this story is so much more than that. One of the reasons it took me a while to actually dive into this story even though I’ve had this in my Kindle since April 2015 is that the description seemed a bit mediocre to me. I only really picked this up for the first line of the description, which pretty much spoke to the poetry junkie in me. If this line appears anywhere in the book, I figured, maybe the rest of it would be just as promising. Oh man, how it delivered!

I fell in love with this story right off the bat when it opened with a poem that hits right home, and actually inspired me to write poetry again (will be posting it one of these days once I clean it up). The rest of the story was just as lovely. Told in both Gemma and Landon’s POVs, the story was paced well and fluid, the banter and chemistry awakening the dormant butterflies (or in this case — moths) in the stomach, and just overflows with vivid images that take you inside the wonderful minds of these characters.

While a lot of writers are focused on getting from one point of the story to the next, Autumn Doughton focuses more on character development and their interactions with one another to move the plot forward. When it’s done right as in the case of this story, something that seems so inconceivable and unrelatable as being in the spotlight, Hollywood relationships and paparazzi troubles become real to the readers.

More things I loved about the story:

1. Full steam ahead!

2. Sweet revenge.

3. So many unforgettable lines, which I refuse to quote in this review because I want you to experience the same mix of emotions that I did at reading it for the first time. You’ll just have to grab a copy to know what I mean.

4. Chapter twenty-four. Definitely one of the best final chapters I’ve read in a while. Everything comes full circle, and it just makes you want to hug both of them on their individual final thoughts.

Autumn Doughton took an ordinary but overplayed plot, dressed it up nicely, and gave it wings. I hope you get a chance to read how well this story soars.

Rating: 4.5 stars

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