Author: Mia Garcia
Published on: May 10, 2016
Genres: Young Adult Romance, Mature YA
Page Count: 304
Format: eBook, Paperback, Physical ARC
One midsummer night. Two strangers. Three rules: No real names. No baggage. No phones. A whirlwind twenty-four-hour romance about discovering what it means to feel alive in the face of one of life’s greatest dangers: love.
Who would you be if you had one night to be anyone you want?
Volunteering in New Orleans was supposed to be a change, an escape from the total mess Julie left at home and from her brother’s losing battle with PTSD. But building houses surrounded by her super-clingy team leader and her way-too-chipper companions has Julie feeling more trapped than ever. And she’s had enough.
In a moment of daring, Julie runs away, straight into the glitter, costumes, and chaos of the Mid-Summer Mardi Gras parade—and instantly connects with Miles, an utterly irresistible musician with a captivating smile and a complicated story of his own. And for once, Julie isn’t looking back. Together Julie and Miles decide to forget their problems and live this one night in the here and now. Wandering the night, they dance on roofs, indulge in beignets, share secrets and ghost stories under the stars, and fall in love. But when a Category Two hurricane changes course and heads straight for NOLA, their adventure takes an unexpected turn. And, suddenly, pretending everything is fine is no longer an option.
Richly evocative to the heart-racing end, Even If the Sky Falls is a swoon-worthy debut to indulge in to the very last note.
“This was the moment. The change in the tide that shifts everything. The point in time we would look back on and mark and remember. From here on, everything was different.”
Even If The Sky Falls was one of my most anticipated YA reads this year. There was just something about the cover and synopsis that intrigued me from the beginning. This was such an enjoyable read and I loved the characters all set in beautiful, vibrant New Orleans. Mia Garcia wrote a fantastic story that drew me in quickly and made the city of New Orléans come alive between the pages. There was something about the sights, the sounds, food, and mysticism of New Orléans that easily swept me away.
Julie ends up in New Orléans on a missionary trip with her church. She uses the trip to escape all the chaos going on at home. Her brother just returned from serving overseas and the experience has changed him. Things at home are not what they used to be and her family is almost in denial, until the unthinkable happens. All the drama and pain that they’ve had to deal left Julia with a need for change. In the middle of her trip, all the thoughts and emotions from home become too much and she decides to walk away from it all.
Julia ends up in the middle of the Midsummer Mardi Gras parade. The excitement and energy of New Orléans and the parade lead her to get lost in new world until she lock eyes with a blue-haired boy and his band the MidSummer Boys.
“Sanctuary is a person, not a place.”
The two instantly click and want to “just live” for a day. They agree to no cell phones, no real names, and nothing of their pasts. For 24 hours, Julia aka Lila and Miles have only one another. They have fun, share secrets, and have this instant yet believable connection. They have the chance to enjoy life, on their terms and have a moment of escape from their problems. This wasn’t a simple story where girl meets boy and her life is magically changed. This was a story where two people came into one another’s lives at exactly the right time. Their time together was short but intense. I loved their budding romance and their connection. The city, the Midsummer Mardi Gras, and the impending story only heightened the story.
“Do you have any idea?
How bright you shine?
The book dealt with a range of emotions issues, from PTSD, to depression, to feelings of self worth. This was well written story and it had these likable and diverse set of characters. I thought it was a great ending for their story, but I honestly would love to see more of them or any of the side characters. I wouldn’t mind reading more into their lives. Mia Garcia wrote a great debut and I’m excited to see what she has planned next.
“Here’s to remembering.
missing you the moments
you’re not by my side.”