Night Sky Publisher’s Summary
After losing Sarah, the friend he’s loved, to some other guy, Jameson meets Sky. Her Native American roots, fluid movements, and need for brutal honesty become addictive fast. This is good. Jameson needs distraction – his dad leaves for another woman, his mom’s walking around like a zombie, and Sarah’s new boyfriend can’t keep his hands off of her.
As he spends time with Sky and learns about her village, her totems, and her friends with drums – she’s way more than distraction. Jameson’s falling for her fast.
But Sky’s need for honesty somehow doesn’t extend to her life story – and Jameson just may need more than his new girl to keep him distracted from the disaster of his senior year.
In the very beginning, we meet our protagonist, Jameson (like the whiskey!), who is your average high school kid who loves sports and is really into “old” music like Nirvana. Yes, I said Nirvana. This made me feel super old and realize that I am very much not the target audience for this book. This point was hit closer to home once I calculated that Kurt Cobain died eighteen years ago! How could it have been so long ago?! This is why I generally am drawn towards fantasy, dystopia, etc. There is nothing that directly reminds me that I am almost 30 and reading a YA book. Now, for your listening pleasure:
One of the things that I appreciated about this book is that it is very character driven. You have Jameson (Jay), who is just trying to figure things out and is confused about Sarah, Sky and his parents divorce. After being crushed when Sarah starts dating someone else, Jay meets Sky, who really helps him to open up and honestly look at the other relationships in his life. She helps him to see that maybe his relationship with Sarah wasn’t as perfect as he thought it was and Jay begins to fall in love with her. Honestly is a two way street though and Sky isn’t exactly forthcoming about her own life and family. Being a teenager can be difficult and everything always seems bigger than it needs to be. Combine that with turmoil at home with parents divorcing and his dad coming and going, you have a recipe for drama.
I think that this is a great read for teens and anyone who is a fan of contemporary romance. Being told from Jay’s perspective lets the reader see and experience falling in love for the first time, while navigating the difficulties of adolescence. It is a part of life that most of us can relate to and is fun to revisit, even if you are old enough to remember Nirvana from the first time around.
About the Author:
Jolene Perry’s Bio:
Jolene grew up in Wasilla, Alaska. She graduated from Southern Utah University with a degree in political science and French, which she used to teach math to middle schoolers.After living in Washington, Utah and Las Vegas, she now resides in Alaska with her husband, and two children.
Aside from writing, Jolene sews, plays the guitar, sings when forced, and spends as much time outside as possible. She is also the author of The Next Door Boys and the upcoming Knee Deep.
And just because her name is Jolene, I feel the need to share this as well. It’s a musical review kind of day.