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.
Jameson is crushed when his best friend Sarah, and the girl he’s loved for three years, becomes someone else’s girlfriend. But the same night his heart is crushed, he meets a mysterious young lady who proves to calm his fears and heal his heart. Insisting on honesty between them, the pair explores a deeper friendship and trust in each other than they’ve ever had before.
What I really loved about this book were the characters and the relationships between them. They were all very well developed with layers and depth. I got a good sense of the core of each character and each had distinctive personalities to set them apart from the others. Perhaps my favorite characters were the women in this book. I adored Sky and Jameson’s mother. Sky was quiet and thoughtful, and seemed to have a very mature attitude for someone so young. She really knew how to calm Jameson and be what he needed in the moment he needed, whether it be a listening ear, or a partner to swim with. His mother was the most caring and supportive mother, even when she was going through her own turmoil.
Jameson was an interesting character to get to know. While being in his head could become exhaustive and quite tedious sometimes, I appreciated reading a young adult novel from the male’s point of view. Overall he seemed like a nice kid, who loved too hard. The relationship between him and his mother was a joy to read. I loved the way they cared for each other, and could even pick up on the non-verbal cues of how the other was feeling and spent quality time together. The love and understanding between the two was palpable at times, and I loved how they related to each other.
At times this book was very angsty and I had trouble with some of the situations. There are a few instances in the book that were just unrealistic, and I have a hard time believing the situations would be handled as they were. At one point Sky drops a real bomb on Jameson. A potentially life altering bomb for them both, and since she is the character insisting on truth and honesty I felt it was out of her character to do so. And how they handle the information gives me pause as well. I think that maybe if the details of Sky and the politics of her heritage and tribe were explained more thoroughly, I wouldn’t have as hard a time with it or the resolution. But since the background info is kind of lacking, I just find the whole situation to be unrealistic. There is also something that happens with Jameson’s father that I’m completely not buying because I can’t believe any real father would be so insensitive. And though Jameson and his father have their issues, he clearly loves his son.
Overall I thought the book entertaining. I can appreciate reading a novel from a different perspective, and though I tired of Jameson’s thoughts of Sky’s body, I was intrigued by his inner turmoil about the major players in his life. Night Sky is a book about teenage love yes, but it’s also about exploring the complexities of relationships, be it with friends, lovers, or parents. It’s also about understanding and forgiveness. I’d recommend this one for anyone interested in a sweet story about the everyday life and trials of a young male teen.
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