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Friday, May 18, 2012

Blog Tour: Night Sky by Jolene Perry

Publication Date: March 1, 2012
Publisher: Tribute Books
Stand Alone Novel
Young Adult
Pages: 247
Genre: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Romance

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
*Copy provided by publisher for blog tour*

The one thing that really makes a contemporary novel dead sexy is when realism takes hold of it's characters. The realistic qualities within the characters themselves made the novel mean much more, made it more than just a novel. And I must say that within the Young Adult universe, the appearance  of the male narrator is a wild one, something that should be placed in a museum or even a zoo. Having Jameson as the narrator brought the reader into the light of the inner workings of the boy mind.

--"Girl I’ve loved, girl I’m falling for. Now that they’re both in view, the problem is clear."--

The insight to Jameson's mind, the way he wraps himself around things, around tendencies, around the unknown that becomes knowledge; it's interesting and intriguing. Reading a book narrated by a guy is a difficult thing to do for a female author because how does one know the inner working of the male mind if not witnessing it first hand? Jolene Perry does a fantastic job with her rendition of Jameson, his feelings and thought process.

Now I'm not a very mushy person. I don't oogle and fall in love with characters so easily. The more I get to know the characters, the easier for me it is to grow attached to them, learn to enjoy their appearances within the novel, and grow warmhearted towards them. The more I learned about Jameson and Sky, the faster I wanted to know more and more and ultimately, by the end of the book, where I couldn't learn anymore, there was a moment of silence followed by a warm smile emitted from me. I truly enjoyed the story, the writing, the descriptions, the narration, the emotions; the whole shebang.

First Line: I push m way through the masses of dancing couples, out the heavy doors of the school, and stop.
Story: S
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Tribute Books said...

Courtney, thanks for the review!

Nick said...

The book sounds fantastic. I also love realistic novels since they are much more easy to understand.
It's also great that the book is written in a boy's POV !
Excellent review, Courtney :)

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