Even If the Sky Falls written by Mia Garcia
Published by: Kathrine Tegen Books on May 10, 2016
Review Source: Publisher, Edelweiss
Genres: Young Adult, Contemporary Fiction, Romance
Plot: Girl has drama; girl flees drama; girl spends on night ditching said drama for a 24 hour whirlwind romance.
Review: This title call for a pros / cons breakdown:
- Even If the Sky Falls touches on sensitive subjects that we really need to talk about. Throughout the book Julie flashes back to her relationship with her brother and his battle with PTSD. Many people know someone touched by this disorder, but unfortunately (as with many illnesses) having an open and frank discussion about the topic doesn’t always happen. Many people are unaware of the signs or unsure of what the proper course of action should be. Garcia a respectable job of highlighting how difficult it can be to navigate what role one should play in this situation while balancing Julie’s experiences with the rest of the plot.
- The characters are diverse. New Orleans is a melting pot of cultures, races, and religions. Even If the Sky Falls contains characters from all walks of life, and while it can feel contrived at times, it’s still nice to see the variety.
- The concept was interesting and well written enough to appeal to a wide audience. Even If the Sky Falls is a hybrid of contemporary fiction, romance, and drama. There are plenty of swoon worthy moments, but they are tempered with deeper, more thought-provoking plot points that work well for opening the book up to a wider audience.
- It can be challenging to buy into the characters and to connect with them on a personal level. This might be my own ideas affecting my perception of the characters, but a lot of Julie’s choices and actions clashed with her character description. She is represented as coming from a fairly conservative, Christian household that reads a lot like the classic archetype of a nuclear family. While it added up that maybe they weren’t the best at discussing their feelings with one another, I found it hard to believe that Julie would just hop on a rum bus, hightail it to the French Quarter, and gallivant around town with a pack of guys she doesn’t know. She never worries about being in one of the most dangerous cities in America, or her personal safety. She falls really quickly into a romantic relationship with Miles, and there are a slew of things that happen where I expected Julie to at least pause her course. It didn’t happen, and to see someone so worried about her past actions to barrel through her future in such an arbitrary way, didn’t ring true for me. We are also given very little context for the rest of the cast, which made them feel more like archetypes and less like relatable people. A little more time spent learning about the cast would have gone a long way towards achieving authenticity.
- The plot felt unrealistic and slightly played out. The whole point of this title is that Julie and Miles spend one wild night together running all over New Orleans. We’ve seen this before… a lot. The one thing I thought would spice it up a bit was the promise of a hurricane. Sadly, it plays a very minor role, and the majority of their time is spent just kind of kicking it in the Quarter.
- The pacing was slightly off. I get that Garcia gave herself a time limit on the plot. It all happens in one night. However, it left me feeling rushed and disconnected. The relationships developed at warp speed, but the actual plot is rather slow.
Overall, this wasn’t my cup of tea, but I can see its marketability. It’s a worthy enough read if you are looking for a quick one to add to your TBR pile.
Rating: 3 out of 5 stars
Who Should Snag It: Diehard fans of the genre might like this one.
*I would like to thank Edelweiss and the publisher for providing me with a free ARC in exchange for a fair and honest review*