Review: Meet the Sky by McCall Hoyle

January 25, 2019



Meet the Sky

by McCall Hoyle


Description from Goodreads:

It all started with the accident. The one that caused Sophie’s dad to walk out of her life. The one that left Sophie’s older sister, Meredith, barely able to walk at all.

With nothing but pain in her past, all Sophie wants is to plan for the future—keep the family business running, get accepted to veterinary school, and protect her mom and sister from another disaster. But when a hurricane forms off the coast of North Carolina’s Outer Banks and heads right toward their island, Sophie realizes nature is one thing she can’t control.

After she gets separated from her family during the evacuation, Sophie finds herself trapped on the island with the last person she’d have chosen—the reckless and wild Finn Sanders, who broke her heart freshman year. As they struggle to find safety, Sophie learns that Finn has suffered his own heartbreak; but instead of playing it safe, Finn’s become the kind of guy who goes surfing in the eye of the hurricane. He may be the perfect person to remind Sophie how to embrace life again, but only if their newfound friendship can survive the storm.

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Once upon a time, Sophie’s life was normal, and beautiful. She had a wonderful family with loving parents and a cool older sister. Then an accident shook their life, and everything fell apart. Now, Sophie is just trying to hold all the pieces together. Maybe if she plays it safe and keeps everything in order, things will get better. Then Finn Sanders, the boy who broke her heart, moves back to town. He seems totally reckless–surfboarding in a hurricane! But as they get stranded together through the worst of the storm, she begins to wonder if there is more depth to him than “crazy jerk,” if maybe he has suffered loss too.

Meet the Sky by McCall Hoyle is kind of cute. I would categorize this as a coming-of-age, YA contemporary romance. Emphasis on the coming-of-age, as Sophie learns a bit about being an adult, letting go, and actually living in the moment. This mix of genres isn’t one I typically choose, because I tend to think they’re too sappy and philosophical. (Swap contemporary out with fantasy and add some action, and it is my genre.) This book didn’t blow me away or make me change my mind about the genre, but I enjoyed my time reading it.

I see that a lot of people commented about the hurricane in this book. I know very little about hurricanes and have never experienced one, so I don’t have anything to compare it to. But it was definitely interesting reading about them in this book. I always wondered what it would be like to have to do what the characters do in this book: trying to survive while stranded in the midst of the storm. It was pretty cool the way the author showed it in the story. It reminded me of one of those survival TV shows, except in book form.

One of the things I didn’t like very much was how fast everything happened. Sophie and Finn are racing against the storm to survive, but the entire book only took a few days. Can someone really fall in love so fast and change so much in such a short amount of time? I understand that with the heightened emotions and adrenaline because of the danger, things like that can happen. But sometimes those things don’t last. In some ways, I would like a story on what happened after: how did they cope when they weren’t trying to survive but trying to build a more lasting relationship through all the ups and downs of life, school, and going away for college. Would they have anything in common once the danger is over? Don’t get me wrong, this was a fun story. But I think there could be more to it.

I enjoyed reading Meet the Sky. The characters were dynamic and interesting, and the setting made for a really fascinating story. It was pretty clean, and I recommend it to fans of the contemporary YA genre.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from NetGalley. All opinions are my own, and I received no compensation for sharing them.