Friday, January 18, 2019

Love like Sky by Leslie C. Youngblood



"Love ain't like that."
"How is it then?" Peaches asked, turning on her stomach to face me.
"It's like sky. If you keep driving and driving, gas will run out, right?"
"That's why we gotta go to the gas station."
"Yep. But have you ever seen the sky run out? No matter how far we go?"
"No, when we look up, there it is."
"Well that's the kind of love Daddy and Mama got for us, Peaches--love like sky."
"It never ends?"

G-baby and her younger sister, Peaches, are still getting used to their "blended-up" family. They live with Mama and Frank out in the suburbs, and they haven't seen their real daddy much since he married Millicent. G-baby misses her best friend back in Atlanta, and is crushed that her glamorous new stepsister, Tangie, wants nothing to do with her.

G-baby is so preoccupied with earning Tangie's approval that she isn't there for her own little sister when she needs her most. Peaches gets sick-really sick. Suddenly, Mama and Daddy are arguing like they did before the divorce, and even the doctors at the hospital don't know how to help Peaches get better.

It's up to G-baby to put things right. She knows Peaches can be strong again if she can only see that their family's love for her really is like sky.


I'm hoping that this author will write another one about G-baby and her blended up family.
This book is more than adequate for middle schoolers or any adult. 
I am adding this author to my long list of favorite people.
I can relate to G baby in some of the things that were mentioned in this book. Like moving to a new state new school and making new friends and somewhere along the line wwith a step mother as well but this didn't happen to me until 1998 after I was old enough and my real mom passed away.
While I can't relate to is the big sister thing because I was raised alone I still sympathize with G-baby. One thing I've never heard love being described as Love keeps going on like Sky. I love the phrase? Where was this when I was growing up or I was raising my son?
To me God is live like Sky. He is awesome and helps us along the way. I sometimes keep forgetting to ask and trust. 
I also loved this because the author shows us that family is everything. We stick together through thick and thin lime glue no matter what.
Love like Sky shows us that love will prevail no matter what.
I missed this growing up by myself. Oh I had a few friends that would stick up for me but as I grew I learned to stick up for myself. 
G baby us my little heroine. She's strong loveable and at times can be funny. And most of all a huge blessing because she taught me a few things as well as reminded me of a few childhood memories.
It's tough being a kid at times but I sometimes wish I could go back just to have my family around me again. I'm sole survivor of my immediate family.
I strongly recommend having a box of tissues with you as you read this.
I laughed and cried with G baby. 
G baby I look forward to meeting you again. I love you lots!!!
I received a copy from my library. I wished I'd known this was on Netgalley but I still enjoyed it!!
No compensations were received all opinions are my own.


Leslie C. Youngblood received an MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. A former
assistant professor of creative writing at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, she has lectured at
Mississippi State University, UNC-Greensboro, and the University of Ghana at Legon. She’s been
Leslie C. Youngbloodawarded a host of writing honors, including a 2014 Yaddo’s Elizabeth Ames Residency, the Lorian
Hemingway Short Story Prize, a Hurston Wright Fellowship, and the Room of Her Own Foundation’s
2009 Orlando Short Story Prize. In 2010 she won the Go On Girl! Book Club Aspiring Writer Award. Born
in Bogalusa, Louisiana, and raised in Rochester, New York, her debut novel, Love Like Sky, will be published November 6, 2018, Disney Hyperion. 

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