Review: “Falling From The Sky” by Nikki Godwin

Falling From The Sky by Nikki GodwinA review by Amanda.

Ridge McCoy is sixteen-going-on-seventeen, a basketball star, an older brother, a boyfriend to a pretty, popular girl. He is all of these things; he’s also numb. Following the death of his father in a plane crash, Ridge has trouble feeling much of anything, beyond instances of panic whenever an airplane flies overhead. Unable to deal with his mother’s detached grieving, his girlfriend’s half-hearted attempts to comfort him, or anything besides basketball, Ridge just wants to make it through the summer with nothing more to dwell on than perfecting his jump shot and hanging out with his best friend Terrence. Basketball camp in a town an hour and a half away offers the perfect opportunity for escape from his hometown.

A chance encounter at a mall in the unfamiliar town leads to something new in Ridge’s life – an attraction that shakes him to his very core. Micah Youngblood runs the carousel at the mall and makes it his mission to befriend adorable, sad-eyed Ridge. When their friendship begins to hint at more, Ridge has to decide if he will cling to his preconceived idea of what love is and risk losing Micah forever, or throw caution to the wind and allow himself to feel again.

This book took all of my expectations and tossed them out the window. It is a love story, first and foremost. Written from Ridge’s point of view, readers will find themselves reminiscing about their own experiences with high school crushes and first loves. Falling From The Sky raises the idea that you can fall in love with who a person is on the inside, regardless of gender of sexual orientation. Appropriate for readers fourteen and older, this book showcases everything familiar about teenage romance – that first glance, the hyper-awareness whenever the other person is near, almost kisses, the anticipation of seeing that person again – while keeping the content PG.

The only thing that keeps me from rating this book a full 5 stars is how often the title of the book is mentioned throughout. Once or twice is enough to make you think “Oh, hey! That’s where the title came from!” Anything beyond that is too distracting.

My rating: 4/5 stars.

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