TB Reviews This Sky by Autumn Doughton

When he touches me, the sky and the earth switch places

Gemma Sayers has spent the last six days rotting in a hotel room, wallowing in a noxious combination of gin, junk food and self-pity. She’s no stranger to disappointment but nothing could have prepared her for the chaos that unfolded when her celebrity boyfriend publicly humiliated her. Now the fairytale is officially over and Gemma is determined to put the past behind her and strike out to find a new dream. Just a few teeny-tiny details to work out: she’s currently broke, homeless and unemployed. 

Landon Young has his own worries. Surfer by day and bartender by night, he doesn’t have the interest or the time to be anyone’s happily-ever-after. Weighed down by the memory of what happened two years ago, Landon can barely keep his head above water. 

This Sky is the thoughtful and often funny story about broken trust, an unexpected love and the hopes we keep sewn in the linings of our pockets.
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Review


I absolutely adored This Sky. I loved the story, the characters, and the writing. It was all superb. Everything about this book worked for me, the pacing, the dual POV, and the flow of it all. 

Gemma’s life is a mess after her breakup with a semi-famous guy. She wallows for a few days, but then picks herself back up and moves on with her life. I admired her for that. Gemma is the kind of character I want to be BFFs with. Landon is an ex pro surfer with a not so great past. He realizes his mistakes though and he’s trying to move past them. He’s an all-around great character. As were the secondary characters, Julie, Claudia, and Smith. I got to know them just enough to want more of them! 

Gemma and Landon have chemistry from the start, but it isn't insta-love. There’s attraction and sizzle. Landon knows what he wants with Gemma right from the beginning and I loved this role-reversal. Usually it’s the male lead wanting a no commitment relationship, but that wasn't the case this time. They have a well-done relationship progression, it wasn't too fast, but they weren't tiptoeing around their attraction either. So many times this story could have followed the typical NA storyline but every time I thought it was veering in that direction, Doughton surprised me. The drama in the story wasn't dragged out unnecessarily, nothing rehashed to death. Things were overcome and the plot kept moving.  

I love Doughton’s writing. It’s beautifully descriptive. It’s eloquent and imaginative. It read so smoothly and at times poetically.  All the while, relatable and fun. There's so much great humor mixed into this story. One minute I would be upset over something and then laughing the next. 

This Sky was such a great book, one that I have no doubt I'll read again. It had me on a book high. It was such a refreshing story. It wasn't too ansty, nor too fluffy. It was the perfect balance of sweet, sad, and funny. While the overall plot was not necessarily unique, it was the execution that made this a remarkable read. 


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