Meet the Sky
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.

Meet the Sky Details

TitleMeet the Sky
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseSep 4th, 2018
PublisherBlink
ISBN-139780310765707
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Fiction

Meet the Sky Review

  • Laurie
    January 1, 1970
    Wow. McCall Hoyle has crafted yet another deep & deeply moving story embedded in a high school romance, this time with a hurricane disaster wrapped around it. As in her fantastic debut novel, THE THING WITH FEATHERS, author Hoyle weaves classic poetry (Tennyson in this one) into her central theme of not letting the justifiable fear resulting from serious tragedy keep you from moving forward and being open to love and life with all its danger and complexity and emotional risk. Beautifully don Wow. McCall Hoyle has crafted yet another deep & deeply moving story embedded in a high school romance, this time with a hurricane disaster wrapped around it. As in her fantastic debut novel, THE THING WITH FEATHERS, author Hoyle weaves classic poetry (Tennyson in this one) into her central theme of not letting the justifiable fear resulting from serious tragedy keep you from moving forward and being open to love and life with all its danger and complexity and emotional risk. Beautifully done, McCall. I cannot wait to see what this author comes up with next. #TeamFinn #TeamFrankenTruck
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  • Samantha (WLABB)
    January 1, 1970
    Rating: 4.5 StarsWhen I requested this book, I had not heard any buzz, nor was I familiar with the author, but BOY am I glad I took a chance, because it was so wonderful!Both Sophie and Finn had suffered great losses, but they reacted in very different ways. Finn decided to live his life to the fullest, while Sophie chose to exercise great caution with all her choices, and stay focused on her goals and family. Being trapped in the story was a journey of self discovery for them both, as well as a Rating: 4.5 StarsWhen I requested this book, I had not heard any buzz, nor was I familiar with the author, but BOY am I glad I took a chance, because it was so wonderful!Both Sophie and Finn had suffered great losses, but they reacted in very different ways. Finn decided to live his life to the fullest, while Sophie chose to exercise great caution with all her choices, and stay focused on her goals and family. Being trapped in the story was a journey of self discovery for them both, as well as a chance to rekindle their friendship.Sophie's situation was utterly heartbreaking. I wept for the strain her father's absence put on her family, and the way it forced her to compromise her own dreams. But what really hit me hard was when she would talk about her sister. It seemed wrong to mourn her loss, as her sister survived the accident, but she did not emerge from the wreckage the same woman she was before the crash. Though Sophie was quite uptight and maybe even a little bitter at times, I admired her dedication to her family, and the love and patience she showed to her sister.Finn's situation was equally as tragic. I cried for him, for what he lost and what he might lose. However, his attitude was so positive, and I liked seeing him rub off on Sophie.Aside from all their personal tragedies, our characters were also in quite a precarious situation. Hurricanes in the Outer Banks are no joke, and I thought Hoyle really captured how terrifyingly scary and dangerous they can be. I was quite worried for Sophie and Finn, as they spent the majority of the book simply trying to survive, and I will admit, there were several nail biting situations.But you know what surviving a life or death situation is good for? It's good for personal growth. By the end of this book, Sophie's attitude had changed quite a bit, and she was definitely not the same Sophie she was before the storm.When I classified this book on my shelf, I did NOT shelve it as a romance. Yes, there was a bit of romance in there, but I thought this was more about survival, self discovery, and healing. Don't get me wrong, you know I shipped these two and am always up for romance, but it seemed more of a secondary plot to me.Other things I really loved:• The Tennyson quotes. Hoyle started each chapter with a quote, and they were so on point with what transpired in that part of the book. I thought the quotes were both beautiful and brilliantly used. • Horses! I read a book, which featured the wild Mustangs earlier this year, and now I got to learn about the wild horses, who inhabit the Outer Banks. It was all rather interesting and educational too.• Hurricane survival. I am ashamed to say, that after living for more than 6 years in Florida, I never really bothered to hone my hurricane skills. I went through one evacuation, but the hurricanes never landed near me. I am pretty far from hurricane alley these days, but I was totally captivated by all the things Sophie and Finn knew, and now, I know it all too. Overall: A beautiful and very touching story of horses, hurricanes, and hope.*ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • Madison
    January 1, 1970
    Meet The Sky is one part adventure survival story, one part romance and one part story of self-discovery. It’s about learning to survive and, in the face of life’s storms, learning to live.Sophie likes things under control. It’s the only way she can continue to function now that her dad has abandoned their family, her mother relies on her to help keep their horse riding business afloat and her sister sustained brain damage in the car crash that tore their family apart. The last person Sophie nee Meet The Sky is one part adventure survival story, one part romance and one part story of self-discovery. It’s about learning to survive and, in the face of life’s storms, learning to live.Sophie likes things under control. It’s the only way she can continue to function now that her dad has abandoned their family, her mother relies on her to help keep their horse riding business afloat and her sister sustained brain damage in the car crash that tore their family apart. The last person Sophie needs messing up her ordered control is Finn, the guy who stood her up and then disappeared. But when a hurricane heads for Sophie’s home on North Carolina’s Outer Banks, Sophie finds herself stranded alone with none other than Finn Sanders. I instantly connected with Sophie and totally got her desire for control, desperation to keep her family functioning and her need to stick to the rules. Order, organisation and control are my three operating functions, so I felt like Sophie and I were kindred spirits. Which is why, much like Sophie, Finn totally annoyed me. Surfing in the face of an approaching hurricane? Arghh. Goofing around, disregarding safety warnings and endangering not only his own but others’ lives? Triple arghh!!! I felt sorry for Sophie when she and Finn get trapped, alone on their island home with Hurricane Harry bearing down on them. However, Sophie (and I) slowly learn that there is more to Finn than his reckless ways, and there is a story hidden behind that carefree facade. Meet The Sky is in the same town as Hoyle’s first novel, The Thing With Feathers, and while there was a brief appearance of crossover characters, each book can be read as complete standalone titles. Meet The Sky combines the same mix of family, romance and self-discovery, as Sophie learns to look past the events that have recently shaped her fear-approach to life. Meet The Sky also touches on themes of family breakdown, death and grief, as well as incorporating action and life-threatening tension as Sophie and Finn face the approaching hurricane. Sophie’s love of animals was a wonderful addition to this novel and is sure to appeal to readers who love horses.Meet The Sky is an enjoyable contemporary novel, and is perfect for young and older teen readers alike who enjoy messy romance, life-threatening adventure and touching themes of survival, resilience and family. The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library
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  • Sara Strand
    January 1, 1970
    You know I like to start by telling you the star rating so I'm going to give this one 4.5 stars. The only thing keeping this back from a full five stars is Sophie was a little annoying for me, too timid, too cautious, too rude and assumes everything really is about her when there's a whole world circulating around her. It took me some time to come around with her and I appreciate her independence but sometimes I wanted to shake her and tell her to stop being a brat. With that, there is so much m You know I like to start by telling you the star rating so I'm going to give this one 4.5 stars. The only thing keeping this back from a full five stars is Sophie was a little annoying for me, too timid, too cautious, too rude and assumes everything really is about her when there's a whole world circulating around her. It took me some time to come around with her and I appreciate her independence but sometimes I wanted to shake her and tell her to stop being a brat. With that, there is so much more that this book does right so it far outweighs her annoying personality. We have Sophie, who is trying to hold everything together since her dad up and left the family following a catastrophic accident leaving her sister Meredith with a brain injury. She's responsible and does far more than her share of the work while her mom tries to pull the rest of the family together. But trouble is approaching in the form of a hurricane and so her mom and sister drive off first, with Sophie to follow. Except it doesn't go as planned and Sophie finds herself stranded after her tires blow out, only to be rescued by her long ago friend, Finn. Finn is back in town after moving away for awhile and they have some awkward unfinished business since he supposedly stood Sophie up a dance. Finn agrees to help Sophie get to her mom and sister but the storm gets out of hand and some costly delays make it so they are stranded on this little island together and alone. They weather the storm while learning dark truths about their time apart and Sophie, in the matter of 48 hours or so, discovers how selfish she's really been under the guise of being helpful. I absolutely loved this book and again, finished it in one sitting. I loved Finn's character even though I wanted to shake some responsibility and common sense into him, I also appreciated his free spirit and go with the flow despite tragic circumstances. There were a few things at the end that felt a little rushed, or that I didn't get enough of an ending for, but other than that I really loved this one!
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  • Katy Upperman
    January 1, 1970
    Three Things I Love About MEET THE SKY1. Survival story. I love books (and movies) about characters who are stranded, forced to by mother nature to test themselves in ways that incite growth and change. Meet the Sky's Sophie is a selfless, resilient girl before the hurricane hits her island home, but after? Whoa. Her courage and resourcefulness make her a character worth cheering for. It doesn't hurt that love interest Finn provokes change in her, too, as she challenges him. I love the intensity Three Things I Love About MEET THE SKY1. Survival story. I love books (and movies) about characters who are stranded, forced to by mother nature to test themselves in ways that incite growth and change. Meet the Sky's Sophie is a selfless, resilient girl before the hurricane hits her island home, but after? Whoa. Her courage and resourcefulness make her a character worth cheering for. It doesn't hurt that love interest Finn provokes change in her, too, as she challenges him. I love the intensity the storm brought to their fledging relationship.2. Beach-set book. It's no secret that I love stories set near the ocean, and Meet the Sky takes place on North Carolina's Outer Banks. The scenery is beautifully and evocatively described, making the setting feel like a character all its own.3. Powerful prose. McCall Hoyle has a gift with words. Every line of her sophomore novel is compelling and lyrical. I felt Sophie's worries and wishes as if they were my own.
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    My full review can be found on the Epilie Aspie Chick blog!McCall Hoyle has a real eye for detail, constantly weaving a tapestry of landscaping and emotion in one phenomenal novel. In her second book, she tackles a story of two teens and their reconnection after a past filled with pain (both individual and combined). Sophie and Finn are adorable opposites in perspective that learn from each other. It's a scenario that may seem slightly far fetched, but is actually very possible and in this conte My full review can be found on the Epilie Aspie Chick blog!McCall Hoyle has a real eye for detail, constantly weaving a tapestry of landscaping and emotion in one phenomenal novel. In her second book, she tackles a story of two teens and their reconnection after a past filled with pain (both individual and combined). Sophie and Finn are adorable opposites in perspective that learn from each other. It's a scenario that may seem slightly far fetched, but is actually very possible and in this context, feels truly real. Their chemistry also put a smile ony face with the nicknames that Finn kept using like Soph or Bookworm. How can you not fall for this guy?
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  • Meghan
    January 1, 1970
    This book was wonderful if you are a fan of castaway or any movie where you are stranded on an island with the last person you were expecting. This story is inspiring and demonstrates true emotional strength and character and is a great life lesson for every reader that engages this story. You will like this book if you are fans of stories such as 13 reasons why or Everything Everything. 5 stars!
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  • Angela Blount
    January 1, 1970
    Originally Reviewed for YA Books Central: http://www.yabookscentral.com/yaficti...Hurricanes, horses, and harmonious verse. Meet the Sky is an ably-written, well-paced contemporary YA—one which is perhaps best described as a pleasantly stormy beach read.Horse lovers rejoice, for the equestrian themes and undertones are abundant—as well as educational. Prior to this story, this reader knew absolutely nothing about the wild horses that roam the barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina. (Tho Originally Reviewed for YA Books Central: http://www.yabookscentral.com/yaficti...Hurricanes, horses, and harmonious verse. Meet the Sky is an ably-written, well-paced contemporary YA—one which is perhaps best described as a pleasantly stormy beach read.Horse lovers rejoice, for the equestrian themes and undertones are abundant—as well as educational. Prior to this story, this reader knew absolutely nothing about the wild horses that roam the barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina. (Though Hoyle’s first book took place in the same location, this book brings the setting to life in an entirely different way.) The weather also becomes a sort of additional character, as the nuances of riding out a severe hurricane forms an integral part of the plot. Readers who’ve never lived near hurricane-affected coastlines, or experienced a related mass-evacuation, are in for a fascinating experience. Though this is a stand-alone, there are subtle ties to Hoyle’s 2017 debut: The Thing with Feathers. Instead of nods to Emily Dickenson, Meet the Sky weaves in threads from the works of Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Each chapter begins with a cleverly fitting quote from the famed British poet, and there is some discussion within the story itself—particularly between Sophie and her best friend. Observant previous readers may want to keep an eye out for an appearance from Emilie and her service dog, Hitch. (As it turns out, Sophie and Emilie attend the same high school.) Sophie was a bit harder to connect with than the heroine from Hoyle’s debut. She’s bitter, pessimistic, overly judgmental, and a notable control freak. There are several justifiable reasons for this, however. (Her sister has a traumatic brain injury from a car wreck—which drove her father to first alcoholism, and then to abandon her family. Her overworked mother is barely getting by, and Sophie is burning her candle at both ends trying to compensate for all the brokenness around her. Yet at the same time, she’s still clinging to her dream of becoming a veterinarian.) Needless to say, the setup leaves plenty of room for growth in Sophie. And in terms of character development, Hoyle delivers.The conflict with Finn sometimes felt a touch contrived. So, the guy disappeared in the middle of Sophie’s Freshman year, leaving Sophie high and dry at a school dance (and inadvertently compounding her abandonment issues.) She’s now a high school Senior, who seems overly determined to nurse a grudge when Finn suddenly resurfaces. Finn actually has a solid excuse for his vanishing act years earlier—which doubles as justification for his devil-may-care surfer-boy attitude. But as direct as Sophie is, she doesn’t bother confronting or questioning him on the presumed offense until they’ve been thrown together in a dangerous predicament. And once they finally get that part sorted, they go their separate ways for a while—which seemed to neutralize the chemistry to some degree. Meet the Sky presents a unique setting, a harrowing situation, and an opposites-attract romance that moves organically within the plot rather than overwhelming it. The story is one of love, loss, and reclamation—of all the things in life that are outside of our control, and the attitudes that aren’t.
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  • Grace
    January 1, 1970
    4/5 Stars! Hoyle’s endearing second novel took me by surprise and drew me in. Sophie is having a rough time in more ways than one, and I enjoyed her goal-oriented mindset. Obsessed with her families horses and animals in general, she does everything in her power to help them. Horses seem to be lacking in young adult recently, and they added one of my favorite parts of the story. Mature beyond her years, Sophie has experienced heartbreak but still makes the best of every day. Finn possesses some 4/5 Stars! Hoyle’s endearing second novel took me by surprise and drew me in. Sophie is having a rough time in more ways than one, and I enjoyed her goal-oriented mindset. Obsessed with her families horses and animals in general, she does everything in her power to help them. Horses seem to be lacking in young adult recently, and they added one of my favorite parts of the story. Mature beyond her years, Sophie has experienced heartbreak but still makes the best of every day. Finn possesses some unique qualities that slowly emerge through his and Sophie’s time together. This is a novel to read in one sitting, and I never wanted to turn my attention away from it. The plot was not what I was initially expecting, but I very much enjoyed its fast pace and focus on character development and repairing strained and deteriorating relationships. The hurricane ended up a central part of the story, forcing Sophie and Finn to team up, and it created a dramatic, entertaining story arc. Most of the action centered around the storm, and the dangers it caused were enough to keep me reading. Even as a very brief novel, MEET THE SKY packs a punch. It is full of hope and hardship. Sophie’s voice was clear, and I felt like cheering her on. Her relationship with her mother and Mere was a point of contention and something I waited to be resolved, in addition to her even rockier relationship with her father.Ultimately, MEET THE SKY is a contemporary novel that I feel made me better for reading it. It’s not every romance that has me feeling like it’s something more. Hoyle created a short but impactful read that I know I will be thinking about for a long time to come. A beautiful novel inside and out, it is bound to capture the hearts of readers. Even better than Hoyle’s THE THING WITH FEATHERS, MEET THE SKY has me eagerly waiting for Hoyle’s next work.
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  • Jade
    January 1, 1970
    (2.5 Stars)McCall Hoyle’s Meet the Sky tells the tale of Sophie, a teenage girl in high school trying to balance the stress of college prep, helping her mother take care of her sister who was disabled in a car accident and fight the oncoming hurricane threatening to ravage her town. I found this book to be more of a fluff read, but that is not to say that this book did not have its share of emotional turmoil and growth. I found Meet the Sky to remind me of a bit of a Wattpad story—with better w (2.5 Stars)McCall Hoyle’s Meet the Sky tells the tale of Sophie, a teenage girl in high school trying to balance the stress of college prep, helping her mother take care of her sister who was disabled in a car accident and fight the oncoming hurricane threatening to ravage her town. I found this book to be more of a fluff read, but that is not to say that this book did not have its share of emotional turmoil and growth. I found Meet the Sky to remind me of a bit of a Wattpad story—with better writing. The plot was far-fetched but no less entertaining. While the characters (or rather mostly the main character) went through some emotional development, I found it hard to connect with them or their actions. For me, the book served its purpose in keeping me engaged and curious, but not necessarily one that will stick with me forever. I recommend this book to those looking for something fast and easy to read, my younger self who was looking desperately to read books on a budget (hence Wattpad and the Library), and those fans of contemporary, which I will admit is not my genre of choice. Book releases on September 4, 2018.
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  • Katie Nelson
    January 1, 1970
    I adored this book! Once I started reading, I couldn’t stop until I knew what happened to Sophie, Finn and their families. It’s an outstanding novel.The story is emotionally resonant and the characters are so flawed, yet so real. I couldn’t help but cry with them and cheer for them and hope for a happy ending. A beautiful book that’s not to be missed!
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  • Stephanie
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come.
  • The Nerdy Book Fairy ™ ©
    January 1, 1970
    "Once upon a time, I believed in fairy tales. Not any more. If Prince Charmings and happily-ever-afters were real, I'd have a godmother and a fancy dress. Instead, I've got a pitchfork and a pile of horse manure." - SophieSophie, the main protagonist in McCall Hoyle's new novel, Meet The Sky is practical, focused, driven - and guarded. As the quote I posted above indicates, Sophie is realistic. She is not waiting for anyone, or anything, to "save" her or fix her life. She is self-directed. Howev "Once upon a time, I believed in fairy tales. Not any more. If Prince Charmings and happily-ever-afters were real, I'd have a godmother and a fancy dress. Instead, I've got a pitchfork and a pile of horse manure." - SophieSophie, the main protagonist in McCall Hoyle's new novel, Meet The Sky is practical, focused, driven - and guarded. As the quote I posted above indicates, Sophie is realistic. She is not waiting for anyone, or anything, to "save" her or fix her life. She is self-directed. However, she is also closed off to possibility. She is not spontaneous. She is hyper-responsible.Sophie was kind of forced to grow up at a young age. Her family runs a horse barn, a business that requires a lot of physical labor and chores. When her family was intact, everyone was able to pull their weight in order to get things done. However, one day there is a bad car accident that leaves her sister Meredith with minimal ability to walk or do things for herself. She also sustained a traumatic brain injury that makes her almost childlike. Due to his guilt for possibly causing the accident, Sophie's father abandons the family. Now it is just Sophie and her mom who have to run the business themselves, as well as take care of Meredith.Sophie has had to put her dreams of college and veterinary school on hold in order to help keep her family business afloat. It is no wonder that she has given up hope of rescue - of things being different in her life. She does not seem overtly bitter or angry, but it seems clear from quotes like the one I posted that she has some resentment - a kind of martyr complex. Sophie is not demonstratively emotional. She is somewhat closed off from her feelings - except when it comes to Finn Sanders.Finn is a boy who Sophie was friends with, and she harbored a secret crush on him. When they were freshman in high school, Finn asked Sophie to go to homecoming with him, and she accepted - her head filled with all kinds of fantasies about what this meant in the evolution of their relationship. Clearly she took this to mean they were leaving the "friend zone" and moving into the "relationship zone". So, when Finn never shows up for the date, she is confused and devastated. Shortly after homecoming, Finn and his family moved out of the area. Sophie never had a chance to talk with him and find out what happened and, apparently, no gossip or information as to why he left town, or where he and his family went, ever materialized to enlighten her. Surprising enough in a small town like hers.I don't recall if the book says exactly how long i had been since Finn and his family moved out of town, but the book opens early on with his return. Sophie is determined not to speak to him, as she definitely still feels very hurt and angry over his apparent blowing her off. This is definitely the weakest part of this book. It seems pretty ridiculous really. I can understand being hurt, initially, when Finn doesn't show up for their date, however, Sophie made no attempt to talk to him to find out what happened. And, once she learned that he and his family had to suddenly leave town, she had to figure out that something big must have prevented him from going to homecoming, because it was certainly big enough to make his family move away. Yet, she doesn't seem to be able to move beyond the fact of his missing homecoming.Finn & Sophie had been friends since middle school. If he had any idea that he was going to be moving away, a) why would he ask her to homecoming, and b) why had he never mentioned to her that he might be moving soon? Therefore, it had to be a big surprise even to Finn that he couldn't go to homecoming, and that he had to move away from everything he knew. Yet, Sophie seems incapable of looking past her self and her hurt, making Finn out to be a terrible person. Of course Finn, once his family got settled in their new home, could have written or called Sophie to let her know what happened - they were friends, after all - but he doesn't. So, there is some blame and responsibility on both sides, but the fact that Sophie is so angry when she learns of his return seems a bit much.Finn, for his part, is in a completely different place from Sophie emotionally and mentally. He is carefree, spontaneous, open, and free-spirited. He's a go-with-the-flow kind of guy who does what he wants, when he wants. He is not goal-driven. He is not hyper-responsible. He is not careful and thoughtful about his actions. He is very in the moment. His plans seem to materialize on the spot, as inspiration or opportunity presents itself. Yet, as fun as his carpe diem lifestyle sounds in theory, Finn can also be reckless, taking risks that could be dangerous or harmful to himself and/or others. And so, we have these two polar opposite individuals - one of them carrying a big resentment against the other one, who, for his part, is blissfully ignorant of this fact - thrown together as a major hurricane is sweeping in. Commence story.Overall, I enjoyed the book. I would give it 3 1/2 stars, but Goodreads doesn't allow for half stars. I loved that each chapter opened with poetry - a different quote from Tennyson, that related nicely to the content of each chapter. I also really liked that the story took Sophie on a journey of self-discovery and growth that seemed realistic, for the most part. Sophie learns some lessons about life, and about herself, and so, by extension, the reader also is given some food for thought. The narrative flows nicely, and the story draws you in. It is not a cumbersome book, and can easily be read in a day. It definitely works as a YA novel, and is appropriate for that audience.The biggest weakness in the story is the romance. I think the book would've been much better without it. Or, if the author felt a romance was necessary to the story, she could have told it differently. It just did not feel realistic to me - from start to finish. But, then again, I am not a romance reader, so others may feel differently. I've read other reviews of the book in which the reviewer indicated dislike for Sophie, for various reasons. However, for me, I found plenty of things irritating about both Sophie and Finn equally. They are both flawed - but in different ways. But, aren't we all flawed? I think the fact that neither is perfect is why they can learn from each other. Clearly Sophie seems to learn more than Finn, and that may be just another problem with the book. However, I like to think that Finn will change some in the future - perhaps in a second book??, or just in my imagination at least.You can buy Meet The Sky by clicking on the image here: Meet the Sky
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  • Stefanie Kellum
    January 1, 1970
    *I read an ARC of this title from the publisher. Yep. I definitely like McCall Hoyle books. And the Outer Banks. And survival stories. And wild horses. And cute boys.
  • Lindsay
    January 1, 1970
    I was disappointed in this one because it was so predictable and based on utterly irrational decision making. Sophie continuously made bad choices that left her broke down on the side of the road with a hurricane approaching. Hot, charming Finn (her love interest and arch-nemesis who deserted her in the past) shows up and saves the day. Finn makes stupid decisions and they wind up stranded on the Outer Banks during a hurricane. They make even more ridiculous and rash choices to the point where I I was disappointed in this one because it was so predictable and based on utterly irrational decision making. Sophie continuously made bad choices that left her broke down on the side of the road with a hurricane approaching. Hot, charming Finn (her love interest and arch-nemesis who deserted her in the past) shows up and saves the day. Finn makes stupid decisions and they wind up stranded on the Outer Banks during a hurricane. They make even more ridiculous and rash choices to the point where I was astounded that they survived the ordeal.My unhappiness with this story stems from another YA book I recently read that had an identical premises as this one: Girl and boy like each other. They plan to go to school dance. Girl arrives and boy never shows. Boys vanishes off face of earth. Girl wallows in self pity, hates the guy, and moves on with life. Tragedy strikes girl's family. Fast forward 2-4 years. Guy magically shows back up in town and is taking all the same classes as girl. Guy interacts with girl. Girl is rude to him. Guy is confused. They eventually each make stupid decisions that result in them being abandoned and stuck together during a dangerous event. Girl and guy depend on each other for survival. They continue to make stupid decisions that result in multiple injuries. They reminisce on the past while girl stills gives guy an attitude about him abandoning her. Guy confesses someone in his family died and that's why he vanished. Girl realizes he didn't disappear because he hates her guts. They kiss and all is well. Danger still whirls around them. Something happens to cause a fight shortly after the first kiss. Girl and guy hate each other again. They make more stupid decisions and are too stubborn in their own self-absorption to understand anything about survival. They somehow survive dangerous element while fighting. Girl decides to leave guy to prove a point and find her own way back. Guy catches up. They kiss and makeup. The end.Thanks NetGalley for the ARC.
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  • Jessica
    January 1, 1970
    Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC! I hate writing reviews for books like this, but I have to have an honest review!I was really disappointed in this one. If you have a girl who is so intelligent, why does she insta-fall for a boy who is such an idiot? Obviously, I could tell where the story was going. Finn returns from being gone (who knows where) and is hot and acting all friendly with Sophie (who is holding a grudge from 9th grade) and is a bad boy surfer type. When he decides to surf instead of Thanks to Netgalley for the ARC! I hate writing reviews for books like this, but I have to have an honest review!I was really disappointed in this one. If you have a girl who is so intelligent, why does she insta-fall for a boy who is such an idiot? Obviously, I could tell where the story was going. Finn returns from being gone (who knows where) and is hot and acting all friendly with Sophie (who is holding a grudge from 9th grade) and is a bad boy surfer type. When he decides to surf instead of seeking safety before the hurricane, I was over it and over him. Plus, I did not understand how she could not piece together why he did not go to the dance (and honestly, I am not going to post a spoiler here, but it does not add up that 9th grade or even present her could not figure it out based on him moving away). I find it hard to believe that, even if they experienced this trauma/adventure together, she would actually fall for him and think they had anything in common. I lost respect for this fictional girl and lost interest in the book. I do not feel like their characters and actions were consistent with who they were supposed to be either. Also, I enjoyed the quotes that started each chapter, but I failed to see how they were really relevant to the content I was reading. I did finish it to see where it went, but it was predictable and disappointing until the end.
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  • Jenn (The Book Refuge)
    January 1, 1970
    Spoiler Free Review!I grabbed this novel a few days ago. The cover caught my eye and the story had a cool hook:Sophie gets stuck on North Carolina's Outer Bank with her ex-crush during a hurricane.Seems legit.I have recently read a few YA Contemporary Survival type stories. This one fits in well with the others, although there is less outside struggle like in I Am Still Alive. It still had a good amount of tension and at times I was legitimately scared for Sophie and Finn.This story also deals w Spoiler Free Review!I grabbed this novel a few days ago. The cover caught my eye and the story had a cool hook:Sophie gets stuck on North Carolina's Outer Bank with her ex-crush during a hurricane.Seems legit.I have recently read a few YA Contemporary Survival type stories. This one fits in well with the others, although there is less outside struggle like in I Am Still Alive. It still had a good amount of tension and at times I was legitimately scared for Sophie and Finn.This story also deals with grief in some intriguing ways. There is grief over a loss parent. As well as grief over losing a life you thought you were going to live. Which I thought was a really cool way of looking into loss. Sophie and Finn have some very different, yet prevalent struggles in their young lives.The elements I didn't like are these:I felt like I didn't know Sophie or Finn enough, or as much as I wanted to. The book was only about 250 pages and I just didn't get as good of a feel for them, especially Finn, as I wanted to.Also, this then lead to the romance feeling rushed and not my favorite kind. These two liked each other 2-3 years ago and then Finn stood her up for a dance. which I literally just read about in another book, so it was very prevalent to me.Just bad timing I guess.So a 3.5 stars for me. It was a quick and enjoyable read, but it didn't stick with me too strongly.
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  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    3.5Meet the Sky is a book about facing the fact that we (teenagers, adults, etc) can't control everything. We think we can. We make our plans, we have our busy schedules, we try to be organized, but once in a while a tragedy comes to our lives that makes us realize that life is short and that though we make an effort for keeping everything in our hands, we can't. But we do have a say in how are we going to react to things that happen. And that its the difference between our main characters. Finn 3.5Meet the Sky is a book about facing the fact that we (teenagers, adults, etc) can't control everything. We think we can. We make our plans, we have our busy schedules, we try to be organized, but once in a while a tragedy comes to our lives that makes us realize that life is short and that though we make an effort for keeping everything in our hands, we can't. But we do have a say in how are we going to react to things that happen. And that its the difference between our main characters. Finn chooses to enjoy every experience, and Sophie tries to take control of everything so something bad won't happen again. Will this two characters learn something from each other? That is the question.The reason why I don't give this book a higher rating is because I think it needed more interaction between the main character and her family. It was like Sophie was telling us how her mom was, but we never really got the chance to really know her mom. I do think that would have make the story better. But still, is a pretty good book.
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  • alexis gibboney
    January 1, 1970
    Meet The Sky. I loved this book from the beginning. Maybe I'm bias because McCall lives in my neck of the woods but if we are being honest its not just that. I lived in the conditions in the book. In the same location. I lived off Collington Road in Kill Devil Hills, NC. The way McCall writes is so vivid. I was right there. I was in the eye of the storm the whole time. This story is about love and loss and will make you laugh and cry and make your heart race all within 30 minutes. Sophie is an a Meet The Sky. I loved this book from the beginning. Maybe I'm bias because McCall lives in my neck of the woods but if we are being honest its not just that. I lived in the conditions in the book. In the same location. I lived off Collington Road in Kill Devil Hills, NC. The way McCall writes is so vivid. I was right there. I was in the eye of the storm the whole time. This story is about love and loss and will make you laugh and cry and make your heart race all within 30 minutes. Sophie is an amazing character who takes care of her whole family while putting her life on the back burner. She's the true definition of awesome. This book is all about surviving extreme weather and extreme heartbreak, and learning how to come back from it. Please if you don't read another book this year, read this one. On shelves and in stores September 4, 2018.
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  • Patrycja
    January 1, 1970
    Author McCall Hoyle did it again.Here comes another beautiful, moving novel. It is a survival story, mixed with adventure and a little bit of romance.It is written beautifully and the story is told well. It brings hope and affection, but also makes you think about Mother Nature, and compassion for all animals.I may not like the main characters that much. I feel for Sophie, but sometimes I felt she could be more spontaneous and less stubborn. Finn on other hand was too reckless and I didn't think Author McCall Hoyle did it again.Here comes another beautiful, moving novel. It is a survival story, mixed with adventure and a little bit of romance.It is written beautifully and the story is told well. It brings hope and affection, but also makes you think about Mother Nature, and compassion for all animals.I may not like the main characters that much. I feel for Sophie, but sometimes I felt she could be more spontaneous and less stubborn. Finn on other hand was too reckless and I didn't think he was always making smart decisions or took the right actions.I do also understand where he is coming from, but there is a line between risky and stupid.Nevertheless, I really liked the story, even of the flows of the characters or maybe because of it. Maybe it is what made them more real. "Life might be easier if I quit trying to make sense of everything."
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  • Samantha Winland
    January 1, 1970
    I keep saying I don’t have time to read, but I effortlessly made time for my first advanced readers copy ever... I enjoyed every little bit from the hint at The Thing With Feathers at the beginning, to the parts that hurt my heart a little bit, to the great ending that I *tried* to resist physically smiling at. Much like her debut, the characters are quite relatable and lovable. Her patterns of poetry are bringing out a giant affection of poetry I didn’t think I had beforehand. Everything- the s I keep saying I don’t have time to read, but I effortlessly made time for my first advanced readers copy ever... I enjoyed every little bit from the hint at The Thing With Feathers at the beginning, to the parts that hurt my heart a little bit, to the great ending that I *tried* to resist physically smiling at. Much like her debut, the characters are quite relatable and lovable. Her patterns of poetry are bringing out a giant affection of poetry I didn’t think I had beforehand. Everything- the setting, the plot, the characters- caught my attention and made the book even more irresistible to me. I definitely recommend Meet the Sky, as well as The Thing With Feathers, to those looking for a great, inspiring YA contemporary novel!
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  • Nyle Provenson
    January 1, 1970
    Being that I am a very picky reader, I don’t read just anything. The fact that I read this in less than 48 hours and absolutely fell in love with it. Finn caught my attention off the bat. He easily fit in with who my boyfriend is like, so it made it so much better because I could picture what he was like. When the two took cover I would tense up and my teeth would chatter. But woah.. woah.. woah.. THEY KISSED?? I couldn’t get over it. I. Could. Not. One of my favorite books is now so easily stat Being that I am a very picky reader, I don’t read just anything. The fact that I read this in less than 48 hours and absolutely fell in love with it. Finn caught my attention off the bat. He easily fit in with who my boyfriend is like, so it made it so much better because I could picture what he was like. When the two took cover I would tense up and my teeth would chatter. But woah.. woah.. woah.. THEY KISSED?? I couldn’t get over it. I. Could. Not. One of my favorite books is now so easily stated to be Mrs. Hoyle’s “Meet the Sky”. I love the setting, the pattern of what happens, the surfer boy and outgoing personality of Finn. You are totally missing out if you haven’t read this book or haven’t planned on reading it.
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  • Sheri
    January 1, 1970
    I just finished reading McCall Hoyle's upcoming new book, Meet the Sky. I loved her first book, The Thing with Feathers, and I wondered how I would feel about this book. Well, I loved it just as much or maybe more. The character interaction, real life issues and "life and death" struggles with the hurricane made it hard to put down. I knew that hopefully there would be a "happy ending" but I didn't guess all the things that happened in between. I would definitely recommend this book.
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  • Carolyn Jeziorski
    January 1, 1970
    I picked up an ARC of this book at the ALA conference in June. It’s a pretty exciting story, as the characters are trapped in a hurricane. Their backstories get revealed in bits and pieces during their ordeal. Worth a read, good for high school students.
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  • Jennifer Guyor Jowett
    January 1, 1970
    I love this book! Meet the Sky is a refreshing take on opposites attract. Sophie's and Finn's stories connect through real circumstances as they both face challenges that bring them together and push them to overcome their expectations of one another.
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  • Alexandra Ott
    January 1, 1970
    Can’t wait for this book!
  • Billy James
    January 1, 1970
    Great book with a great cover
  • Boelin Pap
    January 1, 1970
    Not bad - full and fulfilling.
  • Jenn Gibson
    January 1, 1970
    *I'm a high school media specialist reviewing an ARC copy of the book*Love. A Hurricane. A Monster Truck. What more could you want?!We have had a hard time keeping "The Thing With Feathers," Hoyle's first book on our media center shelves (I have five copies of it) and this one will be in demand just as much. The story is wonderful: the forces in Mother Nature and in our minds are equally powerful as Sophie quickly finds out. Hoyles' characters are so memorable and the way she addresses guilt, ch *I'm a high school media specialist reviewing an ARC copy of the book*Love. A Hurricane. A Monster Truck. What more could you want?!We have had a hard time keeping "The Thing With Feathers," Hoyle's first book on our media center shelves (I have five copies of it) and this one will be in demand just as much. The story is wonderful: the forces in Mother Nature and in our minds are equally powerful as Sophie quickly finds out. Hoyles' characters are so memorable and the way she addresses guilt, choice, and second chances is a powerful read for teens and adults alike. An accident, a massive hurricane, and the boy she swore she'd never deal with again have the potential to change Sophie's life forever and I could not get to the end of the book fast enough to find out how it would all end. Since I read the book, I've given a few "book talks" about it and I already have a wait list for student checkouts prior to the Sept 4 release date. I can't wait to get this book in their hands!
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  • Dani (Dani's Bookshelf)
    January 1, 1970
    This isn’t the kind of YA I typically gravitate towards, but I really enjoyed speaking with the author at the RWA Blogger Day, so I grabbed an arc when I saw it. I think it’s a well written and well told story, it’s just not what I normally prefer to read. I found the events leading up to Sophie getting caught alone in the storm with Finn surprisingly believable, though I still blame him and kind of want to smack him for it. But I liked seeing Sophie start to examine her life more closely and wa This isn’t the kind of YA I typically gravitate towards, but I really enjoyed speaking with the author at the RWA Blogger Day, so I grabbed an arc when I saw it. I think it’s a well written and well told story, it’s just not what I normally prefer to read. I found the events leading up to Sophie getting caught alone in the storm with Finn surprisingly believable, though I still blame him and kind of want to smack him for it. But I liked seeing Sophie start to examine her life more closely and watching the two of them open up to each other. I found myself constantly pulling this book out when I had a few minutes just to sneak in a few more pages, and overall I really enjoyed it. So if you like heartfelt and angsty YA contemporaries, especially ones with a survival element, you should definitely check this one out.
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