Out of the Blue

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Out of the Blue

17.99

Out of the Blue

Sophie Cameron

Hardcover
Publication Date: 05/15/2018
Themes: LGBTQ+, Death, Grief, Paranormal, Angels
Age: 13+ years old
Pages: 272 pages

 

Sometimes, I imagine alternate endings to the story: last-minute miracles, touches of magic. I picture how things might have gone, if I wasn’t there. If I’d left just a few minutes later. If I hadn’t been alone. It doesn’t make any difference. One way or another, the crash always comes.

Ten days after Jaya Mackenzie’s mum dies, angels start falling from the sky. Smashing down to earth at extraordinary speeds, wings bent, faces contorted, not a single one has survived.

Hysteria mounting with every Being that drops, Jaya’s father uproots the family to Edinburgh intent on catching one alive. But Jaya can’t stand this obsession and, struggling to make sense of her mother’s sudden death and her own role on that fateful day, she’s determined to stay out of it.

When her best friend disappears and her father’s mania spirals, things hit rock bottom and it’s at that moment something extraordinary happens: An angel lands right at Jaya’s feet, and it’s alive. Finally she is forced to acknowledge just how significant these celestial beings are.

Set against the backdrop of the frenzied Edinburgh festival, OUT OF THE BLUE tackles questions of grief and guilt and fear over who we really are. But it’s also about love and acceptance and finding your place in this world as angels drop out of another.

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Reviews

"The hottest queer YA book of the season." - Entertainment Weekly

"Touches of humor... Expert pacing... A strong infusion of magic and wonder distinguish this debut novel." -Kirkus, Starred Review

"[A] smart balance of realism and fantasy with well-rounded characters." - School Library Journal, Starred Review

"An explanation for the Beings and the falling is never given, an ambiguity that allows readers to focus less on the fantastical details and more on the impact of loss and the uncertainty it leaves behind." -Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"This artful, thought-provoking novel is perfect for philosophical teens." -Booklist

"Equal parts humorous fish-out-of-water story and poignant coming-of-age tale... Jaya is a vividly sketched, relatable character whose brave decisions encourage readers to embrace life and be true to themselves." -Publishers Weekly

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