Skylarks by Karen Gregory
Published by: Bloomsbury
Release date: 03/05/18
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Summary: We watch the bird as it flies high above us, singing like it’s the only thing in the world that matters. And I feel it – that life can be beautiful. That there are possibilities.
Keep your head down and don’t borrow trouble is the motto Joni lives by, and so far it’s seen her family through some tough times. It’s not as if she has the power to change anything important anyway. Like Dad’s bad back, or the threat of losing their house.
So when Annabel breezes into her life, Joni’s pretty sure they’re destined to clash. Pretty, poised, privileged – the daughter of the richest family in town must have it easy.
But sometimes you find a matching spirit where you least expect it. Sometimes love can defy difference. And sometimes life asks you to be bigger and braver …
I picked this book up because I saw loads of people getting ARCs of it and really enjoying it, so I thought I would give it a try.
I really enjoyed the writing style in this book. It was nice, but it was also easy to read, which is exactly what I needed after finishing Children of Blood and Bone.
I really liked Joni’s character. I found her to be relatable in some ways. There are so many time when I get upset about something and I just want to cling on to my anger instead of listening to reason. I also loved the fact that she worked in a library. That is my dream job, so I always love reading about it.
I enjoyed watching both Joni and Annabel grow and change throughout this book. They both started to see things from each others perspective. They both learnt that just because someone else has everything you want, it doesn’t mean that they are happy and life is perfect for them. I also liked the fact that they both tried to help each other understand, instead of just expecting them to.
I don’t feel like I can comment on how well the whole LGBT side of the story was done, because I am not a lesbian, but I did appreciate that it wasn’t a coming out story. Joni is out to her friends and family right from the beginning, and none of her friends and family were homophobic or judgmental, which is always nice to read, even if it isn’t always 100% realistic.
I really enjoyed all the political activism side, and how dedicated and determined they were with it. It was also interesting to see how that sort of thing can spiral out of control if you’re not careful, and I loved that Joni learned from that instead of being scared off.
This is just a small thing, but I always love reading books set in England. It’s nice being able to recognise places they go and things they do or talk about.
Overall I really enjoyed this book. I don’t have anything bad to say about it. The only reason it didn’t get 5 stars is because it didn’t blow me away, but I still definitely recommend it.