Island is all Sky and River have ever known. For fourteen years, they have managed to survive on the secluded island, so when River spots a boat their world is turned upside down. Sky and River are rescued and taken back to the place they were born. A place filled with mystery, California. Sky does not like it in California, and she begins to hate it when she and River are separated. Now, she is forced to live with a grandmother she does not know, and learn how this strange new world works. Without River, Sky cannot make sense of anything, and she begins to yearn for the life she had on Island, where it was just her and River. Sky starts searching for River so that they can return to Island, but in her search for him, she will uncover truths that she never could have imagined. Sky’s world is about to be turned upside down, and she must learn how to hang on.
Jillian has created a masterpiece with Searching for Sky. This book is haunting, enlightening, heartbreaking, and enticing. I cannot explain to you how much I love this book, I really cannot. Everything about it, from the storyline to the characters just made me fall head over heels in love. Jillian weaves this tale of shipwrecked children who have survived fourteen years on a deserted island, and when they return to California, they are shocked by everything. Sky has to learn the concept of money, murder, and so much more. She has the innocence of a child but the mind of a teen, so being able to see what she thinks of murder and money, having been secluded from it all, truly is eye opening. Along with those eye-opening scenes, Sky and River’s story is truly incredible and heartbreaking. I really cannot express to you how much their story tugs at my heartstrings. Sky is forced to leave River and since they are not on Island anymore, River was all she ever knew here in this new world. He was the constant in her life. He was her infinity. Their story taught me so many lessons about how you need to cherish the people in your life for as long as you have them. Their journey in this book brought tears to my eyes more than once, and that is when I knew that this book would change me. Searching for Sky made me laugh, it made me cry, it made me angry, but most of all, it made me think. The best books are the books that capture your emotions and your mind, and this book grabbed both of mine with an incredible force. I was expecting a lot out of this book and I got more than I bargained for, which truly dumbfounded me. I stayed up until six A.M. finishing this book because I was hooked. It is now my new favorite book. Searching for Sky is a book that is a necessary read just for the two simple facts that it will change how you see the world, and Sky and River’s story deserves to be read. It is a book that will have you thinking about it for days, months, years after you have finished it. Honestly, I would not be surprised if this book became a best seller Do not miss the chance to experience Sky‘s journey because you will not regret it. I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone. I would give this book a million stars if I could, but I will simply have to concede with giving it five out of five stars.
Searching for Sky comes out on May 13, 2014 so do not forget to add it to your TBR list!
P.S. Jillian if you are reading this, I love how you signed my ARC "Happy reading!" because I was expecting a lighthearted happy story after that! Little did I know...