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Blue Sky July

4.06  ·  Rating Details ·  272 Ratings  ·  70 Reviews
This gripping autobiography follows the story of a mother who battles impossible odds in the hopes of healing her son Joe Alexander who, six months after he was born, was diagnosed with severe cerebral palsy. Told that he would never see, walk, or know who they were, his mother's exquisite, lyrically written memoir charts the first seven years of her life with Joe. Her int ...more
Paperback, 176 pages
Published April 1st 2007 by Seren Books
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Nov 22, 2016 Raevyn rated it liked it
After being brainwashed by Louder Than Words: A Mother's Journey in Healing Autism for so many years, I'm now wary of 'disability memoirs' by parents. This one didn't seem quite as abelist as LTW, luckily. But I disliked the flowery writing.
Nov 11, 2008 Heather rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: everyone - parent or non-parent
Recommended to Heather by: found randomly at the library
Shelves: top-10-favorites
One of my top ten books I've read in my life including the 5 love languages, and The Last Lecture. Nia Wyn so beautifully protrays her devotion for caring for her child and it makes you feeling so uplifted, and inspired at her mircalces she gets to be apart of daily. Nia Wyn is my favorite writer in that her words are so poetic and she is the best skilled writer I have read so far. It is like reading a poem novel and I was nearly crying at the gym closing up this book and her amazing journey! Th ...more
Apparently I am the only heartless person that would give this one star. If I had not been reading this for book club, I would not have made it 20 pages in. I am not criticizing Wyn's decisions, or belittling the struggle she went through - my comments are focused on the quality of the text, not her life. The book is written using a diary, and that is all too apparent. It is full of the flowery, self-indulgent writing that is so easy to write and has so little meaning. It is shallow, skipping al ...more
Aug 24, 2011 Tony rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blue Sky July takes us through the first seven years in the life of Joe and his family. Set in Cardiff, this true story is written by Joe's mother, Nia, and chronicles the events and emotions she experiences after her newborn son is diagnosed with severe cerebral palsy. I found it very moving and was inspired by Nia's single mindedness and determination to give Joe any and every available opportunity to enhance his quality of life. She persevered with her task even though many others including p ...more
Apr 13, 2011 Terrie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set between 1998 and 2005 in Cardiff, Wales, Blue Sky July follows the story of Nia Wyn (the author), a mother who battles against impossible odds to heal her son after he is diagnosed with severe Cerebral Palsy. Told by doctors that her son would never walk, talk, see or even recognize her, Wyn devotes her every waking moment to exploring alternative treatments in the hopes of achieving even the smallest of breakthroughs.

The author's style of writing sometimes left me wondering what she had jus
May 04, 2012 Jaime rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was okay. It was different than I expected; it was more a personal journal (which she says it is, in the epilogue) and had annoying rhyming sections at times. Wyn did a really good job of portraying what it is like as a mother of a child with special needs - she is not always likable, but she's honest and (maybe) naively hopeful, as we all would probably be in that situation. Joe, the little boy, is a compelling individual and steals the story, as it should be.
Mar 14, 2009 Hannah rated it it was amazing
Shelves: must-have
Quite possibly the most amazing book I've ever read!
Ruth Conrad
Aug 26, 2008 Ruth Conrad rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Ruth by: Iamshadow
I was struck right away by the author's poetic language, and this was the perfect voice for her to use in telling the story of her disabled son. I found her story very moving and inspiring.
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Madyson F.
Oct 12, 2012 Madyson F. rated it really liked it
Blue Sky July
Nia Wyn
192 pages

Blue Sky July is about a woman who is pregnant with her first child. She goes to the doctors and they tell her it's going to be a perfect baby and nothing will be wrong. Well they were wrong, when he is delivered he is fine but 5 hours after his skin turned a duskier shade, his body starts shaking and his cry is different. While Nia and her husband Alex were waiting to find out what's wrong with their child they came up with a name. They named him
Aug 02, 2011 Rebecca rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Parents with or with out a child who has special needs should read this. Nia writes poetically at times with thoughts rich in metaphors.

I admire her courage in writing the book, opening up and sharing something so personal...her inner battles with discovering her son has cerebral palsy. She describes her stages of grief, shock, denial, acceptance, and then in the end thankfulness for how things are.

Some of my favorite quotes:
"Pain mingles with a profound sense of beauty. Carrying him makes eve
Jan 05, 2010 Kim rated it it was amazing
Shelves: biography, 2010
This was a very quick read- but left a profound effect. Nia and her husband have a baby who suffers severe cerebal palsy. She is told that he will never see, talk or walk. She searches for answers everywhere and does several therapies all day long. Some of it was really tear jerking. She tells how she felt when she went to baby groups and then when friends have babies that 'overtake' him. Her dad went shopping three times to find the perfect present for his first birthday- something that lit up ...more
Aug 07, 2009 Denasjsu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was a story of a career women (35 ish) in England who has her first child that has severe cerebral palsey. Everyone from the doctors to the therapists tell her he will never see, walk, talk etc. The book is about her stuggle and how she never gave up on her child, although for the first 5 years of his life she did give up on herself and her husband. Her child and his treatments became her whole life. The book was written in a poetic form that balances the frusterations of her childs situation ...more
May 05, 2013 Kristen rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
This book was not what I was expecting, not the subject but the way she had written this. It was like a journal. I am interested in this subject because I grew up having a mild case of Cerebral Palsy, and I just like to read about people like me. I admit that a expecting this book to be more like Knowing Jesse by Marianne Leone and I realized I was setting my exceptions to high for a number, one was Marianne was a screen writer so she was a pro at writing and more importantly because everyone ha ...more
Oct 27, 2011 JoDell rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book opened a new world to my eyes--the world of parents with severely disabled children. I loved Nia Wyn's vulnerability in this book. She opened herself and her world to outsiders, which has to take a lot of courage. I will never look at a person with CP the same way ever again. She showed me how people with disabilities are people with emotions and thoughts and gifts to share with all around them. I think it would be very easy for others to judge her and some of the things she put hersel ...more
Simon Fletcher
This is the story of
- A mothers love and the lengths that that love will go to.
- The blindness of the medical profession on occasions.
- The healers who sometimes prey on the needy and sick.
-It's about despair and powerlessness and hope and loss and acceptance and growth.
It's a little book about big things.
I would never have read this if it hadn't been a book club read but I'm glad I have.
it's not a great book, the style is a little too stilted and disjointed in places. I kind of wanted more inf
May 19, 2011 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, 2010s
Fast, interesting read of a special needs mom and the intense therapies she undertakes to help her child with cerebral palsy after clinicians told her he would be unresponsive. I hate terms like 'inspirational' when applied to special needs biographies so I won't go there. I liked hearing about the the nitty gritty and grind of the therapies, their great results, and the true-to-life outpouring of Wyn's depression over and eventual acceptance of her son's permanent disabilities. The writing styl ...more
Rebecca Ballantine-jones
Aug 11, 2012 Rebecca Ballantine-jones rated it really liked it
This was one of my favourite quotes from the book - Sam at the corner shop tells me that in Pakistan, a household that has a disabled child is thought to be blessed. He says it when I'm buying milk over the counter, Joe in a pale blue papoose on my chest.
He looks me straight into my eyes and says: 'Youve been so lucky, there isn't the medicine in Pakistan to save kids like him, you'd have lost him' Sam might have saved my life today. I guess it's like that when you're dying; you see a light unle
May 26, 2009 Carrie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bio-autobio
This one really touched me. Being a mother who has suffered recurrent pregnancy loss, this really was an issue that is close to me, and a reality every time we try again.

It is written like a snapshot of her diary, so there are long periods missing, and some just seems sort of out of place. But being a blogger, I know that feeling.

Yes, it is a depressing look into what life can be like with a special needs child, but it is also a look into what it means to grow into the roles, the path that your
Christopher Peter
Mar 22, 2016 Christopher Peter rated it really liked it
Hauntingly beautiful true story, an account of a mother's experience of the first seven years of her severely disabled son's life. I'll admit it was a hard read at times, and to be honest it's probably not something I'd have chosen to read of my own accord, had it not been my book club's choice (which of course is the great thing about book clubs). But the prose was amazingly good in places, and it has insights that really made me think. The family's struggles, triumphs and heartbreaks made comp ...more
Jul 14, 2011 Erica rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a must read for any parent who has a child with special needs. Nia Wyn shines a light on every stage of grief and feeling of guilt and anger and despair a parent goes through in the process of helping our children to be the best they can be. Ms Wyn validates the feelings of failure and never giving up parents of children with disabilities have. I was brought to tears more than once while reading this book because I could relate to the frustration, anguish, and joy in each achievemen ...more
Aug 04, 2015 Amy rated it it was amazing
Nia Wyn vividly portrays her emotional journey through the first seven years of her son's life. Joe is diagnosed with severe cerebral palsy at about 8 months of age. Wyn is told that he will never even know who she is, but she never gives up on her son and over the course of those seven years, she sees her son make remarkable progress. Wyn's writing is poetic and beautiful. This is thought-provoking and captivating.
Dec 16, 2012 Jenny rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this book very much. I found it very inspiring because the Mother in the story was so determined to help her little boy and he did remarkably well, even tho doctors said he never would get as far as he did. (The book is a true story about a little boy, not not so little, with cerebral palsy and his determine family, mostly his Mom, that helped him to be able to communicate with others, and get to a point where he could be in his special school.)
May 03, 2010 Jamie rated it it was amazing
"Perhaps people never truly know how the things they say and do affect another inside. What work they do, just by being who they are."-Blue Sky July, Nia Wyn

This book was a quick read but it was a powerful book. Nia Wyn has a way with words and because this is from her journal it takes you through the first few years of her sons life. I loved this book.
Jaja Borja-Laure
Apr 17, 2011 Jaja Borja-Laure rated it really liked it
It's a heart-tugging book. If you're already a mother, you will definitely feel the depth of emotions by the author. Since I don't have a child yet, I'm still in awe of how deep and remarkable a mother's love can be. I really admire the author for her strength and devotion to her child's well-being. This book made me appreciate even more my very own mother.
Apr 09, 2009 Jennifer rated it it was amazing
This is a beautiful poetic heart wrenching and heart healing work. It is a mother's journal kept throughout her son's first years when she learned he had severe cerebral palsy. She does everything she can to defy the prognosis the doctors provided. I loved her honesty about the pain and tears and all of her feelings.
Clare Skeets
Feb 28, 2016 Clare Skeets rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2016
A moving memoir, written in poetry-prose by Nia Wyn of the first 7 years of her son's life after he was diagnosed with severe Cerebral Palsy. She describes her stages of grief, guilt, shock, denial and acceptance as she battles for her child despite negative professionals. A book full of hope and inspiration.
Maureen Mooney
Jun 20, 2011 Maureen Mooney rated it it was amazing
I loved the way poetry wove its way in and out of the prose in this book. I found myself weeping on the bus..not from sadness but an overfull heart. I had borrowed it from the library (after ordering it) which is how I get most books but now have bought it to add to my collection and to share.
The honesty, integrity and beauty of the writing will stay with me for a long time.
So many thoughts while reading this book. It's kind of depressing and kind of joyful. I like that it's not just a written story about her life. It's poetry and the day to day things and feelings she encountered. I think that's what sets it apart from other books. Good book overall.
Deborah Pawley
Oct 30, 2014 Deborah Pawley rated it really liked it
I sailed through this beautiful memoir feeling elated by the author's simple and inspiring love for her son. Truly incredible. Thanks to Nia Wyn for having the courage to record her amazing relationship with her son over the first seven years of his life.
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