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October Breezes (October Breezes #1)

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  1,974 Ratings  ·  123 Reviews
Skye Williams knows everything there is to know about mistrust: Dad skipped out when she was five. And now Warren Jacobs tries to sweep her Mom off her feet. But Warren's not the only concern rocking Skye's world. Devin Abbott, a guy she's known since kindergarten, has changed. He's become a tall, broad-shouldered guy she might date-if he wasn't her best friend. Skye ...more
Paperback, 262 pages
Published August 4th 2009 by Createspace (first published July 10th 2009)
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Haley ~ YA-Aholic
Jun 22, 2011 Haley ~ YA-Aholic rated it liked it
October Breezes made me lose all my sleep last night..but was it worth it? Of course. October Breezes touches on some very..well touchy subjects. Now I would imagine for an author to write about these touchy subjects they would have to be much more careful with their writing and keep it tasteful..and can I just say that Maria Rachel Hooley does an amazing job at this? I could not put this book down! The story starts with Skye, Skye is a normal 16 yr old girl, but she has trust issues with men... ...more
Feb 20, 2015 Esther rated it really liked it
This book is amazing. It’s an extremely powerful, emotional and heartbreaking story. The author handled three very sensitive issues with great, well, sensitivity, which marks her as an excellent author.
I absolutely loved the characters especially Jimmy and Warren, they were a great supporting characters.
It’s something I would let my daughter read when she's old enough. This can be used as good teaching tool for parents and young women.
♥ Sarah

I should have paid closer attention to the reviews. At first, I thought this was a "YA-PARANORMAL-LOVE-TRIANGLE-ROMANCE" type of book. I mean, I couldn't really tell from the description.


The book was too extreme for me. Dealt with really sensitive issues, but lacked depth. The characters seemed TOO one-dimensional, and there's no growth for Skye's character. There's also no solid explanation for Tyler's behavior- the "reason/explanat
Elizabeth Svigar Stephen
Mar 06, 2011 Elizabeth Svigar Stephen rated it really liked it
I admire writers who have courage, and Maria Rachel Hooley definitely has courage. She takes on powerful topics – rape, abortion, suicide – and keeps a compassionate pen in their depiction. She also manages to give space to many of the different sides of an issue without taking a side. That is a difficult feat — one in which the author must disappear as much as possible into the book.

Plot: Main character Skye and her best friend Devin are at a crossroads when Skye begins to date a popular guy on
Jul 08, 2014 Brooke rated it it was ok
I really wanted to like this book, but I just couldn't get into it.

Skye's father left her and her mother when she was young, so she has this absolute hatred towards all men. Yeah, one of those.

Up until the plot twist, Skye is a rude, nasty and whiny little girl that is never happy with anything. Just because her father isn't in her life she believes she has the right to act like a silly little bitch to every one around her and then throw herself a pity party when they give her a taste of her ow
Apr 11, 2012 Orchita rated it it was amazing
I started out with a good mind to give this book a 4. But that would be unfair, wouldn't it? I mean just because I went through an entire box of Kleenex doesn't mean that it was a bad book. In fact, it actually means it was an AMAZING book, if it got me, the ice queen, to bawl.

October Breezes is a very touchy book. Being a girl, I was just SO angry for Skye, and what she had to go through. I mean, no one deserves that to happen to them. Not fictional characters, not even my worst enemy. It was
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
It was so hard for me to read this book.

I don't want to spoil October Breezes for those who consider reading it but you need to know there are some heavy themes in this book like rape, abortion,extreme bullying in school and a suicide attempt.

This is really good book, but it isn't the kind of book I would ever say I "enjoyed", because its an extremely sad story. I didn't like the story, but there was a very loud message being said through the story, and the message is a good one. Throughout th
Aug 01, 2012 Zara rated it it was amazing
I started this book yesterday and after reading half of it i couldn't sleep. I just kept thinking about Skye and everything she went through. I can't say i enjoyed this book. I was just sad throughout the whole thing and that's why i gave it 5 stars because it made me feel so much for the characters, even Skye who at first i thought was naive in the beginning but as the story progressed i felt like i was able to see things through her eyes and it was painful. Hooley touches on a lot of issues ...more
Kimberly Kasper
Sep 09, 2013 Kimberly Kasper rated it it was amazing
This story was recommended to me by the author herself as one of her favorite books/series she has written to-date. I can say that I am tremendously glad that I read it. Maria Hooley has a writing style that I find very easy to read and her characters are always endearing. I fell in love with this story because some of Skye's issues hit very close to home. The story has a thrilling quality to it that makes you wonder what will happen next. I rated this book a 5/5 because the writer not only ...more


Es tan triste, me ha hecho derramar tantas lágrimas, me ha impactado tanto. Me ha encantado la protagonista, con todas sus decisiones, y sobre todo, con sus agallas para levantarse, aun cuando ella solo piense que va a estar rota por siempre, y que no se merece ser amada. Ella se merece ser amada, y mucho. Y los personajes secundarios, la madre, el padrastro, el mejor amigo... imposible no cogerles afecto. Y las letras de Maria, dolorosas, demoledoras, hermosas en según que momentos. R
Sophia McCutchen
Nov 11, 2010 Sophia McCutchen rated it liked it
For starters, this book was very well written, being that this is a new author that i am not that use to reading from. I loved the story line of this book, but it was a bit to dramatic and at some parts it made me angry that the girl would not speak up about what was going on........but that's just me. :)
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The main character Skye is a girl full of insecurities and has a lot of anger inside her. When her world turns upside down because of one night at a party,, it all blows up in her face. She learns to let go of her anger and be a better person/
Lara Moore
Nov 24, 2012 Lara Moore rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WoW! all I can is wow. This book is amazing. Maria does a great job dealing with a very difficult subject. I'm so glad I found this book.
May 02, 2014 Daniela rated it it was amazing
Seriously is a completely and Amazing Book, the characters and the story... EVERYTHING is just AWESOME. This book marked my life FOREVER.
May 11, 2012 Brenda rated it did not like it
Skye pissed me off throughout the whole damn book.
I seriously just wanted to punch her in the face oh my god.
I hate this book.
Aug 15, 2013 Kaitlyn rated it did not like it
I'm sorry, but Skye is whiny, annoying, and just plain rude.
Aug 07, 2016 Nicis rated it really liked it
Qué manera de llorar con los últimos capítulos!
M  Angie
Nov 26, 2016 M Angie rated it it was amazing
Me desgarro partes de la historia creo que yo si apruebo el aborto y es un ta u que como mujeres debe valorarse la valentia de hacer un mejor mundo para personas que no deberian existir y rompar tu credibilidad a la humanidad siento que aborto bien todo odie a tyler aveces a sus padres de la chica
Aug 14, 2014 Anncleire rated it really liked it
Sometimes nothing is as it seems.

Di “October breezes” mi aveva molto incuriosita la trama ma poi per lungo tempo è rimasto, come al solito, nelle giacenze dei libri da leggere fino a che mi sono detta di prenderlo in mano.

La protagonista indiscussa della storia è Skye Williams una ragazza di sedici anni che il padre ha abbandonato quando era piccola. Incapace di fidarsi degli altri l’unico legame duraturo che ha, oltre alla madre, è quello con Devin Abbott il suo migliore amico che conosce dai t
Prescylla Veronica
Oct 18, 2013 Prescylla Veronica rated it liked it
Well, well, well. Hasn't it been forever since I've written a review? I think so. I would sit her and write you all the reasons why I haven't written a review, BUUUUT. I'm not about that at the moment. SO! October Breezes. Honestly the cover of this book totally through me off on the book meter. I was so so so so so so so so so wrong about this book in all ways. I will tell you why in a series of numbers. Number One! Before reading the book I did not read the synopsis. Why? Because I honestly ...more
Dec 10, 2011 Devyani rated it really liked it
Sometimes nothing is as it seems. That's what I remember
thinking last October--six months that might as well have been a
lifetime ago. That was before I lost my best friend.

after starting out my reading with these words , my thoughts were like .. if this book has the superhero-cute-best friend-death in this book then I'M SO GONNA HATE IT

it turns out i was wrong..
October Breeze by Maria Rachel Hooley turns out to be a really strong book , much stronger and powerful than i had expected .
We come a
Gavin Chester
Jan 20, 2011 Gavin Chester rated it it was amazing
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October Breezes follows the life of a young high-school girl, Skye Williams, through many of the terrible experiences she goes through. Other key characters include her mom; her mom's fiance, Warren; Her best friend, Devin, her new beau, Kellin; her unlikely ally in all the mess, Jimmy; the girl who wants her boyfriend, Becca; and the guy of her nightmares, Tyler. On the proverbial "high-school food-chain" Skye and Devin rank quite low, so low they don't exist to the
Lily Smith
Feb 01, 2016 Lily Smith rated it liked it
~ 3 stars ~

This book is one of the most emotional books I have read in a while. The topics are just so painful to read about. This book is just so emotional and heartbreaking and at times its almost hard to read on.

This book is about a girl named Skye Williams who knows everything there is to know about mistrust as her dad bailed on her when she was a child. Now her mom has a new boyfriend called Warren Jacobs and things look to be getting serious quite fast. Skye has a hard time trusting people
When I first read the summary in goodread I thought it'd be something normal about high school life and the struggles the main character had to go through. I never knew that it's be about a touchy subject.

Mostly I'm okay with reading touchy subjects since most of them were usually in the past but when I read that it happened in the present I was shocked, angry and sad at the same time. When characters had tragic pasts I can always get over it but with this book I don't think I can.

Hooley did s
Jul 07, 2011 Morgan rated it really liked it
Shelves: 4-stars
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Some books make me laugh out loud, some make me cry. Some books receive fist pumps (oh yeah!) and some cause me to roll my eyes and sigh. Some books barely skim the surface of my emotions and some FLIP MY WORLD UPSIDE DOWN! October Breezes by Maria Rachel Hooley falls into the last category.

October Breezes by Maria Rachel Hooley is phenomenal! It tells an extremely powerful, emotional and heartbreaking story.

Don’t judge this
Nov 11, 2011 Sara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
What to say? This book certainly had some subject matter that will definitely touch a nerve with readers. I don't want to give away the story so I'll try to make this as spoiler free as I can.

I started out the book not minding Skye. She was obnoxious as some teenagers are but at first I could understand her fears with Warren dating her Mom since her read Dad left when she was younger. Once I got into the story I found myself wanting to slap her for being so stubborn, but at the same time I tota
Alexis *Reality Bites*
Spoiler Free Review

->>I tried not to think, to feel, all the while willing the blackness to come as i wished i could forget the last couple of months of my life. Then the blackness swept everything away. - Thoughts of Skye in October Breezes
I really liked this book it was about a 16yr old girl named Skye she lives with her mother and holds a grudge against anything male b/cuz her dad walked out on her and her mom when she was little. The only male in her life she is receptive to his Devin
Shannon (aka The Tale Temptress)
I have to admit that, at first, I wasn’t sure if I was going to like this one. It had somewhat of a slow start for me. I also had issues with the main character, Skye, as she came across as a kind of whiny, self-centered brat at first. I’m not sure if that was actually intended by the author or not… and having read the rest of the story, I can see how it might have been an intentional device to show character growth throughout the story.

I stuck with it, and I am glad that I did. This book deals
Aug 09, 2016 Snu rated it it was ok
Skye es una chica de dieciséis años enfadada con el mundo y todo porque su padre las abandonó a ella y a su madre cuando ella tendría unos cinco años. Debido a eso, no confía en que nadie la quiera ni en que alguien alguna vez se quede junto a ella y su madre.

La única persona en la que confía es en Devin, su mejor amigo, pero las cosas cambiarán entre ellos cuando Kellin invite a salir a Skye. Devin advertirá a Skye sobre Kellin pero esta no le hará caso e ira de todas maneras a la cita. Skye d
Nov 27, 2011 Faith rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was a difficult read for me. It had subject matter that people have very strong opinions on and can be painful and angering to some readers. I had mixed feelings on this book. Most of the time I found myself annoyed to death with Skye, who wouldn't listen to anyone, pushed away everyone, and overall was extermly unlikable and annoying. She had so many chances with people that loved her to open up and share what had happend but she never did and I didn't understand why she would share ...more
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