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October Breezes (October Breezes #1)

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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 swear ...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
Esther
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
WARNING: READ THIS BOOK @ YOUR OWN RISK...

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.

I WAS SO WRONG.

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
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Brooke
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
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Orchita
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
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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
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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
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Zara
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 an ...more
Mayu

24/12/2013

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
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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 touc ...more
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
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Snu
May 31, 2014 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
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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/
Brenda
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.
HATE. IT.
Daniela
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.
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.
Kaitlyn
Aug 15, 2013 Kaitlyn rated it did not like it
I'm sorry, but Skye is whiny, annoying, and just plain rude.
Nicis
Feb 27, 2012 Nicis rated it it was amazing
Qué manera de llorar con los últimos capítulos!
Kami
May 19, 2015 Kami rated it did not like it
Short and sweet.

The idea for this story was good. The subject matter is highly controversial and the author did a good job at giving a perspective on rape, abortion and the consequences of those choices. As an approach to a difficult topic, it was well done.

However, the lead character, Skye, is so incredibly unlikable from the beginning that when everything happens to her (even though no one deserves such treatment) it's difficult to be empathetic. Skye is so bitter, sarcastic and volatile that
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Zarmal
Nov 07, 2011 Zarmal rated it it was amazing
October Breezes drove me crazy. I absolutely loved this book, it had so much meaning in it. Usually i dont tend to read books with imortant lessons because it feels way too serious but October Breezes was amazing and it felt real in a good way.

The story starts with Skye, a sophomore in high school who doesn't trust guys, especially the ones her mom dates, and when her mom has a new boyfriend who she starts to get serious with, Skye knows-thinks- her mom and her will get hurt. Her father dropped
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Mia
Feb 13, 2012 Mia rated it it was ok
I had a lot strong mixed emotions reading this book some good some bad. So here is a break down of what was good about this book and what left me cringing.

What I liked:
-Great concept and idea
-tackles some very sensitive issues that some authors may shy away from
-the second half of the book was heart wrenching, I couldn't get through a page without crying and i normally don't get very emotional during books or movies, but if an author can get such a strong reaction from me then they have done a
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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
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Gavin Chester
Jan 20, 2011 Gavin Chester rated it it was amazing
Originally posted on My Blog

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
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Brittany
Aug 02, 2011 Brittany rated it really liked it
October Breezes by Maria Rachel Hooley had me conflicted. On one hand, it (and its sequel Summer Sunsets) was a great read. But on the other hand, it was pretty blatantly anti-abortion. I’m not one of those gung-ho pro-choice people–I really don’t know what to think about abortion.

The book is about a girl named Skye who gets unknowingly drunk (so naive, I know), raped and pregnant as a high school sophomore. If there were a poster child for pro-abortion advocates, it would be this case. But the
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Amanda
Aug 16, 2011 Amanda rated it really liked it
at first i thought this was set place in the early 90s or something cause of the way they acted, dressed and how they didnt have a cell phone... besides jimmy? found that quiet strong. when i first read the beginning i swore it was saying like Devin committed suicide.. obv that isn't how it all panned out. i knew they were in love with one another from the time they were laying together under the stars.. sometimes i wish Skye just listened to Devin and stayed away from Kellin... dating him basic ...more
Morgan
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
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Candy
Oct 09, 2010 Candy rated it really liked it
While I admit that the first half of the book moves pretty slow, now that I’m 85% in, I can see that it was necessary to get the character development needed for a novel of this depth. This book is on the serious side, dealing with teen dating, rape and pregnancy and has some hot button issues, but the writing and the realism that the author manages to capture makes it mesmerizing to read. I cannot put it down now that I’m at a critical point in the story.

But therein lies the problem with this n
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Laura's Book Addiction
Jan 24, 2011 Laura's Book Addiction rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle
October Breezes Is with out a doubt an amazing book with Skye as the main character with her p.o.v.As Skye's story played out i found myself drawn in to her life and all the things she was feeling and i found myself cry with her and feel her pain and the utter hopeless she felt her life was becoming with to one to help she makes choices she which will change her life forever.

The other characters In this book I loved are Devin her best friend since childhood was just so sweet and I just wanted S
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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
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