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3.70  ·  Rating details ·  277 ratings  ·  65 reviews
A year after graduating from high school, nineteen-year-old Emma Ward feels lost. She has spent most of her life trying to please her frigid, miserable mother - studying hard, getting good grades, avoiding the whole teenage rebellion thing - and now she feels she has no identity beyond that. Because she spent so many years working hard and planning every moment of her life ...more
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Published January 17th 2012 (first published January 5th 2012)
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Sep 09, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Okay, I'm finally giving in and rating and reviewing my own book. I've seen other authors doing it for months, and I put it off, but here I am.

Blue Sky Days is my baby. I've written other novels, but I wanted this to be the first I published, because it's always had a special place in my heart. The characters, setting, and story are so real to me. They're a part of me and always will be. It took me seven years to complete this book, and it was definitely a labour of love.

I think Emma is a very r
I was really looking forward to reading this book. I got excited when I read the summary of the novel, at first glance I thought it was such a fantastic premise. I really thought to myself that this sounded like a book I would really enjoy reading but the novel didn't live up to my expectations.

There were so many things that bugged me about this novel. I immensely disliked the character of Emma, who was the narrator of the novel. I found her to be dull, self-absorbed and incredibly whiny. The c
Mar 12, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: my-ebooks
I really wanted to like this book. The summary sounded full of promise: young girl struggles to find herself after years of oppression from her mother, meets a young man and eventually has to help him through an extremely difficult situation. However, shortly into the story I knew it was going to be a struggle to finish.

Emma left her home to live with her aunt Daisy after realizing that she will never live up to her overbearing mother's expectations. Her goal was to find herself and figure out
Mar 11, 2012 rated it it was ok
I was sent this book via the Basically Books group in exchange for a review.

I was really looking forward to reading it, the synopsis was really long and I was soon to realise it actually told the whole story the rest in the book was padding!

The story was about a young girl, who escapes her over protective, not very nice Mother and goes to live with her Aunt, Daisy in a town 3 hours away. Emma, who previously had no social life and no friends, quickly falls in love and makes new friends. Emma is
Mar 17, 2012 rated it liked it
Full review can be found here.

I have to be honest as I start this review: I think that this is one of the most difficult reviews that I have ever written. Even in my own head I am very torn about this book. On the one hand, I did like the story and the message that it conveys, but on the other hand it was lacking something for me. But what, exactly, was it lacking? Well, I’m finding that I can’t quite put my finger on that. I’m going to try to figure it out for myself as I write this.

So what’s t
Nov 17, 2011 rated it really liked it
I always love a happy ending.

I didn’t know what to expect from this book but happy ending was certainly not one of them. From the summary to the excerpt, it looks like a really emotional and sad story and I prepared myself for a heavy reading and heartbreaking one.

When I started the book, I had a strong feeling that I’m going to be one heck of a heart broken for the next couple of hours or days.

But the ending…

Marie Landry made it beautiful. She made it worthwhile.

I knew it didn't matter that
Dec 03, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Blue Sky Days by Marie Landry

First I want to thank Marie Landry for giving me the opportunity to read and review her amazing novel.

This novel is about a young woman becoming her own person, finding herself and finding true love.

Emma is a 19 year old woman, who has been raised by a very controlling mother she is demanding and critical; she has set impossible standards the no one including Emma could live up to. But Emma tried she worked hard all way through high school, yet her mother never r
Apr 01, 2012 rated it it was ok
The characters were so relatable in the beginning.As the story progressed it became too much of a good thing. Nicholas was way too good to be true. Basically all the characters were (Daisy, Sam, Maggie, Vince). I feel like I never really got to know anyone besides Emma. Furthermore, I thought that as the story progressed it got more and more unbelievable. Of course when Emma picks up a camera for the first time she finds out she's an amazing photographer. Of course the small town has magical hea ...more
Nov 23, 2011 rated it liked it
3.5/5 wings

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So I’ve been pretty busy this month editing and writing about editing…and so when I crawl into bed at night and read something, it’s pretty hard to turn off my editor’s eye. While the sentence structure was fine and Landry could often paint lovely pictures of characters with a giant stroke of her magical writing paintbrush, I was laying there with a giant red pen crossing out the redundant paragraphs of description/telling that d
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That’s my review… just kidding! Seriously though, this novel was amazing. Purely and completely amazing. I used to wonder what made people say that someone had a remarkable debut, but with Marie Landry I wonder this no more. Believe me, I’m not just gushing because I’ve gotten to know Marie a little bit over these last few months. I am being truly honest--her work can speak for itself.

There is something about Em
Amara Luciano
Nov 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Too perfect. Those are the best two words I can muster to summarize the whole experience. And, unfortunately, that did set me back some. The lack of true conflict in the characters, the almost cliche character growth, and the instalove romance, while adorable, the chemistry basically believable, has a giant absence of real turbulence in the relationship, which morphed this story into a mostly surface read, a cute romance to warm the heart that missed the mark in being genuinely, unquestionably p ...more
Christy LoveOfBooks
Nov 09, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
What a beautiful, heartfelt story. I'm not one to be openly mushy, so it's hard for me to explain how touching Blue Sky Days was. I loved how personal it felt, as if Emma were a friend telling me about what happened during that year of her life - her journey of self-discovery and finding love. Also, the setting of this book was beautiful, I would love to live in a place like Riverview.

I really felt for Emma, the main character. At age 19, she felt so lost in her life, with no direction and no s
Wendy Unsworth
Mar 31, 2012 rated it liked it
In many ways I really enjoyed 'Blue Sky Days.' I found the writing style straightforward and it flowed well and confidently through the story and the seasons. I really felt that I got to know the little town of Riverview where Emma moves for the summer and ends up staying. I could easily visualise Daisy's house and the park and the diner where Emma spends time with her boyfriend, Nicholas. I felt that the author must know this place extremely well in her mind and I wondered if it was modelled on ...more
Joanne Beard
Mar 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
First off, I need to mention that this is the first ebook I've read using my kindle app on my phone so it was a little weird at first to get used to. And thank you for giving me a chance to read this lovely book!

I knew from reading the description that I would instantly love this book! And I was right! It had me hooked right off! At times (and there was many!) I was literally in tears! Emma is an interesting character that left her overly critical mother to stay with her aunt in Riverview. There
Dec 31, 2011 rated it liked it
Emma and Nicholas fall in love at first sight and so begins a life altering romance.
I couldn't help feeling like I stepped into the movie Pleasantville. This is a YA contemporary but I felt at any moment there would be a secret reveal that we were in fact in a time warp. Everyone is so sweet, supportive and kind in that small home town kind of way.
That's a good thing because Emma and Nicolas face a heartbreaking test to their love and commitment to each other when he is diagnosed with Leukemia.
Jan 11, 2012 rated it did not like it
I got about 30% in on Kindle and I just couldnt finish it. The lead male role is so very unrealistic. And its almost like the main character is in love with Daisy- the way she keep nattering on and on about Daisy this and Daisy that.
Not my thing at all... I might have enjoyed it if i kept reading but I felt like there was something much better our there to enjoy reading.
Mar 16, 2012 rated it liked it
This was a very cute book that tried to be serious. It talked about some hard subjects in a nice way, waking people aware of the fickleness of life. BUT it still had the overall ‘la-la-land’ feel that made it unrealistic to the bone.
Molli Moran
Sep 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Original review, shortly after finishing: this was one of the most satisfying, emotional books I've read in a long time. (Read my full review at Books and Whimsy.

Updated review 06/16/2014.

One thing I wish for quite often is to read my favorite books again for the first time. I got my wish with BLUE SKY DAYS when Marie decided to re-publish it. This time, BLUE SKY DAYS is firmly entrenched in the New Adult category, and this was a wonderful change from its former Young Adult roots. Emma's story
Apr 10, 2012 rated it liked it
I received a copy of this book as part of a read and review through the group, Basically Books. I wanted to absolutely love this book because I was so drawn in by the summary. Unfortunately, it didn't go there for me and it makes it so hard to write this review.

I agree with several other reviewers that 50% of the way through, it was like nothing happened. I didn't feel an emotional connection and I didn't feel like I had a reason to keep turning the pages. Everything was perfect and none of the
M.B. Mulhall
Jan 17, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Blue Sky Days was a very sweet coming of age kind of story. There’s first love, first heartache (although not for reasons most people go through), deciding what to do with one’s life and standing up for one’s self. The romance is cute and sweet but not without struggles and hurdles to overcome.

I have to admit, this isn’t the type of story that I normally go for. I tend to like my romances a little more…intense, but this was a nice change of pace and it was certainly enjoyable. I think it will ap
Sep 23, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Review to come..

My rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars

Marie Landry is a wonderful blogger friend and I was so excited for her when she announced the release of Blue Sky Days and even more excited when she offered me a copy prior to release, there's always that fear though of What if I don't like it? But I'm so happy that wasn't the case for this book which I absolutely loved.

19 year-old Emma Ward has made the decision to spend her summer with fun-loving and carefree Aunt Daisy in the small town of Riverv
Jan 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Emma Ward has spent the last year after graduating from high school trying to make ends meet in hopes of making it into college. While her parents are able to help with such costs, she's intent on going it alone in hopes of showing them she can truly make it on her own. When she comes to the realization that her future is still undecided, she makes the decision to spend sometime in Riverview with her Aunt Daisy.

This decision, unfortunately, does not sit well with her mother. Regardless of that f
Review originally published on my blog: AWordsWorth.blogspot.com
eBook provided by author for review.

Emma had her life planned out in meticulous fashion. She spent her entire high school career working hard and earning stellar grades, grades intended to land a spot in college that would lead to a successful career. But she decided to take a year off, to earn her way through college, and discovered she had lost herself along the way. Realizing she should do something about it, Emma decided to spen
Mar 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Working so hard to get somewhere in life, Emma doesn't have a clue about what she is going to do next. College is where she's been wanting to go to, but shes still doesn't know which one. Working at a diner has really payed off so she can decide what to do with her life. Without having her parents decide for her. It was either the diner or working as an insurance agent with her dad. Emma has been planning everything since she was little, trying her hardest to make her mother proud but nothing he ...more
Joss Landry
Sep 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Blue Sky Days by Marie Landry
Asin B006U97B20
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.

Emma Ward just graduated from high school. She has worked hard all her life, trying to please a mother who is rarely satisfied. Now, she’s at a crossroads and feels the need to take time off to decide on what she would like to study in college—or even figure if she wants to attend.

An only child, with no friends, and a father still deep under his wife’s spell, the loneliness begins to have her realize how much she
Nov 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 5-stars
Blue Sky Days should come with a warning attached: THIS BOOK WILL MAKE YOU FEEL!!!! Love, anger, pain, grief, sadness, joy... You will FEEL and experience them all!!

I was in love with this story from the very first page. It pulled me in and made me a part of it and I knew it was going to be special!! I think I may have even shed a tear in the prologue.... Yes, only two pages in and I was teary!! You see, I had read the book description and was a bit more clued in than Emma and Nicholas. So I kne
Sep 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
I requested Blue Sky Days a while ago from Marie because could relate to what was going on in the book through a similar experience and I am so glad I did or I would have missed out on a great read.

Marie has wrote a book that makes the emotions and feelings so real its hard not to get drawn in and start to feel a part of it all. You want to keep reading to find out what happens next, will they survive the next hurdle thrown at them, will it be good news or bad.

I loved the description of not only
Nov 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Vlog review: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nUcA6o...

Blue sky days is a wonderfully written, deeply emotional journey. I loved all the characters and felt very close to them as I got to know them, so much so I could feel their emotions, I felt Emmas despair, at her mother and later at Nicholas' illness, obviously I was praying for a happy ending and I was biting my lip, on the brim of tears, waiting to find out if there was one. It's definitely one I'd recommend and I cannot wait to see what els
Jan 05, 2013 rated it did not like it
It reads like a 'blue sky holiday'. Wonderful and light and somewhat simplistic and idealistic.
No wonder I keep expecting the other shoe to drop.

How should I put it?
Too... Perfect? Fast? Detached from reality?

I kept reading and feeling like someone slipped me a drug, the LSD kind. Alice-down-the-rabbit-hole kind of feeling. So surreal it makes my teeth ache.

Too picture perfect in the end. Too picture perfect all way through.
Not my thing.

Better books out there, believe me.

Mar 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Really good book, I am very impressed. I loved the story it is so inspiring, I have had several people in my life who have battled with cancer, so the struggle is very real and scary. That was portrayed very well. The whole story , not just the beating cancer part was touching and very real. Being lost and confused as a young adult is very prominent among today's youth. Reading this book I learned a few things about myself and my life that I want to change, it has been an eye opener. I find that ...more
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