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Looks Over

(Gives Light #2)

4.33  ·  Rating details ·  1,523 ratings  ·  137 reviews
"There's nothing wrong with trying to get to know my son's boyfriend."

Skylar knows he's lucky to have an open-minded father. It's not just that Skylar and Rafael are both boys. Between their families exists a dark and turbulent past: Rafael's father was the first serial killer in the history of the Nettlebush Indian Reserve, and Skylar's mother was his last victim.

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Kindle Edition, 372 pages
Published August 27th 2012 by Rose Christo
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Cassandra Because he's like Raphael; he usually knows what Skylar's going to say. That's why he didn't learn sign language.

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Feb 05, 2014 rated it it was amazing


My heart is full...

If I had to choose one book that displayed all the characteristics of what I want in my dream man, it would be Looks Over.

No, Skylar is not my dream man…he’s only 17 for goodness sake. (though I love him more than words can say!)
No, I don’t mean that this book got me all hot and bothered. There is so very little of anything physical in it.
No, I’m not saying I want to be living on an Indian Reservation with a husband and children one day.

What I mean by this is t
Heather K (dentist in my spare time)
The beautiful story continues...

I just love Rafael and Sky together. The author portrays their relationship so well and so lovingly. Their feelings for each other feel so natural; it is a sign of the author's skill that everything about their relationship rings true.

Interestingly, this book is so perfectly drama free. Not in a way you would expect. There is drama that happens because of where the plot takes the characters but there are no silly misunderstandings or miscommunications. This is
Jun 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book's events are a continuity of the first's one. Skylar, as part of the Shoshone community gets enrolled in the Nettlebush school, goes to many local and non-local fairs and learns many many other things about his roots.

This books is characterized by a serenity. You feel so peaceful while reading about these people.

Skylar learns things that change his life forever. My heart broke for him. There were pages I couldn't read without wiping my eyes. So emotional.

Rafael is so amazing. I love
This past year has made me a cynic to romance, but boy, did Skylar and Rafael light up my heart. Their honest yet nuanced relationship, forged from shared tragedy and mutual understanding, brought all my fanboy feels to the fore. And when they kissed, well... I will "show" a passage instead of "telling" about it:

"It was soft when he kissed me, like homecoming, like summer linens on a taut clothesline, tossing in a summer wind. Our lips slid together, his lips warm, his breath warm, heat cracklin
It is rather 2, 5 stars than 3 stars.

If I have to describe with one word the second book of the Gives Light series it would be


Even Skylar couldn't save the story for me.

Everything that I so loved in the first book was pushed into the background and the main focus of the story was set on the problems of the Native Americans and their lack of rights.
I'm pretty sure that it is a very complicated topic and though I'm from Europe we know a lot about the history of the conquest of
Trisha Harrington
Looks Over was another great YA book, and the second in the Gives Light series. In my opinion, the flow of the book was amazing. Rose Christo has an amazing talent for writing great stories and this is an example of how great YA can be. She has a God-given talent for writing and storytelling in general. I am one of this series biggest fans and I am so glad I found it.

Something that made me smile was the fact we got more into Paul’s return. This book didn’t start off like a standalone. It was sti
Woohoo, 5 stars and 5 ♥♥♥♥♥. Another wonderful story in the 'Gives Light' series. Rose Christo's writing is amazing, yet again there is no sex, and do I care, do I hell!! This book does not need sex, it has the awesome Skylar and Rafael, and the other brilliant supporting also didn't need a certain social worker who shall remain nameless, but if I ever got my hands on you, you'd really find out what the meaning of pain was!!

The most disgusting thing is that the kidnapping of Nat
I'm so sad that Sue and I have to put this on hold for now. But I simply...

...among other issues I have with this book. What happened? Book 1 was mindblowingly amazing.

*hearts swells in advance* :')

Buddy read with my bestie Sue. Because...

Oct 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Bookwatcher by: Fiona Goodman
So, this second book (of the Gives Light trilogy) is better of worst than the first? It's worth your time reading it?

My simple and direct answers are: much better, and definitively YES!

After I end Gives Light I decide to go on, reading the second immediately, afraid I would forget some character
The first books present us a lot of secondary characters, and I was really afraid I would confuses them if I wait to long.
How silly I was... how could someone confuses such unique characters?

The story wi
Kaje Harper
Jul 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: m-m, favorites, ya
The second book in Skylar's POV continues the series. It's darker than the first, and shares stories of injustice, both past and present, that are real and painful and hard to read. It also shows a deepening but still very slow, lovely relationship between Skylar and Rafael. The slowness almost moves beyond believable, for two teen boys, but there is enough other drama in the story to let the guys go on being very, very slow in some aspects, while finding themselves amazingly in tune in others. ...more
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, silence

"There are only three things you need to know in life. Who you are, how the world works, and how you can change it.”

Looks Over is book two in Rose Christo’s Gives Light series. A series that introduced me to two of my favorite characters in fiction—Skylar St. Clair and Rafael Gives Light. I adore them. Gives Light (book one) was a book I never wanted to leave. One of my favorite reads. Sooo….I was nervous-- *shaking in my reading boots* actually--going into this one. I was so afraid of disappoin
4.5 stars

I again am at a loss of words with this book. It was just as emotional and gorgeous as book one and it was so much more.

Skylar and Rafael learning more about one another. Skylar learning more about his heritage...I love learning the lessons right along with him. So many I had no clue about. I love how the Shoshone see the two spirits and how the boys are accepted.

The angst, yes angst, that happen in this one hurt. I won't lie about that. But there is so much beauty once again deliver
Dec 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: various-romance
Book 2 in the Gives Light series. This follows Skylar and Rafael over several months on the Nettlebush Reservation. The main themes are Skylar's precarious position as a ward of the state and the shocking truth he learns about his heritage. The lack of representation and self-determination for the Indians is horrifying. What the 'law' can get away with made me furious on Skylar's behalf.

But despite those serious issues the book is very upbeat and romantic. We are treated to Skylar and Rafael's
Sep 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
For me to write a review, would mean I'd have to take more than a minute or two to do so. That takes away from my reading time. I need to start the third book right this minute. That's how much I loved this one. That alone should tell you.
This is probably one of my favorite YA series. It has a certain depth to it that made me actually think about things outside my safe little world. I adored everything about this story from the characters to the conflict to the resolutions.

I love that even thought Skylar can't speak he's still managed to make such a great life on the reservation. An even better life than he had before. He has friends, family and people who care about him, care about his opinions. I adore Skylar for the simple fa
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
Really like these characters, I was a little irritated that (view spoiler) ...more
jessica ☾
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So absolutely brilliant! (Albeit a bit heartbreaking). The first half was a bit slow for my preferences, but the second half more than enough made up for it! I was tad bit worried that the first book should’ve just been left as a stand-alone, but now I’m so so glad the story continued- and I can’t wait to see where it goes from here!!
Feb 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: no-sex, gay-fiction
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Jul 06, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: y-a
This is really a great read. The angst in the reservation continues and Skylar learns some really difficult truths that almost disable his thinking. As always Raf remains stoic and loyal and clearly loves his Sky. Of course him being young, means this really is a YA story but I sure hope as these two grow into adulthood we get to feel the spark that is growing. This story highlights the injustice against the Native Indian community on reservations. It certainly can get quite emotional at times
Dec 31, 2012 rated it really liked it
Looks Over is the sequel to the excellent Gives Light, a story about 16-year old Skylar, whose mother (now deceased) was Caucasian and his father is Shoshone Indian. After his father suddenly disappears, he is brought to the Shoshone reservation to live with his grandmother. There, he learns about his heritage, about the tragic events that killed his mother and took his voice, and about the brooding young man Rafael who Skylar finds himself drawn to.

Looks Over starts right when Gives Light ends.
Actual rating: 3.5 stars

This was a good sequel to Gives Light. However, I feel slightly disappointed because I loved Gives Light with all of my heart and I don't feel the same way about Looks Over. Don't get me wrong, I really enjoyed Looks Over. But in my opinion, it's not as amazing as the first book.

I love the characters in this series. All of them have personalities and feel like real people. I especially love Skylar, he's a sweet boy and I really like reading from his POV. There's only a fe
The series just keeps getting better. This follow up to Gives Light just blew me away; it was both heart warming and truly heart wrenching at times. I was by turns smiling, crying, laughing and plain angry at the injustices done against these people and their children. How the government just carelessly tears these families apart with little regard to their rights and their pain is just beyond whatever words I can think of. It's a learning experience every time a read one of this books, and I fi ...more
Second book in the Gives Light series, and the poetic writing continues.

I absolutely adore this series, and recommend it to anyone who loves a sweeping, gorgeous, timeless story of love, loss and perseverance.

Warning: this series is so full of love your heart may actually burst...
May 10, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was literally so beautiful wow I need a minute to get my thoughts straight.

Okay so going into this I was kinda scared seeing as the first one was so awesome and this is a very unpopular series and second books in a series are always less good according to most people but wow just wow.

I literally don't even know what to really say about this except for PICK UP THIS FUCKING SERIES ALREADY!!

{ and also #ProtectSkylar2k16 }
Mar 17, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Such a beautiful story.
Jane (PS)
Sep 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, kindle, mm
What a beautiful book. I'm sure I felt the same after Gives Light as well, and yet I left it YEARS before picking this up. I have no idea why other than I'm not a big YA reader. But this didn't feel YA at all. Its emotive, evocative and beautifully written. It's not angsty and full of teenage rubbish. It flows through its timeline without dwelling on long scenes. The whole timeline remains fluid and enthralling.

Reading of the Indian reservation life calmed me. I loved the headspace I fell into.
Tizerkane 13
Nov 04, 2017 marked it as mm-new-books-i-own-and-must-read
Mulling over ... read this so long ago and I forgot to give it a rating o__O!

Actually, I don't think I forgot, I think I rated this on Leafmarks and friggin' eh, Leafmarks is no more. So NOW I need to mull this over ... or read it again (which I normally never do) o__O!!
Aug 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ku, gb-20q3
3.5 stars
Linda ~ they got the mustard out! ~
TW: For racism, social injustice, and a detailed description of the Bear River Massacre. (view spoiler)

This book starts off pretty much where the first one ended, and I think that's where it drags the most. We already saw Skylar getting to know the people on the reserve and learning about his ancestors and the Shoshone way of life. Okay, he's going to
Jan 18, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The story was all over the place. It read more like a series of episodes than a coherent purposeful narrative. The book promised a good plot: the father's getting to know his son's boyfriend - and i was really looking forward to the romantic development of Skyler and Rafaiel's relationship given that I LOVED the first book. Sadly, that wasn't what the second book delivered. I have to say though, it was lovely when the boys interacted, but i wish it were a little more developed, and not secondary ...more
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“The shaman helps you figure it out. I already know what I'm going to be."

I prodded him in the ribs. He couldn't just leave me hanging like that.

"A speech therapist." he said.

The whole world could have stopped. I wouldn't have noticed.

Rafael gave me an unusually stoic look. "I'm going to get your voice back someday," he said. "I though that was obvious.”
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