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Meet the Sky

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  1,231 ratings  ·  261 reviews
It all started with the accident. The one that caused Sophie’s dad to walk out of her life. The one that left Sophie’s older sister, Meredith, barely able to walk at all.

With nothing but pain in her past, all Sophie wants is to plan for the future—keep the family business running, get accepted to veterinary school, and protect her mom and sister from another disaster. But
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published September 4th 2018 by Blink
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abby This book was clean in the sense of no swearing (included some mild language) or anything graphic. Although, I wouldn't recommend it for children. The…moreThis book was clean in the sense of no swearing (included some mild language) or anything graphic. Although, I wouldn't recommend it for children. The content is aimed at a more mature audience (or teenagers), and I personally almost stopped reading it and ended up skimming multiple pages. This book was leaning to the romantic side, but still taught some valuable lessons. Otherwise, this book was quite a good read, I hope this helps you.(less)
Veeda Yes! Mature themes (death, cancer, disability, etc), but no sex, drugs or swearing.

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Oct 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library-3
I love the way McCall Hoyle writes about characters with disabilities and serious medical issues. In “The Thing With Feathers” she chronicled the journey of a teen with a seizure disorder, and here, she writes about Sophie, whose family has been forever altered after an accident left her sister Mere with a traumatic brain injury (TBI.) Additionally, Finn’s life has also been changed by a serious medical event, and the way that their journeys intersect works really well together.

By extreme coinci
Samantha (WLABB)
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary, arcs, ya, romance
Rating: 4.5 Stars

When I requested this book, I had not heard any buzz, nor was I familiar with the author, but BOY am I glad I took a chance, because it was so wonderful!

Both Sophie and Finn had suffered great losses, but they reacted in very different ways. Finn decided to live his life to the fullest, while Sophie chose to exercise great caution with all her choices, and stay focused on her goals and family. Being trapped in the story was a journey of self discovery for them both, as well as a
Jul 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow. McCall Hoyle has crafted yet another deep & deeply moving story embedded in a high school romance, this time with a hurricane disaster wrapped around it. As in her fantastic debut novel, THE THING WITH FEATHERS, author Hoyle weaves classic poetry (Tennyson in this one) into her central theme of not letting the justifiable fear resulting from serious tragedy keep you from moving forward and being open to love and life with all its danger and complexity and emotional risk. Beautifully done, M ...more
Katie McGarry
Sep 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book!
Madalyn (Novel Ink)
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
I haaaaaaated the love interest in this one. He consistently compromised the main character's safety for his own reckless habits. And I also just... was bored???? ...more
Anna (RattleTheShelves)
Why not more? I'm asking myself that, too. I loved the setting of this book (I might have an unhealthy obsession with natural disasters) and I loved Sophie's backstory. And all the animals! Also, I loved the message behind the book, the distinction between chronos and kairos and about giving people another chance and not to judge anyone too easily, because we don't know what they are going through. Still, something was missing. But it's a solid 3 star read. ...more
Jul 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Meet The Sky is one part adventure survival story, one part romance and one part story of self-discovery. It’s about learning to survive and, in the face of life’s storms, learning to live.

Sophie likes things under control. It’s the only way she can continue to function now that her dad has abandoned their family, her mother relies on her to help keep their horse riding business afloat and her sister sustained brain damage in the car crash that tore their family apart. The last person Sophie nee
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Morgan Boyd
This had a cute romance and was a relatively easy read While still tackling tough issues like the grief that comes with loss. My only problem was with the some of the MC's main choices. ...more
Sara Strand
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
You know I like to start by telling you the star rating so I'm going to give this one 4.5 stars. The only thing keeping this back from a full five stars is Sophie was a little annoying for me, too timid, too cautious, too rude and assumes everything really is about her when there's a whole world circulating around her. It took me some time to come around with her and I appreciate her independence but sometimes I wanted to shake her and tell her to stop being a brat.

With that, there is so much m
Vicki Willis
Feb 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
A young adult story with the teen angst, a hurricane and an animal in danger. Great combination. It was a fast, entertaining read. I listened on audible and the narrator was good.
Aug 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Once upon a time, Sophie's life was normal, and beautiful. She had a wonderful family with loving parents and a cool older sister. Then an accident shook their life, and everything fell apart. Now, Sophie is just trying to hold all the pieces together. Maybe if she plays it safe and keeps everything in order, things will get better. Then Finn Sanders, the boy who broke her heart, moves back to town. He seems totally reckless--surfboarding in a hurricane! But as they get stranded together through ...more
Lisa Elis
Nov 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
WOW McCall Hoyle really knows how to go about crafting a delightful contemporary and I loved this book - even more than The Thing With Feathers <333 Can't wait to see what she comes up with next! ...more
Mrs Mommy Booknerd
#FirstLine ~ Once upon a time, I believed in fairy tales.

Beautiful, wonderfully told and original Meet the Sky is another story that will tug at the heartstrings, and leave a lasting impression. I adored it cover to cover and so will you. A must read that will leave the reader sanctified and wanting more from this very gifted story teller.
Angela Blount
Aug 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Originally Reviewed for YA Books Central:

Hurricanes, horses, and harmonious verse. Meet the Sky is an ably-written, well-paced contemporary YA—one which is perhaps best described as a pleasantly stormy beach read.

Horse lovers rejoice, for the equestrian themes and undertones are abundant—as well as educational. Prior to this story, this reader knew absolutely nothing about the wild horses that roam the barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina. (Tho
Jun 01, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sophie's life changed when her Dad and sister were in an auto accident. Her severely injured sister suffered a stroke during recovery and can do few things she used to find enjoyable. Her dad walked out leaving her mom to mind the family business and both daughters.

Before that Finn stood her up and left town. Now Finn is back, and a hurricane is headed their way. Sophie and her mom heed the mandatory evacuation, but Sophie's bald tire blows out on the highway before leaving the Outer Banks. Fin
As a resident of eastern North Carolina, my town and surrounding areas were recently impacted by Hurricane Florence. During the hurricane, I wondered if there were any YA books about surviving this type of natural disaster. A few weeks later, I came across Meet the Sky on Amazon, and realized it was already on my to-read list on Goodreads. I was able to get the Kindle version during a sale one weekend, and I'm SUPER excited to say that Meet the Sky totally lived up to--and surpassed--my expectat ...more
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I read the book before the publication date which comes out in September 4.
This is a wonderful adventure story.
The author has the ablitity to transfer you to a whole another level of life just by the words she has written and that's why I loved the book she uses the words what the actual characters would sat.
It's a book that I would want to be part of my life and thanks to the author for writting such a book.
The novel talks about surviving and it's written in a very emotionally pace! The Authoe
Katy Upperman
May 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult
Three Things I Love About MEET THE SKY
1. Survival story. I love books (and movies) about characters who are stranded, forced to by mother nature to test themselves in ways that incite growth and change. Meet the Sky's Sophie is a selfless, resilient girl before the hurricane hits her island home, but after? Whoa. Her courage and resourcefulness make her a character worth cheering for. It doesn't hurt that love interest Finn provokes change in her, too, as she challenges him. I love the intensity
Hallie Szott
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Suz Jay
Jul 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, young-adult
Since the accident that left her sister with a traumatic brain injury, Sophia’s life has been in turmoil. Her father took off leaving Sophia working extra hard to keep the family briskness afloat while trying to deal with her sister, who is different both physically and mentally. Then there’s Finn, the guy who stood her up and left town, only to return and act like nothing had happened between them. Add a hurricane into the mix, that forces Sophia and Finn to depend on each other for survival to ...more
Nov 04, 2018 rated it really liked it
I found this YA contemporary survival adventure story pretty exciting and hard to put down. Sophie and Finn become stuck on their North Carolina island in a hurricane after being unable to evacuate and they have to try to survive together.

Finn has just returned to town after years away, and the last time Sophie saw him was right before he stood her up for a dance. Since then, both have experienced loss in their families and they are dealing with it in different ways. Sophie tries to play everyt
May 30, 2019 rated it liked it
Good book, well written with an alright «plot», but I just find it too girly for my personal preference. It’s a fun summer read for teenage girls. Personal appreciation 2/5, potential 3,5/5 or even 4/5. So I will go with a fair 3/5 official rating.
Let's Geek
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: youngadult, romance
Read the full review also on my blog Let's Geek:

Meet the Sky is a really sweet and deeply moving teenage love story embedded in a hurricane disaster.

Total Rating: 7.8/10

Originality: 8/10
Language: 7/10
Atmosphere: 7/10
Characters: 9/10
World building: 7/10
Fun: 7/10
Predictability: 7/10
Believable: 8/10
Relevancy: 9/10
Cover: 9/10

Genre: YA, Romance
Time It Took Me To Read: approx. 2 hours

Originality: 8/10
Watching the news and seeing and hearing about natural disasters I always thoug
Miranda Liasson
Sep 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book! A beautiful story about taking chances and forgiveness. Beautifully written too. Highly recommend!
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, arcs
(2.5 Stars)
McCall Hoyle’s Meet the Sky tells the tale of Sophie, a teenage girl in high school trying to balance the stress of college prep, helping her mother take care of her sister who was disabled in a car accident and fight the oncoming hurricane threatening to ravage her town. I found this book to be more of a fluff read, but that is not to say that this book did not have its share of emotional turmoil and growth.
I found Meet the Sky to remind me of a bit of a Wattpad story—with better w
Mar 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My full review can be found on the Epilie Aspie Chick blog!

McCall Hoyle has a real eye for detail, constantly weaving a tapestry of landscaping and emotion in one phenomenal novel. In her second book, she tackles a story of two teens and their reconnection after a past filled with pain (both individual and combined).

Sophie and Finn are adorable opposites in perspective that learn from each other. It's a scenario that may seem slightly far fetched, but is actually very possible and in this conte
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
This book was wonderful if you are a fan of castaway or any movie where you are stranded on an island with the last person you were expecting. This story is inspiring and demonstrates true emotional strength and character and is a great life lesson for every reader that engages this story. You will like this book if you are fans of stories such as 13 reasons why or Everything Everything. 5 stars!
Oct 30, 2019 rated it it was amazing
The book, Meet the Sky, by McCall Hoyle, goes through the survival of a girl named, Sophie and a boy she encounters at the beginning of her struggles, Finn Sanders, during a hurricane on the Outer Banks in North Carolina. Sophie is living with her mom and sister, Mere, on the Outerbanks when once again they are instructed for immediate evacuation from the island. Sophie and her family are always prepared for this situation due to the countless experiences they have dealt with prior. The safety d ...more
Kasey Giard
Sep 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
One of my favorite things about Hoyle's debut novel, The Thing with Feathers (my review here)was the way she used Emily Dickinson's poetry throughout the book. Which means one of my favorite parts of Meet the Sky was the way she used the Tennyson quotes at the beginning of each chapter and also at pivotal moments in the story itself. Honestly, I didn't realize some of those quotes were written by Tennyson before reading this book. For example, "Better to have loved and lost than never to have lo ...more
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McCall Hoyle lives in the foothills of the North Georgia Mountains with her husband, children, and an odd assortment of pets. She is a middle school librarian and teacher. When she's not reading, writing, or teaching, she's probably training one of many dogs. You can learn more about her at ...more

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