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Candy Colored Sky

4.81  ·  Rating details ·  53 ratings  ·  48 reviews
Jonah Wydner has been in love with his neighbor Eleanor Trombley for years. He has watched her life play out from the sidelines—homecoming dances, football parties, and first dates. Her life seemed easy…simple…perfect. The complete opposite of his own.

But when Eleanor’s younger sister goes missing and the national media sets up camp in the middle of their street, the girl
Paperback, 314 pages
Published February 26th 2021 by Little Miss Write, LLC
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Feb 15, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc

What a journey!
I rarely use the word "journey" to mean "life path or "experience" but in this case it is quite apt. You are in it for the long haul in this slow-moving story about shy young Jonah, who has secretly crushed on his beautiful neighbour, Eleanor, for most of his life. He lives on the sidelines of life, watching as Eleanor tumbles and cheers on the gym floor, or kisses boys in their cars after a date. He never dreams that one day she will turn to him for solace and support, and that
Sarah Peña
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing
This story is told so beautifully!
The genius in it is (in my opinion) that every important aspect is like a gentle nudge. Nothing is in your face or pushed on you.
I didn’t fully grasp the beauty until I had finished the story. It unfolded slowly and I treasured it.
The author has a wonderful subtlety in how she writes emotional moments.
These are awesome and authentic characters that stole my heart.
Their beautiful souls, their intelligence and humor are shown in the every day things they do and
Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 5-stars

Candy Colored Sky destroyed me, I've finished to read it last night and I'm still in turmoil.
My heart broke, my eyes cried and my mouth smiled while I was reading this beautiful and emotional story.

Jonah Wydner is a high school student, he spends most of his time at home looking outside his window to the girl that live across the street in the Chicago suburb. Eleanor Trombley is a cheerleader who spends her days with her friends at parties until one day her routine is crashed from the abduction

Anne Milne
Feb 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a truly beautiful YA book the storyline is unique and the writing is sublime. Jonah is the geeky kid in school who has been fascinated by his neighbour Eleanor for a long time. I'm not giving anything away when I say it is the disappearance of Eleanor's sister that begins their relationship.

The way that Ginger builds the story is genius because the disappearance could have become the dominant aspect of the story but it is not. The characterisation of Jonah and Elle is amazing I really f
Feb 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's no secret that I judge a book by it's cover, especially those of authors I have never read before. And I will absolutely get a book without even reading the blurb if I fall in love with that cover. That is exactly what happened when I saw the cover for this one. I didn't read the blurb, I had never read this author, I just went for it. The BEST thing about this little quirk of mine is when the story within the pages is as beautiful or as haunting as the cover and Candy Colored Sky is as b ...more
Feb 14, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
INESCAPABLE & Tormentingly Beautiful. A story bond by tragedy with so much heartache that unfolds into a beautiful love story. Beware it is impossible to put down and impossible to escape the heavy weight of the powerful shattered words as you feel them sucking the life from you fighting back pain filled tears. Thank goodness for the laughs and chuckles that seemed to constantly break up the drowning feeling that latches onto you from the start and haunts you to the ver
What a beautiful surprise on a dreary day in Chicago! I can’t wait to read this book. Ginger Scott is my go to YA author.
Karen Mc
Feb 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“They didn’t see you. Not really.”
“And you do?”
“Oh, I see you. I have always seen you.”

I’ve loved young adult romance since I was 12 ... that fluttery, first love feeling is indescribable. Ginger Scott has quickly become one of my top, go-to YA romance authors. There’s authenticity and quaintness in her small town romances that instantly transport you into her stories where you’d swear they were real.

I dove into Scott’s latest romance blindly—mainly because I love the surprise factor. Frankly,
Feb 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thought this book was simply incredible. With a storyline that is as beautiful as it is heartachingly poignant, this book was a delightful surprise. Jonah and Eleanor were skillfully crafted characters. Complex, genuine, lovable and easy to connect with, these two were like the sun, effortlessly pulling me into their orbit and warming me gently until I was happy and never wanted to leave. There is a lot of sweetness here but the author smartly balances it out with some harder edge topics like ...more
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is absolutely Amazing! I was immediately drawn in to the story and fell in love with the characters. This book had me laughing, crying, my heart pounding just wondering what was going to happen in the next chapter. I could not put this book down once i started reading it it started to play like a lifetime channel movie, you know one of those movies that has your undivided attention from beginning to end and has you cuddled up on the sofa with a blanket and a box of Kleenex from laughin ...more
Nicole Patterson
This was a beautiful coming of age book. Jonah is the perfect gentleman/boyfriend. Him and Elle face a lot of hardships in their own separate lives. But throughout it all Jonah stays by her side. He has always been in love with her from afar. His perfect girl. I loved all the garage scenes. That is the place their relationship takes place. This was well written with a HEA.
Feb 10, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I LOVED this book and was completely drawn to the characters who felt so sincere. The chemistry between Jonah and Elanor are magnetic and you just root for them while appreciating their relationship. Their family dynamics also keep the reader captivated and you can feel the tension as everyone navigates through a stressful situation involving a missing child. I highly recommend this book!
Feb 17, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As I told Ginger when I finished reading Candy Colored Sky, when you read this novel, you aren't going to want it to end. I got to the last page and wanted there to be so much more because I just loved the sweet story of Jonah and Eleanor. As a matter of fact, I loved their story so much that I'm hoping they decide to pester Ginger and keep talking to her so that she revisits them later.

What makes Jonah and Eleanor such a stand out for me? Well, Jonah for one. He was the most adorkable, awkward
Tammy -
Feb 16, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Candy Colored Sky by Ginger Scott was exactly the book that my heart needed. This story is heartbreakingly beautiful and I didn't want it to end.

Jonah has secretly loved his neighbor Eleanor for years, but he's a math geek and a bit of recluse while she is a cheerleader, so he's admired her from afar. That is, until tragedy strikes Eleanor's family and changes everything. Now, Eleanor needs an escape and she finds that with Jonah. They become friends and then more, but as life's twists and turns
Stacey Gomez
Feb 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book took me on an emotional roller coaster I didnt expect. I am still reeling of emotions from reading this book. I highly recommend reading this book. The blurb from the author about setting the narrative of this book is attention grabbing. My emotions have been pulled in so many ways with this book for the Trombley family, especially Eleanor. Eleanor is gripped with guilt, depression, fear and punishing herself mentially . And Jonah see's all of that and is wanting to help her the best w ...more
Heather Hansard
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021-arcs
Ginger Scott has this amazing ability to write her characters in such a way that you can't help but make connections with them! From Jonah and Elle, to all their families and friends, I was immersed the whole time. I would love to see this made into a movie!

Copy provided by the author at my request.
Dena Akbar
Feb 19, 2021 rated it it was amazing
It is a really good book and It is really interesting.
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“I see you. I have always seen you, Eleanor. Always. More than anyone ever has.”

5 beautifully heartfelt stars

Ginger Scott writes beautiful YA romance, and she’s created something really special with this book. A real, raw, heartfelt coming-of-age story that I lived with these characters. This book sucked me in and didn’t let go, and I absolutely loved it.

The story is told entirely from the POV of Jonah Wylder, a 17 (almost 18) year old high school senior who has been in love with the girl who l
Feb 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Smiling through some pretty big tears, Ginger Scott delivered one of her best yet in Candy Colored Sky. This extraordinary story from beginning to end had me fully engaged and not wanting to miss a minute of the unforeseen love between Eleanor and Jonah. Neighbors and classmates, these two were on opposite sides of the high school 'food chain'. Yet when tragedy strikes, all of a sudden their worlds become one saving each other in ways they never imagined needing.

Scott doesn't waste time in getti
Deanna (A Novel Glimpse)
Original review: A Novel Glimpse

Note: This review is for an ARC and is my unbiased opinion.

I was a little nervous to start Candy Colored Sky. When I reach for a Ginger Scott novel I know it's going to do two things: pull me in with her writing and hit me with emotion. That was especially true with this book.

Candy Colored Sky had this emotional vibe to it. It wasn't a heavy vibe, but one that lingered beneath the surface. It took me a long time to figure it out. I kept trying to compare it to ho
FS Meurinne
Feb 25, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021, reviews, arc
Beautiful romance story, you will fall in love with the characters, your feelings will be all over the place, you will be laughing and crying. An amazing fantastic read Jonah and Elle face so many things in their lives. The family and friendship that come from the story will have you reading it in no time. I will highly recommend this book to everyone. It has so much more than romance. It's about inner growth, friendship, family, and what is really important in life. This is not an easy ride, th ...more
Feb 25, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
Ginger Scott’s Candy Colored Sky is a beautifully told story of young adults set in the Midwest. For me, this is more a coming of age or family drama than it is a YA romance. Yes, socially awkward Jonah, pines for his neighbor, the vivacious cheerleader named Eleanor, but mostly this book is about his quiet support of her through the her family’s tragedy.

I loved that the story was told from Jonah’s POV; it is quite unique to have the boy be the sole narrator of a "young adult romance”. I did f
Feb 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc
*** ARC kindly provided in exchange for an honest review. ***


What a journey…so many feels!
This story was a turmoil of emotions. When a tragedy reunites Jonah and Eleanor, after her young sister went missing, nothing would be the same for these two.

Somehow the boy who loved her from afar began to get noticed. Finding in his garage some peace from this media circus. A girl lost and hurt, wracked with guilt, the opposite of what she seemed to be. This story was written so beautifully, giving life t
Feb 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars

If you're looking for an author dialed into the coming of age genre, then look no further than Ginger Scott. She's dialed into the emotions and thoughts, transporting you back those formative years.

Jonah Wydner is one of my favorite characters she's ever written. His blend of awkwardness, intelligence, kindness, and heart is the boy you wish you would have met in high school. He's a loyal friend who knows himself, even if he claims not to. Moreover, Jonah is a steadfast presence. He lea
Feb 21, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“A beautiful girl is a beautiful girl, pretty when she’s laughing and just as pretty when she’s not.”

Jonah Wydner is the boy-next-door or rather across the street. Socially awkward, mathematical and serious. He has watched his neighbor Eleanor (Elle) Trombley for years. Dates, dances and cheerleading – he has seen them all play out. Life throws Jonah and Elle together as an unexpected tragedy occurs. Eleanor’s nine year old sister goes missing. Looking for relief from the media chaos surroun
Peggy Hogan
Feb 20, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was an amazing slow-burn, coming of age, love story. Ginger Scott tells the story of Jonah and Eleanor, next door neighbors and high school seniors, who become the best of friends and end up falling in love, after Eleanor's little sister goes missing.

99% of this book was from Jonah's POV, which was kind of unusual for me, but it fit with the story, since he was the one that had been in love with Eleanor for years from afar. I love Ginger's writing style. She always makes her stories so beli
Feb 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a happy thing for me when I read the right book at the right time. I was in the perfect head space for Jonah and Eleanor. Ginger has a special gift for coming of age romance with a twist. Candy Colored Sky is way more than just romance, there is a rich community and difficult threads woven in and around to give me that squishy "extra" feeling that earns the fifth star.

I loved Grandpa! His grumpy with a sense of humor demeanor kept heavy scenes from hurting too much. Eleanor was wonderful.
Kimberly Garner
Feb 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Such a fabulous read. Very realistic, very hopeful, dramatic, and wonderful. This is not a fast paced in your face YA book. This book is about the richness of feelings these characters have. Its about finding each other in chaos. Jonah is so awkward, and I love that this is told in his POV, I don't think we would really get her personality if we didn't have it.
This book reminds you that everyone is going through something. No one's trauma trumps another, and its best to remember those you love
Michelle Claypot_Reads
Gosh I loved this book!!

Jonah and Eleanor’s story was that perfect blend of coming of age innocence and emotional angst I love in my YA reads. It’s a poignant tale of seemingly opposite characters discovering just how similar they really are. My heart raced for many reasons in this one - from joy, from sadness and from those young love butterflies this author writes so well.

Another favourite from an author who deserves to be better known. Her storytelling is so genuine I think about the charact
Nina King
Feb 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Candy Colored Sky is a wonderful coming-of-age story that will hit you in the feels. It’s a beautifully real story of a burgeoning friendship blooming into first love against a backdrop of family tragedy. It’s told from Jonah’s POV, which I really enjoyed. Jonah is such a great guy, and still coming to terms with the death of his father which makes him able to connect with Eleanor on a deeper level. There’s a lot of great support characters, and I especially loved Grandpa Hank. This story was a ...more
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Ginger Scott is an Amazon-bestselling, Goodreads Choice Award and Rita award-nominated author of several young and new adult romances, including The Waiting Series, The Falling Series, The Harper Boys, The Hard Count, Cry Baby and her recent Varsity Series. A sucker for a good romance, Ginger’s other passion is sports, and she often blends the two in her stories. When she's not writing, the odds a ...more

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