Review: Even if the Sky Falls by Mia Garcia

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All she needs is one night to be anyone she wants.

Julie is desperate for a change. So she heads to New Orleans with her youth group to rebuild houses and pretend her life isn’t a total mess. But between her super-clingy team leader and her way-too-chipper companions, Julie feels more trapped than ever.

In a moment of daring, she ditches her work clothes for DIY fairy wings and heads straight into the heart of Mid-Summer Mardi Gras, where she locks eyes with Miles, an utterly irresistible guy with a complicated story of his own. And for once, Julie isn’t looking back. She jumps at the chance to see the real New Orleans, and in one surreal night, they dance under the stars, share their most shameful secrets, and fall in love.

But their adventure takes an unexpected turn when an oncoming hurricane changes course. As the storm gains power and Julie is pulled back into chaos she finds pretending everything is fine is no longer an option.

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Toot's Review by Stacy Sabala

Julie went on a trip to New Orleans volunteering to build houses.  She needed to escape her house and her life.  However the trip didn’t really help.  She can’t get everything out of her head.  Tavis, her church group leader, keeps approaching her and trying to get her to open up.  It is driving her crazy.  So much so she walks away and purposely gets lost.  She enters the crowd dressed and waiting for the Midsummer Parade.
She adds fairy wings to her clothes to blend in and comes face to face with the Midsummer Boys, a band led by a banjo playing boy with blue in his hair.  The band includes Julie into their group.  They agree to have fun for the night, no baggage and no names.  Julie embraces the chance to forget and enjoy the night.  Blue haired Miles is her guide through New Orleans.
Then when Hurricane Dorothy comes to shore they are both forced to find shelter together.  Julie doesn’t want to give up on how she feels for this one night.
This story was pretty heavy.  Julie has a heavy heart dealing with her brother.  I like how the author allowed her to have the courage to let go and have an adventure.  She and Miles seem to click and I liked them together.  He is exactly what she needs.  Her family, on the other hand, seem unwilling to face adversity.

No wonder she ran.  She had guilt seeping from every part of her body.  You could feel it coming from the page until she pushed it away.  I liked how the characters tried to have a carefree adventure but bonded over the adversity that was placed in their way.  I’m rooting for them even when she goes home.  I give his book a 4 out of 5.

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