Even If the Sky Falls by Mia García
Genre: YA Contemporary, Romance
Published May 10th 2016 by Katherine Tegen Books
Length: 304 pages
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.
Like the cover-lover I am, I was really excited to read this book. I hadn’t heard much about EVEN IF THE SKY FALLS around, so I was sort of nervous, but fortunately, I really enjoyed this novel. EVEN IF THE SKY FALLS follows Julie as she decides to wander away from her Habitats for Humanity group and visits the Mardi Gras celebration and meets Miles. The two develop a romance and we are soon able to learn more about our main characters as they learn more about each other.
I really loved the imagery throughout this book. The descriptions of the celebration were vivid and I just really adored the setting of this novel. The environments contrast wildly with each other; between the Mardi Gras celebration and the hurricane, this book does a fantastic job with describing the setting and transporting readers into the novel.
The only complaint (for lack of a better word) about this novel is that I didn’t really feel like there was a conclusion to either Miles’ or Julie’s backstory. I did enjoy reading about their backstories, no matter how painful and sad they seemed; they gave the characters a layer to their personalities, which was nice, but it seemed too inconclusive by the end of the novel.
Overall, I really enjoyed this novel. Although there were a few aspects I didn’t entirely love, the lovely romance and the beautiful descriptions of setting made up for it. If you’re looking for a swoon-worthy romance and a unique setting, I recommend this gorgeous book!