Book Review – Skylarks by Karen Gregory

skylarksWe watch the bird as it flies high above us, singing like it’s the only thing in the world that matters. And I feel it – that life can be beautiful. That there are possibilities.

Keep your head down and don’t borrow trouble is the motto Joni lives by, and so far it’s seen her family through some tough times. It’s not as if she has the power to change anything important anyway. Like Dad’s bad back, or the threat of losing their house.

So when Annabel breezes into her life, Joni’s pretty sure they’re destined to clash. Pretty, poised, privileged – the daughter of the richest family in town must have it easy.

But sometimes you find a matching spirit where you least expect it. Sometimes love can defy difference. And sometimes life asks you to be bigger and braver…

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gold_star-svggold_star-svggold_star-svggold_star-svg  4/5 Stars

A really lovely and heartwarming contemporary read. I was expecting that, and the lovely LGBT+ storyline, but I didn’t expect the well told story of social class and being poor vs being rich. And that really sold the book for me. Don’t get me wrong, Joni and Annabelle are so cute and I was cheering them on, but their differences and Joni’s struggles with that and her life in general was just really lovely. Both heartbreaking and warming at the same time!

I liked that it wasn’t just about the estate sale too, but about the price of shopping, and special treat food, and fairness in society. You could feel Joni’s frustration really clearly.

I also like Jamie’s sub storyline, especially with his old job. And Jack was so cute. But character wise, it’s definitely all about Joni, and Annabelle. They’re so cute and lovely, even when they’re not quite clicking together, in the way that new relationships often do. They just felt very real.

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