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  • Between Two Skies

    Hurricane Katrina sets a teenage girl adrift. But a new life — and the promise of love — emerges in this rich, highly readable debut.

    Bayou Perdu, a tiny fishing town way, way down in Louisiana, is home to sixteen-year-old Evangeline Riley. She has her best friends, Kendra and Danielle; her wise, beloved Mamere; and back-to-back titles in the under-sixteen fishing rodeo. But, dearest to her heart, she has the peace that only comes when she takes her skiff out to where there is nothing but sky and air and water and wings. It’s a small life, but it is Evangeline’s. And then the storm comes, and everything changes. Amid the chaos and pain and destruction comes Tru — a fellow refugee, a budding bluesman, a balm for Evangeline’s aching heart. Told in a strong, steady voice, with a keen sense of place and a vivid cast of characters, here is a novel that asks compelling questions about class and politics, exile and belonging, and the pain of being cast out of your home. But above all, this remarkable debut tells a gently woven love story, difficult to put down, impossible to forget.

    Evangeline is about to turn 16 years old and she is excited of what her life will change. She is a normal girl who helps her family at the diner and likes to listen to her grandmother's stories and memories. Diferently of her sister Mandy who dreams of being Queen of the Orange Festival in the small town where they live, Evangeline only wants to stay invisible..

    The city lives on fishing and the fairs and festivals related to it. One of these days, she saves a boy stuck on a sandbar near one of the isolated islands in the area.

    Tru is a gentle and polite boy who enchants Evangeline's different way. Both talk and when arriving at the pier Evangeline is impressed by the way the boy acts. Since she is very shy, she does not try to get closer to him.

    Hurricane Katrina threatens the area and the family is forced to stay in a hotel in a more distant city, and in thst moment all dynamics of life will change dramatically for these people.

    What I found most interesting besides the clear and light writing of the author was the way she reported the anguish experienced by each person who was forced to leave and leave all their life behind to survive this natural tragedy. I had never read any book talking about this subject and I could feel the pain of every person who saw everything being destroyed by the force of the waters and the winds.

    The forced change led the family to face new problems and Evangeline faced a life in a new city and school, where people looked upon her as a strange refugee.

    The book focuses on the figure of the protagonist but also presents the reaction of the other members of the family and other people they meet along the way.

    It's a book about resilience, about how Phoenix resurfaced from the waters and not from the ashes. Moreover, to my delight still has a very beautiful background romance and several simple details and symbolisms showing how everyone faced the problems they have lived.

    Highlight for the moment where the title and the cover are explained.

    Highly recommended

    5 / 5stars

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