Today is my turn on the blog tour for Out of the Blue, the stunning debut novel from Sophie Cameron which came out on the 22nd March. On the surface, Out of the Blue is a story about angels falling from the sky, but on a deeper level, it explores the different ways we deal with grief and how we can affect the other people around us. I was sent an arc as part of this blog tour, and I absolutely loved the book. Jaya, the main character, is incredibly relatable and I loved seeing her relationships with Allie and Teacake (the only angel to survive the fall) develop.
Sophie kindly agreed to be the second participant in my View from a Book feature, so without further ado, onto Sophie’s post!
- Where are you and what are you reading?
I’m in Parc de la Ciutadella in Barcelona, and reading Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi.
- Would you recommend the book?
Definitely! I’m only a few chapters in but so far it’s excellent.
- Is there anything special about this particular spot?
It’s one of my favourite parks in Barcelona and is just a short walk away from my flat, so I come here a lot when I want a wander or some fresh air. In summer it’s too busy to read in peace, but at this time of year you can still find some quiet(ish) spots.
- Do you have a favourite place to read?
I love reading on the beach – any beach, as long as it’s not too busy.
- Can you tell us a little bit about Out of the Blue?
Out of the Blue is about a 16-year-old girl named Jaya, who has recently lost her mother and whose father has dragged her and her sister to Edinburgh in the hopes he can catch one of the angels or ‘Beings’ that have been falling to earth for the past eight months. It’s Jaya who finds one instead – but rather than telling her dad she decides to keep it hidden from him and nurse it back to health.
- If you could send someone to anywhere in the world as the perfect place to read Out of the Blue, where would you pick?
It’d have to be Edinburgh! Maybe in the Meadows or the Royal Botanic Garden, if it’s a nice day.
- And finally, if you could pick any book for Jaya and Teacake to read, what would it be?
I love this question! For Jaya, I’d pick Not Your Sidekick by C. B. Lee, I think she’d love that. I think Teacake could probably learn to read in English really fast if she put her mind to it, but to start with I’d give her a recipe book with lots of photos of tasty cakes and puddings – maybe Sweet by Yotam Ottolenghi.
Thank you to Sophie for this fabulous post – are you all as jealous as I am of that lovely spot?!
Out of the Blue is out now from Pan Macmillan and really is a fantastic book that I recommend you all get your hands on immediately, especially if you like LGBT and disability rep in your books.
Have you read Out of the Blue? Do you want to? Let me know in the comments!