Fish in the Sky
Pub 9-2012, Candlewick, $16.99
Fish in the Sky by Fredrik Erlings is about the art of becoming a teenager. The author drags you through the slightly (and sometimes very) uncomfortable moments, especially for readers like me, who are not going through this phase of classic teenage boyhood problems. Unlike other books I have reviewed in the past, I cannot make a comparison for this book because I have never read about something like this.
Fish In The Sky is about a thirteen-year-old boy named Josh Stepheson who is having a tough time starting out his teen years. He’s madly in love with a girl who doesn’t know he’s alive, his cousin has just moved into his house and is driving him crazy, and his best friend doesn’t understand what he is going through, so he clearly has nobody to talk to. He seems to be having a moral dilemma because he is skipping school using a fake letter that he forged with his mom’s signature. He copes with his feelings by escaping to the edge of Iceland’s rocky coast.
I think this book is interesting but I wasn’t able to relate to the problems this boy was having. In my opinion, there wasn’t really a moral to this book, except to be true to yourself. I think this would inspire someone very much who is going through these teen problems.
I think, overall, this was a good book , but I think that maybe that I am not the right age group for it. I think that the way the author wrote about it was very profound — it was actually sort of told as poetry in the way the author tells the story. I can tell author was once a teenager like Josh.
Diana R., 9