- Book Title: All the Skies I will not See
- Book Series: A Touch of Cinnamon #2
- Author: Petra March
- Publisher: Petra F. Bagnardi; 1 edition (June 9, 2015)
- Book Length: 37 pages
- Genre: Young Adult, Romance
- Reviewed by: Petra
- Rating: 4.5 Star
- Posting Date: January 14, 2016
Life, no matter how long it lasts, is never long enough. There will always be one more thing to do, one more path to follow, one more mouth to kiss, one more breath to steal, one more ‘I love you’ to be said, one more person to forgive, one more truth to be told. Whether it’s the Lord, deities, the Fates, the Weaver, Karma, or merely bad luck; whoever, or whatever, decides our life ends when it does, they never get it right.
Although no death is pleasant, when the person dying is doing so before they ever had the chance to tell that special someone about their feelings, life feels incredibly unfair.
Growing up, I was incredibly lucky; I never had to ‘come out’. My parents never required labels for anything and accepted everyone for who they were. Their children were never treated any different. And so, I never had to speak up and have that particular conversation. However, I never made a secret of my bisexuality, not with my family nor with strangers. My country of origin is far from perfect, but that is one thing we do right; we accept people’s sexuality without hindrance. (On the whole, and yes, I realise that’s not always the case… but I never met any difficulties in the little farmers village I grew up in about my sexual preferences.)
And so, although I can empathise with people who are struggling to ‘come out’, I will never fully understand the difficulties they face; simply because I didn’t have to go through it.
Perhaps it is because I had such an easy life in that department that I struggle to maintain my composure when I hear of the horrors young people face, or fear they will face, when coming out. Especially in front of their family. After all, a parent’s love is supposed to be unconditional and to know there are children and young people out there whose parents’ unconditional love is only so when nothing rocks the boat is incomprehensible to me. It’s those children and young people I want to gather up in my arms and tell them that, no matter what anybody else tells them, they matter.
The first page of All The Skies I Will Never See, by Petra March, did not fill me with hope, confidence or intrigue. As a matter of fact, the only reason I kept reading was because I needed to review it. But, I’m so glad I stuck with it. This is not the lengthiest novella… I finished it within an hour… but it is definitely a story worth reading. It flits between now and four years ago, when the main character was seventeen years young and first realised he was gay.
The story is well narrated and takes you through the meanderings of David’s memories of that fateful summer. With clear characters, a simple but elegant plot, and engaging language, this novella shows the struggles a young person can face when coming to terms with their sexuality. The editing was decent and did not detract from the story.
So, pick up this short story and make sure your arms are open for the children and young people in your life; it can make all the difference. I give All The Skies I Will Never See 4.5 out of 5 stars.
It takes 7 seconds to crash.
It takes 3 seconds to fall in love.
It takes an infinite moment to let go.
David Medwin’s life is fading away, and all he can think about is what it means to be alive.
An intense story about life, death and, most of all, love.
Petra March studied Screenwriting and History of American Cinema at UCLA and NYU. Presently, Petra keeps traveling and dreaming through her novels. Her characters are deeply in love with Europe and the USA, just like Petra is.
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