Somebody Else’s Sky by Jessica Hawkins


“You should have the world. Fuck the world—you should have the universe, the sky, and every star in it.”


This review should be titled, “I am Deceased.”


If I closed my eyes, I could still see them—all blonde sunshine, ocean-blue eyes, and long limbs. The glint of Lake’s gold bracelet. Pink cotton candy on Tiffany’s tongue. My scenery may have changed from heaven to hell, but some things never would: my struggle to do right by both sisters. To let Lake soar. To lift Tiffany up. The sacrifices I made for them, I made willingly.

A better man would’ve walked away by now, but I never claimed to be any good. I only promised myself I’d keep enough distance. If I’d learned one thing from my past, it was that love came in different forms. You could love passionately, hurt deep, die young. Or you could provide the kind of firm, steady support someone else could lean on.

Lake was everything I wanted, and nothing I could ever have. I was nobody before I knew her and a criminal after. The way to love her was to let her shine—even if it would be for somebody else.

We start with a preface of Lake’s POV in present day, 1995, and right away you think to yourself- fucking hell.

We then jump back 14 months earlier, and see the consequences of the actions that took place at the end of Something in the Way. We spend so much more time in Manning’s head this time around, and it is no less heartbreaking than Lake’s. Maybe more so because while Lake is determined and so sure of her feelings, of what awaits at the end of all the waiting.., and wanting, Manning is a self-sacrificing hero in every way.


Okay, he’s not an idiot, he’s broken, and is trying desperately to find a way to mend himself.

But there are some parts of you that change when you experience things, some parts of you you’ll never get back.

We quickly catch up to just before Lake’s moment in the preface, and the gamut of emotions one runs through the second half of this book is enough to make you sell your soul, just to not have to feel anymore.

Very few books make me want to throw them, even fewer still actually get thrown and since I read it on my Kindle, I carefully, yet aggressively tossed it onto my bed as I read the last chapter.


Should you torment yourself with Lake and Manning’s story? Absofuckinglutely.

The third, and final, installment in this series is set to be released in October of this year (2017). Truthfully, I have no idea how this will end, not even a theory-

So I wait, I wait and force everyone I know to read Something in the Way and Somebody Else’s Sky, because why should I be the only one to suffer?

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