Beyond the Laughing Sky by Michelle Cuevas

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Title: Beyond the Laughing Sky

Author: Michelle Cuevas

Published By: Dial Books (2014)

Synopsis: Ten-year-old Nashville doesn’t feel like he belongs with his family, in his town, or even in this world. He was hatched from an egg his father found on the sidewalk and has grown into something not quite boy and not quite bird. Despite the support of his loving parents and his adoring sister, Junebug, Nashville wishes more than anything that he could join his fellow birds up in the sky. After all, what’s the point of being part bird if you can’t even touch the clouds?

With an ear for language and a gift for storytelling, Michelle Cuevas will remind fans of Stuart Little and Where the Mountain Meets the Moon that anything is possible. Even flying. (Taken from Goodreads)


This book was simple. Simple plotline, simple set, simple characters. Usually when I rate a book two stars it means I disliked it, but in this case, there just simply wasn’t enough that I did like. I didn’t hate it, but there was nothing I really liked either.

The story looked interesting—about a boy who is part-bird and is trying to learn to fly. There were some nice morals of being different and such, but for me, it was too cliche and predictable to feel real.

This book was very abrupt; there’s really no other word to describe it. There was no real storyline, but rather a bunch of random chapters illustrating random parts of Nashville’s life. Each chapter jumped to a whole different scene and set unrelated to the last; it didn’t really flow at all. Towards the end it was better, but not till the very end. This book was very, very short, too. I read it in one sitting and it maybe took forty minutes.

So, to sum it up, there was nothing I directly disliked. I just didn’t like it at all. I found it poorly written and dull at times. It was a cute story, but nothing beyond a cute story.

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Rating: 2.0

Recommended to: Not recommended.

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