Infinite Sky (Infinite Sky #1)
by C.J. Flood
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary Romance
Published: May 20th 2014 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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A truly beautiful book about the summer that changed one girl's life, as her mum leaves home, travellers set up camp in the family's field, her older brother goes off the rails, and she falls in love for the very first time. Opening with a funeral, Iris is mourning the boy in the casket - but who is it? Sam, her tearaway brother, or Trick, her tentative boyfriend? Over one long hot summer, we find out just how their three lives were turned upside-down.
It was three months after Mum left that the gypsies moved in. They set up camp in the paddock one Sunday night while we were asleep. My brother Sam was excited when he saw them.
‘Gypos!’ he shouted.
Sam used to have a gypsy in his class: Grace Fitzpatrick. She’d been famous at school because she could do as many things with her feet as with her hands. She could even writer her name with them, which was funny because she couldn’t read. Sam, who’d sat next to her in assembly, said she smelt like cat piss and fire smoke.
‘They live off barbecues,’ he told me as we watched from Dad’s bedroom window.
I thought it sounded brilliant.
There was a caravan and a clapped-out car and, a few meters away, a fire with a pot hanging over it.
‘Be bloody hundreds of ‘em by the end of the day,’ Dad said, emptying sawdust from his overall pockets onto the floor.
‘They’ll probably tarmac the field while we’re asleep,’ Sam said. ‘Try and make you pay for it.’
Dad made a growling noise. ‘Be a nightmare getting rid of them, that’s for bloody sure.’