Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Swimming Through Clouds by Rajdeep Paulus Book Review

Swimming Through Clouds by Rajdeep Paulus
Playlist Fiction
Published Date:May 25th, 2013
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Kindle, 260 pages

I live in the in between. Between what if and what is. It’s how I manage. It’s the only way I know. Everyone has their way. This is mine.

When high school, cell phone disruption forces a classroom ban, the words on a Post-it note spark a sticky romance between two unlikely friends. Transfer student Talia Vanderbilt has one goal at her new school: to blend in with the walls. Lagan Desai, basketball captain and mathlete, would do just about anything to befriend the new girl. One Post-it note at a time, Lagan persuades Talia to peel back her heart, slowly revealing her treasure chest of pain—an absent mother, a bedridden brother, and an abusive father. In a world where hurt is inevitable, the two teens search for a safe place to weather the storms of life. Together.

5 out of 5 stars
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*copy provided by author in exchange for an honest review*
I wrote this review with my tears.

Bear in mind I do NOT give five stars lightly but this one definitely deserves it. This book deserved five stars and then some. When the author sent me this book to read and review I didn't think much of it. Not in that I dismissed it but in that I didn't have any preconceived notions about the book or it's author. It was pretty much just me accepting a book and hoping for the best. I was so foolish to think that, only that.

This book is not just a book. It is a journey. It was so raw at times that I felt the hurt, deep inside, all the way down in an untapped place inside of me, inside of my heart.

Wow, just wow. I read some parts of this book through blurred vision because of the tears that threatened to fall. Just when it got too rough Paulus pulled me back in with a swoon worthy, get that stupid smile off your face moment.

The whole lot of it was so unfiltered and so natural in a way that a lot of authors don't have the skill set to acheive. There are so many words and so many things I want to say, to share but in hopes of making this spoiler free I will hold my tongue. I assure you it is no easy task. Just like this book. It is not easy, it is not sugar coated. It is a harsh sip of reality and I want to dive right into it, heartache and all.

It's sad but happy. It was a roller coaster of emotions and even though it hurt I didn't want to get off. I wanted more. I need more.

The world building is perfectly written and perfectly timed. The characters are powerful in the most subdued way. Lagan, oh Lagan. He is by far one of the most amazing non-human beings I have ever encountered. I think I loved his character the most for the crucial role he played in the story, and in the life of the main character. I just cannot stop swooning.

Swimming Through Clouds is one of those stories that settle into the folds of your heart and makes a home.

I'm pretty sure that I will proceed to rant and rave on every social media platform that I'm on because I believe this book deserves that, and then some. Just do yourself a favor and read it. You will be thanking me later.

Oh and there's a part two. Seeing Through Stones, out now! (I'm getting mine!)


  1. The cover is gorgeous and your review is amazing and now I really want to read this!

    1. Isn't the cover great?! Thanks! I really did love it. You should check it out! :)

  2. This sounds really good! thank you for sharing. Sheri