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One secret can change everything. Olivia knows that her guilty secret will never go away, and it begins to affect everything: friends, school, family, and herself. She feels trapped. That’s when she meets Gareth. Gareth turns her world upside down from teaching her how to dance in the rain, showing her that she’s more than her depression, and encouraging her to create a blog called “Blu Skyes.” Suddenly, Olivia is being taught what living truly means. For once, she feels normal. But the past always has a way of coming back to bite you. Just when life is all she has ever wanted, Olivia’s guilty secret crash lands into her life, threatening her first chance at love.
Not Always Blu Skyes is a coming of age novel on first love, finding who you are, and realising exactly what you want in life.
"Absolutely incredible read and loved every aspect of it - relatable characters and thoroughly enjoyable book. I was FULLY engaged the whole time!" - Alex Hastings
"I thought the representation of mental health was well-stated and written. Gabrielle even includes a page at the end of the Not Always Blu Skyes for those who need help or those seeking help for someone who struggles with mental health. Those organizations are ones you can find in the United States, Ireland, and the United Kingdom.
YA contemporary is not a genre I usually dive into, but I will honestly say that I enjoyed reading this story. The characters are well-rounded, three-dimensional, and relatable. Olivia is a compelling character that I sympathized with and rooted for throughout the whole novel. I think the voice of Not Always Blu Skyes is unique, fresh, and keeps the interest of the reader, making them want to find out what will happen next in each chapter. The book definitely delivers on the promise of its summary and it didn’t leave me disappointed in the least bit." - Amazon Reviewer
The author appeared on several radio showings, including on the BBC. She was also featured in newspaper articles.
McMaster is open to book signings (virtual or in-person, when safe) in Northern Ireland and interviews.