Truly a coming-of-age novel in all senses of the saying, “Fish in the Sky” is a perfect insight into the world of teenage angst and development. Josh Stephenson enters a whole new world when he turns thirteen. With this new step comes his quite promiscuous and pain-in-the-neck cousin. In addition to dealing with problems at home, such as his never present father and assiduous mother, Josh tries to cope with the changing landscape of school as he and his peers enter puberty. A book that demonstrates the great developments and discoveries that come with young adult life, “Fish in the Sky,” by Fridrik Erlings is a gripping novel that won’t relinquish your attention until you’ve closed the book.
“Fish in the Sky” perfectly outlines the struggle that comes with being a young adult. It encompasses many of the issues teens and preteens deal with today such as insecurity and bullying as well as many of the common domestic problems that plague our society. The novel explores the transformation of a child into a young adult through themes of burgeoning sexuality and new-found independence. A perfect book for those attempting to deal with problems that co-align with those in the book as well as for older readers trying to remember what it was like before they had hair on their chest. A worthwhile read with a never-ending supply of lessons and interpretations from which to learn.