I admit that I probably would not have read this book at all were it not for the author, but who knew that Andrew McCarthy, my high school celebrity crush could write, much less write in the voice of a fifteen year old girl? I haven't been fifteen in a very long time but sometimes
the main character came across as much younger. I didn't really care for her so-called boyfriend Simon, the brother of one of her friends who suddenly kissed her one day and from that moment on they were kissing at every chance they got. There was no real "romance", they just came together but it was sweet, the way he was always there for her. It took me a while to get into this story but once Maine came into the picture, I was flying through the pages. There are funny moments as well as some sad ones, but I like the way Lucy came across as likeable. The ending seemed like it would be predictable but actually it wasn't. All in all though, it was a great book. I'm glad that I read The Longest Way Home" first because it gave some great insight into this one. I can't wait to see what Andrew will write next! I'm sure it will be amazing!
Just Fly Away is an amazing story about the power of family, honesty and unity. It was enjoyable following the characters as they figured out what life was really about. The story could not have been more well-written or ended better than it did. The author did a superb job at making the readers feel like they were a part of the story while at the same time giving the characters their own unique place in the story. It was amazing how captivating the story was though It seemed boring at the outset. As the old saying goes, "Never judge a book by its cover". Readers will benefit from not judging this book by its cover.
- @avidreader16 of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library
I don't understand the positive reviews for this book. The portrayal/voice of the narrator didn't feel authentic to me. Instead, I would recommend Mosquitoland by David Arnold for a more convincing portrait of a teen girl experiencing family upheaval.
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