Just Fly Away

Just Fly Away

Book - 2017 | First edition.
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"Ever wish that you could just fly away?"

When fifteen-year-old Lucy Willows discovers that her father has a child from a brief affair, an eight-year-old boy who lives in her own suburban New Jersey town, she begins to question everything she thinks she knows about her home and her life. How could Lucy's father have betrayed the entire family? How could her mother forgive him? And why isn't her sister rocked by the news the way Lucy is? 

As her father's secret becomes her own, Lucy grows more and more isolated from her friends, her family, and even her boyfriend, Simon, the one person she thought understood her. When Lucy escapes to Maine, the home of her mysteriously estranged grandfather, she finally begins to get to the bottom of her family's secrets and lies.

Just Fly Away is a debut novel about family secrets, first love, the limits of forgiveness, and finding one's way in the world from an award-winning writer, actor, and director.
 
Publisher: Chapel Hill, North Carolina : Algonquin Young Readers, 2017.
Edition: First edition.
ISBN: 9781616206291
Branch Call Number: YA FIC McCar
Characteristics: 260 pages ; 22 cm

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Sep 23, 2017

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

DCLteens Apr 10, 2017

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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