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Just Fly Away

Just Fly Away

eBook - 2017
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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: New York : Algonquin Young Readers, 2017
ISBN: 9781616207113
Branch Call Number: EBOOK YA OVERDRIVE
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Jun 23, 2019

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!

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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