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ARC Review: Flyaway

Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Title: Flyaway
Author: Helen Landalf
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Pages: 182
Buy: AmazonBook Depository

Fifteen-year-old Stevie Calhoun is used to taking care of herself. But one night, her mom, who works as an exotic dancer in a downtown Seattle nightclub, never comes home.

That’s the night Stevie’s life turns upside down.

It’s the night that kicks off an extraordinary summer: the summer Stevie has to stay with her annoyingly perfect Aunt Mindy; the summer she learns to care for injured and abandoned birds; the summer she gets to know Alan, the meanest guy in high school.

But most of all, it’s the summer she finds out the truth about Mom.

FLYAWAY is the story of a teen girl’s struggle to hold on to what she’s always believed, even as her world spins out of control.

Rating: 5 out of 5


Flyaway is a book well worth your time. It has so many important messages hidden in it and lessons to be learned without giving off a preachy feel. Quite the opposite, in fact, I found Flyaway a fun read I couldn’t tear my eyes off.

There’s something about Stevie’s voice that instantly drags you into the story. Although she’s stubborn and can’t see some things that are obvious to the reader—such as Aunt Mindy’s love for her and Alan’s—which made me want to bash my head on something hard at times, there’s no helping loving Stevie and wanting her to get the happy ending she deserves.

Aunt Mindy, the “too perfect” aunt and meddler extraordinaire, seemed to be annoying at first, but right from the start, it was obvious she cared for Stevie, despite the means she used to get Stevie to cooperate. However, I’m surprised that Aunt Mindy only appeared at this point. I would’ve thought she’d been a constant annoying visitor at Stevie’s instead of some distant aunt she resented with her personality. Although Stevie hated Aunt Mindy at first, I loved her all the way.

On The Wing, to me, was the cherry on this cake. I loved how it gave Stevie a chance to meet Alan and see more sides to him. It gave her a refuge from everything that was happening as well. The backstory surrounding On The Wing was also a treat. I loved learning about Alan and his history, which explained everything he did as a “bad boy.”

Even though Flyaway involves crystal meth, it was more about family, love, and learning to let go. The true story is with Stevie and how her relationships evolve as she matures. It’s a beautiful story about a girl who learns who to love and who to trust.

Flyaway will be published on the 19th December 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt. Keep an eye out!




Check out Kris's review of Flyaway.

Disclaimer: No payment was received in return for this review. Opinions expressed in this review are purely my own and were in no way influenced by payments of any kind.
1 comment on "ARC Review: Flyaway"
  1. Awesome review! I love the cover of this one but I'm not sure if I'd enjoy it... :/

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