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If they saved the swan together, could she then save her friend?At the hospital, upset and scared after her dad has suffered a heart attack, 13-year-old Isla meets Harry. He's the first boy to understand her and her love of the outdoors. But Harry is ill, and as his health fails, Isla is determined to help him the only way she knows how. Together they watch a lone swan strIf they saved the swan together, could she then save her friend?At the hospital, upset and scared after her dad has suffered a heart attack, 13-year-old Isla meets Harry. He's the first boy to understand her and her love of the outdoors. But Harry is ill, and as his health fails, Isla is determined to help him the only way she knows how. Together they watch a lone swan struggling to fly on the lake outside Harry's window. Isla believes that if only she can save the injured swan, somehow that will help both Harry and her dad, too. What she doesn't realize is that her actions will change not just their lives, but hers.For tweenage readers, a touching novel about hope and healing by the award-winning author of Stolen....

Title : Flyaway
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ISBN : 9780545317719
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 336 Pages
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Flyaway Reviews

  • Maggie Stiefvater
    2019-04-23 07:05

    This one is by the same author who wrote STOLEN (which you’ll recall that I adored). FLYAWAY is actually her first novel, published second in the states, and it’s a middle grade novel. Basically, it’s about a girl who becomes determined to reunite a lost swan with its flock after the girl’s father has a heart attack. Anyway, here are five reasons to read it:1. It’s soft and sweet. The image of a feather comes to mind, even though this book is about a girl coping with the idea that her father and her new friend might die.2. The imagery is, as always in Christopher’s books, beautiful. The setting is always another character.3. There is something about Christopher’s prose across both her novels that makes me trust her as an author. She’s in control of these stories, and if you’re feeling something, it’s because she meant you to. It means that she pretty much has a free pass with me at the moment. I will pick up anything she writes.4. It’s got this slightest little hint of magical realism. I would’ve really loved this book as a ten year old.5. It is precisely what it promises you. Sometimes I want to be shocked, yes, and sometimes I want twists, and sometimes I want to read about a very unexpected body in a closet. But this book promises that it is a certain sort of book on the first page, and then it gives you exactly that. Soft and sweet.

  • Ava Oceana
    2019-04-22 05:08

    One of the reasons I love Lucy Christopher's books so much are because they're real. She knows that the teenagers reading her books aren't stupid, and instead of treating her younger teenage readers like they're nine, she gives us a novel that can be read by anyone.Seeing as the narrator of FLYAWAY is a thirteen year-old girl, Lucy Christopher could've written a juvenile middle-grade book with ridiculously simple writing and stiff dialogue. But she didn't. Lucy Christopher knows teenagers; she knows we're smarter than society thinks we are, and she doesn't fuck around. FLYAWAY was a smart book with beautiful messages and intricate characters.I had a friend die of leukemia several months ago, and when I learned that Harry, one of the main characters in FLYAWAY, suffered from the same type of cancer, I nearly put the book down because it upset me so much. It brought back memories I wasn't ready to face and I spent most of the time reading this book with watery eyes. I've always loved the aspect of bonding with animals (I mean, SPIRIT is probably by favorite animation ever) and FLYAWAY gave me that and so much more. I mean, it also caused me a lot of pain and tears, but it was worth it. Every character is detailed and interesting, and Harry and Isla's romance friendship literally made me squeal and sob and scream at the walls.I have a feeling a lot of people haven't read this because it's a middle-grade novel, technically, but if you're avoiding this book because of its age group...GET YOUR ASS BACK HERE AND READ ITOKAYAlso, a million hugs to Vanessa, for sending me a signed copy of FLYAWAY all the way from England. Thank you so much. I love you.of course i'm not ugly crying who told you that hahaha

  • Yaz *The Reading Girl*
    2019-04-09 04:05

    Rewritten Review due to the review being erased. Enjoy.Rate: 5 stars all the wayWhen I first heard about this book was right here on goodreads. I forgot about it for a while but then I was looking through my goodreads’s to read list and saw it. I immediately went to the library and put it on hold. Two days later I got it and started reading it.Isla: Harry: Let me just say that Flyway is a touching, uplifting, and all around wonderful story. I just loved it. From the beginning to the end.A young girl – Isla – narrates this story that begins with her and her father going out early in the morning to see the beautiful whooping swans arrive at a lake near their house. But this year is different: newly constructed power lines injure the front line of the swans and drive the rest away. It looks like one young female is hurt and gets left behind by those swans able to change direction and avoid the wires, but Isla and her dad have to leave before they can check on her. While they leave Isla notices that her father is not looking well but when she asks, her father says that nothing is wrong with him and that she shouldn’t worry.The next weekend, Isla’s dad insists they go out again and try to find what happened to the swans. At first Isla doesn’t agree but when her dad assures her that he is fine she decides to go. When her father sees a swan and starts running he falls on the ground from a heart attack. Isla, upset and scared, still manages to run back for the phone and get emergency help for her dad.While on the hospital Isla meets Harry. A boy who has cancer.“Its the boy with the IV. He’s watching me. The skin on his face is so pale, but his eyes are huge and bright and warm brown. He looks beautiful and breakable at the same time.”They make a beautiful friendship that turns into romance. The two discover that by looking out Harry’s window, they can see a young female swan on the lake. Isla thinks that she is the swan they saw get separated by her flock the day the whoopers got hurt. She goes out to see her and the swan is not afraid of Isla, and amazingly, becomes attached to her. She even imitates Isla’s behavior, but does not seem to know how to fly back to the rest of her flock.Later Isla has a school project based on Leonardo Da vincis theory of human’s flying. She has an idea that by making swan wings she could help the swan fly. With the help of her grandfather Isla makes beautiful wings and reports her progress to both her dad and Harry.This book was just beautiful, wonderful and awesome. The imagery is beautiful. The prose was amazing and also beautiful. And when you read this book you will get touched by the words. But this book promises that it is a certain sort of book on the first page, and then it gives you exactly that. I recommend it to everybody.

  • Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
    2019-04-04 00:30

    This is a sweet and heart-wrenching book. Isla, the narrator has a compelling voice, and is very likeable- she is selfless, and her relationship with her family is very strong. Harry, the sick boyfriend, though really shines.Their blooming relationship is innocent, and it is fun to watch it unfold. The loner swan brings them together and parallels their adventure. Spoiler below!!!The only thing I don't like is that it did not give me closure on whether Harry makes it through his transplant. But then again, sometimes the open ended ending really is the best, because you are always rooting for the patient to pull through and for the romance to continue, but as Lurlene McDaniel has proved, there is just something about death that can also make a perfect ending, because it is sad, beautiful, and reflects reality. But, I don't know about real statistics, but the book said 50/50 chance, so in the end it is left to the reader to decide, or you can take her dream of Harry being a swan and migrating as he didn't pull through, or you can find hope in his text and say that he did.

  • Carly
    2019-04-19 01:25

    Stolen was one of the first books I ever reviewed and I absolutely fell in love with Christopher’s dreamy, lyrical prose and well-defined characters. I had put off reading Flyaway as I was nervous the book would never live up to Stolen, which I loved. Though I wouldn’t say Flyaway quite had the same impact on me as Stolen did (though I think it would be almost impossible for another book to be as intense as Stolen is) I really did enjoy Flyaway and am still a huge fan of Christopher’s writing.As with Stolen, the characters in Flyaway drive the novel forwards and give it that little bit extra to go from a good story to a great one. Isla is a brilliant narrator and I warmed to her instantly but, for me, it’s Harry who really stole the show. He’s funny, he’s tragic, he’s everything we need from a male lead and I found his and Isla’s innocence very touching.There were elements of the writing that made the story feel timeless, like it was a book I’d read years ago as a child and loved dearly. In a lot of ways it reminded me of David Almond’s Skellig. There were the hospital scenes, the family tragedy, the endless waiting and the unlikely friendship between two very different children. And, to be honest, anything that reminds me of David Almond’s classic cannot be a bad read at all.As I mentioned before, there are a lot of hospital scenes in Flyaway and, towards the end of the story, they really did begin to drag. I know the novel is principally set in a hospital so it’s obviously going to be featured but for me there was just too much description of the hospital and staff. It almost felt forced and did begin to detract from the story. As the story began to draw to a close I found myself skim reading the pages so I think the pace did begin to slow down towards the ending, when I really wanted it to speed up.

  • YA Book Recommendations
    2019-04-18 04:05

    My reaction in one gif:Full review:I’d read Lucy Christopher’s debut novel, Stolen and was completely captured by it. The tension, the characters, the psychology. I knew coming into her second novel, Flyaway, that it wouldn’t have the same punch as a book about a girl getting kidnapped, but I was stoked to see what else Christopher could do.This book is not big. It’s little. It’s quiet. In a way, it reminds me of Jane Austen. Not that it is a satire, but that it depicts life on a small canvas. Isla’s life is like an ordinary girl’s, and it becomes difficult with the hospitalization of her father, her concern for a lone swan lost from its flock, and a boy who she likes and may die from a marrow transplant if his body doesn’t accept it. From there, friendships, family dynamics, and psychology are further explored from everyone’s reactions of what is going on around them.Everything was handled beautifully, in a very understated sort of way. Her relationship with Harry is reminiscent of an early Hazel and Augustus from The Fault in Our Stars, and also for a younger set of kids. It’s tender and aching and longing all at once.Some of the narrative focused on Isla’s dreams, and the number of them got to be a bit much for me, but that’s a fairly small quip for an otherwise lovely novel.

  • Jill
    2019-04-10 08:07

    After reading Lucy Christopher’s book Stolen, I knew I had to read the rest of what she wrote as well. I was not disappointed by the next book I chose by her. Flyaway is a touching, uplifting, and all around wonderful story.A young girl - Isla (pronounced like eye-lah) - narrates this story that begins with her and her father going out early in the morning - like they do every year - to watch the whooping swans when they return to the nearby wetlands preserve, marking the start of winter. But this year is different: newly constructed power lines injure the front line of the swans and drive the rest away. It looks like one young female is disoriented and gets left behind by those swans able to change direction and avoid the wires, but Isla and her dad have to leave before they can check on her fate.The next weekend, Isla’s dad insists they go out again and try to find what happened to the swans, but on the path to the preserve her dad falls over with a heart attack. Isla, upset and scared, still manages to run back for the phone and get emergency help for her dad. He is transported to the hospital, and it is touch-and-go for him as he waits for a heart operation.Meanwhile, Isla makes friends with a patient who is about her age, named Harry. He has leukemia, and is waiting for a bone marrow transplant. The two discover that by looking out Harry’s window, they can see a young female swan on the lake, and Isla thinks she is the one that got separated from the flock the day the whoopers arrived at the preserve. She goes out to see her and the swan is not afraid of Isla, and amazingly, becomes attached to her. She even imitates Isla’s behavior, but does not seem to know how to fly back to the rest of her flock. With the help of her grandfather, Isla constructs swan wings that she can wear to teach her swan how to fly, reporting on her progress to both her father and to Harry. As the book approaches its denoument, readers have three “patients” about whom to worry: Isla’s much-loved dad, the infectiously optimistic Harry, and the faithful and intrepid swan.Evaluation: This book intended for a middle grade audience is enchanting. Christopher takes unusual and interesting circumstances and explains the characters’ reactions to them with everyday impressions and feelings that combine to capture the imagination and pull us into the story. Moreover, all of the characters are absolutely endearing, but each in a quite different way.Rating: 4.5/5

  • Jenny / Wondrous Reads
    2019-04-08 02:15

    Flyaway is only Lucy Christopher's second book, but already it feels like I've been reading her words for years. It's completely different to her debut novel, Stolen, but is just as good, if not better. This story is told by Isla, a teenage girl with a love for all types of birds. When her father is taken to hospital, it's there she meets a boy called Harry Brambling. Isla and Harry discover a swan out on the lake, and before they know it, everything changes.Isla is an engaging narrator, with a warm personality and a selfless nature. She's supportive when her family needs her, she's encouraging to her sick father, and she's the anchor that ensures Harry keeps hold of the cheeky sparkle in his eyes. Like Isla's father, Harry's not well himself, though you'd never be able to tell from his high spirits and positive attitude. The friendship that forms is so lovely and innocent, and is a refreshing change from all the supercharged teenage hormones I've become so accustomed to.Accompanying Isla and Harry throughout the book is a lone swan that has become detached from its flock. It might not be able to talk or interact like a human can, but it's just as important as the other characters. It has the ability to just be, and to guide and offer comfort when it's needed most. It's described so vividly that I almost believed it could be sat outside in my own tiny fish pond, bobbing for goldfish and tormenting the frogs. I never had any interest in swans before reading Flyaway, but now I want to experience their magic for myself.There are a few short dream sequences throughout Isla's tale, and while they do fit into what's happening in the real world, I felt that a couple of them interrupted the flow of writing and unnecessarily complicated things. The last venture into Isla's imagination is so poignant and touching, and really made me think things were going to turn out differently than they did. I'm glad I was wrong!Flyaway is chock-full of beautiful imagery, realistic plot threads and short chapters that will tug at your heartstrings. It's a story about family, friendship, and overcoming the many obstacles that life will inevitably present. I just wish it had a higher page count, because I could have carried on reading it for days.

  • Sophie
    2019-04-19 07:05

    Lucy Christopher’s sophomore novel, Flyaway, is just as breathtakingly beautiful as her first. Though in a very different way.Flyaway is written in such fluid prose that it takes you right into the heart of Isla’s world. I felt like I was watching the swans with Isla and her dad, riding to the hospital with her in the middle of the night and sitting with her while she started to make the best school project in history. Lucy Christopher captured an air of sadness with her soft, subtle prose. But it is also a novel filled with hope and magic. Not Harry Potter magic, but the true magic of love, friendship and family.Lucy is clearly a master of imagery. I knew this from some stunning scenes in , but she really cemented herself as a favourite after Flyaway. Some of the most stand out images for me are Isla and Harry teaching their swan to fly and when Isla’s Dad tells her the myth of the swansong. I won’t spoil it and tell you what it is, but it’s truly special and I still catch myself thinking about it over a week after finishing it.The relationships in Flyaway are all understated and yet still compelling. I loved how Harry and Isla’s chance meeting grew into friendship and then to a sweet, innocence romance. They complimented each other perfectly. Harry’s bright, cheeky, confident outlook suits Isla’s focus and tendency to worry. Another of my favourite relationships in Flyaway is the one Isla and her dad share. She’s clearly the apple of his eye and she worships him right back. Their little traditions, shared love of birds and general connection make Isla one seriously lucky girl.I loved Flyaway nearly as much as I did Stolen and with this novel Lucy Christopher has put herself firmly on my auto-buy list.

  • Allissa Hartman
    2019-04-08 04:04

    This book was definitely a page turner. When I first got the book I didn’t think I would enjoy it as much as I did. The book Flyaway was an amazing short read, and I would recommend it to anyone who likes true emotion in a book. One thing I loved about the book was the relationship between the main character, Isla and her father. The true emotion that author, Lucy Christopher, put into the story is unreal. In the book Isla’s father goes through a heart attack which takes a huge toll on their family; in the midst of it all Isla found something to distract her and maybe help her find some closure with everything going on. Along the way she meets a boy named Harry, and soon enough a romance begins to form.Flyaway is a major eye opener, I love how the book makes you feel grateful for everything you have without even trying. Lucy Christopher has wrote many amazing novels, but I think this is one is my favorite by far.

  • Caren
    2019-04-01 01:24

    I had read Lucy Christopher's "Stolen" and was eager to read her next book. This did not disappoint. The story is rich with well-developed characters about whom you come to care deeply. Isla, the main character, is a young teen who shares with her dad an intense interest in birding, and in watching wild whooper swans as they migrate into England for the winter. She and her dad are following a flock of swans as they migrate in, when he suffers a heart attack. As she and her family anxiously hover in the hospital while her father receives treatment, she meets a boy, a young cancer patient. The story follows several threads, always with Isla as the narrator. One thread is about the way her mother, brother and Isla pull together around her very ill father. This is a warm, caring family, and the ways in which they quarreled, yet supported each other rang very true. There is another thread about Isla's grandfather, her father's father, who has an intense fear and dislike of hospitals after having lost his wife to an infection she picked up while being treated in one. There is a thread about the swans, who are having more and more difficulty finding places to winter as urbanization takes over their old habitats. Isla and her father had shared this concern, and she takes on the mantle of care while he is ill, sharing snippets of her observations with him to cheer him toward recovery. Finally, there is a thread about a budding romance Isla has with a boy awaiting a bone marrow transplant. They watch a lone swan on a lake they can see from his hospital window, and devise a plan to help the swan rejoin her flock. In all of this, these stories of life in its many permutations, there is a binding love, a transcendent human compassion and spiritual bonding of one life to another. As Isla tells her art class, when making a presentation about flight and the flight of swans in particular, the swans need each other to migrate. They need each other to be carried through the currents of air, through darkness and the unknown. And so do we need each other, the support of other life, in this world. This is just a beautiful, haunting book. Ms. Christopher is truly talented and I look forward to reading more from her.

  • Georgie R
    2019-04-21 01:28

    Plot: One cold winter mourning, Dad gets sick - and goes into hospital. It's there I meet Harry, with his scruffy hair and firefly eyes. From his window we watch a wild swan on the frozen lakes outside. There's something different about her, truly different. Almost magical. Perehaps, if we can help her, everything else will begin to make sense.Review: There were 3 major themes to this book: Family, Swans and Harry. The book itself was suprisingly captivating and I even found myself crying towards the end (okay, I am a bit of a wimp, but everybody has to have a good cry every once in a while :D) I'll start with her family - Isla's Dad goes into hospital in need of a heart valve transplant, but his Dad (Isla's Grandad) won't visit him because his wife dies in hospital. Isla's brother Jack is one of those Popular, Footballing boys, and at the start of the book Isla has a crush on his best mate Crowy. Isla's best friend has just moved away, leaving her feeling vunerable and alone at school. The swan aspect starts when Isla and her Dad are birdwatching - when he collapses. Isla then finds one of the Swans they were watching at the lake outside the hospital. The Harry section: Harry has cancer, and his own room at the children's ward. He meets Isla while she is waiting in the hospital, and she is immeadiately intrigued. I really liked Harry; his character was confident and unafraid of everything, until he faces his own problems. All these threads weave together to create an emotional masterpiece, plain and simple, and what starts a bit awkwardly ends up transforming into a beautiful swan.Try it for yourself, you may just like it - 4 stars (Which is a good rating, for me! I have to save the 5's for special occasions! :D)

  • Barbara
    2019-03-27 07:19

    Thirteen-year-old Isla and her father share a deep love for the swans that spend winter on the nearby lakes, chasing after them so they can tell where they have landed. But on one of their jaunts, her father becomes ill and is hospitalized. While visiting him, Isla meets Harry, who has leukemia and is waiting for a bone marrow transfusion. They bond over their shared interest in one swan that Harry can see from his window, a swan that became separated from the others and seems unsure how to fly. Isla is convinced that helping the swan rejoin its flock and sharing her school art project--a Leonardo Da Vinci-inspired flying machine made with a harness and real wings--will help her father recover. This book is filled with beautiful language and description of the swan that has an almost mystical connection to Isla and the budding love between Isla and Harry as well as the often complicated familial bonds that keep some members close and others at a distance. While this book has a very different feel to it than the author's 2010 Stolen, Christopher clearly knows her way around relationships and has created complex characters in this book. I loved the scenes in which Isla runs as fast as she can, flapping her wings and coaxing the swan to do the same.

  • Liza Wiemer
    2019-04-11 07:21

    I received the ARC of FLYAWAY from the BEA. What attracted me to this novel was the author, Lucy Christopher. I had read her first novel, STOLEN, which I thought was absolutely brilliant. FLYAWAY is quite different than STOLEN but also interesting. It's a MG novel narrated by Isla, pronounced I - la. Isla has a close relationship with her father. Together they share a love for birds, especially swans. As the swans migrate, Isla and her dad track them around their community. SPOILER - SO BEWARE - On one of those excursions the father collapses and is taken to the hospital. He is very sick and eventually needs a heart valve transplant. While worrying about her father, Isla meets a sick boy named Harry. The two of them become close friends. And then a lone swan enters their lives. To read the description of this swan's antics was quite interesting.MGers will learn a lot about swans, how to navigate complex relationships, and how to cope with a family member who is sick. This is a great book for kids who are going through tough times. Isla will become a friend who can relate to their fears.

  • Susan
    2019-04-09 01:09

    Isla and her Dad share a love for watching swans return to local ponds each year. This year, however, Isla sees that her father isn't quite himself. When he falls to the ground with a heart attack, Isla's quick action calling for help gets him to the hospital in time to save him. Dad has to have a heart-valve replacement, and during his stay, Isla meets Harry, a cancer patient who is waiting for for a bone-marrow transplant. Throughout Isla's worries, she concentrates on the swans and on a very special art project that is tied in to one very special swan. Isla's gruff grandfather plays an important supporting role in the plot of this special book that is great for all middle grade readers. The book evidently takes place in Scotland, but it really could be set almost anywhere. Only small clues gives hints that it takes place in the British Isles. The subplots are wound together very skillfully, and I was glad to find a gentle animal story with a touch of innocent budding romance, some worry about illness for a little drama, and some family tension. It's well worth reading.

  • rainycityreflections
    2019-04-21 04:02

    While the ideas presented in this book are interesting, I rated it at 2 stars. It is not the subject matter itself (which is heavy), but the writing which was heavy-handed. Perhaps because it is written as a children's book, some of the symbols and allusions were written to be extra obvious, but I think a lighter (not as in comedic, but as in deft) touch would have worked better. It felt as if the author were shining spotlights on certain character names and plot events and shouting "LOOK AT THIS SYMBOLISM!!!" Additionally, the atmosphere created by the author was relentlessly depressive, despite scenes of spiritual communion between the main character, Isla, and her father/Harry/the swan. I think many young readers would be interested in the premise of this book but would put it down before reading the final page.

  • Heather
    2019-04-19 04:18

    I didn't really know anything about this one, just that it had good reviews and just recently made it onto ALSC's Notable Children's Books list. So I picked it up. And now that I am done, I can absolutely see why it was on the notable list. This book is absolutely brilliant and beautiful. Sometimes when I read a book where things are really up in the air, I want to sneak a peek at the ending to see if all of the characters are going to make it. But I wasn't tempted even once while reading this one. For me, it was all about the journey. I realized partway through that however things ended up for the characters would be fine with me, because it was the experiences they were having that made the book so beautiful. But the ending didn't disappoint, either. It was fabulous. I could happily read this one again and would highly recommend it.

  • Cathy
    2019-04-20 01:14

    This book knocked me over. It's full of beautiful imagery about swans and birds, freedom and hope. Isla and her father take special delight in following the swans as they migrate from Iceland every year to a lake near their home. This year their flight has become dangerous because of a power plant and at the same time her father suffers a heart attack while they go looking for swans. In the hospital, Isla meets Harry, a talkative, interesting young patient awaiting a bone marrow transplant. In school Isla is studying Leonardo da Vinci's flying machines and she is determined to make one.

  • Patricia
    2019-04-02 06:31

    Being a bird person, I thought I would love this book because it's about a girl who loves swans. It's a good story and tackles some tough subjects for kids like the near-death of a parent and chronic illness of a kid. BUT IF I READ ANOTHER BIRD/FLYING/FLOCK/SWAN METAPHOR IN THE NEXT 6 MONTHS I'M GONNA FREAK OUT! If she'd taken out a few of those, it could have been about 100 pages shorter and twice as good.

  • Gillian
    2019-04-04 02:15

    Not as exciting or unusual as, but I thoroughly enjoyed this teenage girl's interactions, both in reality and in her dreams, with the injured swan and her flock. The whoopers in the natural world were the perfect contrast to the hospital scenes and Christopher includes some lovely romance for the YA reader too.

  • Jessica Tucker
    2019-04-13 07:23

    Oh my goodness! I absolutely loved this book! It was so wonderful and special and touching! It played with all of my emotions and I could not read it fast enough! The ending was just so loving and touching! Excuse my loss for words. It was just perfect! I loved every single second of it! Definitely one of my favorites and a book I want to own!

  • Emily
    2019-04-18 07:26

    What a nice coming of age story. I loved how connected Isla was with her dad and granddad! The relationship that Isla develops with the swan was also amazing! The relationship that humans develop with nature is so awe-inspiring and powerful.

  • Ioanna Books
    2019-04-26 06:31

    I loved it :) it's a really good book :)

  • Trisha
    2019-04-04 08:31


  • Amy
    2019-04-20 03:11

    I absolutely loved this book! I could not put it down. It was soooo sweet and a really good book too. Not just some typical cheesy love story about a cancer patient. I would recommend it to anyone.

  • Lottie Eve
    2019-03-28 05:02

    I need to this book right now!

  • Bethany
    2019-03-29 03:14

    Up front, I will say that I purchased this book based on the number of starred reviews and the words "lyrically written". What can I say? I don't have enough time on this earth to spend reading things that aren't worth reading and I am smitten by beautiful writing. I can't say enough negative things about books where there is so much emphasis on death and dying--in a realistic fiction book. Maxi's Secret just about took me out and after reading three novels about Hurricane Katrina and my beloved New Orleans, I was not ready for anything else that was going to put me off my feed or keep me awake at night. I pulled Flyaway from the shelf, stuck it in my bag and headed with my husband to Cincinnati. First the swans fly into electric wires and down they go. Then the dad is running across a field and has a heart attack--the really serious kind with surgery involved. Finally there is a character with cancer. No crocheting or sketchpad or interesting new scenery to distract me, so I read, and read, and read and yes--the book deserved the stars. I can't say I loved it. It's not a book I will ever read again and won't keep, but it is a worthy book and I think many, many readers will love it for its writing, the main character who is quirky and communes with a young swan in a mystical sort of relationship and the young cancer patient who was the reason I kept reading. Having lost too many to cancer, my daddy included, I can't say that I wasn't startled to find myself immersed in this book, but this character was the perfect foil for the problems the protagonist is facing and does it with such flair. If you should choose to read it--enjoy!

  • Nathalie
    2019-04-24 00:26

    Ich muss sagen, dass es ganz gut war. Eine sehr schöne und niedliche Idee, aber die Umsetzung war eher mangelhaft. Für meinen Geschmack war es zu oberflächlich, man hat gemerkt, dass Lucy einige Dinge passieren lassen wollte, aber ich habe das Gefühl, dass sie sich nicht ganz im Klaren darüber war, wieso und wofür die Dinge passieren sollten. Was also Charakterentwicklung und dergleichen anging, davon hat man irgendwie nichts gespürt. Die plötzliche Heilung des Vaters am Ende war mir zu ruckartig. Da hätte man den "magischen" Effekt, das Wunder, besser ausbauen können. Die Übersetzung war an einigen Teilen auch sehr stockend zu lesen und an manchen Stellen war eine schlechte Wortwahl getroffen, aber das ist ja nicht die Schuld der Autorin. Anders als der Schreibstil, in den man sich ebenso erst einmal hineinfinden musste. Alles in allem sind es also wirklich 3/5 Sterne und ein leichtes Lächeln im Gesicht.

  • Kelsey
    2019-04-14 02:13

    I really liked the suspense and storyline but having neither of them die at the end was so disappointing. The entire book, I was questioning who would live and who would die, if not both of them, because they both meant so much to Isla, but because neither of them died, I just thought that the ending was weak.

  • Tasia
    2019-04-23 05:11

    *4.5 stars