Review- Girls Don’t Fly

Title” Girls Don’t Fly
Author: Kristen Chandler
Publisher: Viking Juvenile
Publication Date: October 13, 2011
Source: Library

Myra is used to keeping her feet firmly on the ground. She’s got four younger brothers, overworked parents, and a pregnant older sister, and if Myra wasn’t there to take care of everyone, they’d probably fall apart. But when her boyfriend unceremoniously dumps her, Myra feels like she’s lost her footing. Suddenly she’s doing things she never would’ve a few months earlier: quitting her job, applying for a scholarship to study birds in the Galapogos, and falling for a guy who’s encouraging her to leap from her old life . . . and fly.

Set in the Salt Lake City area, Girls Don’t Fly is full of intelligence, humor, and is a refreshing change of pace for teen readers.

I chose this book for two reasons, 1) It was marked “NEW 2012″ even though the inside states 2011 & 2) The title got me. If I could have a superpower it would be the power of super flight. Pure and simple. Girls Don’t Fly is a complex story about a girl, Myra, who takes care of everyone in her family with skill and grace, well everyone but herself that is.
I found the pages flew by, usually I catch myself counting pages to see how much further I have to go but I swept through chapter after chapter without encountering this “worry”. I love Myra’s character she’s strong, she has a lot of heart and she’s got her own ideas about things. What girl doesn’t love a female lead, who can stand her own, problem solve easily, not only for herself but for others around her.
Myra has many siblings, and seems to carry a hefty amount of weight of family responsibility on her shoulders. She struggles with having to decide between something she dreams to do and the needs of her family, mainly her unwed pregnant sister.
I love the way Kristin Chandler weaves this story. There isn’t a dull moment to be spotted anywhere in these pages, and yet without the nag of a fearfully dramatic culmination. It was an easy read with plenty to keep you going. For example, throughout the book, Myra enlightens her younger brothers with a running story of pirates.
Even though bits of it seem to come from her everyday life, her storytelling is enchanted and cooly gleams with magical mystery. There’s a huge mention of Ecological information, which to be honest I did not expect. How funny is that? Book titles are tricky that way right? Throughout Myra’s venture I was invested fully. I felt her awkward moments, her butterflies, her urgency, her hope! I even found myself laughing out loud when I least expected it.
Chandler’s writing courses into an evenly gratifying storyline teeming with these realistic teenaged moments. Upon finishing the last words I had to know if Kristin Chandler had written anything else. As of right now she has one other book, Wolves, Boys and Other Things That Might Kill Me. I found that I like her writing so completely, that I’ll definitely be reading this one as well! I would have to give this book a 3.5 star rating on the Book Vortex scale. I am tempted to tip the scales up toward a solid 4, but what I struggle with personally is always waiting for the next book, to see if it is better that the last! I’m confident with a 3.5 though.