By: Helen Landalf
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
(December 19th, 2011)
My Copy: Ebook provided from NetGalley
About the book:
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 a tragic and depressing story about a young girl that finds herself forced to accept the truth about her meth addicted mother. As a loving daughter she is in a constant struggle to excuse her mother addictive and neglecting personality. When she is forced to live with her Aunt Mindy for a summer after her mother leaves her for almost a week on one of her meth vacations; she begins to slowly but surely realize the truths about her mother. It is a heartbreaking realization that readers will feel through the pages. I appreciated the addition of her young robin, creating a parallel between a young birds story and that of this young girl. It is poetic and intriguing to see the transformation as the story progresses. Readers will appreciate the comparison, and the happy ending that this story has to offer. Helen Landalf is a beautiful author that will carry readers through this depressing novel with hope for the future of young Stevie.