Monday, January 7, 2019

Review: We'll Fly Away by Bryan Bliss

Title: We'll Fly Away
Author: Bryan Bliss
Year Published: 2018

Genre: YA fiction
Pages: 434
Rating: 4.5 out of 5

Location (my 2018 Google Reading map)USA (NC)

FTC Disclosure: I bought this book with my own money

Summary (from the inside flap of the book): You and me were never alone, T. Not when we had each other.

Best friends Luke and Toby just want to get out of their dead-end town.

They've been dreaming about it for as long as they can remember. And they are almost there. A few more months and they can leave behind: Luke's neglectful mom, her latest deadbeat boyfriend, Toby's petty-criminal dad, the teachers who all look the other way, the girls who can't be bothered to meet their eyes, the fridges that never have enough food inside, the pitying neighbors and store clerks.

They are so close to freedom.

Until they each make a choice--a series of choices, really--that sets them down an irrevocable path.
Review: A librarian friend of mine recommended this book to me and she was right to do so, this one is really good.

Luke and Toby are what best friends should be: they love one another like brothers; they do whatever it takes to make things okay for one another (especially when Toby's dad beats the crap out of him), they laugh together, and they get in trouble together. Unfortunately, even the best of friends have things they cannot overcome.

This story will tear at your heart. I wanted to yell at these boys to cling to one another for all they are worth. Chapters that move the story on alternate with letters that one of the boys writes from jail. Those letters reveal more of the story. It's a clever way to unravel the plot.

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