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April 25, 2017

#BookReview: Just Fly Away by Andrew McCarthy

 
When fifteen-year-old Lucy Willows discovers that her father has a child from a brief affair, a eight-year-old boy named Thomas who lives in her own suburban New Jersey town, she begins to question everything she thinks she knows about her family and her life. Lucy can’t believe her father betrayed the whole family, or that her mother forgave him, or that her sister isn’t rocked by the news the way Lucy is. Worse, Lucy’s father’s secret is now her own, one that isolates her from her friends, family, and even her boyfriend, Simon, the one person she expected would truly understand. When Lucy escapes to Maine, the home of her mysteriously estranged grandfather, she finally begins to get to the bottom of her family’s secrets and lies.





Andrew McCarthy is the author of the New York Times bestselling travel memoir, The Longest Way Home. He is an editor at large at National Geographic Travelermagazine. He is also an actor and director. He lives in New York City with his wife, three children, two fish, and one dog. Just Fly Away is his first novel. You can find him online at andrewmccarthy.com or on Twitter: @AndrewTMcCarthy.



This is one that I thought I was going to end up DNFing but as the ending came near I ended up liking it more than I thought I was going to.  Lucy's relationship with her gramps really came through during the story.  I really enjoyed how this girl's life was turned upside down. You just never know what is going to happen in real life and that situation really made that clear.

As for Lucy herself, I really didn't connect with her at all. Was an ok character but I just didn't feel a connection with her as a true voice.

The pacing of this one was slower which was fine. For a book that is just under 300 pages, a slower story is always generally a good thing.  This one was ok.

This was short read that really pictures life. It has a few f-bombs so be aware.  All in all, it was an ok read.   











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