Sunday, June 03, 2018

#BookReview: Flight Season by Marie Marquardt #NetGalley

About the Book:

Back when they were still strangers, TJ Carvalho witnessed the only moment in Vivi Flannigan’s life when she lost control entirely. Now, TJ can’t seem to erase that moment from his mind, no matter how hard he tries. Vivi doesn’t remember any of it, but she’s determined to leave it far behind. And she will.

But when Vivi returns home from her first year away at college, her big plans and TJ’s ambition to become a nurse land them both on the heart ward of a university hospital, facing them with a long and painful summer together – three months of glorified babysitting for Ángel, the problem patient on the hall. Sure, Ángel may be suffering from a life-threatening heart infection, but that doesn’t make him any less of a pain.

As it turns out, though, Ángel Solís has a thing or two to teach them about all those big plans, and the incredible moments when love gets in their way.

Reviewed By: Jessica P. 
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Recommended Age: Young Adult 
Genre: Contemporary
How I Acquired this book: Netgalley 
Overall rating: 
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About the Author:
MARIE MARQUARDT is a Scholar-in-Residence at Emory University’s Candler School of Theology and author of Dream Things True and The Radius of Us. She has published articles and co-authored two non-fiction books about Latin American immigration to the U.S. South. Marie is chair of El Refugio, a non-profit that serves detained immigrants and their families. She lives in a busy household in Decatur, Georgia with her spouse, four children, a dog, and a bearded dragon.

Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: Birds gone wild! 

Check out author's other books? Maybe 
Recommend this book? No 

Notes and Opinions:  I have to say that I am kind of sad that I didn't like this one. I really loved the fact that the main character was in College as we don't get those very often in the young adult section.  But unfortunately, this one was bogged down by birds and characters that just all sounded the same. This one is set in three POVs and each one sounded like that last. I really wanted to love Vivi and I did when the book started but once she started talking about Yale and her electric car but not understanding how expensive college was that was a little weird. She seemed so smart an then just went to meh.  The other two POVs were about the same I just didn't mesh well with them and it didn't seem like anyone had a true voice. I kind of wished that this would have been set before Vivi went to college and was struggling with the cost of it while doing all the bird watching.

I also think that the story was lacking and was pretty much meh. I was really surprised when I went to grab the cover for this one online and found all these raving 5 star reviews.  For me I would have loved to see this one as a realistic fantasy where the birds start talking to her etc.  I think from the very start of the book where she says that the birds follow her etc would have made a nice twist to the story.

So for this reader, this one just didn't work out at all. I liked what the story was trying to give us but the execution just fell from the expectations that I was looking for.

Go Into This One Knowing: Birds Birds Birds, 3 POVs

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