Thursday, September 27, 2018

#BookTour: When Elephants Fly by Nancy Richardson Fischer @JeanBookNerd #Giveaway #WhenElephantsFly #NetGalley

About the Book:

There are some battles worth fighting even if it means losing yourself.

T. Lily Decker is a high school senior with a twelve-year plan: avoid stress, drugs, alcohol and boyfriends, and take regular psych quizzes administered by her best friend, Sawyer, to make sure she's not developing schizophrenia.Genetics are not on Lily's side.

When she was seven, her mother, who had paranoid schizophrenia, tried to kill her. And a secret has revealed that Lily's odds are even worse than she thought. Still, there's a chance to avoid triggering the mental health condition, if Lily can live a careful life from ages eighteen to thirty, when schizophrenia most commonly manifests.

But when a newspaper internship results in Lily witnessing a mother elephant try to kill her three-week-old calf, Swifty, Lily can't abandon the story or the calf. With Swifty in danger of dying from grief, Lily must choose whether to risk everything, including her sanity and a first love, on a desperate road trip to save the calf's life, perhaps finding her own version of freedom along the way.

About the Author:
I was born on the east coast and went to Cornell University. After college I worked as a writer for Ringling Bros. Barnum & Bailey Circus. It was a fun first job and I learned how to write quickly, and also that when elephants sneeze on you it's very (VERY) messy. After a year in the circus, I moved out west. I lived in Aspen, Colorado where I skied as much as possible and worked as a waitress in a Mexican restaurant. Great experience but I learned that waitressing is hard (HARD) and I'm not very good at it.

After Aspen, I moved to San Francisco, California where I worked as a writer for University of California, San Francisco and wrote freelance for LucasFilm. At UCSF I learned that sitting in a cubicle under fluorescent lights dulls my soul. LucasFilm taught me that writing freelance, especially fiction, is fun (FUN). So I headed to graduate school in Boulder, Colorado to further hone my skills.

For the first part of my freelance writing career, I wrote sport autobiographies. I'd visit and travel with an athlete like Monica Seles, Bela Karolyi, Nadia Comaneci or Apolo Ohno and then write their book. It was a terrific job, but after ten years and tons of incredible experiences, I got tired of writing other peoples' stories and not my own.

Today I live in the Pacific Northwest with my amazing husband, Henry, and our mostly loveable (but sometimes vorpal) Vizsla, Boone. When I'm not conjuring a story, I love to kite-board, bike, ski or plan adventures with Boone and Henry, who both make me laugh for different reasons and who are the best partners in fun a gal could ever imagine.  



Reviewed By: Jessica P. 
Publisher: Harlequin Teen
Recommended Age: Young Adult 
Genre: Contemporary (Mental Health) 
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suicide, abuse, schizophrenia, animal abuse

My Review: I am in awe for words over this book.  This really made my heart hurt so much for these characters.  I just have no words to express how I feel.  This was the most powerful book that I have read in a while and I could not put it down!  I really do not know what to say for this title other than to read it.  I tried Turtles All The Way Down a little while ago and this one blows that one out of the water!  

This book was so heartbreaking and powerful!  I have read a few books that deal with schizophrenia but Fischer did such a better job than the others that I have read. This was an eye-opening read for me that again I just could not put down for a second!  I was up until 2am finishing it and I really kind of just wanted to start it all over again.  

Lily was such a great character and I could feel how scared she was about getting schizophrenia-like her mother.  The author did a great job dealing with what its like to have this illness hanging over your head and how hard it is to avoid stress.  The story to this one flowed so well you could tell how much the author did in research to write this. And it is no wonder that this was so good because I found out while writing this that this story of Lily is inspired by true events.  This story is so much more than a mental health story. It covers a ton of other things as well that are listed in the triggers above. I really can't say anything about those because it would really spoil the book.  

In the end, this book screams how mental illness can take over your life if you let it. And how each choice can be for good or bad but its how you deal with it is really what matters. 

Do I Recommend this book? Yes! 

Go Into This One Knowing:  Gives an eye-open perspective into mental illness, suicide, abuse, schizophrenia, animal abuse

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