Thursday, February 16, 2012

Book Review: Girls Don't Fly by Kristen Chandler


Myra is a people pleaser. She has a lot of responsibilities at home, with her dad working days and her mom working nights. Her three younger brothers need a lot of attention, and rides, and now with her older sister pregnant and planning a wedding there is a lot more stress at home.

Her oasis is Erik her sweet boyfriend who makes things perfect. Tonight they have a big date, and Myra is hoping to have time to shower and get ready before he comes. Things don't always go as planned. Myra ends up with a bloody eye, and Erik comes over early to break up with Myra. So much for an Oasis.

With most of her non-home life centered around Erik, Myra is unsure what to do. It starts with a presentation on a scholarship opportunity to study life in the Galapagos Islands, and Myra wishing she could go to that beautiful place. Of course, the only other person in their AP Biology class interested is Mr. 4.0 Erik, and Myra is more of a fade into the background student.

All that stands between Myra and a trip to the Galapagos is a Saturday morning class, a research proposal, $1000 and Erik. Myra starts her research, careful not to tell her parents or too many other people what she is up to. After she quits her job, that $1000seems impossible and family pressure might make the trip impossible. With help from Pete, the cute graduate "cheerleader" teaching the class, and her sister's support Myra just might get what she wants.

Girls Don't Fly is a great book that will make you smile, laugh, and maybe even learn something. Facts about birds, and the Galapagos Island are peppered throughout the text. Fans of science and light romance, similar to Fat Cat by Robin Brande will enjoy this book about a smart girl learning to fly.

I'll see you @ the library!
Katie (Now reading Irises by Francisco X. Stork)