- File Size: 3518 KB
- Print Length: 150 pages
- Publisher: Clean Reads (April 4, 2011)
- Publication Date: April 4, 2011
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004V9K5S8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,404,532 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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When he gets to Edmonton, he find out nothing is what he thinks. He finds he is most definitely his father's son, that he has 2 small siblings and a stepmother who are very excited to see him and that his grandparents didn't just send him here for an extended visit, but to live there permanently to attend a prestigious music school.
Although Payton's reluctant, especially given all the change he's encountered, he agrees to attend the school. Almost immediately, he meets Lily Jordan. She's vivacious and incredibly talented, but Payton finds out quickly that she also suffers from bipolar, which also afflicted his mother.
While Lily heads on a downward spiral, Payton tells her he's there for here and will be the shoulders that help her through the rough times. Unfortunately, Lily can't fight her demons and no matter how hard it is, Payton tells her he can't be the person she turns to if she's going to continue the way she is.
The story started out slow and I wasn't sure where this was going, but half way through it picked up steam. I was completely caught off guard at the end and was reaching for the Kleenex at what transpired with Daliah (Payton's sister), Lily and Payton. It was heartbreaking, as you can tell Payton has been through so much.
A great read and one that will definitely have you drying your eyes.
The characters in this novel were really great and so real. I think my favorites were Payton, Liam, Kate, Dahlia, and Lily. With the story dealing with mental illness,drugs and suicide, Ms. Laird did a really good job with her story telling on this issue. For Payton to be so strong after everything he had been through was remarkable. I believe "Blackbird Flies" would be for anyone dealing with these kinds of issues and I do recommend this as a good read.
This is a coming-of-age novella with an important message. Payton must embrace his past and his musical gifts before he can move forward. I loved how Payton holds on to his values throughout the story. He doesn't really know how to interact with his new family, but despite his inner conflicts he treats his younger half-siblings well. His relationship with his father and stepmother opens like a flower, but not without bumps and bruises along the way. When he meets the beautiful Lily, Payton feels an overwhelming attraction, but he doesn't take ownership of her problems. In many ways, Payton is a prodigy not just in music...he often seems wise beyond his years.
"Blackbird Flies" is a lovely story, brushing up against mental illness and drug abuse issues. Like the haunting chorus of a beautiful song, the parallels between Payton's mother and Lily play off against one another. No spoilers here, but Payton is challenged time and time again as he struggles to find the right path. This novella, gritty in places, is well worth a read.
The story is about fifteen year old Payton who is sent to live with his father, even though he'd rather just stay with his grandparents. Payton gets accepted into a school/college for gifted students. Payton plays the piano, and is very good at it. I loved how music played such a big part in the story. I love music myself. Payton's two siblings are adorable! I especially loved Dahlia!
The characters are very real and go through some very tough situations. The fact that Payton is so strong after everything he has been through is just incredible!
Love the cover, too! I would definitely read something else from this author!