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Flight Season: A Novel Hardcover – February 20, 2018
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"The poignant story of grief, healing, and finding balance and purpose...this new offering from Marquardt will resonate with readers looking for a mature coming-of-age story." ― Booklist
"The poignant story shows how young adults can connect deeply despite differences in privilege, race, and citizenship status...Marquardt once again writes a touching and authentic exploration of immigration, love, and loss." ― Kirkus Reviews
"FLIGHT SEASON broke my heart and put it back together again. This is a story about love in all its many forms--romantic love, familial love, and the unconditional love that comes when you find a true friend; a friend for whom you will do anything, especially when it means saving their life." ― Melissa de la Cruz, #1 New York Times bestselling author
"Marie Marquardt has a rare talent for making the issues of the heart seem big enough to fill a world; and the issues of the world able to fit themselves into a heart. FLIGHT SEASON is a gorgeous chronicle of a summer involving both." ― Jeff Zentner, author of Goodbye Days
About the Author
- Publisher : Wednesday Books (February 20, 2018)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 336 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1250107016
- ISBN-13 : 978-1250107015
- Reading age : 13 years and up
- Grade level : 7 - 9
- Item Weight : 12.8 ounces
- Dimensions : 5.84 x 1.27 x 8.59 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #500,627 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
- Customer Reviews:
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Flight Season is a book about grief, immigration, birds, romance, and realizing what's important to you in life.
I figured it would take me awhile to get through this book, but in reality it took me two days, and only because I've been sick and needed sleep was it not done in a day. I could not stop turning the pages to see what would happen next between Vivi, Angel, and TJ.
All of the characters had distinctive personalities. Vivi was melancholic, soulful, and she loved helping others out as much as she could. TJ was quiet and inverted, and insanely romantic. Woo-worthy.
Angel was the glue between Vivi and TJ. He was strong and funny despite his debilitating illness. Always cracking jokes with TJ and knowing Vivi on a higher level, he made the story.
The romance in the book was developed in a natural time and manner. It wasn't insta-love, in fact it was quite the opposite. The fact that the romance wasn't rushed is what made me like it, besides the fact that TJ and Vivi were made for one another.
I've been trying to read about things I don't normally read about, so it was a relief to learn that this book deals with the sensitive topic of immigration and deportation, and what it looks like once those things take place. It certainly draws a light onto how the immigrants are treated. I'm so glad to have had the chance to take a peek into what it could be like for immigrants to the U.S. and I feel like I have a way better understanding of the subject now than I did before picking this book up. The best books are ones you can learn from, in my opinion.
I recommend this book to anyone who has an interest in YA romance, diverse characters, likes birds, or someone who wants a deeper YA novel.
This is quite an exceptional book. Though I find the ending to be a bit far from what would actually happen, I can’t imagine this story without it.
As I read this book I loved the three characters more and more. I like how each chapter was styled to fit with each voice of the character it took on. Vivi’s chapters always started with an entry in her birding journal. It was so fun to learn more about birds and see how they related to her (and the book title). Birds are always used in literature as a contrast to humans, and I like the different way that it’s used in this book. I love how Vivi sees the world through and with birds in them. It’s something I didn’t think about before and I immediately wished that I could see each one of the birds she wrote about in her journal immediately.
Ángel was definitely a voice I wasn’t expecting. We don’t get to read his POV every third chapter like some books, and I found myself looking forward to each one that I did get to read. He had a unique perspective and his role in the book became more and more apparent as more of his story was revealed. I feel that Ángel gave depth to the book that couldn’t be achieved any other way.
TJ was a fun character to get to know too. His family reminded me a little bit of mine, but mine isn’t as conflicting as his. Except I would be more like his cousin’s family because mine is so big. His voice was well written and I enjoyed his dialogue and the way he changed over the course of the novel. Seeing him interact with Vivi and Ángel was my favorite part of the book.
This book deals with a lot of serious topics. Grief and death are strong themes throughout. The topic of immigration is also something that comes to play a big part in this book. It’s something that is handled and written about well. I feel that anything but writing it with the utmost care is something that could go awry quickly. Marquardt’s care with these are apparent and I respect that about her strength as a writer.
I did feel that the ending was a bit unrealistic. It was something that was of the ideal situation in the way that it happened, but I can’t quite go along with this one. I can’t imagine it any other way though. I’m glad it ended this way in the very end.
I hope you take the time to find this book this Tuesday! It’s a unique read that is well worth your time.