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The story is told from the alternating viewpoints of Ellen and Cam, with cute asides from Ellen in her parts. I enjoyed the style of writing, however, the narrative is very slow and repetitive and there was a bit too much explaining going on. In addition, the relationship between Ellen and Cam is frustrating, to say the least. They both like each other, but are afraid of saying anything. Even as they seem to be getting closer, neither of them is willing to admit their feelings to the other. The climactic scene towards the end of the book is very unrealistic and over-the-top, as are the reactions of Cam's parents. Irish girl Laura provides comic relief, but her character is a bit of a stereotype. When Ellen and Cam finally do get together, their relationship is very sweet, and I did enjoy those parts.
This story is full of teenage angst, bullying, domestic violence, family dramas, abusive parents, and physical pain. These aspects are balanced out by a sweet first love and great friendships.
Be warned, this book ends with no resolution, and the story concludes in "How I Fly".
I received this book in return for an honest review.
Cam was a bit hard to believe. He was a 16-year old boy that was portrayed as if he’s not bothered by Ellen falling all the time and is even weirdly attracted by it. He worries about her to an extreme. It’s exhausting and I can’t imagine what teenage boy wouldn’t be bothered by it. And his man talks with Patrick are ridiculously oversharing and girly.
The end was fun and interesting with all the fighting and stuff. Maybe I’ll read the sequel.
How Cam Campbell turned out so in tuned to others and appreciative of individuality is the true mystery of this story. His parents' cruel comments and lack of empathy made me want to destroy my eReader whenever they launched their verbal attacks. Their prejudice and sense of entitlement rang true. There should be a special place in hell for parents who try to relive their glory days through their children--especially when their self-serving actions prevent their children from following their own dreams.
While Ellen Foster may be cursed with an incurable disease, she is blessed with a loving mother and surrogate father figure. Ellen ' s positive attitude and warrior spirit make readers believe that anything is possible if you are willing to work for it.
Watching these two characters fight against the obstacles in the path to their happiness is empowering. The friends who join them on their journey are intriguing. And the knowledge there is a sequel will leave readers smiling as they rush to buy it and soldier on in this world ruled by hope, fate, and pixie dust. Lots and lots of pixie dust!
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