- Paperback: 260 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (July 31, 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1484104978
- ISBN-13: 978-1484104972
- Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.6 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,850,850 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"I absolutely loved Over the Rainbow. The characters were wonderful, and I loved the parallels between it and The Wizard of Oz" - Burning Impossibly Bright
"Over the Rainbow is a surreal road trip unlike anything I have ever read" - Fighting Dreamer
"This was a fantastic book! As a longtime fan of The Wizard of Oz I'm always interested in alternate versions and inspired works, and Over the Rainbow just made my list" - Noemi Betancourt
"This book has such a quirky, fun, and positive story that made me smile and root for Zippy from page 1" - In Love With Handmade
About the Author
Brian Rowe is a writing fiend, book devotee, film fanatic, and constant dreamer. He's written ten novels, dozens of short stories, five feature-length screenplays, and hundreds of film articles and essays. He is currently pursuing his MA in English-Writing at the University of Nevada, Reno, and is hard at work on his next novel.
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Zippy's voice captured me from line one. "This isn't me." I could feel her conflict already. By the end of chapter one when she does something so crazy awesome in order to get away from her horrible father at the airport, I was totally invested.
I loved how the author made so many parallels to the Wizard of Oz. Zippy's main goal and desire was so simple--meet, in person, the girl she'd been talking to and fallen for online--but everything that happened in between amped up the complexity. I was thrilled each time a new character was introduced, because I wanted to see how they compared to the scarecrow, tin-man, and cowardly lion. Absolutely brilliant.
Through the entire book I kept guessing how it would end, but with each new character that was introduced, my guesses changed. After all the injustice Zippy suffered, when she finally had to make a choice, she showed such grace and maturity.
This is a young adult read that should not be missed! The author pitched it as The Wizard of Oz meets Jurassic Park. Love that!! Also, this story was a Kickstarter project, which I thought was awesome! I wish I had known about it then, because I would have totally backed it!
The story can definitely standalone, but I really hope that Brian gives us more of Zippy and Mira's adventure because they rocked!!
A few of my fave lines:
You've always been an ellipsis with a question mark at the end.
"Freak out? Why would I freak out? There's just a goddamned dinosaur on the car!"
Life, if only for a moment, was perfect.
The story is set in 1999 but has flashbacks to when Zippy was younger. She is a lesbian teenage girl who falls in love online with a girl named Mira. Zippy's father is a homophobic man who does everything he can throughout the book to make Zippy straight. When her father takes her to the airport to send her to an anti-gay camp, Zippy has other ideas. She finds a way to zip herself in another passengers large suitcase and ships herself to Seattle in hopes of meeting Mira. Along the way The Rapture happens, or does it? Most of the world has just disappeared and the only passenger still alive and on the plane with Zippy is Frankie. There is also a little dog named Judy that they take with them. Together they set out to find a way to survive and get to Seattle. Not long after they meet up with another stranger, Mr. Balm and then towards the end a little girl named Elle. They all have a reason to want to get there. Together they endure a crazy, funny, wild adventure to make it to Seattle. They have to dodge cars whose passengers have disappeared, crazy creatures and very large dinosaurs. Lots and lots of them.
This story is about friendship, love and overcoming obstacles. The last part of the book is really good. Just when you think they have dodged the dinosaurs and Zippy's father, someone or something turns up or something crazy happens again. I really liked how it ended but I am hoping there is going to be more to this story in a sequel. I want to read more about Zippy and her friends. All in all a great read.
This e-arc was provided to me by the author for review. This did not affect my review in any way.
The book is written in a well-thought format, though the setting of the 1990s does leave the reader in a little of a stumble to begin with (especially because I was born in the 90s, and only vaguely remember them!), but it becomes less relevant with each passing chapter. It could just be another story set in the present world.
The references to other stories within the text - the dodo from Wonderland, the little white dog - could have been more subtle, but that's what makes this story so beautiful. All in all, Over the Rainbow is a wonderful, sweet tale of love and life, against the backdrop of wild imaginings. And the ending... I wish I had a dinosaur.
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Over the Rainbow was a fun, interesting, cute novel. It was a quick read that I couldn't put down.Read more