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The Summer I Learned to Fly

By Kate Pavao, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Touching coming-of-age story with some mature themes.

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The author weaves together many elements to create this tender coming-of-age story. There's the cheese shop, her mother's new mysterious boyfriend, the journal she finds left behind by her dead father, the accident that leaves her crush disabled, Emmett's family tragedy, his quest to find a miracle, and more -- not to mention Drew's many names -- she's also sometimes Robin or Birdie. But the author handles this material expertly, using these varied elements to create Drew's vivid world, and help readers understand her sometimes dangerous choices. Readers may have a hard time believing how emotionally vulnerable the young characters are with each other at times, but they will still be moved by the obvious love they share, especially Drew and Emmett, who learn what it takes to be true friends.

Book Details

  • Author: Dana Reinhardt
  • Genre: Coming of Age
  • Topics: Friendship
  • Book type: Fiction
  • Publisher: Random House
  • Publication date: July 12, 2011
  • Number of pages: 224
  • Available on: Paperback, Nook, Audiobook (unabridged), Hardback, iBooks, Kindle
  • Last updated: July 6, 2015

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