Monday, April 29, 2013

Review: The Girl Who Could Fly

The Girl Who Could Fly

The Girl Who Could Fly

By Victoria Forester

Blurb: You just can’t keep a good girl down . . . unless you use the proper methods.

Piper McCloud can fly. Just like that. Easy as pie.

Sure, she hasn’t mastered reverse propulsion and her turns are kind of sloppy, but she’s real good at loop-the-loops.

Problem is, the good folk of Lowland County are afraid of Piper. And her ma’s at her wit’s end. So it seems only fitting that she leave her parents’ farm to attend a top-secret, maximum-security school for kids with exceptional abilities.

School is great at first with a bunch of new friends whose skills range from super-strength to super-genius. (Plus all the homemade apple pie she can eat!) But Piper is special, even among the special. And there are consequences.

Consequences too dire to talk about. Too crazy to consider. And too dangerous to ignore.

At turns exhilarating and terrifying, Victoria Forester’s debut novel has been praised by Stephenie Meyer, author of the Twilight saga, as "the oddest/sweetest mix of Little House on the Prairie and X-Men...Prepare to have your heart warmed.” The Girl Who Could Fly is an unforgettable story of defiance and courage about an irrepressible heroine who can, who will, who must . . . fly.
Genres: Juvenile, Adventure, Fantasy, Science Fiction
Published: June 24, 2008
Series: N/A
Similar: Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie, The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart
My Rating: 4 stars

The Girl Who Could Fly was a book that I should not have judged by it's cover, which I personally do not like at ALL. Because of this, I ended up not reading it for a while, and it ended up being extremely good! Do not make the same mistake I did!

The book focuses on Piper, a girl who could fly. I thought this might be a Peter Pan wannabe when I first read that not-so-tiny-detail, but I was wrong. Trust me when I say that this book is nothing like Peter Pan at all! In fact, the book it did remind me of was the Mysterious Benedict Society, in both the way the author wrote it and one or two similarities between the two books.

Piper is such a sweet, caring girl, and, though she was not my favorite character in the whole book, I enjoyed reading about her. Her accent, however, got on my nerves after a while. It was the southern one, with yee-has and ain'ts to complete the stereotype.

My absolute favorite character in the book was....Conrad! Beneath that diabolical, two-faced villain is a wounded and unloved little boy who I just wanted to hug. He gets much better by the end; trust me.

One thing I have to complain about, though (and also the reason this book did not get a higher rating with me) is the completely obvious last names. Here's a sample of what I am talking about:
Piper McCloud; can fly!
Bella Lovelie: She's pretty
Dr. Mumbleby: He has such a thick german accent that it is hard to understand what he says
And, with a name like Dr. Hellion, it was safe to assume that the kindly doctor wasn't all she appeared to be...

This is a great children's book. It's a bit obvious at times, but it's entertaining nevertheless.

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