Myra is used to keeping her feet firmly on the ground. She’s got four younger brothers, overworked parents, and a pregnant older sister, and if Myra wasn’t there to take care of everyone, they’d probably fall apart. But when her boyfriend unceremoniously dumps her, Myra feels like she’s lost her footing. Suddenly she’s doing things she never would’ve a few months earlier: quitting her job, applying for a scholarship to study birds in the Galapogos, and falling for a guy who’s encouraging her to leap from her old life . . . and fly.
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Right from the start, I realized that GIRLS DON’T FLY wasn’t what I had been expecting at all, Myra especially. This book is set towards the end of high school, but it is a very whimsical book and while the heroines are around the same age, this book is nothing like how sweet, realistic and fun Just One Wish by Janette Rallison is.
When it comes to Myra, I had a real love/hate relationship with her from the very beginning because of how selfish and selfless she can be at the same time. For one thing, she’s constantly taking care of her family–but on the other hand, she begins GIRLS DON’T FLY with a huge pity party due to her boyfriend breaking up with her. She decides to quit her job and go to the Galapogos. Once Myra is in the Galapogos, she’s fairly likable and once her life starts to look up she faces her problems and actually comes to terms with many real-life issues around her, but until then she’s annoying and her voice was very shaky for me.
As for plot, other characters and pacing GIRLS DON’T FLY is very stable. I enjoyed the plot immensely after Myra gets to the Galapogos. All the new experiences Myra goes through are fun to read about and teach Myra, as well as the reader, a lot. I enjoyed how much she grew over the course of this story and how the other characters were able to support her and grow along with her as well.
The ending was good, but not entirely satisfactory. I would’ve liked to see a little more about the characters and where they’ll go from then on. Overall, I would recommend this book to 12+. 3 stars.
pg count for the hardback: 288