Friday, April 10, 2009

The Girl Who Could Fly - Victoria Forester

Summary: "You just can't keep a good girl down...unless you use 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-strenth 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 to dire to talk about. Too crazy to consider. And to dangerous to ignore.

At turns exhilarating and terrifying, Victoria Forester's debut novel is an unforgettable story of defiance and courage about an irrepressible heroine who can, who will, who must...fly.


My Review: Piper McCloud is not like other girls. Hallelujah. She’s a spunky, down-home country girl who does things her own way—even if that way happens to be a little bit supernatural. When Piper rolled off the changing table as a baby and floated, instead of falling, she scared the spit out of her ultra-conventional parents. It’s just wasn’t how things were done. Full of curiousity and spirit, Piper just doesn’t understand how her parents can be such sticks-in-the-mud. One day, after seeing a mother bird push her fledgling from the nest, Piper launches herself off the roof in an act of reckless abandon--and drops like a stone almost killing herself. But that doesn't stop Piper, and soon she's sneaking off to practice flying. When she becomes too much to handle and her secret gets out, Piper’s parents ship her off to a posh private school for kids with abilities. As she settles in, everything seems wonderful. Only the school is not at all what it seems and one boy in particular seems bound and determined to make her life miserable. What IS a flying girl to do? Soon Piper is in way over her head and must trust her heart in order to save herself and those she cares about.

I have to say, usually reading the first few sentences of the book will let me know if I'm going to like it (at least from a writing standpoint). Forester wrote "Piper decided to jump off the roof. It wasn't a rash decision on her part." I knew right then, that we were going to get along.

Stephenie Meyer described this story as Little House meets X-Men, and that is entirely accurate. Piper’s background is a strictly country upbringing and it shows in the dialogue and in her grammar. I’m not sure why, but it’s very endearing. While I’m a huge fan of Heroes, and thus the whole concept of special ablilities, I really wasn’t that impressed by the "superpowers" she chose for the kids. They were okay, just not very inventive. Instead of a girl who can run fast, I’d like a girl who can actually win something on Ebay or run all the computers in the universe using her big toe and index finger. Seriously though, the abilities Forester gave the characters worked well for the story--I just wanted more.

As a whole The Girl Who Could Fly was a refreshing and adorable story with the moral that it’s alright to be different—even special—and to trust in yourself. I kept telling myself that I would stop reading after I finished the current chapter, and inevitably, when I got to the end of the chapter I just kept right on going. At 3 AM, that’s no mean feat. There were a couple parts at the end that came—WHAM—out of nowhere. I did not see them coming at all. In hindsight, there was a little bit of foreshadowing, but it was nice to be surprised. Alas, it seems as if this book isn’t finished either. While the main obstacle was overcome, not everything was resolved. If there is no sequel in the works, then this book leaves me with quite a few questions. I'm going to give Forester the benefit of the doubt though, and plan to read the next one when it comes out.

My Rating: 5 Stars (suitable for all ages)

Sum it up in one phrase: A great read-aloud story that teaches the importance of being yourself.

Read Kari's review here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This is a very good book about Piper Mccloud the girl who had many friends at I.N.S.A.N.E.There she'll find amazing talents and a twist of fate.This action packed book is the first step of reading great books

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