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Girls Don't Fly

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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: ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 13th 2011 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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Mar 13, 2012 Lea rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, ya, high-school
Have you ever felt trapped by your family’s expectations? It’s February of her senior year, and seventeen-year-old Myra Morgan, the heroine of Kristen Chandler’s Girls Don't Fly, has a vague plan for after high school: enroll in dental school and spend time with her boyfriend, Erik. There aren’t many others options in her small Utah town. Her older sister, Melissa, is pregnant and dropping out of college, and their overworked parents depend on Myra for cooking, carpool, and childcare.

When Erik
Melannie :)
Sep 30, 2011 Melannie :) marked it as to-read

I knew there was a reason I liked this description SOOOO much.
I knew there was a reason why I immediately wanted this book in my hands.
I knew there was a reason I am dying to read this.

Wolves, Boys and Other Things That Might Kill Me
One of my favorite books.

*extreme excitement causes a breakdown*
Kris Irvin
Jan 10, 2014 Kris Irvin rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2013
Huh. This... was not what I expected.

I really enjoyed "Wolves, Boys, and Other Things that Might Kill Me." I loved it, in fact. So I expected to love this one too. But no. I didn't love it. I didn't even like it.

We start off with Myra's boyfriend breaking it off with her. Now Myra will mope, and she will continue to mope because her family life is crazy, and she quits her job, and she wants to do this scholarship thing but oh crap she quit her job and her amazing boyfriend broke up with her. S
Mrs. Riding
Nov 14, 2011 Mrs. Riding rated it it was amazing
Myra, a senior at Cyprus High, is caught without wings in her crazy life, trying to please everyone but herself. Her Prince Charming turns out to be a frog. Her unwed pregnant sister moves home, just one more person Myra needs to help care for. Then an opportunity to fly is offered in Biology class and Myra decides to go for it--the chance to spend the summer studying in the Galapagos Islands. No one really takes her seriously, so Myra has trouble taking herself seriously. Yet she keeps working ...more
May 18, 2012 Amy rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club
As I'm fairly certain there's a high chance I won't be able to make it to the book club meeting this time around (39 weeks along as of today), I thought it best to at least write my thoughts about the book here.

I liked that it was set in Utah and I was vaguely familiar with a few of the landmarks. Oddly enough, I also liked that it wasn't centered on an LDS family - there are plenty of them in Utah and while the church was peripherally mentioned, I didn't feel like there was much commentary on
Marin Fialla
Sep 19, 2012 Marin Fialla rated it really liked it
I am currently reading the book "Girls Don't Fly" by Kristen Chandler. It is about this girl named Myra. She has a lot of family troubles, and is struggling with her break up with her boyfriend. Right now I am reading about the apart where Myra just broke up wit her nineteen month relationship boyfriend Erik. I was surprised to read, that after he brok up with Myra, he started acting like a real jerk. For example, he started making Myra jealous with a bunch of other girls, and start harrassing ...more
Linda Hart
Jul 09, 2012 Linda Hart rated it it was amazing
Young Adult novel (I listened to audio version) that is absolutely captivating with charming believable characters who don't have a perfect life. I especially enjoyed it because of the main character, an 18 yr. old girl who is dependent, self effacing, selfless doormat to her family, employer, and boyfriend but who realizes her own self worth and evolves into a strong, confident young woman realizing that she is in control of the direction her own life can take.

The setting is a small town calle
Jan 11, 2012 Lisa rated it it was ok
This was well-reviewed (For example, from SLJ: "The protagonist is a delightfully spunky teen whose witticisms will keep readers laughing, and her deeply felt connection to her family and cool head in the midst of life-and-death crises will leave them with watery eyes. Fans of Sarah Dessen will want to grab this one - Richelle Roth")so I thought I'd give it a try...I'm a fan of Sarah Dessen, after all.

Now, I don't want to call Richelle a liar, but I hated Myra, she was not delightful. I can defi
Dec 17, 2012 Claribel rated it it was amazing
Myra is an admirable young woman how is responsible of her younger brothers while her parents overwork themselves, and a pregnant yet unmarried sister who moves back home. If she isn't there then maybe everything and everyone would fall apart. When her boyfriend breaks up with her, Myra finds herself doing things she'd never expect herself to do such as quitting her job, applying for a scholarship to study birds in the Galapagos and falling for a guy who is five years older than her who yet ...more
Jul 16, 2012 Deborah rated it liked it
Shelves: realistic
I randomly picked this one up as a quick lunch break read, and it turned to be one of the best realistic teen books that I've read in a long time. I loved the Utah setting, the main character and her big family (I am drawn to books where a character has a big family -- must be why Mallory was my favorite member of the Babysitters Club), and the more complex parts of the setting -- that Myra and her family are non-religious in a very religious town, and the judgement she receives at school ...more
Dec 11, 2011 Erin rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011, ya
I finished this book two days ago and I already can barely remember anything about it or if I liked or disliked it. So that must mean it was just ok. Another one set in Mormon country--though the main character isn't Mormon--and didn't have anything super compelling about it.

OH WAIT I remember the one ridiculous thing. The Galapagos are a main part of it, and a bunch of kids are in a meeting about applying for a trip there (actually at their second or third such meeting) and they all start chall
Ashley Marie
Dec 18, 2011 Ashley Marie rated it it was amazing
Now one thing about me is I am a huge fantasy reader and am not into this genre of book as much. But I absolutely loved this book! It was definitely a refreshing change from my other reads! I was actually given the opportunity to have Kirsten Chandler come into my class and talk to us about the publication process, writing tips, and her journey as a writer which I think added to the feeling of this book. After learning about how an author got to this point and achieved getting her second book ...more
Inspired Kathy
Jan 28, 2012 Inspired Kathy rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
I thought Myra was a character who was easy to relate to. Her story rang true and reminded me of many of the feelings, doubts and insecurities I remember having in high school. The story was a cute, quirky coming of age, contemporary family drama.

Set outside Salt Lake City, UT and written by an LDS author I expected this to be LDS fiction but it was not. This could have been a book set in any town, anywhere. Other than a mention or two of the religious kids who went to church on Sunday there was
Dec 08, 2011 Francisco rated it it was amazing
What I liked the most about this book (besides the writing) was the way it dealt with the question of personal sacrifice. Myra must choose between sacrificing her ambition, her desire to grow, and being there for her sister. Chandler does a good job of showing that ever present tension between a young person's need to be the person she was meant to be and her duty to others. Good job. This is Chandler's second book and it is wonderful to see her growth as writer, her willingness to go deeper, to ...more
Danyelle Ferguson
Feb 29, 2012 Danyelle Ferguson rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Girls Don't Fly. It's a great story about a girl discovering who she is, rather than who everyone else wants her to be.
Jun 21, 2012 E rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, fiction
Useless, 10-word review: Frustrating yet lovable main character. I'm proud of her evolution.
Kai (Amaterasu Reads)
This is why I love reading contemps. LOVE LOVE LOVE!
Feb 23, 2012 Heather rated it really liked it
A great story with some nice depth.
Nov 29, 2011 Sarah rated it liked it
Kristen Chandler's Girls Don't Fly is a book that drove me incredibly neurotic but yet I could not put it down. The voice of Myra is incredibly readable, if not always likeable, but always readable.

Synopsis: 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
I like Kristin Chandler because she always writes books with a fresh take on hated/stereotyped wildlife (wolves, seagulls—because when you think of them, typically you just get annoyed) and a socially inept (for the most part) girl with family problems, and a very awkward love interest. (Because both Virgil [Wolves, Boys, and Other Things That Might Kill Me] and Pete are really weird…) This girl grows throughout the book and eventually finds love.
Well, it starts with poor Myra being dumped by he
Wandering Librarians
I think I liked this? Myra was a really interesting character. She obviously has self-esteem issues brought on partially by her relationship with Erik and partially from her family's dependence on her. She has some rather disturbing OCD traits that I think someone should tell her to seek psychological help for. She is a doormat, and yet not a fatalistic doormat. She doesn't whine a lot about it, I think she truly does things for others out of the goodness of her heart which is rather endearing. ...more
Feb 28, 2012 Shannon rated it really liked it
I was surprised by how much I liked this book. It's popped up on my recommendations a few times and I've always ignored it. It seemed ok, but it didn't catch my attention enough for me to pick it up and read. I was perusing the new releases at the library. I saw a copy of this, thought what the hell, and grabbed one. After finishing the story, I'm glad I picked this up. I loved the main character Myra and this is a good book if you realistic teen fiction. Everything that happened felt real to ...more
Chelsea Booker
Apr 18, 2012 Chelsea Booker rated it liked it
Shelves: reviewed, kindle-read
As far as YA contemporary novels go, this was just okay. It was a bit disappointing because, based on the cover, I expecting something a little more light and humorous but most of it turned out to be a bit of a downer. Still, it wasn't the worse thing ever, just not something that left a big impression.

It took me a really long time to get through this. Several times I considered just shelving it to my finish-later shelf, but I knew if I put it there I probably wouldn't come back to it. Ever. So
John Clark
Dec 28, 2014 John Clark rated it it was amazing
Myra's made a career of meeting everyone else's needs. She has an older sister who just discovered she's pregnant and four younger brothers who she gets stuck ferrying around a lot because her dad is an engineer and her mom cleans at night to help make ends meet. The only really good thing she has going for her is Erik, her boyfriend of almost two years.
When he dumps her, supposedly because he needs 'space', it knocks her world off kilter, but then things get even worse. Melyssa, her pregnant s
Michelle (FabBookReviews)
Nov 26, 2011 Michelle (FabBookReviews) rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-young-adult
I was impressed by this YA novel. I have not yet read Chandler's debut, Wolves, Boys, and Other Things that Might Kill Me, so this author was completely new to me- and I am so glad I have discovered her writing!

Myra is unlike any character I have come across recently in YA lit. She is definitely peculiar, an unexpectedly great storyteller, patient beyond belief, and her background and family is difficult and unique. I think some readers may be frustrated with her because at the onset of the book
Alicia Libby
Jan 25, 2016 Alicia Libby rated it liked it
This book wasn't as good as I expected. From most of the reviews I saw, I had high hopes/expectations for this book. I expected this to be better than it actually was. Overall, I would give this book a 3/5 for a few different reasons. In most books, there are a number of plot twists, and in my opinion plot twists are what people need to stay interested in a book. There weren't many plot twists to keep me interested. When I first started reading, I thought the book was good because there was ...more
Drew Constance
Aug 18, 2013 Drew Constance rated it really liked it
Quick thoughts: Insightful, refreshing and a great emotional read.

This is a fantastic story about gaining independence, learning to stand-up for what you believe in and exploring the journey of a girl who dares to dream big and bring her hard work into fruition. I enjoyed this book immensely with its interweaving tales and fun facts about birds, life and earth it made for a provoking read and I really enjoyed the Journey Myra [the doormat of her life] took to becoming the passionate, dedicated a
Gretchen Alice
Jan 17, 2013 Gretchen Alice rated it liked it
Kristen Chandler wrote Wolves, Boys and Other Things That Might Kill Me, which was--hands down--one of my favorite YA reads back in 2010. But then I forgot to keep tabs on her career and much to my surprise, found Girls Don't Fly tucked into a stack of free books at my local library. And while Girls Don't Fly doesn't quite match up to the greatness of Wolves..., I'm pleased to report that I will happily follow Kristen Chandler for as long as she releases nature-themed YA lit.
Two things that Gir
May 04, 2012 Lissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: ebook
Great characters, dealing with nice normal high school issues. I liked the older-guy plot, I don't think we see enough of those in YA romance and I think it is realistic -- who wants to date petty high school guys anyway? :)

Myra is the most practical, self-sacrificing high school senior on earth. She has to be, with four younger brothers to take care of, parents working opposite shifts to make enough to pay the bills, and an older sister who just dropped out of college and moved back home becaus
Oct 01, 2012 Natalie rated it really liked it
Myra is the good girl that takes care of everyone else. She sees it in herself and sometimes knows that she is being a "doormat," but she can't seem to stop. It's in her nature. In the small town of Landon, UT, near the Great Salt Lake, not much changes and Myra is starting to feel....trapped. Her boyfriend just broke up with her, and her cranky pregnant sister is moving back in. To get some peace and quiet, Myra moves herself to the unfinished basement and sleeps in a sleeping bag.

Then an oppo
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