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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
May 20, 2013 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
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
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
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
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 becaus ...more
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 enco ...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
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
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 pu ...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
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 som ...more
Jun 02, 2015 Skye rated it really liked it
First off, A YA novel, that involves a teenage girl saying No to sexual advances from a boyfriend to the point she pushes him away (or kicks him, I can't remember). THANK YOU! I seems most YA novels that involve teenage sex has it either being amazing or described as awkward at first but then everything is fine. Such an empowering message to teenage girls (and a great one for boys as well!) that You can (and in my opinion should) say NO, even if you are in a "serious" relationship. I also liked ...more
Apr 22, 2015 Alicia rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya
Kristen Chandler is a beautiful person, gracious, talented and well-spoken. She also has great hair. I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that I liked her second novel better than her first, but it's true. I didn't think I'd like it better because her debut novel was so great. The next book could be just as good, but not better....

In Girls Don't Fly, nearly eighteen Myra Morgan helps her parents care for her four younger brothers and pregnant older sister, attends high school, works a humiliating
Mar 24, 2015 Andrea rated it it was ok
I started out really excited with this young adult novel. It had a fresh feel concerning the high school scene that felt real and current with a sense of humor and without being obsessed with the darker side of coming of age. I was in for a big disappointment. As the story went on it fell into the trap of stock characters: one dimensional mean or weird kids, clueless parents, and catty boyfriend stealing girls, indifferent adults, buck the system heroes etc. There's a lot of unrealistic scenes a ...more
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
Karie Xue
Jan 07, 2016 Karie Xue rated it it was amazing
At first I was impressed by the pretty cover in the public library, then I became addicted in the tortuous plot. It is an amazing story that shows how the narrator, Myra, adapts to the cruel reality: family expectations, under-aged pregnant sister, ex-boyfriend, and three little brothers to take care. To escape from all the calamity, Myra decided to go to Galapagos to do some field studying in the upcoming summer. According to her diligence, she finally got to go there. I wish I could be as bra ...more
Jun 23, 2014 Jody rated it really liked it
Yet another book out of my comfort zone that left me pleasantly surprised and reflective. Myra, the protagonist for this realistic book, is a fleshed out and dynamic character. She is a proverbial good girl and people pleaser. She is the second oldest in a large, financially strapped family, and weathering the fallout from her brilliant, older sister's unplanned pregnancy. Thank goodness for her "perfect" boyfriend who keeps her grounded, that is, until he dumps her. This catalyst sends Myra sea ...more
Haley Monile
Sep 29, 2015 Haley Monile rated it it was amazing
Myra is a teenage girl who is used to taking care of everybody but herself. Her parents depend on her to take care of the kids and to be the perfect teenager. She is used to being the grounded one but when things happen unexpectedly she feels less stable. She makes changes in her life that she never thought she would do or accomplish! Myra ends up applying for a scholarship to study birds in Galapogos, stands up to her family and ex boyfriend and flies into a new life. What teenager wouldn't wan ...more
Jul 15, 2014 Abigail rated it liked it
This was a cute quick read.
Myra, newly dumped, has a crisis of self and wildly decides to try out for a science scholarship that will take her to the Gallepelagos. She finds unlikely friends in the other candidates (and kind of creepily, with the graduate TA) and learns more about her life choices and how to stick up for herself.
Myra was a likable and entertaining female lead, with gumption, brains, and a generous nature. She was also flawed; self-conscious, overly attached to her jerky boyfrie
May 16, 2015 Denise rated it liked it
What I liked: the symbolism of the birds, the deeper meaning of the chapter headings, the overall arc. Much of the writing. The character growth.

What I didn't like: the doormat of a main character, who does eventually lose her doormat status, but only after many tooth-grinding moments. The family dynamic that had me itching to hand out a few slaps (although that was kind of the point, so it's not bad, just annoying). The needless, subtle, snarky jabs at religion, including the way anyone in the
Jan 17, 2016 readbymelanie rated it did not like it
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Oct 28, 2015 Teri rated it liked it
It started off a bit slow and depressing, to learn of this 17 year old, who is dependable, hard working and continuously picks up the slack for everyone else (Her overworked parents, knocked up older sister and 4 younger brothers to take care of), yet neglects herself, is dumped by her boyfriend of 2 years, just months before their high school graduation. Then, the opportunity of a lifetime, as she discovers life outside of her family. A scholarship to study birds in the Galapagos Islands and ea ...more
Sep 29, 2015 Emily rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this more, but hey, I'm one of those 'religious' people mentioned in the book. Just a heads up, LDS people are scientists too. The part I enjoyed most was learning about the birds mentioned because I do live in the state this is set in. The main character gets a lot of flack for being a doormat but she just seems to be trying to keep her family together, which I find admirable. I get really tired of teenage break-ups being the catalyst for self-discovery. He dumped me! *Sob* I'l ...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.
Sep 19, 2015 Caitlin rated it really liked it
Where do I begin to review this book? The answer to that is not an easy question. I was in the library looking for an audio book and randomly picked this one up. I have never, before this one, finshed an audiobook, so I did not have high hopes. Well I was wrong, this was fantastic. I looked forward to hearing it on the way to and from work. The main character Myra is girl that a reader wants to become friends with. I enjoyed her persistence and her spirit of never giving up. Also, I personally l ...more
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.
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