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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, 288 pages
Published October 13th 2011 by Viking Juvenile
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Lea
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
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Melannie :)
Sep 30, 2011 Melannie :) marked it as to-read
OH MY GOOOOOOOD!

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.

THIS IS WRITTEN BY KRISTEN CHANDLER!!!
THE AMAZING AUTHOR OF THE EXTREMELY AWESOME BOOK:
Wolves, Boys and Other Things That Might Kill Me
One of my favorite books.

*extreme excitement causes a breakdown*
Kris Irvin
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
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Mrs. Riding
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
Marin Fialla
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
Amy
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
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Deborah
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
Claribel
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
Erin
Dec 11, 2011 Erin rated it 2 of 5 stars
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
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Lisa
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
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Ashley Marie
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
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
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Jennifer
Cute teen romance. High school senior Myra gets dumped by her boyfriend Erik. Myra is absolutely crushed, since she sees Erik as the only thing pushing her forward in life. Suddenly, graduate student Pete Tree shows up to tell the AP science class all about a scholarship opportunity - a two month trip to the Galapagos Islands, with a requirement of $1,000 to be paid by the scholarship winners. Something clicks during this presentation and Myra sees the Galapagos as "a place to begin." This is re ...more
Jody
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
Abigail
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
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Danyelle Ferguson
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.
E
Jun 21, 2012 E rated it 4 of 5 stars
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!
Michelle Rocha
A decent novel about first love gone wrong. After getting dumped Myra slowly starts to find herself and get comfortable with who she is without a boyfriend. Family pressure and expectations further complicate her journey to self-fulfillment. What really irks me about this book is that there's another love interest for Myra right away. The heavy-handed message of finding self-worth and self-love without a romantic relationship gets muddied with this new guy. Why does there have to be a new guy? C ...more
Heather
A great story with some nice depth.
Susan
Nov 06, 2014 Susan rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: slmta
When she is unexpectedly dumped by Prince Charming, high school senior Myra takes chances she wouldn't have taken before. Intrigued by a scholarship contest to study plant and bird life in the Galápagos Islands, she has only a few months to write a research proposal and raise $1,000 to pay part of the cost of the trip. Could she really dance around outside the local fried chicken joint in a feathery costume? Then, Myra's college freshman sister shows up pregnant and becomes bedridden, one more ...more
Kate
I really enjoyed this book! I've been a fan of Chandlers since I read her book Wolves, Boys and Other Things that Might Kill Me last summer, so when a friend sent me a copy of this book (it's signed!! Thanks Amy!)I was really excited to dive in. It was such a great read. What I really like about this book is that Myra is very easy to relate too. I'm from a small town and I know how hard it is to step outside of that box and do something different and exciting, so it was fun to see Myra try to fi ...more
Natalie
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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Liana
3.5 rating.

I thought the cover looked kind of childish so I was surprised to find the book was about a second semester high school senior. I'm glad I gave it a try because it was pretty good. The beginning of the book really sucked me in and it was really engaging. I like Myra (didn't like her name) and her spunky family. It was nice to read about a real middle-class family, struggling but making it. And about a girl who sees herself as average and then comes out of her shell. Myra had a lot of
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Jenny
You know what would have bumped this book up to a full three stars? If it weren't written in present tense. Good Lord! Is the whole publishing industry conspiring to produce books that get on my nerves?

This book is set near my hometown, so it was a lot of fun to read descriptions of the area. I've even been to some of the places around the Great Salt Lake that they go to in the book. I liked the way the LDS and non-LDS characters were portrayed. Specifically, that their Mormonness (or lack ther
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Chelsea Booker
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
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Blair Mirth
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
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Jeanette
Every girl who has ever been dumped expectantly, when still in love with their boyfriend, will relate to Myra when Erik unceremoniously breaks up with her because he needs more "space". Myra, a self described doormat, struggles with her family responsibilities, school work, and lack of a job. She dreams of leaving their small dead end town. Myra lives with her parents and five siblings (her sister dropped out of college because she is pregnant) and there is barely enough money to make ends meet. ...more
Amelia
Originally posted on The Authoress: Book Review and More.


Girls Don't Fly was an awesome, short, cute story with an inspiring and heartfelt message. Myra was a relatable teen girl with a lot on her plate, still figuring out who she is and how she fits in. Kristen Chandler has a quick and easy writing style that says volumes. Girls Don't Fly was a great pick me up and a new contemporary favorite.

One preachy passage could have ruined this whole book (this statement still under revision, because thi
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Linda Hart
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
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