Love Me Anyway: A Novel
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Love Me Anyway: A Novel

3.69 of 5 stars 3.69  ·  rating details  ·  124 ratings  ·  34 reviews
A darkly funny, compulsively readable debut novel about two young flight attendants coming of age at 35,000 feet

When twenty-three-year-old Emily Cavenaugh’s marriage to her abusive high school sweetheart ends, she trades in her dull smalltown life for an all-access pass to see the world as a flight attendant. Hoping for a new start, she moves to San Francisco to bunk with...more
Hardcover, 320 pages
Published May 7th 2013 by Thomas Dunne Books
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Dana Sachs
Oh, this is a lovely book! There's so much to enjoy. If you've ever flown on a plane (and who hasn't?), then the details of a flight attendant's life are fascinating and may make us all kinder and more sympathetic the next time we shove trash at one of them and expect them to say "thanks." Mostly, though, it's the characters and story that make this novel so compelling. The two main characters are so well-drawn that they feel completely real on the page, and it's impossible not to feel for their...more
Kristin W
As a travel junkie, I've indulged a fantasy or two about being a flight attendant if I was young and single. This book gives me a glimpse of exactly what that might've been like - both the good and the bad. I loved that side of the book and was also eager to find out whether the two main characters, Emily and KC, ever got their issues worked out and their lives pointed in the direction they wanted. The book kept me turning the (digital) pages and annoying my family with, "Just let me finish this...more
Cynthia Romanowski
I'm afraid people will look at the cover of this book and the summary inside the flap and dismiss it as "women's fiction" (whatever that means) and that's too bad because it is more than that. Just when you think you are settled in to the rhythms a flight attendant's life Hawk's story goes international. Just when you think the book is only about these two young woman Hawk gives us an intimate look into one of her male characters as he returns to Vietnam and reflects on his broken marriage. Just...more
I received this book in a First Reads giveaway. This is a must read; I could not put it down! Love Me Anyway is the first book in a long time that really grabbed my attention and pulled at my heart. In her debut novel, Tiffany Hawk takes you into a world so real and captivating. It is clear that her personal experiences in the Airline world helped shaped such a wonderful novel. Absolutely wonderful.

Pia Chatterjee
This writer is the next Penelope Lively.
Eric Althoff
For KC and Emily, young women in their early twenties, the life of a flight attendant represents many things: adventure, escape, opportunity, an attempt to start fresh and salve the wounds of the past. What neither realizes is that life "up in the air" will be far more complex and present many new problems of life, love and opportunity than either of them could have bargained for.

Tiffany Hawk's debut novel takes the reader and her characters on a journey of several dimensions. As a freshman effo...more
Marlene Engel
Come take a ride with Emily, KC and their crew as they travel the world in hopes of discovering themselves and maybe even love along the way. But life as a flight attendant isn’t always a smooth ride. They will encounter turbulence along the way. So sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.

Most young adults would jump at the opportunity to experience the world, travel to exotic destinations and get paid while doing so. Emily Cavenaugh isn’t most people. At twenty three years old, she has already been...more
Kim Fay
I love it when authors write about a unique world they know personally, and I love it when authors take risks. Tiffany Hawk hits both of those marks. In this novel about flight attendants for United Airlines, Hawk knows whereof she writes. She, too, flew with that airline, which means that the details in this novel are wonderfully intimate. Funny, too -- i.e. On her travels the main character sees a man so "obscenely American that even I want to pickpocket him." But I didn't just enjoy the detai...more
I almost wish this novel wasn't called "Love Me Anyway," because I don't want it to be dismissed as chick lit. While the book does examine the relationships and issues of two modern women, I think it's incomplete to categorize it with that label. It's like looking at a lemon meringue pie and calling it a cake.

This is the story of Emily and KC, two United flight attendants -- one is running from her past, while the other searching for home. Despite a lot of turbulence, the women eventually find t...more
Kate E. Stephenson
Love Me Anyway is not a book I would consider fun beach reading, but it is a book that I enjoyed for the poignant perspective of author Tiffany Hawk, the pert narrative pace and the unexpected moments of hilarity that arise out of the darkness. And this book is dark. As the synopsis reveals, there is abuse and infidelity; but it does not reveal the death of both body and spirit that loom in the pages. So if you are not in the mood to have the starkness of reality reflected on the pages, set this...more
Biggest appeal for me was a peek at the world of flight attendants in a time after the glamorous air hostess days and before 2001. Recommend to readers who like Jennifer Close's "Girls in White Dresses" and to Kristin Hannah, Caroline Leavitt, etc. readers.
Dawn Scott
Loved it! It felt very real, which I really liked. My only criticism, I wanted MORE! I really couldn't put it down.
A total delight!
When I was offered Love Me Anyway by Tiffany Hawk to review, I said yes immediately. I absolutely love the idea of being a flight attendant, it was something I wanted to be when I was younger though it isn’t something I’ve followed through on because you have to be a certain weight apparently and it’s not something I’d like to have to be ruled over. Also the more flights I’ve taken the older I’ve gotten, the less glossy the job looks when you realise they have to deal with obnoxious passengers a...more
Jenn Ravey
Since my first flight at age 23, I’ve fantasized about careers that would give me the means to travel for a living. Samantha Brown? I may have said a few bad things about her because I’m green with envy. Yet I never once considered being a flight attendant. Tiffany Hawk’s debut novel Love Me Anyway is a great example of why.

Emily Cavenaugh and KC Valentine meet when they begin training as flight attendants. Both seeking a different life – Emily as an escape from an abusive husband, KC looking fo...more
Lydia Laceby
3.5 Star

Originally reviewed at Novel Escapes.

I enjoyed the glimpse inside the lives of stewardesses with Love Me Anyway. The detailed insight into their lives amazed me and I kept reading for these juicy tidbits – and there were many of them! A novel about finding yourself, this book was a bit darker than some of the contemporary women’s fiction I’ve read lately. The women were definitely hard to love, but in the end, the writing itself was fabulous and frequently humourous, despite some charact...more
Lisa Rajna
My review on Huffington Post

In Tiffany Hawk's novel, Love Me Anyway, Emily and KC seek new lives flying towards their unrealized dreams. Approaching their new job as United Airlines flight attendants from different runways, Emily explains, "For KC, picking up and heading to Chicago meant she was a grown-up. For me it was proof I was young after all."

Emily's high school sweetheart turns out to be a dangerous husband swinging calphalon pots, demanding perfe...more
Angela Buelow
Jul 01, 2013 Angela Buelow rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: travelers
I really enjoyed Love Me Anyway. So many people think of a flight attendant's life as being glamorous, and I think Tiffany Hawk, a former flight attendant herself, really shows that it is not the reality of it. Sure, they get to travel to amazing places, but the really they are only there for a short time, living out of a suitcase, moving from hotel to hotel and are hundreds of miles away from the people they love. For me, it really showed how lonely of a lifestyle it can really be. Her characte...more
Jennifer King
I had the pleasure of meeting the author, Tiffany Hawk, at another author's book signing a couple of months ago. She was delightful to meet. I didn't know what to expect when she signed the copy I bought that day, as I thought LOVE ME ANYWAY was chick-lit. Yes, I love traveling, and was intrigued by the "coming of age at 35,000 feet" subtitle, but LOVE ME ANYWAY is so much more than what it first seems. It is a story about two women making their way through life as flight attendants, both search...more
Gill Brookshaw
Loved some of the quotes in this book so decided to write a whole blog on just one of them....
'I got a tattoo done last lower back.....It's forever. What if I hate it someday?'
'Oh honey, it's not permanent. I got one in the same place and it fell into the great divide years ago'.
Coming soon at
I picked this up on a whim at the library, was immediately shamed by the lame-o title, and thought I wouldn't make past the first 3 chapters. It picked up in the middle and then tanked at the end. I did like the behind the scenes aspect to airline/flight attendant world, but not enough to move it up to 3 stars.
I liked this book, as I kept reading to see how it would end, but I never really connected with any of the characters. It felt like each of the two main female characters were wanting to end up somewhere in he beginning of the book, and at the end of the story where they both had endings, it didn't feel right, or real, to me.
It felt like the author put an ending on each character, that didn't really fit.
The best part of the book, for me, was reading about being a flight attendant, and about tra...more
It was a really good light read
A decent read, but an awful title. I bought it for the airline crew aspect, as it was recommended, and enjoyed the book for what it was.
I liked this one a lot more than I expected to. At first, the lives of the flight crew really bummed me out. You could almost smell the stale air and fake courtesy. But, the characters really developed, and I'm still thinking about them. I'll be very curious about airline crew and what their backgrounds are, the next time I fly.
This was a great book. Love Me Anyway gave me insight on the life of a flight attendant.

For some reason, I was not expecting the book to be along the timeline of the 9/11 attacks. The way the author wrote about it gave me chills.

All in all the book made me laugh and cry and I would definitely read it again.
Great read - couldn't put it down. It's funny and poignant, painfully honest. A coming of age story that crosses generations with extraordinary sensitivity and compassion. Seamless plot and beautiful writing - I recommend it without reservation.
I liked this more than I thought I would - a chick-lit story about flight attendants :)

The characters were incredibly realistic - I honestly wanted to shake them and tell them to stop acting so stupid at times! An entertaining summer read.
Randy Briggs
The blurbs on the back promised me that this novel was funny, but I found it depressing. Both the main characters are desperate and unhappy, and most of the supporting characters are sleazy and untrustworthy.
This is the kind of book which makes people commit suicide. Aside from its dreary and depressing stories of two lost women finding each other, the novel doesn't really go anywhere.
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With a burning need to see the world but no way to pay for it, I became a flight attendant for United Airlines. The moment I walked through the doors of the training center, a shy but eager new recruit, not entirely unlike the Emily I write about in Love Me Anyway, my life changed forever. I was suddenly part of this unique and fascinating new world. It was intoxicating and lonely, exhilarating an...more
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