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If I Could Fly

3.42  ·  Rating Details  ·  161 Ratings  ·  21 Reviews
Tender and deeply moving, "If I Could Fly" is an unputdownable novel with real heart. It will keep you guessing until the final page. Calypso Summer. Yeah, that really is my name. 'A girl with such a name is on a journey. She will have adventures,' my mother used to murmur in my ear. And I now I am on a journey. I'm running from something terrible - but I don't know what. ...more
Paperback, 292 pages
Published January 3rd 2011 by Egmont
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Aug 01, 2011 Lucy rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011-reads
I'm not entirely sure what to make of this one. On the one hand, Jill Hucklesby's prose is gorgeous and flows like poetry. When I initially picked up If I Could Fly I found myself reading the first chapter aloud to myself to feel the rhythm of the words. I thought then that this would be a book to treasure.

But after a few chapters, Hucklesby's gorgeous-but-purple prose began to test my patience. I'm willing to overlook her strange writing style since the majority of the novel is written as a run
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Sep 27, 2010 Bungle Midnight Reads rated it did not like it

I couldn't get into this book! I think it was the style of writing. I will admit I read the first half just thinking what is going on then I skimmed the second half. I didn't like the ending either.
Jan 16, 2011 Becky rated it liked it
Shelves: read-for-review
If I Could Fly is an eccentric, surreal story set in a future where England is subject to the controlling power of the state and it eats away at peoples personal freedoms.

Calypso Summer is thirteen and on the run. She cannot remember who she is running from or why but running she is. The first chapter of If I Could Fly is stream of consciousness. It is both poetic and yet alienating as the writing is unfamiliar. The whole novel is told in the first person present tense which makes Caly’s story a
Jan 21, 2011 Sophie rated it liked it
Shelves: for-review, uk-author
If I Could Fly is a beautiful and fascinating read that completely captured my attention.

Jill Hucklesby wrote If I Could Fly in a lyrical and songlike prose that created a truly individual narrative style. It’s written in the rarely used present tense which, with the lyricism, gives the novel a dreamlike feel. I was constantly unsure as to whether what Caly was seeing and doing was real or not. I occasionally wondered if she was perhaps hallucinating or dreaming due to the intensely involving us
Leanne Bell
When i first started reading this I wasn't sure what to think. I think the main issue was that I'm not used to the particular writing style that was used, but once i did get used to it I fell in love with story and I completely understood why it had to be written the way it was.
In fact, I'm going to have major trouble writing a review that doesn't give away spoilers because a massive part of the book is such a surprise that i was left completely stunned, and in honesty, I wouldn't have seen it c
Beth Dean
Sep 27, 2011 Beth Dean rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone
This completely took me by surprise, it's actually one of the best books I've read in ages, with a totally original idea that kept me captivated with every page. Free running hasn't been in many books I personally have read, I think it's because there's such a danger of it sounding utterly dull but Hucklesby killed it! She captured exactly what free running is and made it her own.

Her characters were each a gem of the highest calibre. Little Bird, although initially I thought, cheesy idea, howeve
Apr 19, 2011 Stormmyy.. rated it liked it
At first my opinions of this book were slighty sketchy and confused as to the puropse of the story and some idea as to where it was going. Now though I am roughly an eighth throughout the book and it really is quite a good read. It caaptures the feeble and yet imaginative mind of people in their earlyl teens as well as being beautifully written in a way that it makes the reader constantly wonder what is going to happen next. As it will give clues to Calypso (the main character)life before she ra ...more
Juanita Molina
May 16, 2014 Juanita Molina rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Very impressed by how the book turned out. I cant believe I put this book of for so long!
The ending was quite sad indeed and i wished she hadn't made the decision of going back, but of course she needed to she Little Bird. Shame her farther is still alive, i wished he had the knife in his leg instead of poor Calypso Summer (yes thats really her name!)

I loved also how the author described her thoughts. I really truly felt like i was in the book with Caly and Alfie and of course little Furball.
Emily Wynn
Jul 27, 2013 Emily Wynn rated it it was ok
Picked this book up for free from a book exchange area. I was attracted my the cover and the title, seemed like it might be an interesting, but light read. I managed to read it pretty quickly, but found that there was a lot of plots and factors in the book that weren’t really needed or explained throughly. The world in which the main character lives is on that is ruled by the FISTS and has been devastated by a virus. Throughout the book I was waiting for all this to be explained and explored, bu ...more
Sep 12, 2014 Zara rated it it was amazing
I started reading this book and found it was pure brilliance and they ending was amazing!
Mar 29, 2016 Lois added it
I'm sure I've read this book....
I remember it but not really sure!
Mat Adshead
Apr 15, 2014 Mat Adshead rated it really liked it
This book was great, loved the plot twist at the end.
Apr 21, 2014 Wonderwall123 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favourite-books
FAVOURITE BOOK *gush gush gush gush*
Nov 25, 2013 Anni rated it it was ok
I didn't know what this book is all about and when I finished I still didn't know, so that is not a very good sign. I was just reading because I wanted to find out, but I didn't. So I can't even tell you what is happening in that book. Everything was so strange about it..
Sep 09, 2010 Samantha rated it it was amazing
A beautiful debut written for younger readers set in a future where the fear of a deadly virus causes all kinds of rules and regulations.
The relationship that blooms between the two main characters is touching.
May 24, 2013 Angeline rated it it was amazing
Shelves: all-time-faves
At first I thought it'd be a mystery story, but as it went on I realised it was a love story and a tremendously sad story. In my top three favourite books still three years after reading it!
Oct 16, 2013 Carina rated it it was ok
This book was okay, but it was terribly confusing. I still do not know what to think of it, though I do know it is very sad. I do not recamend this book to anyone.
Sherrie Green
Feb 04, 2012 Sherrie Green rated it liked it
An easy read, but missing something. I wasn't walking around telling people about it or anything. I think the front cover doesn't match the story at all.
Robyn Drummond
Oct 27, 2011 Robyn Drummond rated it really liked it
Totally brilliant. At first i thought it was a simple virus outbreak survivor story but the twist and turns we absolutey amazing!
Tara-Jayne (♥ I Read, I Love ♥)  Bell
review to come - for all of my reviews check out my blog
:) A good read that has a big twist at the end.
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