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The Summer I Learned to Fly by Dana Reinhardt
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Jan 11, 2012

it was ok
bookshelves: ya, realistic-fiction
Read in January, 2012

Drew lives with her mother and pet rat, Hum, and spends most of her time at her mother's gourmet cheese shop. Her father is long dead but Drew is consoled by his book of lists, found in a closet and cherished ever since. Her relationship with her mother begins to feel complicated when she discovers that her mother is spending after-work time with someone in a silver car; but Drew soon has her own secret to keep when she meets Emmett, an apparently homeless older boy who befriends her. Their innocent friendship is the point, I guess, of this odd book, and the adventure they have at the end of the book is supposed to be one of those symbolic and life-changing experiences. Drew is poised on the brink of adolescence, and her insights and feelings are authentic. However,
this novel, while endearing, was also sort of strange. The end felt a little anticlimactic after so much buildup, and readers looking for romance will find none here. 6th grade and up.
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