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Velva Jean Learns to Fly by Jennifer Niven
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Mar 22, 12

Read in March, 2012

I didn't read the predecessor of this book, Velva Jean Learns to Drive. But I don't feel like that hindered me too much in following the plot of this one. The characters are interesting and likeable and the pace is good. The information about women pilots in WWII was fascinating. I love WWII era books, movies, anything and this did not disappoint in that respect.
The reason I only gave it three stars (and almost gave it two) is the overall message of the book which is: Don't count on romantic love to last, men are always going to let you down, your dreams and goals are more important than any relationship. (Thank you feminist movement.) As someone who believes in marriage and family relationships that last longer than this life, that message bothered me. And its not one that I think young women should be listening to. The author makes clear that family is important to her main character and stresses that these are the only relationships that should be counted on or invested in. But when you have commitment to blood relationships (children, parents, slibings) but not to marriage or romantic relationships, you end up with fractured families. Sounds a little like today's society, does it not?
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Krisz I think Velva Jean was disappointed in marriage, simply. We can all get hurt and it affects us. I didn't see any hidden message like that...


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