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3.63  ·  Rating details ·  375 ratings  ·  89 reviews
Stevie Calhoun knows how to take care of herself. It’s not like her mom hasn’t disappeared before. So why is Aunt Mindy making such a big deal of it now? It’s not like Mom’s really doing meth. Stevie makes sure of that. Whatever. She’ll go home with Aunt Mindy if it will keep her from calling Child Protective Services—but it doesn’t mean she’ll stay. Mom will come back. Mo ...more
Hardcover, 176 pages
Published December 20th 2011 by HMH Books for Young Readers (first published January 1st 2011)
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Mar 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
In order to write this book, I volunteered at the bird nursery at PAWS wildlife rehabilitation center, where I learned to feed baby birds with eyedroppers and give them worms using tweezers.
Nov 24, 2011 rated it liked it
3.5 stars

I saw Flyaway for the first time at the library and immediately knew that I had to read it. The beautiful pink cover drew me in right away. The author was nice enough to send me a copy for review, which I am thankful for. After reading it, I have mixed feelings.

Even though I am an adult, I read a lot of young adult books. Sometimes I love them, sometimes I don't. This was a case of the latter. I think that if I would have read this as a teenager, I would have loved it. However, as an a
Dec 31, 2011 rated it really liked it
Another book with a serious subject matter, so of course I loved it. I don't know what it is about issues like this that draw my interest.

So, the main character, Stevie, has a mom who is sort of like a dead beat mom. Her and Stevie are constantly moving and she can't hold down a job. Nothing in Stevies life is stable, but that is all Stevie knows and when things turn bad in her life and she is no longer with her mom that is all she wants. To be with her even though that is the worst thing at the
Oct 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: YA fans
Recommended to Jillyn by: Mod Podge Bookshelf
4.5 stars out of 5, rounded up.

Stevie is used to being independent. Her mom, a dancer at a nightclub, often leaves her home alone. But Stevie doesn't mind. Her mom always does what's best for the two of them. After all, they're all the other has. That is, until her Aunt Mindy pokes her nose into their little family after Stevie's mom doesn't come home, accusing her mother of being a drug addict and threatening to call CPS. To avoid the services, Stevie angrily agrees to stay with Mindy for awhil
Elizabeth B
Jun 09, 2011 rated it did not like it
This is one of those books that you read the cover and you really, really want to like it. You want to learn something, you want to be pulled emotionally by the characters involved, you want to root for someone or something. Unfortunately, this book doesn’t deliver any of those things.

Our main character is Stevie, a 15 year old self absorbed brat. Since we are supposed to be feeling something for her (anger at her mom; sympathy; empathy; SOMETHING) it’s unfortunate that the author made her such
Jun 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Flyaway is a book well worth your time. It has so many important messages hidden in it and lessons to be learned without giving off a preachy feel. Quite the opposite, in fact, I found Flyaway a fun read I couldn’t tear my eyes off.

There’s something about Stevie’s voice that instantly drags you into the story. Although she’s stubborn and can’t see some things that are obvious to the reader—such as Aunt Mindy’s love for her and Alan’s—which made me want to bash my head on something hard at times,
Yafa Crane Luria
Dec 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
What I love the most about FLYAWAY by Helen Landalf is how authentic the characters are. So many times, authors present readers with caricatures. You have “The Jock,” “The Stoner,” “The Brainiac” etc. FLYAWAY is different. Landalf has created characters whose personalities can stand up apart from the story, and I love that.

Stevie, for instance, is kind of a pain in the butt, but Landalf allows us to see her heart and her vulnerability as well. Stevie’s not always likable but she IS lovable. That
Kristi Cook
Mar 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
An amazing read--powerful, moving, and beautifully written. Stevie is such a "real" protagonist--in fact, all the characters seemed very real to me, not glossy or sugarcoated, but three-dimensional, imperfect, relatable, and believable. I LOVED it--and highly recommend it!
Wandering Librarians
Stevie's only 15, but she's has been looking after her mom for a long time. Sure, sometimes her mom disappears for days at a time, but Stevie knows how much her mother loves her. Then Stevie's aunt Mindy gets involved, and Stevie's mom ends up in rehab for meth addicts and Stevie has to live with Aunt Mindy. Stevie hates it, especially with Mindy after her all the time to study and tell her where she's going. All Stevie wants is for her mom to come back so they can live together again. Stevie be ...more
Karla Nellenbach
Aug 05, 2011 rated it really liked it

So what if Stevie Calhoun is only fifteen years old? And, so what if her mother's been missing in action for a few days? Stevie's been taking care of herself for ages. There's really no good reason for Aunt Mindy to have a fit about it now. Well, okay, maybe there was that report on the news about the club where Stevie's mom works being a front for crystal meth operation. And, maybe she has been acting a little more erratic than usual. And, maybe Stevie gets a serious case of the creepy-
Crystal ✬ Lost in Storyland
LOVED this book. Read my review Imaginary Reads!

Flyaway is the story of Stevie Calhoun as she struggles with her mother’s addiction to meth and her growing sense of what is right. It’s always been Stevie and her mom. While the rest of the world strives in vain for Barbie looks and/or is out to get them, Stevie and her mom eat fast food and buy cool outfits from the thrift shop, and Stevie’s mom encourages her not to be tied down by society. It’s clear from the beginning that Stevie idolizes her
Nov 24, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: bullies, ncbla, animals
Although she's only 15, Stevie Calhoun has been taking care of herself and of her mother, if you want to know the truth, for years. Stevie loves her mother's free-spirited ways, but sometimes she grows tired of having to move from place to place in order to avoid bill-collectors. As the book opens, the family has settled in Seattle, and Stevie's mother has been gone for days. It turns out that she is addicted to meth, and eventually goes to rehab while Stevie must stay with her meddling Aunt Min ...more
Alyssa hoffmaster
May 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
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Flyaway was nothing like I expected it to be, honestly I didn’t think I was going to like it, but I ended of loving it.

This book was difficult to read at times just because the sorry excuse for her mother was acting like her daughter was nothing, Stevie loves her mother unconditionally until she doesn’t come home for 3 days, after 3 days her rich condescending aunt Mindy comes and takes her to her house. Stevie hates it there, she wants to go back home and wait for her mom to c
Heather Helene
I'd like to thank NetGalley and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt for the opportunity to read this as an ARC. I absolutely loved Flyaway. I found myself wanting more and wishing the book wasn't over so soon. I'll definitely be going back for more books by Helen Landalf.

Stevie is a fifteen year old girl who thinks she has it all figured out until her mom goes missing and her aunt sticks her nose where it doesn't belong. Stevie's torn between two guys who she thinks she knows, The Professor and Alan. Ste
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was intense, beautiful and sad at the same time. I will always remember ‘’Flyaway’’ and how much the story meant to me.

Stevie had a hard life with her mother. I can’t believe she had to suffer so much and sometimes I just wanted to go and hug her (to bad it wasn’t possible). Her mother tricked her and made her believe that she wanted a better life, a life without drugs and Drake. This man was Stevie’s mother’s boyfriend and he was a jerk. Drake wanted June (Stevie’s mother) and of cou
Jul 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
While searching the new YA titles on Netgalley, I came across Flyaway and was instantly intrigued and after reading it, I have nothing but good things to say about it! Flyaway is about a 15 year old girl named Stevie. Her mother is a dancer at a strip club and Stevie spends most of her time by herself. She ignores all of the negative things about her mom and looks up to her. It isn’t until her mom doesn’t come home for days, and her Aunt Mindy takes her back to her house, that Stevie starts to q ...more
15 year old Stevie is use to taking care of herself and her mom. So when her mom takes off for a few days her first instinct is to not tell anyone so her mom doesn't get in trouble. But when her Aunt Mindy shows up she can't hide the truth and Aunt Mindy makes her pack up and move in with her.

Her mom always told her not to trust Aunt Mindy. She's always trash talking their lifestyle and trying to get CPS involved. So when Aunt Mindy starts saying Stevie's mom is using meth, Stevie knows better
Jun 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, read-2012
Stevie just wants a normal life--to have a mom who is there for her, a mom who does't take off and leave her fifteen-year-old daughter alone for days, a mom who can stay away from the meth that has so dramatically changed her life. Goody two-shoes Aunt Mindy thinks she can save Stevie and even sets her up with a tutor, as if that will solve all Stevie's problems. The draw of Stevie's bad-boy boyfriend, Drake, complicates her life, as does bad-boy turned animal rescuer, Alan. In the light of drug ...more
Nov 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: contemporary, arcs
Short and bittersweet, Flyaway is one of the best contemporary YA books I have ever read. Its in the top five of my list, up there with The Fault in Our Stars and The Perks of Being a Wallflower. Yes, it was that good. A few pages over 176, Flyaway was a quick read for me. Only took a hour or two, but I still enjoyed it immensely. You stick with Stevie as she experiences things no fifteen year-old girl should have to deal with. She deals with betrayal of what she thought she could rely on. You s ...more
Katherine Bond
May 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
One of the things I loved about this book, besides the winsomeness of its protagonist, Stevie, was that it didn't present easy answers. Stevie has grown up in an intolerable situation, but she loves her mother despite her mother's flaws, and is determined to be loyal to her.

Even when I wanted to shake Stevie and say, "You've got to get out of there, girl!" I believed it entirely when she continued to cling to her mom's empty promises.

It was exciting to see Stevie gradually begin to honor her o
Medeia Sharif
Jul 18, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Stevie is fifteen-years-old, but she knows how to take care of herself. Her mother is away for days at a time. Mom, an exotic dancer, hangs out with a sleazy man and is hooked on drugs, even stealing money from her own daughter to pay for her addiction. Nevertheless, Stevie loves her unconditionally. When Aunt Mindy steps in, taking Stevie into her home and pushing for rehab for Stevie’s mom, Stevie rebels. But later on she’ll understand what’s best for her and her mom.

There’s also a storyline t
Jun 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I read this in one sitting. It grabbed me and wouldn't let me go. It hit really close to home for me - the addiction, the leaving, the whole "be a real Mom" part. Sad thing is, I was the Mom. I met a man like Drake and he sucked me in, and for two years I was lost to my kids. But I've been back for 7 years now and things have never been better. I'm not "Mom" anymore. I'm Mindy. (Of course, I have yet to find my Rick! LOL) Stevie helped me better understand what my children must have been feeling ...more
Mar 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This was an amazing book. I love how you can just imagine how Stevie is feeling and it's like you can see what she sees every second. I could not imagine having a mother who was hooked on Crystal meth live with me and think that I'm going to be there every second to take her crap and clean up her messes she made (literal and non literal). I honestly loved this book and would recommend it to anybody. If you want to see how someone who lives with someone who is hooked on drugs lives and now how th ...more
Mar 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, it kept me interested the whole way through. I thought the author did a great job of developing the main character as a realistic troubled teen dealing with some big life challenges. She was definitely a flawed human being which made her realistic and although not entirely likeable all the time (what 15 year old is??!!) I felt sypathetic to her and was rooting for her throughout the book.

I have an 11 year old daughter and will hold off another couple of years or so for her to
May 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
Helen Landalf’s Flyaway is a very fascinating book. This book is about a single mom that isn’t doing well at all at playing the mom role. She does drugs and drinks leaving poor Stevie at home all by herself at the age of 15. This book is an intriguing story, because it shows just how it could be and how others aren’t as fortunate. Overall I thought it was a pretty good book though I couldn’t relate to any of the situations, but now I understand how it could be for others.
Sep 18, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-fiction, fiction
Decent young adult novel dealing with a girl struggling with a Mom addicted to drugs. The story focuses much more of the girl than the uglier side of the Mom's addiction, which is fine for this intended audience.

The writing is straightforward and clear, though the characterization of the supporting characters could have been done better, flushing the out more and giving them much more depth, making them far more interesting.
Oksana  *Bookaholic*
Jul 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: best-cover
Wow! In truth I picked up this book because of it's cover. But it turned out to be so much more. It was a really good story showing how a teen girl was struggling with problems she kept trying to push away. I was astonished by the power in this novel. Absolutely amazing! A book that everyone should have on their to-read shelf by now.
Nov 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Flyaway is about a a teen girl whos mom leaves one day and doesn't come back. She goes to live at her aunts house and becomes friends with a guy who used to go to her school. I really enjoyed this book I would recommend it to people. It wasn't what I expected it to be about but it was great.
Karis (YA Litwit) Jacobstein
A lot of emotional puch packed into 182 pages! Full review HERE. ...more
Aug 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Lovely writing! Don't forget Kleenex.
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I am the author of five books for teachers on integrating dance and drama into the classroom and two children's picture books, including the award-winning The Secret Night World of Cats, which was illustrated by my brother, Mark Rimland, an artist with autism. My debut YA novel, FLYAWAY, will be released by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt in Fall 2011.

In addition to writing, I teach dance to preschool c

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