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Girls Don't Fly

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  1,429 ratings  ·  287 reviews
Myra is used to keeping her feet firmly on the ground. She's got four younger brothers, overworked parents, and a pregnant older sister, and if Myra wasn't there to take care of everyone, they'd probably fall apart. But when her boyfriend unceremoniously dumps her, Myra feels like she's lost her footing. Suddenly she's doing things she never would've a few months earlier: ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published October 13th 2011 by Viking Books for Young Readers
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Jun 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, favorites, high-school
Have you ever felt trapped by your family’s expectations? It’s February of her senior year, and seventeen-year-old Myra Morgan, the heroine of Kristen Chandler’s Girls Don't Fly, has a vague plan for after high school: enroll in dental school and spend time with her boyfriend, Erik. There aren’t many others options in her small Utah town. Her older sister, Melissa, is pregnant and dropping out of college, and their overworked parents depend on Myra for cooking, carpool, and childcare.

When Erik
Melannie :)
Jun 03, 2011 marked it as to-read

I knew there was a reason I liked this description SOOOO much.
I knew there was a reason why I immediately wanted this book in my hands.
I knew there was a reason I am dying to read this.

Wolves, Boys and Other Things That Might Kill Me
One of my favorite books.

*extreme excitement causes a breakdown*
Kris Irvin
Apr 22, 2012 rated it it was ok
Huh. This... was not what I expected.

I really enjoyed "Wolves, Boys, and Other Things that Might Kill Me." I loved it, in fact. So I expected to love this one too. But no. I didn't love it. I didn't even like it.

We start off with Myra's boyfriend breaking it off with her. Now Myra will mope, and she will continue to mope because her family life is crazy, and she quits her job, and she wants to do this scholarship thing but oh crap she quit her job and her amazing boyfriend broke up with her. S
May 04, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: book-club
As I'm fairly certain there's a high chance I won't be able to make it to the book club meeting this time around (39 weeks along as of today), I thought it best to at least write my thoughts about the book here.

I liked that it was set in Utah and I was vaguely familiar with a few of the landmarks. Oddly enough, I also liked that it wasn't centered on an LDS family - there are plenty of them in Utah and while the church was peripherally mentioned, I didn't feel like there was much commentary on
Mrs. Riding
Oct 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Myra, a senior at Cyprus High, is caught without wings in her crazy life, trying to please everyone but herself. Her Prince Charming turns out to be a frog. Her unwed pregnant sister moves home, just one more person Myra needs to help care for. Then an opportunity to fly is offered in Biology class and Myra decides to go for it--the chance to spend the summer studying in the Galapagos Islands. No one really takes her seriously, so Myra has trouble taking herself seriously. Yet she keeps working ...more
Atiana Wilson
Oct 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
I don't remember a lot about this book, but I do remember me thinking that it was a good book when I read it. ...more
Marin Fialla
Sep 19, 2012 rated it really liked it
I am currently reading the book "Girls Don't Fly" by Kristen Chandler. It is about this girl named Myra. She has a lot of family troubles, and is struggling with her break up with her boyfriend. Right now I am reading about the apart where Myra just broke up wit her nineteen month relationship boyfriend Erik. I was surprised to read, that after he brok up with Myra, he started acting like a real jerk. For example, he started making Myra jealous with a bunch of other girls, and start harrassing ...more
Linda Hart
Jun 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Young Adult novel (I listened to audio version) that is absolutely captivating with charming believable characters who don't have a perfect life. I especially enjoyed it because of the main character, an 18 yr. old girl who is dependent, self effacing, selfless doormat to her family, employer, and boyfriend but who realizes her own self worth and evolves into a strong, confident young woman realizing that she is in control of the direction her own life can take.

The setting is a small town calle
Jan 04, 2012 rated it it was ok
This was well-reviewed (For example, from SLJ: "The protagonist is a delightfully spunky teen whose witticisms will keep readers laughing, and her deeply felt connection to her family and cool head in the midst of life-and-death crises will leave them with watery eyes. Fans of Sarah Dessen will want to grab this one - Richelle Roth")so I thought I'd give it a try...I'm a fan of Sarah Dessen, after all.

Now, I don't want to call Richelle a liar, but I hated Myra, she was not delightful. I can defi
Dec 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Myra is an admirable young woman how is responsible of her younger brothers while her parents overwork themselves, and a pregnant yet unmarried sister who moves back home. If she isn't there then maybe everything and everyone would fall apart. When her boyfriend breaks up with her, Myra finds herself doing things she'd never expect herself to do such as quitting her job, applying for a scholarship to study birds in the Galapagos and falling for a guy who is five years older than her who yet enco ...more
Jul 16, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: realistic
I randomly picked this one up as a quick lunch break read, and it turned to be one of the best realistic teen books that I've read in a long time. I loved the Utah setting, the main character and her big family (I am drawn to books where a character has a big family -- must be why Mallory was my favorite member of the Babysitters Club), and the more complex parts of the setting -- that Myra and her family are non-religious in a very religious town, and the judgement she receives at school becaus ...more
Nov 22, 2011 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2011, ya
I finished this book two days ago and I already can barely remember anything about it or if I liked or disliked it. So that must mean it was just ok. Another one set in Mormon country--though the main character isn't Mormon--and didn't have anything super compelling about it.

OH WAIT I remember the one ridiculous thing. The Galapagos are a main part of it, and a bunch of kids are in a meeting about applying for a trip there (actually at their second or third such meeting) and they all start chall
Dec 18, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Now one thing about me is I am a huge fantasy reader and am not into this genre of book as much. But I absolutely loved this book! It was definitely a refreshing change from my other reads! I was actually given the opportunity to have Kirsten Chandler come into my class and talk to us about the publication process, writing tips, and her journey as a writer which I think added to the feeling of this book. After learning about how an author got to this point and achieved getting her second book pu ...more
Jan 22, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2012
I thought Myra was a character who was easy to relate to. Her story rang true and reminded me of many of the feelings, doubts and insecurities I remember having in high school. The story was a cute, quirky coming of age, contemporary family drama.

Set outside Salt Lake City, UT and written by an LDS author I expected this to be LDS fiction but it was not. This could have been a book set in any town, anywhere. Other than a mention or two of the religious kids who went to church on Sunday there was
Dec 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
What I liked the most about this book (besides the writing) was the way it dealt with the question of personal sacrifice. Myra must choose between sacrificing her ambition, her desire to grow, and being there for her sister. Chandler does a good job of showing that ever present tension between a young person's need to be the person she was meant to be and her duty to others. Good job. This is Chandler's second book and it is wonderful to see her growth as writer, her willingness to go deeper, to ...more
Mar 28, 2011 added it
Shelves: teens
This is why I love reading contemps. LOVE LOVE LOVE!
Feb 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
A great story with some nice depth.
Danyelle Ferguson
Feb 27, 2012 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed Girls Don't Fly. It's a great story about a girl discovering who she is, rather than who everyone else wants her to be. ...more
Jun 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, fiction
Useless, 10-word review: Frustrating yet lovable main character. I'm proud of her evolution. ...more
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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May 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Have you have ever had you plans set and you know what you want to do next but, the ones around you are holding you back? In "Girls Don't Fly" by Kristen Chandler, Myra has her plans already set for after high school but, her family depends on her for multiple things which pulls Myra back throughout the book. Myra enters a student research contest to be able to go and study on the Galapagos Islands but, one of the competitors is her previous boyfriend who left her out of the blue. Myra wants to ...more
Makayla Brown
Nov 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Myra is a teenager stuck with the responsibility of taking care of her family. She has four younger brothers that she looks after on a daily basis, and an older sister with a baby of her own on the way. She is set on a career in Dental Hygiene with her boyfriend Erik. She had it all planned out. Until Erik breaks up with her. In suspense, Chandler writes, “Erik lets air out of his mouth like a tire. Then he takes another deep breath and does the whole thing again. This is bad. Finally he says, ‘ ...more
Nov 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book was, in my opinion, a masterpiece. The writing itself was amazing and brought the story to life. The story was engaging from the very beginning, and more than anything else, it was realistic. It never went exactly the way I thought it would go which made it more relatable because life never goes the way we plan for it or want it to go. I felt like Myra’s experiences in the book were things that could actually happen to a person. As a reader, I was able to connect to the main character, ...more
Dec 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
With many YA novels involving over dramatic and self-deprecating main characters, “Girls Don’t Fly” is a refreshing breath of air. A big part of a realistic story being told (particularly in this genre) is how relatable the narrator is to the readers and audience. Myra is a complex character, and her journey in this novel is realistic and feels like something that might have happened in my life or someone I know. It’s interesting that this book doesn’t solely rely on the “I need/want a man on my ...more
Myra flies low in her family and at school. She's smart but doesn't expect too much of herself or for herself. Her older sister Melyssa drops out of college because of her impending unwed motherhood and adds another complexity to Myra's already complicated life.
After learning about a scholarship that could take her out of her small town and give her a more interesting direction than dental hygiene school, she decides to take a chance on herself. In the mix are also the stories she tells her fou
Aug 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017, reviewed, shelved
Ok, so this a cute book. I love the messages it is trying to get across. But I wasn't a fan of the writing style or story. It definitely did have it's moments though.

So Myra is stuck in a situation of family expectations and implied self sabotage. First her BF dumps her, then her pregnant sister moves in, and obviously all of her family obligations just pile up at the beginning of the story. Come to find out that Myra is pretty much a third parent when it comes to her family. She is the care ta
Jun 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-1-10
Myra is the glue that holds her crazy family together. She is used to putting other's needs ahead of her own. She feels like she has it all together. In a twist that she could have never predicted, her long time boyfriend dumps her out of the blue and she feels turned upside down. After this jolt into reality, Myra is determined to take her life back into her own hands. She resolves to apply for a sponsored trip to the Galapagos to study the island birds. As she learns more about herself, she fi ...more
Cassie Mann
Mar 03, 2020 rated it liked it
This book kind of frustrated me. I've read a lot recently with plots where the daughter is in charge of holding the family together, and I know realistically there are families that are like this, no matter how awful it is, but I find myself getting more and more annoyed with these stories. Parents shouldn't put it on their children to take care of the rest of the family. A daughter shouldn't be yelled at for getting a job to pursue something she's interested in just because they need someone to ...more
Alex Anderson
Jan 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Myra is a teenage girl that has the weight of the world on her shoulders with taking care of her four younger brothers and her pregnant sister. When she finally has the chance to to something for herself she realizes how much she needs it. She works hard on this chance for her to do something for her for her family to make her feel guilty for thinking about herself for the first time. Throughout the book she talks a lot about how she is trying not to be a "doormat". She learns a lot throughout t ...more
Lynn Butler
Nov 06, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Myra’s life is practical and safe. She is pragmatic and organized. She has to be. She has overworked parents, a pregnant older sister, four younger brothers to care for, and is the nice, quiet, always-does-what’s-expected girlfriend of a guy with everything. But when she’s is dumped unexpectedly, Myra learns that she has to change if she is going to make a difference in her own life. The changes she makes not only affect in her own life and future but in that of her family. Sometimes safe and st ...more
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