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Thank You for Flying Air Zoe

3.87  ·  Rating details ·  134 ratings  ·  41 reviews
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fasten Seat Belt sign has been turned on, but feel free to ignore it, because sometimes life is best lived on its dizzy edges. Your cruising altitude today will be sky high, and you will be flying at staggering speeds as you travel alongside Zoe Tisdale, former Valley Girl and rock star turned bored butter saleswoman.

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Paperback, 258 pages
Published June 15th 2011 by Booktrope Editions
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Jul 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Thank You For Flying Air Zoe is a book that’s been on my radar for a little while now. I don’t know how I first stumbled across it, but the title stuck with me and I kept a keen eye out on Amazon for its release. It’s Erik Atwell’s debut novel, and it appears to be self-published through BookTrope, but because of its awesome title I was always going to read it. It eventually appeared on Amazon and since the Kindle version is a mere $2.99, I treated myself to it and it’s one of my best decisions ...more
Meredith Schorr
Feb 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Zoe Tisdale is on a plane that appears to be making a crash landing and when her life flashes before her eyes, she doesn't see much. At 41 years old, she hoped she'd have accomplished more than *almost* hitting the big time with her high school girl band the Flip-Flops in 1987 before going through the motions of a career in organic butter sales. Zoe decides there is still time to make her musical dreams come true, specifically performing at the hip Hollywood night club, the Whisky-A-Go-Go, where ...more
Sara Strand
Jul 20, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I have to say, there is much more that I love than a woman having a mid life crisis because it hits close to home. Any woman who tells you that she has not hit a low point in her life while crying on the floor of a Target bathroom because the plastic stick you just peed on says you're pregnant and your almost two year old daughter is screaming because of the automatic flushing toilets are spraying her, is quite frankly- a liar. Every woman has a moment like this and it may not be that dramatic a ...more
Jul 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is FAB!

A contemporary novel about the lively and witty Zoe, who is a captivating character with real thoughts, flaws and traits which made me laugh out loud more than a few times whilst reading (resulting in glares from TV watching people in the room).
From the off Erik Atwell had me going through the (slightly melodramatic) motions of Zoe's near-death experience. Zoe's nonchalant air when tripping up a thief had me cracking up, and from then on I knew two things:
1. This was going t
Jul 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
This book is one of the best I have read in a long time. I definitely enjoy my light summer reads but sometimes wish they offered a little bit more than fluff. This book delivers. It is the type of book that makes you want to grab a highlighter and highlight away. I definitely earmarked more than a few pages to go back and read the many insightful gems about love, life and the pursuit of rockstardom. It is very funny, full of awesome 80s nostalgia (which you will appreciate even if you aren't ol ...more
Apr 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Nice light read for in between book club books. I could totally identify with the age and 80s memories of Zoe, but don't like to think of myself as "middle aged" :)
Feb 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Sweetly entertaining story. Just what you need when you want some light reading. I'll be looking for more from this author.
Feb 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
If you had a near death experience and saw your life flash before your eyes, and you realize that all you have been doing with your life is just going through the motions, would you want to change it? What if during your reassessment of your life choices, you decide that you want to recapture your eternal youth, is it possible or would that just be wishful thinking? These are the questions that forty-one year old butter saleswoman Zoe Tisdale contemplated after a near death experience on a plane ...more
Feb 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I decided to take a different approach to reviewing this one. I’m going to give you a list of the reasons I liked the book. As a bonus, Erik graciously answered a few questions I sent to him, and I’m giving you the details on those as well, tomorrow.

What I loved about Thank You For Flying Air Zoe

1) Our heroine, Zoe, is not an almost-thirty-something-looking-for-the-love-of-her-life, as so many chick lit heroines are. Not that there’s anything wrong with that type of heroine. But once you’re no
Carrie Ardoin
Jul 19, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Zoe Tisdale is on her way home from one of her many business trips, when the plane starts to have problems. As Zoe sees her life flash before her eyes, she realizes that the most important--actually, the only--time of her life worth recalling were her high school years, when she and her three best friends formed the 80's girl band, The Flip Flops. When Zoe touches down safely, she makes up her mind to get the Flip Flops reunited--which will be easier said than done since they are all 40-somethin ...more
Samantha March
Jan 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
I got real excited when Erik Atwell approached me about doing a blog tour for his chick lit novel Thank You For Flying Air Zoe. A male writing chick lit? I had given this a shot before with Robert Rave and his novel Waxed and had a blast with it. So I was excited to give this book a try. Apart from completely befriending new-Dad Erik, I had such a fun time with his book! The story begins with Zoe Tisdale about dying in a plane crash. That might be a bit dramatic, but it scared the crap out of Zo ...more
Jul 02, 2012 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

The adjectives to describe this book is fun and unpredictable. The premise sounds cheesy. Get the old band back together. The story skates around cheesy but never quite dips in the toe. It is just one of the funnest reads I've read in a long, long time.

The best part about the book is character development through the story. Each member stays true to her character, making only minor adjustments as the circumstances change. Lo is Zoe's best friend and in the same kind of slump as Zoe, wat
Jul 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
If I could, I would give this book a 10 star rating! Never have I laughed so much and smiled through a whole book. Mr. Atwell has a real winner with Thank You For Flying Air Zoe! He takes us on a voyage of what I call the second coming of age. His use of malapropisms is wonderful (I am a big fan of Mrs. Malaprop!)as is his ability of making the reader become one with his main character, Zoe. Mr. Atwell has also incorporated many quotables, such as his line on page 11, "Sometimes life is most vis ...more
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it
Check out more reviews at Books to the Sky.

(I received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.)

I loved this book from the beginning. Zoe's character is very likable in a very quirky way.

I initially was a little hesitant because I've never read a book written by a man in a woman's perspective, but I really liked the synopsis. So I decided to give it a shot and I'm really glad it did. Reading this book at a young age is probably a good thing, it reminds you to live your life to
Books to the Sky
Sep 21, 2011 rated it really liked it
Check out more reviews at Books to the Sky.

(We received this book free of charge in exchange for an honest review.)

I loved this book from the beginning. Zoe's character is very likable in a very quirky way.

I initially was a little hesitant because I've never read a book written by a man in a woman's perspective, but I really liked the synopsis. So I decided to give it a shot and I'm really glad it did. Reading this book at a young age is probably a good thing, it reminds you to live your life to
Tia Bach
Jul 17, 2012 rated it really liked it
What a fun book! It felt like a night out with friends, bonding over stories from our youth and figuring out where we are headed.

Zoe is questioning where the time has gone and what’s she’s done with it. Suddenly, thanks to a near plane crash, she’s unsure about pretty much everything. Thinking back to happier times, she becomes fixated on reliving her youth and bringing back together her friends to resurrect their high school band.

The problem is everyone has gone in different directions. Zoe i
Jul 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What a fun read! I just love when you can connect with a character and Zoe is definitely someone I connected with right away! Zoe is faced with a situation that causes her to really reflect on her life. You know the saying, "IF you always do what you've always done, you'll always be what you've always been." How many people say they want to change, but sadly, they never do? Well, Zoe wasn't happy with where she was, and so she did something about it!

Zoe has some great BFF's. Back in the day, th
Aug 01, 2011 rated it really liked it
The story starts off with a middle aged woman named Zoe. She is on a plane on her way back from vacation. When she arrives at the airport she sees Silas. Silas is Zoe's boyfriend, they met when she was drunk. Anyway Zoe is having a midlife crisis, after a near death experience,( her plane ride back from vacation almost crashed) she begins to wonder what she could have done with her life.Zoe and three other friends back in highschool were in a band called the flip flops, hence the cover of the bo ...more
Heather M
Jun 19, 2012 rated it liked it
**My FULL REVIEW here**

How would you feel if you thought that you would die in a plane crash TODAY? Do you feel like you've lived your life to the fullest, that your family knows you love them, that you've done everything you've wanted to do, that you've been everywhere you wanted to go? This is the dilemma that Zoe is facing after surviving a near-plane crash. Wanting to give her childhood band a second chance at stardom, Zoe is determined to get "The Flip Flops" back together. Only problem....
Andrea Guy
Jul 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
It is impossible to resist the lure of the red flip flops on the cover of Thank You For Flying Air Zoe! Grab this book and head to the beach, because this is the perfect summer afternoon beach read. If you don't have a beach handy, an armchair will do...or better still a lawn chair and some iced tea.

Erik Atwell's writing style reminded me a little bit of Nick Hornby. I don't know if that was because of the band Zoe was in...or just the whole vibe of the novel. It was very Hornby! Music, a little
Jan 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2013
It is a book that I wanted to read for a very, very long time, having been very fascinated by the title and then, later on, by the very good reviews. And finally got it in my greedy hands.
And I must say, I was not dissapointed. It is different to the typical chick lit that I am usually reading, but nevertheless it has its bits of girls power, love, romance and some other cray ideas.
Actually, this book took me on an adventure. I never knew where it is going to go, what is going to happen and what
Lori Micho
Apr 19, 2013 rated it it was ok
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Jul 15, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I received this book in a Good Reads giveaway and will forever be thankful for being chosen. I truly am a winner. I love to read but life got in the way and I haven't read in quite awhile. Thankfully this was the book I chose to pick up after my long hiatus. Once started I couldn't put it down, I read it in one night. I had to see where Zoe's dream was going to take her and her friends. This book was beyond beautifully written. I laughed, cried and wished I was Zoe. This book definitely made me ...more
June Kramin
Aug 01, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
You ever start reading a book & right out of the gate you're grinning? Well, that's what happened here.

Zoe Tisdale is forty and has, what I'll call, a minor mid-life crisis. After what she considers a near-death experience, she takes stock in her life and decides she wants to "reclaim her youth" and go after a dream she had back in high school with her three closest friends.

Zoe's character was perfection. From quitting her job on the spot to her week long drunken stuper, you are cheering for he
Kim (Wistfulskimmies Book Reviews)
I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.

I really enjoyed this. It was a sort of coming of age story although the main protagonist was in her forties. It's about a woman's idea to reform her childhood school band and play at the famous Whisky a Go Go. I could very easily see this as a chick flick with someone like Gwyneth Paltrow in the lead. The lead character Zoe was great, she was just a little bit flaky but never gave up on her dream. All caused by a near death expe
Jul 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
If you haven't picked up a book for your summer vacation yet, order this one now! It will make you laugh; it will make you smile, and it will remind you both to treasure your dreams and to go after them--no matter how distant some of those dusty old dreams may have become. This is fun-lit at its best. It is both well-written and humorous--all while subtly urging a reexamination of long-forgotten dreams and their meanings.
Sep 19, 2011 rated it liked it
I think this was more along a 3.75 was a very entertaining story about a woman who is basically going through a mid-life crisis as she is wanting to get her band back together. Good, cute message. The characters were very funny, even if sometimes I felt like I was wanting a little more from them. Zoe is a nut case....that's always something I admire in a person. Without crazy, where is the spice of life?

Aug 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
There was a lot that I really liked about this book. It had a fun feel and a happy ending...both are things I like in my fiction. However, it was a little long and some might find the protagonist a little self centered or annoying at times. But we all have our moments so I was able to move past it for the most part. Anyway, it was a clean fun read about trying to relive the glory days of youth for better or for worse. ;)
Jul 08, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a great book. It's an easy read, and lots of fun especially if you like to read about the 1980s scene. It's also interesting if you like to read about Los Angeles because there are so many references. The characters are well-defined. Overall, a highly enjoyable read.
Janice Smith
Jul 29, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Received this book as a Goodreads Giveaway. Couldn't really get into it at first but found it to be good, light hearted read during my recent stay in hospital. An easy read with an amusing storyline.
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