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Over the Rainbow

3.17  ·  Rating details ·  76 ratings  ·  36 reviews
The Wizard of Oz meets Jurassic Park!

Zippy Green never meant to fall in love with a girl, but when she does, her ultra-conservative father tries to send her to anti-gay camp. At the Kansas City airport, however, she hides inside a giant suitcase and sneaks onto an airplane headed not to the camp, but to Seattle, where her online love Mira lives. Halfway through the flight,
Paperback, 260 pages
Published August 6th 2013 by Brian Rowe
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Jenni Frencham
Zippy, a 17-year old from a very religious family, falls in love with a girl, so her father decides to send her off to an ex-gay camp so she can be cured of this disease. At the airport, Zippy hides in someone else's luggage and sneaks onto an airplane to go meet her girlfriend in Seattle, but the plane crashes and Zippy discovers that most of the passengers are gone. Not dead: gone. Zippy teams up with a few other survivors to try to find her way to Seattle. Oh, and there are dinosaurs everywhe ...more
Jul 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: requested, ebook
Much to the dismay of her extremely religious Midwestern politician father, Zippy is a lesbian. She becomes attached to a girl named Mira through an AOL Movies forum, and though they hadn't yet met, Mira becomes a major part of Zippy's life- that is, until her father finds the messages and tries to force Zippy to go to a straight camp. At the airport, she makes a daring escape in a huge suitcase, and is put into the cargo bit of a plane headed towards Seattle, towards Mira. But when the plane cr ...more
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
I have been intrigued with Over the Rainbow ever since I heard about its Kickstarter campaign and helped back it...and now that I've read it, I have to say that it was pretty amazing, and I am definitely proud to have helped Brian Rowe get Zippy's story out into the world. Not only did this story broach the subject of homophobia and the heinous idea that someone can be "straightened out" as Zippy's dad put it, it also just told a wonderful story about overcoming obstacles, adversity, and finding ...more
Daisy May Johnson
Aug 02, 2013 rated it did not like it
Following LGBTQ YA month over on Once Upon A Bookcase, and the realisation that I too wanted to increase the amount of titles I read with LGBTQ protagonists, I found Over The Rainbow on Netgalley and became instantly intrigued. Any book that came across as a hybrid of The Wizard Of Oz, Jurassic Park and Lost was either going to be outstanding - or not.

It's not.

Rowe is a solid enough writer, and his style is strongly approachable, but what I think fails Over The Rainbow is the haphazard nature o
Jul 23, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult, dnf, fantasy
I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I...I don't even know what to say about this one. It was weird. WEIRD. Like, tripping on acid weird. I'm pretty sure the blurb at NetGalley didn't mention The Wizard of Oz, or I never would have requested it. And I somehow missed the part about the dinosaurs. It's in the last line. I probably didn't read that far. Both of those are turnoffs for me. I was already on the verge of giving up before the brontosaurus, but that was th
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Aug 10, 2013 rated it did not like it
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Zipporah has fallen in love with a girl. She never wanted to happen, but it did. When her father discovered the truth, being a conservative and religious man, he made the decision to send his only daug
Hayley Rogers
I don’t know how this book found it’s way into my kindle because I never bought it. But I decided to read it because the premise was so ridiculous and I am a sucker for retellings. I’ve read a few Wizard of Oz retellings and I don’t think I’ve liked any of them. This one is no exception. It is beyond silly but in a way that made me want to see it through to the end. Nothing about this book is believable but that’s okay. It was entertaining. I think what would have made it better would be to hike ...more
2 stars but probably worth the the fun read!

A few too many cliches and trying a little too hard to run with the Wizard of Oz theme (Characters mimicking the cowardly lion, tin man, scarecrow, and Toto AND their names are Elle, Frankie, (Lyman) Balm, and Judy?!) but made props from this Tzipora for the main character being a very petite young lesbian named Zipporah (Zippy)! That's pretty much why I had to read it.

If you want a fun and somewhat silly read with a YA lesbian story and dinosaurs an
Jul 29, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was intrigued by this books blurb and requested and ARC via NetGalley, and I have to say I'm very glad I did. This book has such a quirky, fun and positive story, despite the very tough subjects it touches, that made me smile and root for Zippy from page 1!

The play on the Wizard of Oz story starts with the title, and continues in many small ways, from the finding 3 companions and a dog (named Judy, which I think it's a reference to Judy Garland that played the original Dorothy in the movie) to
Nov 26, 2015 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: people who like books about the rapture
Goodreads Synopsis: The Wizard of Oz meets Jurassic Park!

Zippy Green never meant to fall in love with a girl, but when she does, her ultra-conservative father tries to send her to anti-gay camp. At the Kansas City airport, however, she hides inside a giant suitcase and sneaks onto an airplane headed not to the camp, but to Seattle, where her online love Mira lives. Halfway through the flight, the plane barrels out of control and crashes into the ground, knocking her unconscious.

When Zippy awake
Sep 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Disclaimer: I received this e-galley from Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.

Okay first of all let me admit that The Wizard of Oz is definitely not my all time favorite movie. In fact I don't like it. At all.Even as a nearly 28 year old woman, I don't like it. However I was curious about the modern retelling of it so I decided to give it a shot.

With the exception of Zippy's conservative anti-gay father, I loved the rest of the characters. Zippy was absolutely adorable and Frankie,
Tween 2 Teen Book Reviews
Over the Rainbow was a fun, interesting, cute novel. It was a quick read that I couldn't put down. The characters are spunky, the plot is well-done, and it's filled with humor. To get an idea of the story, imagine a cross between The Wizard of Oz and Jurassic Park. An unlikely cross that make for a very good story. Anyone who knows the plot and characters of The Wizard of Oz can accurately predict the course of the book, but it's still very fun to watch it pan out before your eyes. Over the Rain ...more
Karen Bynum
Jul 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing
OVER THE RAINBOW was a fantastic read! The heroine Zippy (short for Zipporah) had so many things to overcome both internally with her sexuality and externally with half the world’s population being replaced with dinosaurs. And still, she handled it all with her own special awkward charm and that adorable quick wit that made her character so endearing.

Zippy’s voice captured me from line one. “This isn’t me.” I could feel her conflict already. By the end of chapter one when she does something so
Over the Rainbow was not what I expected but now that I think about it I'm not sure what I really expected. I was not disappointed though. Brian Rowe is an amazing, brilliant author in my opinion. He brings these crazy themes, ideas and characters to life and always writes a story that I just can't put down.

The story is set in 1999 but has flashbacks to when Zippy was younger. She is a lesbian teenage girl who falls in love online with a girl named Mira. Zippy's father is a homophobic man who d
Tanya Johnson
Sep 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Zippy is a 17 year old girl who lives in Kansas with her father who is an Evangelist and Mayor. Like a typical teenager and father, they don’t get along however their major disagreement comes from the fact that Zippy is lesbian. After a couple of years of talking with a girl named Mia in Seattle, Zippy’s father finds the emails and decides its time to send her to anti-gay camp to “straighten her out”. While at the airport, Zippy (who is a very small girl for her age), hides in a suitcase and boa ...more
Heather A
A bit of a weird one to review. This book is like Jurassic Park meets The Wizard of Oz. It was...odd, to say the least. That being said though, it was rather enjoyable and very amusing in spite of being very silly and completely unbelievable in certain aspects.

I get that the main female character, Zippy (cute name, much better than Zipporah) is supposed to be very small, but I find it very hard to believe that a seventeen year old girl can be small enough to hide in a suitcase and go in a cargo
Nicola Smith
Jul 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Over the Rainbow is the story of seventeen year old Zippy who leads a very closed in life due to her father, a member of a homophobic church and strong believer in keeping her on a short leash. Zippy is allowed a laptop for homework when she joins a forum to befriend a girl who lives in Seattle. The girls quickly form a strong bond and fall in love. Her father, who is running for State Senator, finds emails between the girls and sends Zippy to anti-gay camp for the summer. Zippy escapes the airp ...more
Charley Cook
Sep 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
This YA over-the-top fantasy apocalyptic romance follows Zipporah (aka Zippy) as she tries to find her way to Seattle to be united with her online first love. The story starts with Zippy boarding a plane on her way to an ‘anti-gay’ camp being sent there by her authoritative super religious father. On a whim she stows herself away in a strangers suitcase and in a completely unbelievable (seriously, unbelievable) turn of events she ends up in the cargo hold when the plane mysteriously crashes.
Jul 19, 2013 rated it really liked it
{my thoughts} - This book is about a teenage girl that meets the love of her life online. She sets out on this quest to locate her and a lot of odd things start happening along the way. This book covers religion, gay/ lesbians, and many kinds of emotions. I have to admit this wasn't what I was expecting in terms of a book loosely based on "the wizard of oz," however it was written in away that the transitions flowed nicely. I enjoyed getting to know Zippy and her family through flashbacks and pr ...more
Noemi Betancourt
Aug 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: OZ enthusiasts, LGBTQ fiction readers, fantasy and dinosaur enthusiasts
This was a fantastic book! As a long time fan of the Wizard of Oz I’m always interested in alternate versions and inspired works and Over the Rainbow just made my list:) When Zippy escapes from her domineering religious fanatic father in the airport she begins her journey to find her long distance love in the Emerald City (Seattle). Along the way she meets Frankie, a man with a head injury who jokes he doesn’t have a brain, a frightened little black girl named Elle who doesn’t know what courage ...more
Sep 01, 2013 rated it liked it

My first impression of this book was a slow, boring tale, full of evangelism and Christianity that almost had me quitting. However, the first act of the story breaks way into the first hurdle just at the right time. We're introduced to Zipporah, a fluffy white dog called Judy, and a tall man with a head injury called Frankie, within the first few paragraphs, and that's where the story really gets interesting, following the trail marked by yellow flowers... With dashes of Oz, Wonderland and fasci
Joana Vieira
Aug 29, 2013 rated it liked it
You can also find this review at Joana In The Sky With BooksI know that I am usually not a big fan of fantasy novels but there was something about this one that sounded different. And I have to say that I wasn't disappointed. I think the story os very unique and different from everything I have ever read!I think that the pacing of the story is very good and towards the middle it becomes really action packed and I couldn't stop reading until I found out whether or not the characters made it out ...more
Aug 19, 2013 rated it did not like it
I think I'm going to Did Not Finish this one. I received a free copy of this book in return for an honest review on NetGalley. I read approximately 45% of the book before deciding to put it down, and the reason is simple: this is a Wizard of Oz retelling, and I hate The Wizard of Oz.

It's not the book fault(which, from what I read had an intriguing storyline and decent writing), but unlike the blurb on the Goodreads summary, the NetGalley summary of this book did NOT mention the Wizard of Oz rete
I wanted badly to like this book. A lesbian protagonist running away to meet her internet girlfriend, dinosaurs, Wizard of Oz elements; it was a recipe for goodness that somehow didn't turn out right.

I kept waiting for her to wake up and realize it was a dream (view spoiler). With no emotional connection to the characters, Wizard of Oz elements hammered in with a sledg
Ana Perkins
Apr 20, 2014 rated it liked it
This is one of those books that just odd and could easily offend many people yet has some good morals deep down. The moral is just acceptance like that their are gays, that people can not always what you want or who you thought they were for the good or bad or a really important one that people die and they will not come back. There are some very interesting events that are characters have to face and it was an interesting read in my opinion. I am not gay nor I am a fan of it or trying to encour ...more
Alisa Kaminski
Oct 14, 2013 rated it liked it
Over The Rainbow was one of the not bizarre books I've read, but one of the most interesting books I've read in a while. I had a hard time getting past the idea of Zippy traveling in a suitcase in a luggage hold on an airplane. That's beyond impossible. So I told myself to just enjoy the book and look past and accept the improbable. Once I did that, I really liked the book. One thing after another happens, but Zippy and her new friends never give up. I loved the way Over The Rainbow followed the ...more
Joana Arteaga
May 03, 2014 rated it really liked it
Over The Rainbow is a very fun story about a young girl named Zipporah who is in love with a girl she met online. When her dad finds out he decides to send her to an anti-gay camp because he is very religious and believes that's a huge sin. Zipporah escapes and decides to go to Seattle to find the girl she loves. That's when her little adventure begins and she makes some great friends along he way. In the end Zipporah has her true love and good friends. The story goes back and forth between the ...more
Jul 10, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: dnf, lesbians
DNF at 25%. I can't even with this book right now. I understand going for abstract and all but this book really pushed it. I mean, the main character, Zippy, is this 17 year-old girl who acts like a 5 year old. Not only is she 17 but she weighs 82 pounds merely for plot convenience. This is so beyond just fantasy and it's not even appealing. I was really hoping for something better, even after I read all the negative reviews but I just have to agree. ...more
Sep 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: really-read, own, ebook
Take the Wizard of Oz, sprinkle in a bit of Alice in Wonderland and a large does of Jurassic park, and you end up with the entertaining story of Over the Rainbow. Add in the wonderful creative mind of Brian Rowe, and you have an amazing fantasy world. Zippy is not taken by what some people refer to as the 'rapture',and takes off to fine her love Mira. It's an exciting adventure that any age group will enjoy. ...more
Sep 03, 2013 rated it liked it
Wonderful book if you like to reminisce about the 90's (especially if you were born in the early 80s). Multiple classic movies are woven into Zippy's life that make her escape to the one she loves anything but easy. My personal dislike of religious topics prevent more stars. I got Over the Rainbow as a goodread first reads and it will remain in my library for future re-reads. ...more
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Brian Rowe is an author, teacher, book devotee, and film fanatic. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Nevada, Reno, and is represented by Kortney Price at the Corvisiero Agency.

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