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We Will Be Crashing Shortly

(April Mae Manning #2)

3.79  ·  Rating details ·  66 ratings  ·  20 reviews

April Mae Manning from Unaccompanied Minor is back, and back in trouble, but this time, she's run out of chances...

April Mae was raised on airplanes by her flight-attendant parents. But since her dad's death and her mom's remarriage to the nefarious pilot Ash Manning, April's been in nothing but danger: two airplane crashes; two car crashes; and now, as a student pilot, i

Hardcover, 240 pages
Published June 15th 2015 by Simon Pulse (first published May 1st 2015)
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About a 3.5 star read for me...

Please note that this book is best enjoyed if you have read the first book Unaccompanied Minor which is hilarious, especially if you've ever worked for an airline.

We Will Be Crashing Shortly continues the story of April Mae "Crash" Manning, a street-smart (or shall I say airline smart?) teenager and airline heiress. The book is mostly told from April's point of view and is a madcap adventure through Atlanta and on board an L1011 on its way to the Cayman Islands. W
Audrey Wilkerson
May 18, 2015 rated it really liked it

**This is the sequel to Unaccompanied Minor, so there may be some spoilers.**

This book is even crazier than the first. It picks up shortly after April Mae Manning, the almost-sixteen-year-old, who is now the owner of WorldAir, suddenly doesn't for a while. There's a dispute about whether April's grandfather is really her grandfather after all. And then there's a few dead bodies; her friend, the Waffle House waitress, is hanging on by a thread in the hospital; her best friend, Mal
Jan 10, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another excellent story!

Airplanes, torture, corpses, crashes, mysteries to be solved and tons of action. Again, I learned things about planes and airports I never knew. Looking forward to the next action filled story with these characters.
Jul 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wacky and fun. Author throws in authentic stuff from airline crash histories and believable flight attendant experiences, also some extreme violence.
Michelle Wrona
This review can also be found on A Thousand Lives Lived, check it out for more!

Planes? Crashes? Mystery? These rhetorical questions are actually describing my love for the genre that Hollis Gillespie's sequel is based on: Mystery, with some thrill. But I'm suggesting that you keep in mind all of the negatives that this book actually had, because I promise you that they aren't too thrilling and exciting. This book was rather more questionable than exciting and more unbelievable than real. Isn't t
Caley K
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
We Will Be Crashing Shortly
By: Hollis Gillespie
When we last caught up with April Mae Manning, she was a media darling. The fifteen-year-old had used all the skills she'd learned as an "airplane kid" shuttling cross-country between divorced parents to help land a hijacked and bombed-out airplane and save hundreds of lives. On top of that, she'd learned that she was an heiress to a transportation fortune. But wherever "Crash" Manning goes, trouble follows. She has, after all, survived fou
{My Thoughts} – April Mae Manning is now a sixteen year-old that has a lot of life ahead of her. However, as the title suggests she seems to find herself in yet, another plane crash situation. This book was much like the first in terms that there are many plot twists within the pages that you don’t really expect as you are reading them. Some kind of creep up on you and when you read it your thinking is that so, others make you think major plot twists and some make you think the words I thought s ...more
May 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Gillespie writes for young adults without questioning their maturity. She's able to keep the tone snappy without compromising the quality of her work, something I appreciate while simultaneously reading a book whose author seems to think she's writing for kindergarteners.
Once again, April faces trauma after trauma, and her strength comes in the way she logically handles the chaos in her life. Though at times unbelievable, her ability to reason through a situation inspires readers to approach th
Jun 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I received a free copy of this book through the Goodreads Giveaway program in exchange for an honest review.

'We Will Be Crashing Shortly' is a continuation/sequel of 'Unaccompanied Minor.' April Mae - who was revealed to be the heiress of WorldAir at the end of 'Unaccompanied Minor' - finds her inheritance questioned, and the baddies who were after her in 'Unaccompanied Minor' show up and make a huge mess of her life, yet again. She finds herself in several car crashes, a burning house, and ulti
May 30, 2015 rated it liked it
April Manning is back in this sequel to Unaccompanied Minor and her life is just as crazy as ever! There something fishy going on with the wealthy Colgate family, which also happens to include April's best friend Malcolm. That dirtbag/stepfather Ash is back, but April is ready to face him with help from her friends Flo, Ned and LaVonda.

Realism is definitely not the goal of this series. So much crazy stuff happens that I highly double would ever happen in real life. But if you go in not expecting
Jun 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
April Mae (aka "Crash") Manning, the 15-yr-old "airline kid" from UNACCOMPANIED MINOR, where she helped save an entire planeload of passengers from a bomb, again finds herself in danger in the sky...not to mention crashing the car while taking her driver's test, witnessing her best friend's kidnapping, and just barely surviving a house well as finding numerous dead bodies. You could say the plot is unbelievable (and that's putting it mildly); after all, who could really survive so many ...more
May 26, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I won this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.

I'll admit I haven't read the first book (Unaccompanied Minor) in this young adult series but I read, and enjoyed, each of Hollis Gillespie's adult memoirs as they came out. The tone and humor here are much the same. A snarky teen girl named April Mae, who lives in and around airplanes, finds herself involved in conspiracy and murders and must use her know-how, know-what, know-why, and know-who to solve it all. The book is pretty good. It reads sort of lik
Jun 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing
April Mae Manning leads an exciting life for a teenager. “We will be Crashing Shortly” follows April or “Crash” Manning as she dodges several attempts on her life with airplane crashes and car accidents.

We get an insider’s peek at the airline industry as we anticipate April’s next challenge.

Both male and female young adult readers will laugh and cheer on our protagonist.

Thank you GoodReads for the book.
Sep 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
We Will Be Crashing Shortly, a sequel to "Unaccompanied Minor", was fantastic. I should have read Unaccompanied Minor first, but thouroughly enjoyed the characters, humor and very realistic fiction. It is a great read and glad I won this book from Goodreads! I like Hollis Gillespie style of writing.
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was ok
Seeing all the good reviews Î am sure there a lots of readers who enjoy this book, but unfortunately I am not one of them. After reading the first pages the main character already got on my nerves. I continued reading, but the story is so unrealistic that I gave up after approx. half of the book.

I got this book through a Goodreads Giveaway.

Jessa Franco
Jun 07, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: disappointing
I really enjoyed the first book Unaccompanied Minor, but this one is far too ridiculous. I'm honestly disappointed.
T.M. Carper
Jul 21, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, suspense
Great follow-up. If you liked the first, you'll lvoe the second as most of the original characters are back, plus a few new ones.
Sep 04, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This book is awesome. It surprised me so many times. I read it quick, turning pages to see what happened next.
And happened next a lot.
Jul 20, 2015 rated it liked it
Very fun read. The action was consistent, even if hard to believe. Very entertaining book for young people. Would make a good read aloud.
Apr 08, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, arc, young-adult
Great second book. Love how snarky April Mae is - she truly makes the book a fun read.
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Hollis Gillespie is a humorist, syndicated columnist, NPR commentator and top-selling author. Her column can be found monthly on the back page of every issue of Atlanta magazine.

Hollis has appeared on the cover of numerous publications including Atlanta magazine, Creative Loafing and Tampa’s Weekly Planet. She has been profiled in Marie Claire, Bust, Writer’s Digest and Entertainment Weekly.

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