How It Feels to Fly
For as long as Samantha can remember, she’s wanted to be a professional ballerina. She’s lived for perfect pirouettes, sky-high extensions, and soaring leaps across the stage. Then her body betrayed her.
The change was gradual. Stealthy.
Failed diets. Disapproving looks. Whispers behind her back. The result: crippling anxiety about her appea ...more
If the past few months have taught me anything, it’s how to ignore the eyes. How to pretend they don’t hurt.
I think Kathryn Holmes is a really underrated author of Contemporary YA. Her debut - The Distance Between Lost and Found - impressed me a lot with its balance of teen social issues and a "lost in the woods" survival story. How It Feels to Fly is very different, but still packs an emotional punch.
Despite what the blurb tells us, this book has very little to do with ballet dancing. Yes, th ...more
All Sam wants to be is a ballerina, but when she starts getting snickered at and being told by her teachers and mom she needs to lose weight, it brings on the panic attacks.
I felt really bad for all of the teens in this camp because the stress put on them by their parents are worse than what I call bullies.
1. Sam - the ballerina
2. Katie - the gymnast ...more
“So you think I can’t be a ballet dancer. It’s because of how I look, isn’t it?”
This was a YA story about a ballerina with weight issues.
Sam was obviously going through tough times in this story, and her panic attacks felt really real. I liked the way that she came across as vulnerable, and the way she ran off and hid when things got really bad, as that seemed like a fai ...more
This is yet another emotional contemporary story held up mostly by the stellar character work and message. The main character, Sam, is one of the most realistic, developed characters I've read in contemporary YA. Holmes incorporates both a sympathetic portrayal of anxiety and a sympathetic portrayal of having issues around food. All the side characters are equally as developed, with believable motives ...more
Actual rating: 4.5 stars
How It Feels to Fly is one of those books where you don't realize how good it is until you're finished reading the whole thing. I remember when I was reading, I kept waiting for that one amazing moment to make me love the book, but that didn't happen. What happened was a flash of realization when I closed the book - about how much I can relate to everything and everyone, how much I learned, and how true to l ...more
Kathryn Holmes, an American author, pens a heart touching and extremely enlightening YA contemporary fiction novel, How It Feels to Fly that tells the story of a young, aspiring and really dedicated female ballet dancer who faces image as well as body issues when her body starts to develop curves that is a strict rule against someone who is going to perform ballet professionally, and that depress ...more
“Ballet was my safest space. Then my body changed. I got curvy, and I got self-conscious. I couldn’t stop thinking about everyone looking at me—what they were seeing.”
This was a great look at an issue that is sadly common: negative body image. So many women and young girls are plagued by this, and I can tell you from personal experience that it's such a sad place to be.
Okay, time to get serious: When I was thirteen my body changed, and like Sam, I wasn't prepared for it. Rather than accepting ...more
“Ballet was my safest space. Then my body changed. I got curvy, I got self-conscious. I couldn’t stop thinking about everyone looking at me—what they were seeing. When the comments started coming—both painfully kind and sweetly cruel—I heard them echo inside my head. Before long, my nasty inner voice had more to say about me, and worse, than anyone else ever could.
You’re fat. You’re weak. You’re worthless.”
I liked this quite a bit more than I expected to. I still thought this dragged a bit and h ...more
With that being said, HOW IT FEELS TO FLY is a book that I think is extremely important. Personally, I related to the main character, Samantha, more than I care to admit (but more on that later). But, even if you don’t suffer from anxiety, you should read HOW IT FEELS TO FLY because it allows you to step into the sho ...more
WHAT I LIKED
1. The author describes anxiety realistically.
2. We have a heroine who is absolutely passionate... about ballet, which I think is beautiful.
WHAT I DIDN'T LIKE
1. The "romance", which is really only romance to some ...more
Samantha has dreamed of becoming a professional ballet dancer ever since she was a kid - her mother was one, so it feels just logical for her to become on ...more
In How it Feels to Fly, we meet Sam. Sam is a dancer. At first glance, I assumed I'd never relate to Sam, because I am about the least coordinated person in ever. But oh, how wrong I was. See, as a swimmer with a non-swimmer body, I totally related to Sam. As a person who didn't feel comfortable in her own skin I related to Sam, and in about a billion other ways, I related to Sam.
But this su ...more
My rating feels somewhere between 4 stars and 4.5. This was a really sweet book!
Samantha feels betrayed by her body's figure; everyone around her seems to subtly remind her of her weight, her shape, and how it's not the "right form" for classical ballet dancers to have. Her mother is always getting on her about diets, and other dancers at her studio hand out fake-nice comments in a way that's supposed to sound helpful, but hurts Samantha. After Samantha has a panic attack in front of everyone at...more
Trigger and content warnings for anxiety, panic attacks, eating disorders, bulimia specifically but not only, self-harm and a lot of mentions of different mental illness symptoms.
The story begins in a camp for teenage artists and athletes, where like Samantha, other teens who struggle, both physically and mentally, tr ...more
TWO WORDS: INACCURATE TREATMENT
I'm a psychologist and when I read inaccurate portrayals of mental illness and/or treatment, I feel frustrated. I came so close to giving HOW IF FEELS TO FLY one star, but there were some redeeming factors.
-fairly accurate portrayal of anxiety
-some realistic consequences
-creepy/flirty camp "counselor"
-no such program would exist in that format (a psychologist bunking with 6 clients and 2 camp gr ...more
I adored Sam. I saw so much of myself in her, her inner voice is so spot on to my every day that I couldn’t even you guys. I. COULD. NOT. EVEN. I told my fiancé at one point while I was reading, “Sam is me.” Struggling with anxiety AND body image issues is…so incredible toug ...more
"If the past few months have taught me anything, it’s how to ignore the eyes. How to pretend they don’t hurt."
SHINE BRIGHT LIKE A DIAMOND!!!
I am beyond happy to have read this book. I'm going through a really tough time now in life. I feel rejected and heavy hearted. Life is basically a mess for me right now and getting through each day is like a mammoth task. And I found this realistic book. I'm not any better now but I love so many lines of this book. They're like a guide for me. To ...more
This is the kind of ...more
How it Feels to Fly is a beautiful coming-of-age, mental health story about overcoming anxiety and other barriers to become the person you want to be. It deals with body image, self-confidence and other anxieties that performers may suffer from.
This was such a relatable story. Our main character, Sam, is a ballerina and wants nothing more than to be a professional dancer. However, in recent years, she’s developed curves and her body is no l ...more
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