The Thing with Feathers (Blink)
Emilie Day believes in playing it safe: she’s homeschooled, her best friend is her seizure dog, and she’s probably the only girl on the Outer Banks of North Carolina who can’t swim.
Then Emilie’s mom enrolls her in public school, and Emilie goes from studying at home in her pj’s to halls full of strangers. To make matters worse, Emilie is paired with starting point guard Ch...more
Hitch. Her golden retriever. Her best friend. And my favorite character.
I just…I don’t know why the MC felt the need to lie. Like…I mean I guess I get why she wanted to fit in-I do. I can’t rightfully put myself into her position (or anyone else with an illness for that matter) and understand why I’d be ashamed, but I do understand the need to fit in. Or, rather, to blend in, t ...more
Emilie Day has always played it safe, a tendency started by her diagnosis with epilepsy as a child and enhanced by her father's death a few years earlier. She mostly stays home, where she's home schooled, with her mother and her dog, Hitch. Safe, that is, until her mom decides it's time for Emilie to broaden her horizons and start takin ...more
A refreshing, quality debut--meaningfully woven and beautifully engaging, from the first page to the last.
Emilie Day's "normal" life ended one day in the middle of elementary school, when she suddenly had a seizure. The uncontrolled nature of her newly diagnosed epilepsy meant that homeschooling was the only suitable option--one which worked well for a time thanks to the support of her father and the addition of a ...more
I love Emilie's character and truly believe that she encompasses all of the difficulties or experiences that so many young ladies encounter in their middle and high school years--unsure of herself, struggling with parental relationships, trying to fit in/blend into the wall, navigatin ...more
This book wasn't what I wanted. What I wanted was epilepsy representation so I could understand my mum's struggles on another level.
In the 15% I read, I didn't get that. I got a childish story of a girl who does not seem to care too much about her health and is "not like other girls". Obviously having epilepsy which causes grand-mal seizures is difficult, especially in the formative years. However, the main character slut shames other female characters and there is an annoying preppy l ...more
Being a YA book, this is everything you expect it to be. It's sweet, it's filled with the usual tropes and clichés, it has likeable characters, the writing is simple, the story is simple, it's positive and it's a pleasant read. If you're looking for a sweet YA read, this is definitely your book. I like books like this, it's nice to read cute fluffy books occasionally. What I would have really loved though, is something a bit more meatier. I felt like this book just grazed the surface ...more
Written in the first person, Emilie's story, her struggles, her challenges, her gifts really appealed to me. She is a bright, intelligent girl, up until the story opens she has been home-schooled, but now she faces into the jungle of high school and her counsellor's and mother's bidding. Up until now she has been safe at home, now she must face the scary new faces and situati ...more
The tie-ins with Emily Dickinson’s life and poetry added another interesting layer to the story as well. I liked that Emilie recognized so much of herself in the re ...more
When high school junior Emilie is forced to go from homeschooling to public school, she lives in fear of having a seizure in front of everyone. She promises her mom she'll try it for three months, and thinks she can keep her epilepsy to herself in that short time. But Emilie is partnered with Chatham for an English project, and gradually gets to know him, as well as ...more
I haven’t seen too many books out there about epilepsy, so I was so glad to discover The Thing with Feathers, a novel that depicts this condition in a realistic way. I loved the complexity of the story and the main character’s personality. However the book would have been much better without the insta-love and clichés. This is still an enjoyable story, though, and I would recommend it to those interested in learning about what it’s like to live with epilepsy.
This b ...more
I was not expecting to read this whatsoever. It was an Advanced Reader Copy that was sitting in the lunch room of the Christian Bookstore I work at. I started to read the back of the book for hints of the genre and what it is about.
I read the first chapter.
I had to keep going.
This book is very realistic.
I cannot say that on behalf of a teenager that suffers from epilepsy, but as someone who went through a season of frequent anxiety attacks, t ...more
I loved that we got to have a main character with epilepsy! I loved seeing Emilie talk about her seizure dog, her medicine, therapy, the different types of seizures she has - we really get to see her and I loved it. Emilie and Chatham, her engl ...more