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This Is How We Fly

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  306 ratings  ·  123 reviews
A loose retelling of Cinderella, about a high-school graduate who--after getting grounded for the whole summer--joins a local Quidditch league and finds her footing, perfect for fans of Dumplin', Fangirl, and everyone who's read and adored Harry Potter.

17-year-old vegan feminist Ellen Lopez-Rourke has one muggy Houston summer left before college. She plans to spend every l
ebook, 464 pages
Published December 15th 2020 by Philomel Books
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Charlie vaguely. there's queer characters, yes, and gay romance but it's like a sub sub plot in focus for about 0,5% of the book…morevaguely. there's queer characters, yes, and gay romance but it's like a sub sub plot in focus for about 0,5% of the book(less)

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Claude's Bookzone
1.5 Stars rounded up to 2 because Quidditch y'all.

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Well I am sorry to say this was not an enjoyable experience for me.

It was written in first person which, for the record, I have enjoyed before. However, the writing was so simple that this is what it felt like:

I thought about what I wanted to eat. I went to the fridge and opened the door. I looked through the shelves trying to find something I wanted to eat. I sighed when
Isabel ✰
Feb 24, 2020 marked it as dnf
i added this to my to-read almost a year ago and since then my weird quippy excited review of this book became one of the top reviews on the book and of my account, so i felt an odd obligation to actually check this book out when it pubbed

i shouldn't have.

a lot has happened since last february -- my tastes have changed and the world has changed and jk rowling has almost entirely ruined harry potter for me. what would have been a fun concept has been soured by no fault of meriano's.

beyond that,
Dec 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
THIS IS HOW WE FLY is a fun, coming of age YA read that is focused on Ellen during the summer after graduating high school, as she finds quidditch as the lifeline she may need as she grapples through friendships and identity.

This was a fun one I enjoyed!
Danika at The Lesbrary
If you still have complicated nostalgic feelings for Harry Potter, but you also want to read a book that says "Fuck TERFs" (literally--that's a direct quote), This is How You Fly is for you.

This is a story that's a little bit messy, which I loved. It deals with a lot. The dynamic between her and her family is complicated and feels realistic. Ellen is also a main character I don't see very much: she's a feminist teenager who is passionate about social justice. She is vegan and tries to call out p
Nov 19, 2019 marked it as to-read
Quidditch? Hell yeah.
Sophia Dyer • bookishly.vintage
Thank you Booksparks for the finished copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I want to start out by saying that I do not support JKR or anything relating to THAT universe, but in the start of this book that was also noted. So it is nice that the author herself does not support JKR and her "TERF" views. Actually, the amount of representation itself in this book was absolutely amazing, and the main character did a lot of self-questioning throughout. Mostly with her gender identificatio
♡ jules ♡
ARC provided by the publisher via Edelweiss.
Dec 08, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, netgalley
I wasn't impressed with this book. There were some nice moments and I could see some of the intent behind the story, but that was about it. And I could only see these things sometimes. I liked that I was going to be able to marry my love for Harry Potter with other contemporary themes, but in the end, it didn't really pan out.

The idea behind this book was nice...But it didn't quite pan out. There were a lot of unfortunate things that happened to the main character, Ellen, but things never really
Aug 11, 2020 marked it as to-read
Shelves: sports
I played muggle Quidditch for a bit at university (Chaser) and I've never seen it feature in a book omg?!

I still remember when I showed up to my first taster session and was told to run laps around the pitch with the pipe in between my legs until it felt normal HAHAHA

Luanne Ollivier
Dec 17, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My latest teen read is This is How We Fly by Anna Meriano. Young adult reads have changed a great deal over the years. While marketed as teen reads, there is much to be learned for all ages from this genre. That's definitely the case with This is How We Fly.

This is the last summer before Ellen heads off to college. She and her two besties aren't headed to the same places, so she is looking forward to spending the summer with them. But, the best laid plans....

Instead, one friend wants to cut the
Michelle Huber
Dec 13, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This Is How We Fly totally took me by surprise. It was pitched as "girl plays quidditch for the summer" and after everything JKR said this summer I was like hmmmm I dunno, but I'll give it a shot.
I loved the beginning, I love familial issues in contemporary books, because you explore more sides of issues than just "girl likes boy" and there are also bisexual/lesbian characters in this, so I was happy to see the representation.
I loved Anna Meriano's writing, it was so descriptive, but sometimes
Quidditch and teen angst are the perfect catalysts for this fun and entertaining read. This is How We Fly (TiHWF) has a bit of a Cinderella feel to it but Ellen, the quirky yet mostly loveable protagonist isn’t going to any fancy ball. Instead, she’s off to join a Quidditch team that teaches her more about herself and who she wants to be in life than any ball a pumpkin carriage could cart her to.

It’s the summer after senior year and the summer before college, Ellen is at odds with her friends, a
Anya Bird
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I stumbled upon this book by accident but ended up really enjoying it! A YA book with a bit of feminism, activism, LGBT+ themes and a love of Harry Potter all combined - winner! It even addresses JKs transphobic and troublesome views. What more could you want from a light read?
Jan 08, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quidditch looks really fun :D
Jul 19, 2020 marked it as to-read
Dang, a ya book about quidditch huh? This is seriously everything I never knew my life was missing.
Michael Araujo
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review was originally posted on The Fandom.

Anna Meriano scores multiple goals in This Is How We Fly, and even catches her own snitch while doing so.

Ellen somehow manages to get herself grounded through the whole summer. No friends, no phone, no going out. The only thing that manages to give her some freedom, is Quidditch practice. A sport created for a series of fantasy books that in our world, doesn’t actually include flying. But with actually having to participate and work out, and having
Jan 19, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 7-8-and-9
This is How We Fly felt like the perfect book for me. A theatre kid protagonist! Harry potter! Queer rep, feminism AND a loose Cinderella retelling? I think that's why I was so let down.

This book isn't bad, it's just very average. Ellen as a protagonist came off more whiney then relatable, none of the other characters felt super developed since we only got to see them through her eyes, and the plot's the kind of thing you see over and over again. I think this could have been really good if it we
Dec 27, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 stars. Good YA fiction about a high school student just trying to survive the summer before senior year without her stepmom melting down at her and leaving again. Her best friend gets her into real-life quidditch.
I might be hitting my limit with YA realistic fiction that's the crossroads of major decision-making. Unless the characters are intensely creative or personable, I get distracted easily-- putting the book down and picking it back up but not really invested in it.

This one did not have a strong opening so the reading was lackluster throughout. And I recognize this is my exhaustion with the tropes in this genre category. It's strengths are the themes of togetherness in friendship and the unease wh
Aug 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
With everything going on in the Harry Potter world recently, this is exactly the book I needed!
The Harry Potter fan community is the entire reason that I am still a fan, and this book feels like a love letter from a fan to the community.
Ellen is a wonderful character that takes us through all the traditional coming-of-age struggles like worrying about college, fear of growing apart from close friends and navigating new friendships and relationships. What's wonderful about this book though is th
CWs: Numerous references to the HP franchise and its author (and some direct mentions of the author's harmful ideologies), some implied homophobia, toxic parent-child dynamics, near instances of assault, some descriptions of physical injury, allusions to parental death and mourning

First off, let me just be clear in saying that I will not be assigning this book a rating and I will not be speaking about or promoting this book on my various social media outlets. That is not to say it's not wort
Dec 06, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a copy of this book from the publisher through NetGalley, on exchange for an honest review.

4 ⭐️

Trigger warnings: homophobia, misogyny/sexism

I was wary of this book. After what happened this summer, everything related to Harry Potter left a bad taste in my mouth and I worried this book would be the same. Thankfully it wasn’t.

On the grounds of feminism, queer acceptance an BIPOC representation, this book is everything HP couldn’t even hope to achieve. And even the queerphobic and sexis
Cori McCarthy
Oct 16, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc-s
First of all, I want to thank Penguin Teen for sending me this book through NetGalley for an early review! To be honest, I have never really read a lot of YA contemporary, but I for sure loved this book. Let's dive into the review!

I absolutely loved the concept of this book! It is a slight Cinderella retelling about a girl who joins a Harry Potter inspired Quidditch team. Our protagonist, Ellen, is such a strong-willed person who will stand up and fight for what she believes in. During this last
Katie Prouty
This is How We Fly follows 17-year-old, Ellen, during her last summer before starting her freshman year at college. Ellen finds herself grounded because homegirl is at the ultimate level of snarky teenage 'tude. Have no fear, BFF Melissa is a brilliant magical unicorn of a suck-up and convinces Ellen's evil (sometimes) stepmother and father to let her out of the house. Yup, Ellen's parents back down because they give them what they want...exercise (no, not the gym) in the form of quidditch. Elle ...more
Tiffani Reads
Dec 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
While I enjoyed this book I do not exactly understand how it is remotely a Cinderella retelling. In this book we follow Ellen who is vegan, a feminist, and an environmentalist. She is passionate about all three things to the point of confrontation with her step-mother constantly throughout the book. She does not have any evil stepsisters, nor is her father dead or has he left her with her step-mother.

Throughout the story we see Ellen try and find herself during the summer between high school an
Beth Dettman
Dec 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved, loved, loved this book! I mean, quidditch!! So cool. If you haven't, you should google quidditch because it's very fun that it's been made into an actual sport. I did like the main character in the story, too. She really has a nice character arc as she learns about lots of different relationships and how to deal with change. I really appreciated the portrayal of the stepmother relationship. Ellen, the MC, has a pretty strained relationship with her stepmother, Connie. I experienced this ...more
mindful.librarian ☀️
DNF on page 92 because I just can’t wrap my head around what Connie’s motivation could possibly be for making Ellen stay home all the time - Connie wants Ellen out of the house and away from her, but she makes her be around her all the time??? Also, it just seems super improbable that anyone would treat a recent HS grad like a 14 year old with grounding and such for no apparent reason (they don’t need her to babysit so why???) but who knows.

And yes just call me the quitter queen because this is
Ms. Yingling
Sep 15, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
E ARC provided by Edelweiss Plus

I love the authors Love Sugar Magic series, and my daughter who is a Hurry Potter fan would have loved this one. The Quidditch was fascinating, but it was the relationship with the stepmother that had me enthralled. Who throws away furniture? (Oh, right. Someone has to, because I get most of my furniture from their garbage!)

A middle school Quidditch playing book would be a lot less angsty, and this did have some moments when it was uncomfortable to think about re
3.5 stars. After several years of J.K. Rowling just flaunting her flagrant bigotry in the face of the Harry Potter fandom and queer community, it was nice to read a story about fans for the fans that was very pro-trans, pro-inclusivity, and anti-bigotry. It was really fun diving into this world of Quidditch teams and delightful, nerdy kids. Always a slightly tough read for me personally when the parents in YA act more immaturely than the teenagers, but I will say that there is some resolution to ...more
Ashley Collins
Dec 24, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: lgbtqia
This wasn't a perfect fit for me, but it was still a really great book! If you're looking for a book about complicated and messy teens - or, basically, a book about real teenagers - then definitely pick this up. There's a lot of diversity here, including gender, race, and sexuality. Ellen is totally confused and angry and just trying to find her way as she starts to find herself in Quidditch, and throughout the novel and a series of misunderstandings and confrontations, she grows up and grows in ...more
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