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16 out of 20 people found this review helpful.

Must read! It's wonderful...

Fly Away Home
Jennifer Weiner
Atria Books, July 13th,2010
ISBN: 978-0-7432-9427-0, 416 pg
4.5 Stars

Fly away home is the beautifully written story of Sylvie, a politicians wife, and her two daughters Diana and Lizzie. In the wake and aftermath of scandal these t...
Fly Away Home
Jennifer Weiner
Atria Books, July 13th,2010
ISBN: 978-0-7432-9427-0, 416 pg
4.5 Stars

Fly away home is the beautifully written story of Sylvie, a politicians wife, and her two daughters Diana and Lizzie. In the wake and aftermath of scandal these three women are forced to face the truth about themselves including who they are, who they want to be and what they want out of life. The women deal with past issues as well as present. Weiner does a wonderful job of taking the serious issues of commitment, self-esteem, identity and choices and mixing them with comical moments.

Meet the women of Fly Away Home:

Sylvie: Wife of Senator Richard Woodruff. Sylvie has spent her life in her husbands service, helping him, guiding him and focusing on him. After his affair is brought into the open, Sylvie must re-evaluate who she is and who she wants to be. She must make the biggest decision of all. Will she be able to trust and forgive?

Diana: The eldest daughter of Sylvie and Richard Woodruff. After watching her parents marriage, Diana has a very clear path for her life and how she wants it to be. While everything makes sense on paper, Diana forgets about the heart and love. When she is reminded her world is turned upside down and she must choose to love or not to love? Will she be happy?

Lizzie: (Elizabeth) The youngest daughter of the Woodruff's and the family screw-up. Returning from rehab, Lizzie is determined to be better, to make something of herself, and to stay clean. It seems the world doesn't want to make this easier for her, and her family isn't in the best state to help. Will she be able to overcome of one the hardest parts of her life? Will she learn from the rehab and will she survive the shock and surprises she will encounter along the way?

The novel is divided into three sections. Each section skillfully sets up the next and smoothly transitions into it. Each section is divided into chapters, entitled by the woman who narrates the chapter. The first section focuses on past memories as well as current happenings. The second section dives deeper into the issues of the women, each leading to the point of no return. The third and final section brings the three women together. They face the past, present and future together and discover where home truly is.

Jennifer Weiner did a wonderful job with this novel. Fly away home quickly moved its way up the list of my favorite novels by Weiner. She encompasses so many relationships and focuses on them throughout the book. It is skillfully written and will make you laugh as well as feel the emotions of each character. You will find yourself relating to each character in your own way and rooting for them to find comfort and happiness. Fly Away Home is a heartbreaking, insightful novel, full of humor and interpersonal relationships. It will easily become a novel you will not want to put down, a novel that will carry you through many emotions, a novel you simply wont want to end.

Reviewed for http://acozyreaderscorner.blogspot.com

posted by IsabellaRenae on July 6, 2010

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5 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Waster of time, big disappointment

am a huge fan of this author and was thrilled when her new book came out, until I started to read it. The entire book is slow moving, filled with large empty content, run on and on paragraphs with little to none character coversations. It was a book about cheating spous...
am a huge fan of this author and was thrilled when her new book came out, until I started to read it. The entire book is slow moving, filled with large empty content, run on and on paragraphs with little to none character coversations. It was a book about cheating spouses and not much more...and the ending was horrible. Save yourself the time and money and do not waste either on this book

posted by 4190878 on July 23, 2010

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  • Posted April 22, 2011

    Ms. Weiner has done SOOO much better....wait for the next one.

    I have been a huge fan of jennifer Weiner's for years! I have loved all of her books and always anxiously await the next. So I was very shocked when I was so badly disappointed in this one. First, The elitism is deplorable, I can't relate to rich, upity socialites and their govt spouses. The character of Sophie was to me someone who could not be sympathized with or related to. Second, Diana was a B...h! I loathe books that glorify people like her., she was self serving, cheating, self-centered and had no sense of humor at all. But the worst of all was Lizzie., as a person who works with and is related to addicts, Ms. Weiner had her personality all wrong...addicts are (whether recovering or not) lying, arrogant and manipulative. They are rarely the whiney little 4 years olds in adult clothing that Lizzie is supposed to be. To be fair, I listened to this book on CD (first time I did that) and maybe it was the way Judith Light portrayed the characters that made them unlikable. If so, my apologies to Jennifer Weiner...nuff said...I am still anxiously waiting for her next book!

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  • Posted May 16, 2011

    Eh!

    Got about half way through. Couldn't get into it. Her other books have been so much better.

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  • Posted September 25, 2010

    Really disappointed

    First of Weiner's books I haven't enjoyed. I couldn't wait to be done with it. I didn't care about any of the characters. I skimmed whole pages after awhile to just get through it. I felt despite the pages devoted to each character they were each flat predictable characters. I just never believed any of them. I hope this doesn't portend the future. Weiner mentioned she actually started this before Good in Bed so maybe that's why it seems weakest of her books???

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  • Posted August 27, 2010

    A disappointment from a usually solid writer

    Jennifer Weiner has been a solid author. Her books are well-written, with warm characters. An "easy read," a Jennifer Weiner book is a good one for the beach.

    "Fly Away Home," however, was a huge disappointment. I'm about 2/3 of the way through and am ready to abandon it. It has not engaged me at all... Not the plot, the characters, or Weiner's writing.

    I think the secondary character of Ceil is the most interesting of the bunch. Perhaps she deserves her own book?

    I hope Weiner's next book is a return to what I have come to expect and love from her.

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  • Posted August 15, 2010

    Boring and tedious

    I'm a huge Jennifer Weiner fan but this book was slow and boring. It almost felt as if she just gave up when it came to the ending. There was no conclusion to the story. I do not recommend

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 4, 2010

    Just ok

    I often felt that I'd read this same story line before. I thought it was very predictable. I got into it half way through, only wanting to find out what paths these people took. I did have a few comments on the writing. When the husband asks "Will you forgive me?" she responds "I don't know", I thought this was a hugh missed opportunity to write something thought provoking and all she could come up with was "I don't know" The end was also strange to me, rather empty, not enough in depth discussions.

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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