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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2010

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    Just Ok

    I am a huge fan of Jennifer Weiner. I found this book out of her "norm," which isn't bad, but it wasn't as good as the others. I found myself not caring about certain characters and wanting more of others. Each chapter is a different character, which I do like, but I was more interested in Lizzie than her sister. I just didn't like the older sister. I wanted to know more about Sylvie's self discovery. I also would have liked to know more about the husband's journey. And learned more about the best friend. It was a good read and I didn't want to quit reading, just took me longer than usual because I didn't feel as drawn in as I usually do with her books.

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  • Posted December 26, 2012

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    "Fly Away Home" tells the story f two sisters, and the

    "Fly Away Home" tells the story f two sisters, and their mother who are going through life difficulties. Cheating spouses, and drug addiction are the main contentes, however, accepting ones faults and misgivings are a part of it as well. While I do prefer her other stories to this one, it wasn't a complete waste of time. Check it out if you are a fan. But, DON'T pay big bucks for it! It is not worth $26.

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  • Posted December 24, 2011

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    Decent chick book

    I don't usually like chick books, but I'll read Jennifer Weiner. This one has as the main character a political wife whose husband gets caught in an extramarital relationship. What I liked best about it was the relationship between her and her own mother - a very powerful woman who forged a path. I also liked the relationship between the two daughters, Diana (who's perfect, but falls) and Lizzie (who's a loser, and IMHO doesn't improve much - but there might be hope.) The tension between two very different women is an interesting thing about both sets of relationships. In fact, that's more interesting than any of the men in the book.

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