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Posted June 27, 2011
A wonderful book which flows beautifully. My very large complaint is with the nook transcript...there are a crazy amount of typos. In the first 50 pages alone I counted over a dozen. There should be no excuse for that type of sloppy transcriptions.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 5, 2010
Posted January 29, 2009
Fascinatingly insightful and engaging.
This engrossing novel is better than a parenting book! And if you you see a frustrated, self-conscious mom in the store with a kid having a conniption fit, do her a favor and tell her about this book. Seriously. You may just save her some heartache. Learning to Fly is about parenting and the heart of a mother. But it's even more than that. It's about marriage and friendship and peer pressure. It's about the consequences of not speaking up and of letting your child get what they want all the time. It's about the dysfunction of reliving your childhood through your child and the damage it can do. It's about so many things. And the most exciting part of this book is it's every mother. There is a bit of Susan and Jo Jo in all moms, so everyone can relate. I love reading about dysfunction when the authors have deep insight into the situation and wisdom that shows up in their characterization. Roxanne Henke nails so many things in the process of telling you this story that will grip your heart in many, many ways. In fact, this is the perfect gift for a parent with little ones. Readers can't help but see just how much it hurts your child to give in to them. It's not a pretty sight and only gets worse as they get older. The takeaway value of this book is that it's worth it to be consistent and to listen to your child and not make excuses for their bad behavior. Plus, the characters are so well done it's hard not to love them and understand them by book's end. I highly recommend this book! It's my favorite Henke novel to date.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted June 16, 2008
A can't put down read!
Recently, I laid down Roxanne Henke's latest book, Learning to Fly, with a satisfied sigh. Though I hated to say 'good-bye' to the very real characters, it was time for them to move on. They'd been through so much. And thanks to Henke's great story-telling ability, so had I. Experiencing Lily's journey, from her first day of life until she was ready to leave the nest, was a delight indeed. I was reminded of sweet and stressful times with my own children. So real were the characters, I rooted for them, wept with them and, exasperated, yelled out loud at some of Jo-Jo's parenting choices. I kept hoping Tiffany would understand the gift of having a true friend, and that her mother would do the same. Through the triumphs and struggles of two families, two women, and two daughters, I couldn't keep from turning the pages rapidly. The story hooked me right away and drew me in. As always with a Roxanne Henke book, I found a wealth of wisdom tucked into a very compelling story.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.