How It Feels to Fly

How It Feels to Fly

by Kathryn Holmes

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How It Feels to Fly by Kathryn Holmes

A struggle with body dysmorphia forces one girl to decide if letting go of her insecurity also means turning her back on her dreams.

Sam has always known she’d be a professional dancer—but that was before her body betrayed her, developing unmanageable curves in all the wrong places. Lately, the girl staring back at Sam in the mirror is unrecognizable. Dieting doesn’t work, ignoring the whispers is pointless, and her overbearing mother just makes it worse.

Following a series of crippling anxiety attacks, Sam is sent to a treatment camp for teens struggling with mental and emotional obstacles. Forced to open up to complete strangers, Sam must get through the program if she wants to attend a crucial ballet intensive later in the summer. It seems hopeless until she starts confiding in a camp counselor who sparks a confidence she was sure she’d never feel again. But when she’s faced with disappointing setbacks, will Sam succumb to the insecurity that imprisons her?

This compelling story from Kathryn Holmes examines one girl’s efforts to overcome her worst enemy: herself.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062387349
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/14/2016
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 321,069
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.40(d)
Age Range: 13 - 17 Years

About the Author

Kathryn Holmes grew up in Maryville, Tennessee, where she was an avid reader and an aspiring writer from an early age. She now lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and piles upon piles of books. A graduate of the New School's MFA in creative writing program, Kathryn works as a freelance dance journalist, among other writing gigs. The Distance Between Lost and Found is her debut novel.

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How It Feels to Fly 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Heartwarming book. Before I read this book I thought that it would be about a girl who was sad and would eventually become happy and healthy with the help of her friends and family. The very first feeling I had after I finished reading was sadness because it ended and because there will probably be no sequel to this, but after that I felt happy because I had just a read book that I now love. The book was partially what I expected it to be, but it dealt with peer pressure and mental illness more. But the main character in the story, Samantha, was sad, anxious, and frustrated at the beginning of the story, but in the end she was more happy with herself. Before I read the book I wasn’t too excited to read the book because I had never heard of the author of the story before and it wasn’t very famous either, but after I read it I feel like this was one of the greatest books I have ever read and that it should be famous for what it stands for. The main characters for this book are Samantha, Andrew, Zoe, Kate, Jenna, Dominic, and Omar. This story takes place in a therapy camp called Perform at Your Peak, but some of the characters in the story refer it to as “Crazy Camp”. The story is mostly about teens that are going through a hard time in their life battling anxiety and peer pressure while making friendships they never thought they would make. This book is a realistic fiction book called “How it Feels to Fly” written by Kathryn Holmes. One reason as to why I love this book is because it shows the seriousness of anxiety and peer pressure and how that can affect your life, but it also gives the hope that there are people that can help you along the way. Another reason why I love this book is because you can actually connect to the characters withe how they are feeling. For example, when the Samantha, one of the bigger main characters, feels sad you feel the sadness as well. In a book if you can feel the same feelings the main character is feeling then you know it is a good book. Overall this book is honestly now one of my favorites and definitely recommend this book to you. But this book would be mostly appropriate for kids in middle school or high school.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is so freaking amazing and super inspiring. I loved the way the characters completely developed and went through a big change not just on their perspective on their personal struggles but also as individuals.
BlkosinerBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Source: Harper Teen via Edelweiss Disclaimer: I received this book as an ARC (advanced review copy). I am not paid for this review, and my opinions in this review are mine, and are not effected by the book being free. I wanted to read this one because I am drawn to books about anxiety, body image as well as dancing. Sam is the main character, a ballerina who is at summer camp that claims to help with anxiety in elite teen athletes. Sam has a hard time at camp since none of the others seem to want to make new friends and that just adds to her anxiety. She has an inner monologue going about how she is too curvy, that others are judging her, that she isn't good enough. I did like how they began to open up to each other, and gain the confidence to share what they are going through and help one another. Andrew is older, one of the camp counselors and she feels a connection to him despite their slightly rocky meeting. The romance was there but as synopsis suggests it might not play out the best. It gives the appearance of forbidden love but I did like how it turned out, and it made a lot of sense to me. It was one-sided, and I think I can say this without being spoilery. I can see where she gets the idea as well as how Andrew is trying to be there and boost her confidence, but that he overstepped. The counseling and strategies they used seemed to be very well thought out and realistic. I liked the main woman in charge, and how she draws them out and helps Sam even if using not so traditional seeming methods to get through to her. Bottom Line: Emotional look at anxiety and working through it to do what you love.
Laura_at_125Pages More than 1 year ago
How It Feels to Fly by Kathryn Holmes is a story set in a summer camp for high performing teens with anxiety issues. The story follows Sam, a ballerina with body hate issues, as she has gained 14 pounds and now feels like she is losing herself. I was very interested to read this story as my high school best friend was a ballerina and when we lived together when we were twenty, I saw how deep these issues can run. While this had a great message, I quickly tired of the whiny tone used by the teens in the story. I understand they were all at the camp for issues, but the way they were portrayed erred more to bratty than to anxious. There was also a slight “romance” story line that I actively disliked as it was more harmful than anything and just turned me off, add in the awful obligatory YA parents and this was just an okay read for me. There were some fantastic moments, don’t get me wrong, and I loved Sam’s roommate as the girl who felt she did not need any help, she was a snarky delight. However the total outcome was less than stellar for me. Original review @ 125Pages.com I received this book for free from Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.