A debut novel about one girl’s discovery of family secrets, first love, the limits of forgiveness, and finding one’s way in the world, written with wisdom and sympathy by the bestselling memoirist, actor, and director. When fifteen-year-old Lucy Willows discovers that her father has a child from a brief affair, an eight-year-old boy named Thomas who lives in her own suburban New Jersey town, she begins to question everything she thinks she knows about her family and her life. Lucy can’t believe her father betrayed the whole family, or that her mother forgave him, or that her sister isn’t rocked by the news the way Lucy is. Worse, Lucy’s father’s secret is now her own, one that isolates her from her friends, family, and even her boyfriend, Simon, the one person she expected would truly understand. When Lucy escapes to Maine, the home of her mysteriously estranged grandfather, she finally begins to get to the bottom of her family’s secrets and lies. Fans of the rebels and antiheroes in the novels of Rainbow Rowell, A. S. King, and Meg Wolitzer will welcome this sharp, observant new voice in young adult fiction.
|Publisher:||Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill|
|Edition description:||Signed Edition|
|Product dimensions:||5.60(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.20(d)|
|Age Range:||14 - 18 Years|
About the Author
Andrew McCarthy is the author of the New York Times bestselling travel memoir, The Longest Way Home. He is an editor at large at National Geographic Traveler magazine. He is also an actor and director. He lives in New York City with his wife, three children, two fish, and one dog. Just Fly Away is his first novel. You can find him online at andrewmccarthy.com or on Twitter: @AndrewTMcCarthy.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Just Fly Away (Signed Book) based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
I enjoyed it very much but wish there was more in the story about the other characters, like the grandfather, sister, parents and Thomas.
Will someone please lend me this!!!!!!!
I think there was so much reality in this book and truth that as kids we really never know our parents....As the people they were. My sisters and I recently filled out a questionnaire for my parents for Father's Day and one of the questions asked "we wish we had known you when" and we all said when he was a hell raising cowboy in high school.
When Lucy overhears her parents talking one evening, she just knows they’ve been hiding something, and she wants answers. Come to find out, her father has one bombshell of a secret. When he finally fesses up, Lucy is absolutely devastated. This is a character driven novel, and Lucy Willows is an incredible character. She’s inquisitive, imaginative, spunky and possessed of a wry sense of humor. She’s also very angry, but that’s something that’s not uncommon with teenagers. I enjoyed the connection Lucy makes with her grandfather. I thought that part of the story was especially good. This is a coming-of-age story about secrets, first love, families and all their problems. I liked the story, the characters, everything about the book, except for the one instance of heavy petting that I felt was superfluous to the story.
Sadly I couldn’t quite get into the story about Lucy and her family. I found that she was pretty egoistical and had a hard time understanding that she reacted the way she did. Sure, it’s never nice to find out about your parents not being as perfect as you thought they might be. But she Lucy was just rude and took things too far. There were never one moment she had doubts about doing something wrong. She went on like a bulldozer, knocking everyone out of her way. She never tried to hear her parents out. And why didn’t the parents just made her sit down and have a talk? Maybe if you’re grabbing the book because you have trouble in your home life, then you might find it enjoyable. I chose to read this book and all opinions in this review are my own and completely unbiased. Thank you, NetGalley and Algonquin Young Readers!