Learning to Fly

Learning to Fly

by April Henry
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Learning to Fly 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have only read the sample, got really pissed when it said [end of sample] and i cant wait to read the rest.
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Lisa Wicoff More than 1 year ago
Not what I have come to expect from this author. Try Girl Lost, Shock Point, or Torched instead. It was interesting, but not a thriller in my opinion.
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NurseKelley More than 1 year ago
This book was good, until the ending. I would have liked to see an epilogue that would more fully tie up the loose endings in the book. This book is about a young girl (named Free) who is the daughter of two drug-using hippies and who has a loser cheating boyfriend. Free is believed to be dead following a massive car pile up, leaving her car burned up along with Lydia, a stranger she had offered a ride to. After trying to assist another stranger in the wreck (named Jamie, a drug runner) she discovers a large sum of money (drug money). Jamie later dies and Free assumes Lydia's identity and takes the money to start a new life. She really has no one who cares very much for her, and she has found out she is pregnant. She wants to make a better life for her and her baby. Although she has some moral dilemma about keeping the money, she goes ahead and leaves town with it. Making only a few mistakes to hiding her identity, she is being tracked by the drug dealer Don, whom the money belongs to, and Lydia's very abusive and crazed husband Roy, who is unaware that Lydia is dead. Along the way, she makes two very good friends, Lexi, the woman from whom she rents a room, and Craig, a cop who appears to be falling for her, but from whom Free is trying to keep her distance, in order to keep her secrets hidden. The finale sees Free between the crazed husband and the drug dealer, fighting for her life. I would have given this title maybe another 1/2 a star if the author had given a better glimpse into Free's future and what she was going to do with her life. I don't want to give away the ending, but I would have liked to see it turn out a little better for Free. Although Free seemed happy with the ending, I would like to have seen Free with the money, the guy, and minus all the loser-baggage that were part of her former life. But, not everything has a fairy tale ending! :) Very good read. I would recommend this one. Very interesting plot. Have not read anything quite like this one. Also, very well written. P.S. Enjoyed the little interesting side details, like Don with his alopecia and tattooed eyebrows. Never considered before how lack of hair in the nose could cause such problems! :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
I understand this novel is a departure for the author. If so, she she should stay on the road now taken. This is a story whose plot grabs the reader by the throat and doesn't let go. Who hasn't occasionally fantasized about starting over, with a new identity, and of course plenty of money handy to help out? Free Meeker thinks SHE can get away with it, then soon learns the dark side of starting anew - with illegal money. April Henry ratchets up the suspense with each chapter, and spikes her story with unexpected humor (especially the descriptions of the hippy lifestyle Free reluctantly grew up in). This is a book that makes you resentful of any interruptions while you're reading!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I've never read April Henry before, but I enjoyed this book so much that I'm looking forward to picking up some of her other titles. The first chapter, detailing a multi-car wreck on the interstate during a dust storm is a superb piece of writing. Surviving the wreck, heroine Free Meeker, a very interesting character, decides to assume the identity of a woman killed in her car. The plot kicks into high gear then and never slows down. A very entertaining book. I had a hard time putting it down.