Wednesday, August 29, 2012

[Review] The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester


When homeschooled farm girl Piper McCloud reveals her ability to fly, she is quickly taken to a secret government facility to be trained with other exceptional children, but she soon realizes that something is very wrong and begins working with brilliant and wealthy Conrad to escape.

"Piper decided to jump off the roof. It wasn't a rash decision on her part. This was her plan: Climb to the top of the roof, pick up speed by running from one end all the way to the other. Jump off. Finally, and most importantly, don't fall. She didn't make plans in the event she did fall, because if you jump off the roof of your house and land on your head, you really don't need any plans from that point on. Even Piper knew that. So that's what she did. She jumped clean off her roof. But before we get to what happens next, you'll probably need to know a thing or two about a thing or two..."


You just can’t keep a good girl down . . . unless you use the proper methods.

Piper McCloud can fly. Just like that. Easy as pie.

Sure, she hasn’t mastered reverse propulsion and her turns are kind of sloppy, but she’s real good at loop-the-loops.

Problem is, the good folk of Lowland County are afraid of Piper. And her ma’s at her wit’s end. So it seems only fitting that she leave her parents’ farm to attend a top-secret, maximum-security school for kids with exceptional abilities.

School is great at first with a bunch of new friends whose skills range from super-strength to super-genius. (Plus all the homemade apple pie she can eat!) But Piper is special, even among the special. And there are consequences.

Consequences too dire to talk about. Too crazy to consider. And too dangerous to ignore.

This is a middle grade book. A really good middle grade book. When I first picked it up, I thought it could just be a book that I would read to clear my head of all confusion >.< It did help with that, but it was quite amazing- the plot, the character... EVERYTHING.

Basically it's about this girl that can fly. When her family finds out, they try to keep it a secret, but that just doesn't work so she goes to a top-secret government facility where she has been told she could hone her flying skills and learn other skills necessary for survival. Unfortunately, all does not go as it should and Piper learns that there are lies everywhere and works with her fellow classmates to have a getaway plan. She goes through many trials, and becomes stronger.

Piper, in general, is an amazing character. She's happy most of the time and nice and sweet and all those good things. She's also inquisitive and curious about most things, which gets her into a lot of trouble. I really like her for her inner strength though- although there were many attempts to break her, at the end she was as strong as ever, maybe stronger, as well as wiser to the world around her.

The other characters are well written as well. You get to understand a lot about them, in the short book, as well as watch them grow through out the book. All the characters are quite dynamic xD 

The plot is actually much better than I expected. It's well written and well thought out. It's a middle grade novel and some of the themes are themes of oppression, choices, and two-faced people (people not being what they seem).

The ending is really nice- like a fairy-tale ending. It ends in happily ever after, although because of the way it's written, it seems as if this book should have a sequel. However, this book came out 2 years ago, and I think a sequel would've come out by now.

Also, about the writing style- I liked it. It was written in a way that Piper would've though and spoke when it was in her POV and however the other person would've spoke it it had been their POV, and that was important to me.

If this review does not seem completely coherent, it would be because I wrote it way too in the morning/too late at night... The times are blending together xD... Yay me? Don't pay attention to the time is says I published it.

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