Monday, 23 March 2009

Flightsend by Linda Newbery

From Amazon: Flightsend is Charlie's new home, whether she likes it or not. Her mother sees it as an end to all that's gone so tragically wrong, a chance for a fresh start. This first summer at Flightsend proves to be a turning point for both of them, a summer of startling self-discovery, a summer Charlie will never forget.

[This paperback edition is officially released in the UK on April 2nd].

Flightsend is one of those books that doesn't build up to any great earth-shattering event or revelation, but just tells the story of a girl and how she deals with everything that life throws at her.

Charlie and her mother, Kathy, are brilliant characters, and are so well written that it's sometimes hard to remember they're fictional. Kathy is still coming to terms with the loss of a stillborn baby, and Charlie is doing everything she can to support her. Their mother/daughter relationship is so touching, and is explored from all angles. To help her mother, Charlie is willing to leave her old life behind and move to a house in the middle of nowhere. If that's not love for a parent, I don't know what is.

Sean, Kathy's now ex-boyfriend, is another character I really enjoyed reading about. He's someone that, through no obligation or necessity, remains in Charlie's life as a friend and father figure. This shows that family doesn't have to be blood related, and that some bonds are just too strong to break.

Flightsend shows us that you can overcome anything, and that there's always life left ahead of you, no matter what terrible events may slow you down along the way. It shows the powerful link between a mother and a daughter, and the positive effect that a change of scenery can provide. It's about new beginnings and looking forward, and is an uplifting novel that embodies courage and determination.

I also love the beautiful cover, which perfectly captures the essence of the prose and story. It's bright and hopeful, and is bound to stand out on any bookshelf.


Chicklish said...

Great review - it sounds fantastic.

robin_titan said...

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Thao said...

It sounds so good, I probably will enjoy it. And the cover is cute too!

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

I'm really looking forward to reading this, though it might be a while unitl I do because it's at the bottom of my rather large TBR pile!

H said...

I just got this in the mail today, I'm glad it's good.

YA Book Realm said...

Nice review! The book looks really good!