Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Review: If Birds Fly Back by Carlie Sorosiak

Title: If Birds Fly Back 
Author: Carlie Sorosiak 
Publication Date: June 27, 2017
Publisher: HarperTeen  
Source: ALA Midwinter  
Format: ARC
Age Group: Teens
Genre: Contemporary 

Linny has been fascinated by disappearances, ever since her sister Grace ran away in the middle of the night without saying goodbye. Sebastian can tell you how many galaxies there are, and knows how much plutonium weighs. But the one thing he can’t figure out is the identity of his birth father. They’ve never met, but Linny and Sebastian have one thing in common: an obsession with famous novelist and filmmaker Alvaro Herrera, who went missing three years ago and has just reappeared. As they learn more about the mystery of Alvaro, Linny and Sebastian uncover the answers they’ve been searching for.

Everyone handles the loss of someone differently as well as reconnecting with someone you didn't know was still alive. Sometimes we pretend that a person is still there, that they have just run away or are vacation. But most importantly we always wonder if they would every fly back. 

The books follows two characters.  Linny, a girl intrigued by people who disappear for days, months and/or years at a time suddenly reappear, and Sebastian, who although is fascinated by space and the amount of galaxies, has a hard time with telling you who is father is. In getting to know both these characters the reader goes on an adventure where sometimes looking for one thing can lead you to finding something else. 

I think what was really interesting about this book for me was that it wasn't one that I could or wanted to finish in a day. I picked up the book and immediately was teleported to a story of perfect simplicity. Told in duo point of views (which is one of my favorite things an author can do) we are able to really see and learn what is going on in both the minds of our two protagonist. 

This was the book I needed right now in my life. It dealt with not heartache but a sisters bond, friendship, unexpected love and so much more. Told in both a poetic and imaginative way Carlie Sorosiak delivers a debut book that will take you on a rollercoaster of emotions. I know when I was done this was my reaction....

If you have not yet gone to the store to pick up this fantastic novel, you are surely missing out. Carlie, thank you for giving me a book that allowed me to cry. for giving me a book that pulled at my emotions and allowed me to feel but mostly importantly gave me a book that I will hold dear to me forever. 

I give this book 5 souls! 

1 comment:

  1. Great read! Enjoyed this book tremendously and passed it on to a friend who enjoyed it as well.