Uniquely told through letters from death row and third-person narrative, Bryan Blisss hard-hitting third novel expertly unravels the string of events that landed a teenager in jail. Luke feels like hes been looking after Toby his entire life. He patches Toby up when Tobys father, a drunk and a petty criminal, beats on him, he gives him a place to stay, and he diffuses the situation at school when wise-cracking Toby inevitably gets into fights. Someday, Luke and Toby will leave this small town, riding the tails of Lukes wrestling scholarship, and never look back.But during their senior year, they begin to drift apart. Luke is dealing with his unreliable mother and her new boyfriend. And Toby unwittingly begins to get drawn into his fathers world, and falls for an older woman. All their long-held dreams seem to be unraveling. Tense and emotional, this heartbreaking novel explores family, abuse, sex, love, friendship, and the lengths a person will go to protect the people they love. For fans of NPRs Serial podcast, Jason Reynolds, and Matt de la Pea....
|Title||:||We'll Fly Away|
|Number of Pages||:||408 pages|
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We'll Fly Away Reviews
I was fortunate enough to receive a digital ARC copy of this book and boy am I so happy that I did. This book is absolutely amazing. The story keeps you pulled in and keeps you guessing about what exactly happened that Luke is now on Death Row.
It goes between the letters Luke is writing to Toby, the past in Tobys' POV, and the past in Luke's POV. I really loved the multiple perspectives in this novel. I think it really adds to the story because you get a close up on what both boys are going thr ...more
A captivating story of two young men’s friendship and troubles of life.
Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. We’ll Fly Away tells the story of Toby and Luke, friends that are practically brothers. Each boy comes from a troubled past that has seemingly impacted their present and future. Luke, a star wrestler, deals with the burden of an absent mother and being the father figure to his twin brothers. Toby, always intelligent and loud-mouthed, uses his humor to deflect the wounds he has received from his abusi ...more
I thought I was ready for this but I was wrong.
My feelings are destroyed.
I need a hug.
This book is like you waking up knowing there's a bad omen. You go through your day, everything's normal, and then you see two trains getting closer and closer together. This is the bad omen, the premonition. And you can only watch this imminent disaster happening, knowing there isn't a damn thing you can do to stop it.
We’ll Fly Away is a well-written, hard-hitting YA novel with important messages about poverty, child abuse, the justice system, and friendship. I knew We’ll Fly Away would be heartbreaking. I also expected it to be raw, upfront, exposed, and almost crude. It certainly is an unflinching book, with threads of hope (but mainly heartbreak) and a positive message.
Luke and Toby are best friends - the only ones to see inside the truths of the other’s life, the only ones who could understand. But Luke s ...more
I knew this would be a hard read going into it but that still didn't prepare me for its full impact. The way the story unfolded reminded me a bit of the way This Is Us works, with the reader seeing the past and the events leading up to the present, but also getting to see the present through letters one boy was writing to the other. The bond between the boys was strong and it was hard to see them drifting away from each other and fighting, though no matter how angry they'd get they would always ...more