Erin Bailey's life changes forever the day her mom is diagnosed with breast cancer. It's always just been Erin and Mom, so living without her is not an option. Life takes another turn when the cancer is linked to a rare genetic mutation, and Erin must grapple with the decision of whether or not to have her own DNA tested. Her only outlets are flying lessons, where looking to the horizon calms her deepest fears, and her new friend Ashley, a girl she met in an online support group. But when a flash decision has Erin flying away to find her new friend, she embarks on a journey from the depths of despair to new love and a better understanding of the true meaning of beauty.
This thought-provoking story brings listeners to the emotional brink and back again, as they experience Erin's fear, her frustration, and ultimately... her freedom.
Though death is an overused plot device in YA novels the author handles it with an aplomb that moves it far past any cliche. Though there are a few head shakers in the actions of the various characters they still come across as real; with the possible exception of another YA staple the mean girl no one is a caricature. In fact in the end she also shows a bit of humanity and it was a relief that she got it and was given the opportunity to develop past her role. The Ashley-Slash character who could have come across as creepy instead gave off the appearance of being a caring human being; and her flight instructor becomes something of a father connection for her.
The off the rails portion of the audiobook strained credulity only slightly and her actions thereafter came across as someone who just had too much on her plate. The situation between Erin and Trina avoided a few obvious arguments on Erin's part and some similarly obvious solutions to their problem. Though the book didn't wrap up as neatly as books usually do that was a nice surprise rather than a negative. I also loved it that the opportunity for a lot of overly sentimental reactions wasn't indulged by the author.
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This is my new favorite book and the person talking is REALLY GOOD i just overall LOVE the book and 5 star recommend it