Wednesday, November 28, 2012

The Girl Who Could Fly by Victoria Forester


The Girl Who Could Fly 
by Victoria Forester 
328 pages 
Nook Book
Tween Fantasy/Paranormal

Book Jacket Summary
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.

At turns exhilarating and terrifying, Victoria Forester’s debut novel is an unforgettable story of defiance and courage about an irrepressible heroine who can, who will, who must . . . fly.

My Thoughts
Piper McCloud has been raised in a strict but loving home where her ability to float causes much concern with her normal farming parents. She is home schooled and kept away from the busy bodies in the town. Piper is not like the others because she asks question after question and practices flying in on her farm. The one day she is able to join in on the town picnic Piper flies up into the sky to catch a home run and displays her ability for all to see.
Piper is whisked away from all she knows to a facility called I.N.S.A.N.E. in the Antarctic. Dr. Letita Hellion is in charge and wants Piper to be as comfortable as possible. Piper soon falls into a routine except for the bullying of Conrad, the super genius of the group. He finds that Piper is his way to escape the facility that they find out is up to no good and try to suppress the children's abilities. Piper does not want to leave without the other children.
I really like Piper and her midwestern charm. I think I totally fell in love with her when she said, "Well, butter my butt and call me a biscuit." She was determined to fly and she used all her strength and resources to make it happen. Piper also wants to see the best in people and is constantly surprised when she is shot down. Despite this, she is not the Mary Sue character you might think. I love her spunk and determination to get all the children out of the facility, not just her and Conrad.
Conrad is a whole bunch of things all thrown together but in the end I love what Victoria Forester does with him. He seems like such a bully and self serving character but you slowly realize he is a Sherlock Holmes type that is trying to keep his wits about him.
I read this book in one sitting and loved it! I am very disappointed that Victoria Forester has not written another book because I would snatch it up right away, especially another book about Piper and Conrad.     

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