Happy Sunday! I can’t believe another week is over. I’m excited to be able to talk about this book today because it was quite lovely, and I devoured it in almost one day. Thank you so much to the publicist and publisher for providing me with a copy for review!
Title: Flight Season
Author: Marie Marquardt
Publisher: Wednesday Books
Expected release: February 20, 2018
My rating: 5/5 Goodreads stars
Back when they were still strangers, TJ Carvalho witnessed the only moment in Vivi Flannigan’s life when she lost control entirely. Now, TJ can’t seem to erase that moment from his mind, no matter how hard he tries. Vivi doesn’t remember any of it, but she’s determined to leave it far behind. And she will.
But when Vivi returns home from her first year away at college, her big plans and TJ’s ambition to become a nurse land them both on the heart ward of a university hospital, facing them with a long and painful summer together – three months of glorified babysitting for Ángel, the problem patient on the hall. Sure, Ángel may be suffering from a life-threatening heart infection, but that doesn’t make him any less of a pain.
As it turns out, though, Ángel Solís has a thing or two to teach them about all those big plans, and the incredible moments when love gets in their way.
Once I picked up this book I could hardly put it down. I’m so glad I brought it along with me on my trip to Chicago last weekend! I rode the train which took so much longer than I thought and it was a perfect companion. I finished it the very next day because I was so tired on the ride back that I had to put it down for the last hour of the trip.
This is quite an exceptional book. Though I find the ending to be a bit far from what would actually happen, I can’t imagine this story without it.
As I read this book I loved the three characters more and more. I like how each chapter was styled to fit with each voice of the character it took on. Vivi’s chapters always started with an entry in her birding journal. It was so fun to learn more about birds and see how they related to her (and the book title). Birds are always used in literature as a contrast to humans, and I like the different way that it’s used in this book. I love how Vivi sees the world through and with birds in them. It’s something I didn’t think about before and I immediately wished that I could see each one of the birds she wrote about in her journal immediately.
Ángel was definitely a voice I wasn’t expecting. We don’t get to read his POV every third chapter like some books, and I found myself looking forward to each one that I did get to read. He had a unique perspective and his role in the book became more and more apparent as more of his story was revealed. I feel that Ángel gave depth to the book that couldn’t be achieved any other way.
TJ was a fun character to get to know too. His family reminded me a little bit of mine, but mine isn’t as conflicting as his. Except I would be more like his cousin’s family because mine is so big. His voice was well written and I enjoyed his dialogue and the way he changed over the course of the novel. Seeing him interact with Vivi and Ángel was my favorite part of the book.
This book deals with a lot of serious topics. Grief and death are strong themes throughout. The topic of immigration is also something that comes to play a big part in this book. It’s something that is handled and written about well. I feel that anything but writing it with the utmost care is something that could go awry quickly. Marquardt’s care with these are apparent and I respect that about her strength as a writer.
I did feel that the ending was a bit unrealistic. It was something that was of the ideal situation in the way that it happened, but I can’t quite go along with this one. I can’t imagine it any other way though. I’m glad it ended this way in the very end.
I hope you take the time to find this book this Tuesday! It’s a unique read that is well worth your time.