“3.5 stars. I felt that the characters could have had more depth, but there was something about the story that left me satisfied.”Angela L wrote this review Saturday, March 17, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Growing up in a family of six, I made a vow to myself that if I ever had kids, I would never make one of them responsible for taking care of the others. Reading this book, I wished Myra's mother had made the same vow. Poor Myra - at 17 years, she's responsible for taking care of her four little brothers, PLUS working part-time AND going to school, while the parents go off and work, and the older sister gets knocked up.
Then along comes the opportunity of a lifetime -- studying in the Galapagos for a summer. What are you going to choose, Myra, the Galapagos or staying home to wipe the snot off the noses of those bratty fighting brothers?
Positive comments first: I loved the voice of this book. There was lots of good humor, the plot moves along nicely, and you really want to know what's going to happen next. I stayed up until 2 in the morning reading this book.
What I don't like: Erik has no redeeming qualities. I hate when the antagonist is a total bad guy, because real life is not like that (well, except for some of the Republicans running for office this year. Okay, I didn't really say that. Okay, yes I did).
Second, I really wish the author had spent a little more time on this whole idea of the parents leaving a 17-year-old in charge of four bratty boys PLUS job PLUS school and that seemingly being all right with everyone. Really? Sure the story takes place in Utah but these are not Mormons. It is NOT okay for parents to have six kids and not be able to take care of them. To heap the responsibility on someone who is still legally a child herself (and coerce that child into getting a part-time job on top of everything). I think the overall message is go for your dream, and sure the parents say a couple redeeming things in the end but honestly? People, use some birth control if you can't afford a nanny. Sheesh, this 2012 election is getting to me. ”
“Great book about the common situation- feeling left out. Enjoyed the idea of flying throughout”Kylie wrote this review Tuesday, February 28, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Spirited story of seventeen-year-old Myra who is the center of everyone else's needs. While struggling to help take care of her family, and trying to overcome the heartbreak of her boyfriend dumping her, Myra must learn to believe in herself.”Janet M wrote this review Saturday, February 25, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Loved this book! It is a great YA girl read that I will definitely recommend for girls who need to realize that they ARE strong and powerful and shouldn't let others drag them down. ”Mrs. French wrote this review Monday, January 30, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Girl breaks up with boyfriend, then finds herself competing against him for a prestigious scholarship and trip to the Galapagos Islands. The author substitutes the wolves from her first book with birds. But it works. An excellent, deep story that draws characters you actually care about.”BE Kelley wrote this review Monday, January 9, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Myra is always taking care of her family. Her parents rely on her, for everything. But an adventure arrises and Myra has the opputunity to take it, but taking it will mean that she can't take care of her family as much as they would like. Will Myra have to guts to get her feet off the ground and fly? ”Madddie M wrote this review Friday, December 30, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Good themes of making yourself happy and not relying on others.”Amy B wrote this review Thursday, December 15, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No