As I started reading this book, I was rather dubious. Mattie makes terrible decisions, again and again. It becomes kind of frustrating to watch her mom's ex-boyfriend and other characters reach out to her, only to have their kindness shoved back in their face. But somewhere along the way, Ms. DeCarlo makes you care. Mattie is a seriously messed up person and she actually wants to change - she just doesn't know how to do that.
As readers start to care for Mattie in spite of her, they will also fall head over heels for the residents of Gandy, Oklahoma. Where else would you find a cranky librarian known to the locals as Aunt Fritter or a sulking teenage girl who seems like a stand-in for April from Parks and Rec? Mattie slowly starts to get to know the people of the town and discovers that the people who look like they should have their stuff together are often the ones hiding the biggest secrets. Perhaps there is room in this community for one more person who has made big mistakes.
This book is funny and written so smoothly that you won't even notice that you've been reading for an hour. While the premise of a girl going back to her hometown, discovering family secrets, and just maybe making good may sound like something you have read before, DeCarlo infuses it with new life and new humor. The Art of Crash Landing is a book I grew to love and I am looking forward to more stories from this debut author!
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The Art of Crash Landing
By Melissa DeCarlo
Harper Paperback September 2015
Received for review from TLC Book Tours and the publisher
Wow! Thank you SO much for the great review!!ReplyDelete
Thanks for reading! I really enjoyed the book.Delete
This sounds like something I've read before in a good way and the quirky characters sound fun, but I'm not sure about the main character. I really hate when characters make frustrating decisions!ReplyDelete
When done right, there is something nice about a familiar plot and/or characters. I liked the quirky small town thing!Delete
This is a book I might have passed over because of its too-familiar plot ... so it's nice to know that there's more to it; I would hate to miss out on one of the good ones. :)ReplyDelete
It does seem familiar, but in a nice way. It never feels like you have already read this exact story.Delete
Sounds so funny!ReplyDelete
It is funny. The characters are so quirky, but they are dealing with really tough issues.Delete
We all crash sometimes. I guess it's how you pick yourself up. Although, continuing in the crash and never rising is usually the problem. Thanks for the review.ReplyDelete
Good point Heidi! I think that's exactly what Mattie deals with in this book - at some point, she decided it was easier to stay down. But now she is thinking about getting back up for the first time.Delete
Sometimes a character can be SO FRUSTRATING ... but I'm glad that the author made you really care for Mattie and see past her bad decisions.ReplyDelete
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