Apr 15, 2017

How It Feels To Fly.

how it feels to fly.
kathryn holmes.

Publisher HarperTeen.
Publication Date: June 14,2016.
Genre:  YA  Contemporary Romance.
Format|Pages: Hardcover|368.
 Source:  Goodreads|Library.

The movement is all that matters.

For as long as Samantha can remember, she’s wanted to be a professional ballerina. She’s lived for perfect pirouettes, sky-high extensions, and soaring leaps across the stage. Then her body betrayed her.

The change was gradual. Stealthy.

Failed diets. Disapproving looks. Whispers behind her back. The result: crippling anxiety about her appearance, which threatens to crush her dancing dreams entirely. On her dance teacher’s recommendation, Sam is sent to a summer treatment camp for teen artists and athletes who are struggling with mental and emotional obstacles. If she can make progress, she’ll be allowed to attend a crucial ballet intensive. But when asked to open up about her deepest insecurities, secret behaviors, and paralyzing fears to complete strangers, Sam can’t cope.

What I really need is a whole new body.

Sam forms an unlikely bond with Andrew, a former college football player who’s one of her camp counselors. As they grow closer, Andrew helps Sam see herself as he does—beautiful. But just as she starts to believe that there’s more between them than friendship, disappointing news from home sends her into a tailspin. With her future uncertain and her body against her, will Sam give in to the anxiety that imprisons her? 

Beautiful, heartbreaking story.

HOW IT FEELS TO FLY one of those stories that a lot of teens can relate to, at least parts of the stories, especially teen girls. I feel like almost every teen girl goes through this at some point, where they don’t like how they look. HOW IT FEELS TO FLY is a novel about that, and about learning to accept yourself and to love yourself for who you are. I could be wrong about this, but to me it felt like Sam had the hardest time accepting about how she felt about herself. I could tell by how she acted, anytime she had eat or anywhere where she knew that others might be looking at her. I don’t think that having Zoe insult her in beginning helped her either. I believe that if any person that helped her was Andrew, the way he was around her and all of that attention that he gave her, he made her feel beautiful. I am not surprised that she ended up falling for him. Andrew made her feel special, I think any girl would fall for a guy who did that.

I didn’t think that Andrew was in love with Sam or anything, but I did believe that he felt something for her. I was heartbroken for her, I can’t imagine how it must felt to be rejected like that especially since she believed that he felt same way. I could see it, there was a connection between the two of them, especially when he invited her for dancing later in the night. I was as sure like Sam was that there was something there. Apparently I read the signs wrong just like Sam did. If there was something there, even just a little bit, he would kissed her back but instead he pushed her away. I was sure that the two of them might end up together, though the age gap was big. I found myself disappointed that the two of them didn’t end up together. I think this was one of first books I read this year where the girl did not end up with they guy that she fell for and that made this book realistic

I hated how Sam’s mom treated Sam, it was like she cared more about ballet then she cared about her own daughter. She put her down half of the time. I have this feeling that’s why Sam started feeling the way she did. It feels like her mother was part of her panic attacks too. I noticed that she would feel anxious half of the time when she talked to her, or when she knew that she had talk to her. I don’t blame her for wanting to avoid her, to avoid the phone calls with her. I was glad when Sam finally told her how she felt. That’s something that she should done a long time ago. I am glad that she agreed to go to that camp, it helped me more that she thought it would. By end she done the things that she would never imagined herself doing at the beginning of the camp. I was proud of her. I was proud of everyone, most of them accomplished and overcame so much.

Astonishing story about friendship, and acceptance.


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