January 15, 2015

Review: HOW I FLY by Anne Eliot

Title: HOW I FLY

Author: Anne Eliot

Source: ebook from author for review

*What if it’s time to move on?*
Over six months after an accident that broke her legs as well as removed her boyfriend from her life—because Cam Campbell left town and dumped her—high school senior, Ellen Foster, wants to move past her broken heart. She’s off to attend a summer photography workshop at a real university along with her best friends. Ellen’s determined to find a new love—or at least a summer boyfriend. In the dorm, she meets Harrison Shaw. He’s a handsome photography student, a charmer who likes her, and a perfect way to forget her past.

*What if it all goes perfectly?*
Ellen thinks she has everything she wants. Her summer program couldn’t be better. She’s half in love with Harrison Shaw, and she’s going after her next scholarship. But when she kisses Harrison, she can only remember how Cam Campbell used kiss her better, sweeter, and how he used to make her feel like she could fly…

*What if something’s not right?*
When Cam shows up at the university it’s a shock, especially to Ellen’s new boyfriend. Cam’s distant, different and very afraid to hurt Ellen again. He asks Ellen if they could be friends despite the past and how they’ve both changed and Ellen agrees. But after all they’ve been through, can Cam and Ellen ever be just friends?
*What if...?*

Editorial Description:
How I Fall, is the first book, bestselling, high school romance series ending with: How I Fly. Though they can be read as stand-alone-it is recommended readers read this book first. The series is about friendship, boyfriends, taking risks and first love. There’s a photographer heroine who has left-sided cerebral palsy (hemiparesis) that makes her weak on one side and she falls often; all while she’s falling deeply in love with football jock, Cam Campbell. A guy who also dreams to be a photographer like Ellen but can't because of his parents’ controlling rules.

My take...

As the editorial description says, yes, HOW I FLY can be read as a standalone. However, it is my own personal opinion that you read HOW I FALL for one reason and one reason only: it is such an amazing read. 

Now on to my review of this book, HOW I FLY. I was in just as much love with this book as I was with the first. Maybe more. I don't know. They were both excellent and both had their "Awww" moments. Both were full of romance and sweet times. Both were beautifully written. So I better go with better safe than sorry route and say they were equally great.

The plot was an interesting one that had me hanging on until the very end. I saw some things with a certain character that made me fishy of him from the start. But I had no idea the extent to which he would go throughout the book to earn "most hated book character that I have read in quite a while". He definitely isn't one of my faves. Not by a long shot. 

Know who are some of my faves? All those characters that we fell in love with in the first book. Laura is crazy and wacky as ever. Patrick is still just as loyal and protective over Ellen...and just as much in love with Laura as he was in HOW I FALL. Ellen has gone through so much with healing and trying to get over Cam, it has been hard on her. Cam is back but he has also changed. All that they have been through in the last 6mths will do that to a person. Do they still have feelings for one another? Only time will tell. 

A fabulous and wonderful read that any and all lovers of YA will be falling in love over. Eliot has once again wrote some teen swoon, that I as a 36yr old even loves. YA romance at its best right here, folks! 5 Smitten as a Kitten Stars!

1 comment:

  1. Great review! I have seen reviews for both of the books and they sound like such lovely reads and such nice romances with characters that really develop over time.