Review: This is How we Fly
Title: This is How we Fly
Author: Anna Meriano
Release Date: December 15, 2020
Rating: 5/5 Stars
Find it here: Goodreads
Synopsis from Goodreads: A loose retelling of Cinderella, about a high-school graduate who--after getting grounded for the whole summer--joins a local Quidditch league and finds her footing, perfect for fans of Dumplin', Fangirl, and everyone who's read and adored Harry Potter.
17-year-old vegan feminist Ellen Lopez-Rourke has one muggy Houston summer left before college. She plans to spend every last moment with her two best friends before they go off to the opposite ends of Texas for school. But when Ellen is grounded for the entire summer by her (sometimes) evil stepmother, all her plans are thrown out the window.
Determined to do something with her time, Ellen (with the help of BFF Melissa) convinces her parents to let her join the local muggle Quidditch team. An all-gender, full-contact game, Quidditch isn't quite what Ellen expects. There's no flying, no magic, just a bunch of scrappy players holding PVC pipe between their legs and throwing dodgeballs. Suddenly Ellen is thrown into the very different world of sports: her life is all practices, training, and running with a group of Harry Potter fans.
Even as Melissa pulls away to pursue new relationships and their other BFF Xiumiao seems more interested in moving on from high school (and from Ellen), Ellen is steadily finding a place among her teammates. Maybe Quidditch is where she belongs.
But with her home life and friend troubles quickly spinning out of control--Ellen must fight for the future that she wants, now she's playing for keeps.
My Review: This was a super fun entertaining read and it was just what I needed but didn't know I needed. There's a little bit of a Cinderella vibe to the story but it's a pretty subtle story line. I loved the idea of a real like quidditch team, it honestly sounded like so much fun I wanted to go myself! The story does a great job of balancing character development and being plot driven. I loved how Meriano addressed the issues facing young woman today as they transition from being a teenager to an adult. I really liked the characters in this one and the plot was interesting enough to keep me reading. Overall I really enjoyed the book!
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book which I received from the publisher. All opinions are my own.*