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Why We Fly
Why We Fly | Kimberly Jones, Gilly Segal
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From the New York Times bestselling authors of I'm Not Dying with You Tonight comes a story about friendship, privilege, sports, and protest.With a rocky start to senior year, cheerleaders and lifelong best friends Eleanor and Chanel have a lot on their minds. Eleanor is still in physical therapy months after a serious concussion from a failed cheer stunt. Chanel starts making questionable decisions to deal with the mounting pressure of college applications. But they have each other's backs--just as always, until Eleanor's new relationship with star quarterback Three starts a rift between them.Then, the cheer squad decides to take a knee at the season's first football game, and what seemed like a positive show of solidarity suddenly shines a national spotlight on the team--and becomes the reason for a larger fallout between the girls. As Eleanor and Chanel grapple with the weight of the consequences as well as their own problems, can the girls rely on the friendship they've always shared?Praise for I'm Not Dying with You Tonight: A Barnes & Noble Book Club PickCompelling and powerful--Angie Thomas, #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Hate U GiveA vital addition to the YA race relations canon.--Nic Stone, New York Times bestselling author of Dear MartinImportant reading for both teenagers and adults.--Hello GigglesNot to be missed.--Paste Magazine
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gabrielledomengeaux
Why We Fly | Kimberly Jones, Gilly Segal
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This book is very wonderfully writer, I recommend this to girls who don't want to box themselves out. Nobody should be put in a category, and If you thrive on social justice this book would be really good for you.

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MidnightBookGirl
Why We Fly | Kimberly Jones, Gilly Segal
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I did not love this book, and I don't think I even liked it. I did love the authors previous book-I'm Not Dying With You Tonight, but this one was just a bummer. What I thought the book was going to be about- Best friend cheerleaders taking a knee during the anthem and how both deal with the fallout- doesn't even happen until over half way through, and the friendship is pretty much already over by then. Neither of the main characters are ⬇

MidnightBookGirl particularly likeable, nor really supporting of the other, which made me sad. I wish it had focused on them becoming friends (like the authors did in their first book) and recognizing their strengths and weaknesses, but if the book has to constantly remind you they are besties while showing you the opposite, then I don't know what to say. I was hoping for a social justice book and got a friendship break down instead. #Readin22 #TBR #Pantone2022 4mo
LiteraryinLawrence Great review. It‘s really helpful because this book sounds right up my alley, but it‘s good to know that it doesn‘t reach its potential. 4mo
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Zoe-h
Why We Fly | Kimberly Jones, Gilly Segal
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I think I overhyped this one in my head. I thought it would be more about the actual kneeling and not just the after effects for each person. It felt like it kind of strayed from the topic. I did not like Eleanor‘s relationship with Three in the least. I just thought this book was going to be more like Moxie by Jennifer Manthiues and it was not. 3⭐️

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kimmypete1
Why We Fly | Kimberly Jones, Gilly Segal
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Highly recommend. It was a well written look on the affect of kneeling - among other things. #AnyWayYouReadathon @eggbeater @midnightbookgirl

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Well-ReadNeck
Why We Fly | Kimberly Jones, Gilly Segal
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YA novel taking on the controversy associated with early BLM taking a knee efforts. Very slow to start, the cheer squad doesn‘t take a knee until halfway through the book and some of the issues raised fizzled out too soon. #ARC #Netgalley

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MandaMT
Why We Fly | Kimberly Jones, Gilly Segal
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Out in October. I was skeptical of this one at first (I‘m not sporty), but ended up LOVING it. Seniors Leni and Nelly have always cheered together. Their relationship strains in their final year, especially after the squad decides to kneel during the anthem. The action has different consequences for each girl. Importantly, the story focuses on the work that happens AFTER they take a knee. ⬇️

MandaMT I really appreciated how Leni serves as an imperfect example of white allyship, while balancing the story with what Nelly and other students of color experience. Additionally, this story talks about social justice without having the character experience traumatic events firsthand (save social media backlash and school discipline). While those stories are certainly important, this is a different take. (edited) 12mo
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