Thursday, October 6, 2011

Girls Don't Fly

Girls Don't Fly is a wonderfully written book. It is a story about a teenage girl named Myra going through many troubles in her life and just wanting to give up. Her whole family is a financial wreck, her boyfriend broke up with her, there are too many children in the household to be taken care of, and worse, Myra's older sister is pregnant! Myra's parents are overworked and are too tired to take care of the house and the other children, so it is all up to Myra. 

On top of schoolwork that Myra is already having a hard time with, she has to get a part-time job, look after her younger siblings, prepare meals for them, and make sure her pregnant sister is OK.  When Myra's school introduces a scholarship program to Myra and gives her a chance to go to the Galapagos islands and study animals, she takes it. Myra makes the sacrifice of waking up early every Saturday and going on field trips and studying wildlife plus scrounging up one thousand dollars to pay for the trip and writing an outstanding report on birds.  

The teacher of the group is a biologist named Pete. After a few weeks of the scholarship program field trips, Myra not only falls in love with Pete, but she develops a huge interest in birds and wildlife. At the end, all of her struggles are worth it.

This heartwarming story is sure to encourage any teen that is having trouble with his or her life that anything is possible and that the sky is the limit. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone that needs cheering up or just wants to read a touching story. This book added some light to my life.

Lin, 12

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