Little, Brown Books for Young Readers, 2015
Audience: Older Teens
Four talented teenagers are traumatized-coping with grief, surviving trauma, facing the anxiety of standardized tests and the neglect of self-absorbed adults—and they'll do anything to escape the pressure. They'll even build an invisible helicopter, to fly far away to a place where everyone will understand them... until they learn the only way to escape reality is to fly right into it.
I love A.S. King. Absolutely LOVE her books. I always read them as advance reader copies and then BUY the books. I don’t know about this one though. It left me scratching my head. In a word, I would describe it as “trippy.” After finishing this book, I just wanted to sit down with A.S. King and ask her 20 questions.
What inspired you to write a book in this style?
You often use magical realism in your books. Do you consider this to be surrealism/postmodernism? Do you like to read these types of books? Did you sit down intending to write such a book, or did it just come out that way?
What were you trying to accomplish with your message?
What inspired characters like the bush man and the girl who turns inside out? That girl looks like a stomach on legs... how big of a stomach? Can you describe it more, or better yet, have someone draw it??? It’s hard for me to picture.
What inspired the invisible helicopter?
Am I supposed to be this lost after reading it? Did you want us to have these questions and figure out the answers for ourselves?
Overall, I want to understand and I don’t. I’m not smart enough for this book!! That makes me so sad.
It was incredibly well-written and I think specific teens will like it.