It’s taken me a while to write this review because 1) I am a master procrastinator and 2) I CRIED FOR TWO HOURS AFTER FINISHING THIS BOOK.
Ashley Schumacher had me crying my eyes out with Amelia Unabridged and now here we are again with Full Flight. Let’s talk about the absolute sob fest this book started lol.
Everyone else in the tiny town of Enfield, Texas calls fall football season, but for the forty-three members of the Fighting Enfield Marching Band, it’s contest season. And for new saxophonist Anna James, it’s her first chance to prove herself as the great musician she’s trying hard to be.
When she’s assigned a duet with mellophone player Weston Ryan, the boy her small-minded town thinks of as nothing but trouble, she’s equal parts thrilled and intimidated. But as he helps her with the duet, and she sees the smile he seems to save just for her, she can’t help but feel like she’s helping him with something too.
After her strict parents find out she’s been secretly seeing him and keep them apart, together they learn what it truly means to fight for something they love. With the marching contest nearing, and the two falling hard for one another, the unthinkable happens, and Anna is left grappling for a way forward without Weston.
A heartbreaking novel about finding your first love and what happens when it’s over too soon. Ashley Schumacher’s Full Flight is about how first love shapes us—even after it’s gone.
Ok, so I knew what was coming. I mean…you can tell from the synopsis. I read up until the moment I knew the death was going to happen and then I stopped and didn’t read for a week. I thought that would take away some of the connection I felt to the characters and the story.
Guess what? I WAS WRONG.
As soon as I started reading after my week-long break, tears…SO MANY TEARS. It’s like someone cracked open a fire hydrant.
And it’s because Ashley Schumacher wrote Anna and Weston so well. You just connect to them immediately. From page one when Anna bursts through the door and asks Weston to please lie for her. And as they get closer, the more you feel connected to them.
Most of the time, I feel a connection to one character over the other, but Anna and Weston…there are parts of me in both of them. The anxiety and invisibleness Anna feels and Weston’s role as the outcast in the town are VERY relatable to me. I also used to wear the same jacket every day to school lol.
There is also something about Ashley Schumacher’s characters that…I don’t even know how to explain it. It’s like you get a view into their souls. It’s like they become a best friend while you read the book and it’s hard to give them up once the book is finished.
I don’t know how she does it, but there is a reason I sob reading her books. She draws you in with the characters and then punches you by making sad things happen to them. I love it but IT HURTS! (and she has a new book coming soon!)
Overall (if you couldn’t tell), I loved Full Flight. The romance, the teen angst, the parental issues, and the absolute destruction of my feelings. I loved it all. 5 out of 5 stars. Highly recommend!
Thank you to NetGalley and Wednesday Books for the free eARC in exchange for my honest review.
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