So today I finally got that hug from the guy I crushed on when I was 17. He was dreamy and had beautiful blue eye and drove a BMW. Sometimes he was broody and intellectual and very cool in his sexy aloofness. He was unattainable, because you see, he was the lead in my favorite movie… PRETTY In PINK. I dreamed that I was Andy and Blaine was falling for me. It was my favorite movie. I got a hug from him tonight and I totally fangirled on him, and he hugged me any way. How did I get so luck you ask? I went to see him at a book store for the debut of his YA book Just FLY AWAY by Andrew McCarthy.
“Ever wish that you could just fly away?”
When fifteen-year-old Lucy Willows discovers that her father has a child from a brief affair, an eight-year-old boy who lives in her own suburban New Jersey town, she begins to question everything she thinks she knows about her home and her life. How could Lucy’s father have betrayed the entire family? How could her mother forgive him? And why isn’t her sister rocked by the news the way Lucy is?
As her father’s secret becomes her own, Lucy grows more and more isolated from her friends, her family, and even her boyfriend, Simon, the one person she thought understood her. When Lucy escapes to Maine, the home of her mysteriously estranged grandfather, she finally begins to get to the bottom of her family’s secrets and lies.
Just Fly Away is a debut novel about family secrets, first love, the limits of forgiveness, and finding one’s way in the world from an award-winning writer, actor, and director.
I read it, I loved it.
A fun read into the mind of a girl struggling with deceit and betrayal at the hands of the one person idolized. I loved it. It reminded me of myself when I was that age. The confusion, the rebellion, the solitude. Lucy strong willed and passionate looking for the answers that she needed from the one person she loved above all.
Andrew is brilliant in they way he brings her to life in my mind. The way she falls for the not so bad boy, her first kiss,the awkward stage. Yes all brought to life with his words. I look forward to reading more of his books.
A book that I am proud to have my daughter read.
He was witty. He was funny. He was smart and relaxed as he talked about the journey into his writing of this amazing read. I felt her pain and confusion, it was brilliant. Portraying the images into my mind simply from his words and not what his is putting on screen.
Did you know that is also a travel writer for National Geographic Traveler? Yup, he has been successfully writing for the magazine as he travels the world. Inspirational speaker should be on his bucket list because he was talking about how traveling abroad could change they way we American view the world. Very true. He had my daughter giggling and laughing out loud. All in the audience were enraptured by his words. He was simply put real. And he hugged me….
A great read about a little girl learning to navigate her emotions, written by an amazing Author, Actor, Writer and person~ Andrew McCarthy.