This Is How We Fly – Anna Meriano

  This Is How We Fly – Anna Meriano, Philomel Books, (9780593116876), 2020    

Format:  Hardcover

Genre: Coming of Age/ Realistic

Rating: 1- 5 (5 is excellent or a Starred review) 4

What did you like about the book? This coming of age story features a strong, socially conscious Mexican-American young woman named Ellen Lopez-Rourke.  The summer before college was supposed to be spent with her two best friends, but the trio of girls splits apart when Ellen is grounded, and Xiumiau decides to give up on her years-long crush on Melissa, who is straight.  Ellen and Melissa join a quidditch club and soon Ellen finds herself among a diverse group of strong like-minded feminists.  Unlike her stepmother, who cannot understand what a vegan is or why Ellen wants to change the world, being a part of the quidditch team allows Ellen to finally find her voice and herself.  Ellen will learn to deal with her family issues and make a new family of friends.  This inspiring coming of age story tackles a variety of topics from social injustice to identity, and includes characters of varying sexualities, cultures and races.  The sports team from the world of Harry Potter gives Ellen an opportunity to decide what she wants her life to be.  

Anything you didn’t like about it?    No

To whom would you recommend this book?   Readers who enjoy lgbtqi+ diverse characters and stories will find much to like in this novel.   

Who should buy this book?  Public libraries and high school libraries

Where would you shelve it? YA fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this at the top of our “to read” piles?   Yes

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City:  Catherine Coyne, Mansfield Public Library, Mansfield, MA

Date of review: 3/5/21        

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