*This book was sent to me by PanMacmillan South Africa in exchange for an honest review*
“Linny is scared she’ll never see her sister again.
Sebastian has come to Miami to find the father he’s never known.
What they aren’t expecting to find is each other.
A love story about leaving, coming back and being there all along.”
I read a review of this book by Jeff Zentner and he said that: ”It’s the rarest of authors who can pull off laugh-out-loud hilarious, profound and breathlessly romantic, all in the most sparkling prose. That shortlist includes Rainbow Rowell, Nicola Yoon, and now, Carlie Sorosiak.” And it was one of those moments where you feel like somehow this person could read your mind and put into words exactly how you feel. His review is the most apt description of If Birds Fly Back. Also, Rainbow Rowell and Nicola Yoon are two of my favourite authors and after reading If Birds Fly Back, Carlie Sorosiak is definitely a new favourite too. I’m already excited for anything else she’ll write!
I honestly recommended this book to every bookworm I know. Definitely up in the top 5 books I’ve read this year.
It reminded me of why I love books, reading and words. It captivated me from the first page to the very last and it took my breath away! It made me feel incredible, like I was floating. Every single time I picked it up it swallowed me in and I disappeared into its pages. All I wanted to do was to curl up with it and forget the world. It is magical.
One of the best things about it is that it feels so real. It’s a bit difficult to separate it from reality because it is completely honest. It feels like the characters are right there, you can almost touch them. You can certainly see and hear them, in your head of course. I felt like I knew the characters, almost as if they were old friends of mine. I could truly connect to them.
The story itself is very interesting, well written, honest and really beautiful.
What really makes this book a treasure, in my opinion, is the incredible writing and attention to detail. The book feels alive, its vivid, bright and eloquently described. I love the way that the details and subtle movements are described – I particularly am obsessed with the description of the subtle changes in body language.
I am a person who truly and very whole-heartedly believes in ‘the little things’ and the writing in this book appreciates the little things, describes them as the beautiful and important things that they really are. Little things like the slightest shoulder movement, the way the light looks, the colours of things. It appreciates all of these things and in describing them so beautifully the author manages to bring the story up and out of the page and that is the most wonderful thing.
The book deals with not only romantic love but familial love too and I think that, that is important. It deals with relationships between family not only romantic relationships and I like that.
Overall I think that the book is just brilliant. In fact when I was jotting down my little notes on the book one of my points was: Just absolutely, completely, incredibly BRILLIANT!!!!!!!!! with all of the exclamation points. Another one of my points was simply the word: Yaaaaaaaaaas 🙂
This book is a work of art, even if you particularly don’t enjoy YA contemporary it is still worth a read for it’s extremely aesthetic writing and lovely appreciation of the little things.
A huge thank you to PanMacmillan South Africa for a review copy of this book, it made me very happy and it was a pleasure to read it.