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I really enjoyed this YA novel/Printz winner. Maybe I'm totally stupid, but...


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Did Gabriel, the brother, live? I thought he was killed when the guy threw him against the TV, but then Cullin saw him walking up to the house at the very end. So I'm thinking he wasn't killed. Though there's the chance Culline was just imagining his homecoming.
#1 - February 23, 2012, 04:49 PM
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I thought he lived! Right? Because "things come back"? I took it at face value that he lived.

Unless I missed something?
#2 - February 23, 2012, 05:00 PM
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I thought he lived, too. Loved this book!
#3 - February 23, 2012, 06:08 PM

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Oh, phew. Thanks. I thought he survived, but I wasn't sure. I guess Cullin's previous daydreams of seeing his brother threw me off, and then Gabriel got bashed in the head, and the news headline about no second chances in Lily made me think maybe Gabriel wouldn't get a second chance.
#4 - February 23, 2012, 06:38 PM
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Agh! What if you're right?!

Okay - I refuse to believe it, even if you are.
#5 - February 23, 2012, 06:47 PM

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According to this interview with the author, http://www.schoollibraryjournal.com/slj/articles/interviews/894184-338/flying_high_the_improbable_true.html.csp  the ending is ambiguous.

Even more interesting, he faced three and a half years of rejections for this award-winning novel!
#6 - May 01, 2012, 03:28 PM
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I really enjoyed this book and Gabriel has to come back ... I know it could just be his imagination, but I also have one and I imagined him back :)

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#7 - May 01, 2012, 05:31 PM
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I loved this book, not only the great characters and plot, but also the setting since I'm from Arkansas and have written several stories set in towns like Lily.

For me, Gabriel lives. Cullen needs him. Everyone in that town needs him.
#8 - May 01, 2012, 09:18 PM
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Good heavens. I can't believe there were so many rejections. It's one of my favorites.
#9 - May 02, 2012, 09:24 AM

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This was an amazing novel, and he is an author to watch, for sure.

I definitely thought he came back, but now I want to read the entire novel again. Maybe I'm simply one of those readers who thought he came back because I wanted it so badly to end that way.
#10 - May 13, 2012, 09:44 PM
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