Sixteen-year-old Clancy Edwards has always been "the good girl." Ever since her mother died in a skydiving accident when Clancy was young, Clancy's father has watched her like a hawk. Between her dad's rules and her boyfriend's protectiveness, she's longing for an escape this summer. Then she meets Denny. Denny is a new skydiving student and college freshman. Clancy lets Denny think they're the same age--and that she's old enough to make decisions for herself. But the lies snowball, relationships are damaged, and suddenly Clancy isn't the person she wants to be. If only making choices were as simple as taking a leap out of a plane. Before Clancy can make things right, one last act of rebellion threatens her chance to do so--maybe forever.
The plot is greatly influenced by the personal and political
landscape brought to light by the Gamergate controversy and the #MeToo
movement. There is personal hardship, adventure and adrenaline, as well as
romance. . . . This classic coming-of-age story begs to be advertised for
summer reading. . . . Hand it to fans of Cecil Castellucci’s Don’t Cosplay with
My Heart and anything written by Sarah Dessen.
—School Library Journal
Readers may be surprised that the scariest realization in
this book has nothing to do with skydiving, as Clancy faces her own imminent
independence: “From now on I’d be in charge of my own life—the good parts and
the bad parts,” she thinks, “and if things didn’t work out the way I planned, I’d
pull my own reserve and land on my own two feet.” Clancy Edwards is a
character who will inspire both teen and adult readers to take the leap into
their own wild blue yonders, reminding them to own their actions—and pack their
The book was a fairly quick paced read, with some action, romance and family drama, but my heart was won with the ending. There is nothing I love more than a jump-ahead ending, and Barrett's was so lovely. It gave me a ton of closure and put a huge smile on my face.
—We Live and Breathe Books
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