Thursday 17 September 2020

Review: Faith Taking Flight by Julie Murphy

Faith Herbert is a pretty regular teen. When she's not hanging out with her two best friends, Matt and Ches, she's volunteering at the local animal shelter or obsessing over the long-running teen drama The Grove.
So far, her senior year has been spent trying to sort out her feelings for her maybe-crush Johnny and making plans to stay close to Grandma Lou after graduation. Of course, there's also that small matter of recently discovering she can fly....
When the fictional world of The Grove crashes into Faith's reality as the show relocates to her town, she can't believe it when TV heroine Dakota Ash takes a romantic interest in her.
But her fandom-fueled daydreams aren't enough to distract Faith from the fact that first animals, then people, have begun to vanish from the town. Only Faith seems able to connect the dots to a new designer drug infiltrating her high school.
But when her investigation puts the people she loves in danger, she will have to confront her hidden past and use her newfound gifts--risking everything to save her friends and beloved town.

Review: I am a huge Julie Murphy fan so I was really looking forward to this one. I love the concept and I love the cover but I did struggle with certain parts of the story. This is a superhero origin story and I enjoy those, this is also an own voices story about a fat teen, a fat teen who happens to be queer and I love those aspects too but it almost felt as if this book was trying to do TOO much at once. 

So I loved Faith's story. I loved the way she grapples with growing up trying to maintain friendships, a romantic life, school and work. I love the fact that she does all of that whilst being fat and queer. I could relate to her story and I loved the romantic aspects of her life. I was really here to find out more about Faith and see the best come to her. 

Then we have the other side of the story, the superhero evil villain side. I also really got that side of it, it was very over the top and felt a little tongue in cheek sometimes but I did find myself wishing we could get back to the regular side of Faith's life. I just feel like the two parts of the story could have been knitted together slightly better. We have a new fandom to get to grips with as well as keeping the dramas of teen life clear in our minds so I would have liked for easier transitions between the two sides of the story. 

Overall this wasn't a bad book but I really wish it had been an easier read and I would love to find out more about what happens to Faith in the future. 

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