11 June 2018

Book Review: WHEN ELEPHANTS FLY by Nancy Richardson Fischer

A heartwarming coming-of-age tale about mental illness, tolerance, and the beautiful bonds that can form between animal and human. WHEN ELEPHANTS FLY at its heart is about the importance of fighting for what you believe in, living in the moment, and never giving up hope. 

Lily Decker has spent most of her life fearing the day she becomes her schizophrenic mother. The same schizophrenic mother who attempted to kill her by throwing her off an apartment building when she was 11-years-old.

Because schizophrenia is largely genetic and is deeply ingrained in her family's lineage, Lily lives her life by a specific code of conduct. It's what she refers to as "the 12-year Plan". The code consists of living her life by logic rather than emotion and adhering to clean living to avoid the well-known contributing factors of schizophrenia -- stress, a lack of sleep, hormonal changes, physical, emotional or sexual abuse, alcohol, and drugs. She runs three miles everyday, meditates, and avoids parties and high-stress situations. There's just one problem with Lily's "12-year Plan". It's BORING.

Lily is nothing, if not apathetic. That is, until an internship at the local newspaper brings her to the zoo, where she watches an elephant attempt to kill her three-week-old calf, Swifty. Lily cannot bear to turn her back on the story or the baby calf, but she knows she'll have to abandon her safe plans in order to help. After learning Swifty is dying from grief, Lily is faced with a life-changing decision that could break not only her sanity, but also her heart. Life may not be a fairy tale, but there are many different forms of happily-ever-after.


*A big thanks to both Netgalley and the publisher for granting me the opportunity to read an advanced copy of this book. The thoughts expressed in this review are my own personal opinions and have been written in my own words.

Publish Date: September 4, 2018
Publisher: Harlequin Teen

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