June 11, 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 when she was 11-years-old. The same schizophrenic mother who tried to throw her off their apartment building.

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

Lily is nothing if not apathetic. That is, until an internship at her local newspaper brings her to the zoo, where she bears witness to an elephant trying to kill its three-week-old calf, Swifty. (Ya know, like Lily's mother once tried to kill her.)

Lily can't bear to turn her back on the news story, or the baby calf, but knows she'll be forced to abandon her "12-Year Plan" if she wants to help. After learning that Swifty is dying from grief, Lily makes a life-altering decision that could not only break her sanity, but also her heart.


Life may not always be a fairy tale, but there are many forms of happily-ever-after. This story was inspiring, heartfelt, and simply adorable.
I ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT!

FINAL RATING: 💜💜💜💜💜

*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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