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Review by Suze
Rita and Lo are sisters. They're traveling around with the circus their family belongs to. Dangerous acts and being the center of attention is what they're used to. They never stay anywhere long, they go from place to place. Lo and Rita have always been close, they tell each other everything, they have fun and they are best friends as well as siblings. However, something suddenly changes. Lo discovers a secret that makes her heart ache. She also meets a boy she likes, someone who isn't part of the circus, which means she has to leave him behind. Will Lo be able to cope with the abundance of emotions she can't talk to anyone about?
Flight of a Starling is a beautiful heartbreaking story. I shed quite a few tears while reading it. It's clear from the beginning that something devastating is going to happen, but the question is what and how. The inevitability of it feels awful, but that's also what makes this book incredibly good. I knew it would end in an unfortunate way, but kept wishing the story wouldn't take that direction after all. There's so much tragedy and unfairness, something that moved me and made me angry. I love it when I feel so strongly about a story.
Lisa Heathfield is a skilled storyteller. She gives her readers the chance to get really close to her main characters. Lo and Rita are such special wonderful girls and my heart ached for everything they lost in a short amount of time. Flight of a Starling is a story about growing up, losing your innocence, finding out that life can be incredibly cruel, consequences and terrible mistakes. It's a story that unravels, something I wished I could undo. It greatly impressed me, I was surprised, captivated, daunted, emotional and stunned. I'm certain this is a book that will stay with me for a very long time.
If you love emotional YA you should definitely read Flight of a Starling