Full Flight by Ashley Schumacher ~ 320 pages ~ to be published 2/22/2022 by Wednesday Books/St. Martin’s Press
Everyone else in the tiny town of Enfield, Texas calls fall football season, but for the forty-three members of the Fighting Enfield Marching Band, it’s contest season. And for new saxophonist Anna James, it’s her first chance to prove herself as the great musician she’s trying hard to be.
When she’s assigned a duet with mellophone player Weston Ryan, the boy her small-minded town thinks of as nothing but trouble, she’s equal parts thrilled and intimidated. But as he helps her with the duet, and she sees the smile he seems to save just for her, she can’t help but feel like she’s helping him with something too.
After her strict parents find out she’s been secretly seeing him and keep them apart, together they learn what it truly means to fight for something they love. With the marching contest nearing, and the two falling hard for one another, the unthinkable happens, and Anna is left grappling for a way forward without Weston.
What I Thought:
*I received this book for free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. Thank you so much to NetGalley and Wednesday Books/St. Martin’s Press for this ARC!*
This book broke me – but in the best way! Oh, it had my heart breaking at the end, but the journey was beautiful! ❤️
I really loved both Weston and Anna. They were both these sweet little cinnamon rolls that struggled with feelings of self-worth and belonging. I just wanted to squeeze them both and tell them that everything would be alright! Their relationship was so lovely to watch grow. I feel like they both helped each other become more sure of themselves and they brought each other out of their shells in their own unique ways. I am all about coming of age stories, and this one was beautiful for both of these characters.
I was a big fan of the friends and family in this book as well. Ratio and Jenny were my two favorites. I love seeing strong, platonic friendships in YA novels. The friends you make as a teen are often even more defining than your romantic relationships, so it was nice to see this represented well. I was also a big fan of seeing the sisters grow up and realize that they actually liked each other as the book went along. It felt very realistic to me.
If you follow my blog/reviews, you know that I am in love with a book that is about music. It brought back so much nostalgia from when I was in choir in high school. Obviously this is about band, but the feelings of camaraderie and pressure were so reminiscent of my own experience. I loved getting to see the love of music from different perspectives as well. You had some characters that were a lot more naturally talented than others, but the passion was the same.
I will not do any spoilers, but I will say that this book had me ugly crying by the end. I actually gasp-sobbed at one point, and I was thankful that my husband and daughter were out of hearing range because they would have probably thought I had hurt myself or something! No big deal, it was just my soul crushing 😭😉
The writing in this book was also just stunning. I found myself underlining lines that had nothing to do with the overall story, but just were so beautiful that I wanted to be able to go back and read them again.
This was a lovely book. If you want a beautiful love story, coming-of-age, hits you in the feels contemporary YA book – look no further!
I gave Full Flight 5 Stars!!
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Love and happy reading,