Layover
Flynn: At first we were almost strangers. But ever since I moved to New York, Amos was the one person I could count on. And together we were there for Poppy. (I mean, what kind of parents leave their kid to be raised by a nanny?) I just didn’t expect to fall for him—and I never expected him to leave us.Amos: I thought I was the only one who felt it. I told myself it was because we were spending so much time together—taking care of Poppy and all. But that night, I could tell she felt it, too. And I freaked out—you’re not supposed to fall for your stepsister. So I ran away to boarding school. I should have told her why I was leaving, but every time I tried, it felt like a lie.One missed flight was about to change their lives forever….

Layover Details

TitleLayover
Author
ReleaseFeb 6th, 2018
PublisherCrown Books for Young Readers
ISBN-139781524764876
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Did Not Finish

Layover Review

  • Sophie
    January 1, 1970
    An ARC has been kindly given by Random House Children via Netgalley in exchange for an honest opinion4 starsWhat a super cute book! I read this story like I would drink hot cocoa on a winter day. I read it in one sitting because everything worked perfectly well together. I loved this bitter sweet story about a family with most of the time absent parents where the kids stick together and create their own home feel.It really was kids against adult.And what kids!You have little Poppy around ten yea An ARC has been kindly given by Random House Children via Netgalley in exchange for an honest opinion4 starsWhat a super cute book! I read this story like I would drink hot cocoa on a winter day. I read it in one sitting because everything worked perfectly well together. I loved this bitter sweet story about a family with most of the time absent parents where the kids stick together and create their own home feel.It really was kids against adult.And what kids!You have little Poppy around ten years old. She is the kid gluing her older siblings together as they were from two different families. Poppy is just adorable. She has a special condition that will never be named but that makes her the odd kid at school. The one the other children are mocking as kids can be mean. The one all alone at lunch. The one with an old soul and an irresistible smile. ““No one else gets me the way you and Flynn do. The kids at school think I’m weird.” She looks up at me, and my heart breaks for her. “They think I’m weird at my school, too,” I reply. “Yeah, right.” “It’s true. But you have to remember that weird is good. Weird means you have personality. Weird means you’re not like everyone else.”” Poppy has two fantastic siblings. Flynn her dad’s daughter and Amos her mom’s son. I swear I’ve rarely read about brother and sisters as united as these were. I guess when your parents work so much and travel all the time leaving you with the nanny/cook you learn to fend for yourself and create your own family unit.Flynn will very soon be sixteen and has always felt different from the other girls. She is authentic. She has never had a boyfriend just for the sake of it as she wants more than make out sessions. She wants feelings too. But being the girl that “has never done it” can feel awkward too. “I don’t know why I’ve been such a prude my whole life, or what I’m really waiting for. Even the idea of hooking up with random guys has always made me feel kind of sad. Not that I’m some romantic sap. It just seems sort of strange to be that reckless with your emotions. But now it’s as if everyone around me is not only making out, but, you know, doing more than that, too.” We all know what Flynn is going through as we experienced it in our youth. Peer pressure. Wanting “in” and yet keeping your own personality. Not just being a copycat but remaining our own person while fitting in the teenage crowd.Amos. Handsome and aloof Amos. Seventeen and confident Amos. Amos who left for boarding school without warning Flynn because he was falling for his stepsister. Amos who is feeling adrift without Flynn and yet can’t tell her everything. Now he is back for winter break things are awkward. They used to be so close together but now Flynn can barely look at Amos.He can tell she is changed.The kids were supposed to join their parents on a trip but when learning what was waiting for them the three siblings decided to run while waiting for their layover plane in LA. ““So we’re doing this.” I look at Amos and Poppy. And then, without saying anything else, we toss our phones into a trash can outside the Los Angeles International Airport. We’re officially off the grid.” It will be two days to reconnect. Two days to celebrate “us”. Two days to let the adults know that they matter. They are a family unit and can’t be disposed of as it pleases the parents.It will be a time of “first”. Small acts of rebellion like every teenager put from time to time. Feelings running rampant unsaid till it’s too much and they are bursting out of chest.I really had a wonderful time reading this uncomplicated but well executed story. I loved the kids loyalty. They have each other’s back and it was really heart warming to read especially when my own children fight to much!Told from three POV this book broaches many topics about teenage years in a realistic way:-how you try to fit in and should you fit in;-what it feels to be different and mocked;-first love, first kiss, first…;-making mistakes at parties and regretting it;-finding oneself. Find your own way and fight for it;-experimenting grief and surviving it;-…Parents read this book. Kids notice. Kids have feelings. They want your love your support and no money can compensate for this.Find me on:Wordpress: Beware Of The ReaderFacebook: Beware Of The Reader Facebook besties: Best Reading Blogs Ever Instagram: @bewareofthereader Twitter: @BewareOffReader
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  • alexis
    January 1, 1970
    *Huge thanks to Crown Books for sending me a copy of the Layover*DNF @ 10%Normally, I don't DNF books I am sent for review, but Layover is one of the few exceptions because of its rampant "not like other girls" attitude & strangely excessive use of the word "dumb". In every POV, there were instances of it. "I've never really cared much for dancing. The way all the girls try so hard to not seem self-conscious, while desperately trying to get everyone's attention. It's all so forced it makes m *Huge thanks to Crown Books for sending me a copy of the Layover*DNF @ 10%Normally, I don't DNF books I am sent for review, but Layover is one of the few exceptions because of its rampant "not like other girls" attitude & strangely excessive use of the word "dumb". In every POV, there were instances of it. "I've never really cared much for dancing. The way all the girls try so hard to not seem self-conscious, while desperately trying to get everyone's attention. It's all so forced it makes me queasy." (from Flynn's POV)Because, of course, other girls who dance and want to have fun are desperate while not doing it makes you cool. "I don't know why I let Aisha post that stupid selfie from the cab ride home (#winterbreakbitches!- I mean, really?). I check to see who liked it, and hate that I'm legitimately pleased to see that we got 102 likes. There is something seriously wrong with me." (from Flynn's POV)Because, of course, girls who post selfies and want attention are inherently below other people. "Then all three girls paraded out together—two of them in dumb skimpy dresses, and Flynn in that old cable-knit sweater of Jack's, her thumbs sticking out of the holes she's made ub the cuffs."(from Amos's POV)Because, of course, calling the dresses of other girls "dumb" while talking about how your love interest only wears sweaters is so not early 2000s YA content...That was the nail in the coffin. I truly have no desire to read books, especially Young Adult ones, that treat other girls like this. I want us to move past a point when being the "not like other girls" heroine is still lauded as cool. There's nothing wrong with posting selfies and wearing dresses just like there's also nothing wrong with not doing those things. However, making one better than the other & trying to belittle people for doing so is a solid "no" for me.
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  • Jemima
    January 1, 1970
    Title: Layover Author: Amy Andelson & Emily Meyer Genre: Young Adult Publication date: February 6, 2018 Just like the book, I'll keep this review rather 'simple'. I relatively use the word 'simple' because it was a simple book to read- no unnecessary hoo-ha. It was a fun, quick book. Exactly something you'd pick on a layover :)It's 'almost' a coming of age book... maybe?It's told in the POV of three people- Flynn, Amos and Poppy.I enjoyed this book but there was just something missing. I a Title: Layover Author: Amy Andelson & Emily Meyer Genre: Young Adult Publication date: February 6, 2018 Just like the book, I'll keep this review rather 'simple'. I relatively use the word 'simple' because it was a simple book to read- no unnecessary hoo-ha. It was a fun, quick book. Exactly something you'd pick on a layover :)It's 'almost' a coming of age book... maybe?It's told in the POV of three people- Flynn, Amos and Poppy.I enjoyed this book but there was just something missing. I am not sure what that is but I do know that there was something missing...something that would make me go "WOW".This book is an adventure- a moment of rebellious desires for these three young adults before their foundation is torn apart.Layover is a feel good, fun filled book with just the right amount of excitement and hope.For more ...www.jemimajamir.com
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  • Michelle
    January 1, 1970
    **You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Layover is a young adult contemporary novel by authors Amy Andelson & Emily Meyer. I love a great sibling story, which is exactly what I got with Layover. Layover follows three step-siblings- Amos, Flynn & Poppy. Layover felt refreshing and delightfully "not canned". I really enjoyed the emotional themes explored as well as the dynamic between the characters. There is a romance as well, but it didn't take ove **You can see this full review and more at Book Briefs: https://bookbriefs.net**Layover is a young adult contemporary novel by authors Amy Andelson & Emily Meyer. I love a great sibling story, which is exactly what I got with Layover. Layover follows three step-siblings- Amos, Flynn & Poppy. Layover felt refreshing and delightfully "not canned". I really enjoyed the emotional themes explored as well as the dynamic between the characters. There is a romance as well, but it didn't take over the story and best of all, it didn't take anything away for our three main characters and the other things they are going through. Layover is told in the point of views of Poppy, Amos and Flynn. I really liked this multiple perspective format. It was great to see the rotating chapters because we got to delve deeper into what each of the siblings were going through. Let's start with Flynn. Flynn's mom has just passed away, so she goes to live with her father and step-mom, which is Amos and Poppy's mother. Then we have Amos, who escaped to boarding school to run away from his budding feelings for Flynn. Amos definetly had a certain brooding quality about him, so if you are a fan of that, Amos will be your guy! I actually really liked Amos. And finally, we have little Poppy, who is the youngest, and who suffers from severe anxiety. It is Poppy who finds out what her parents plan to tell the three of them in Bora Bora. The story picks up with the siblings missing their flight, because they know bad news is waiting for them when they get to their parents. Instead they decide to go off on an adventure of sorts, just the three of them. I think I loved Poppy most of all. I thought her issues at school made her seem very relateable and I loved that her voice felt very age appropriate. I enjoyed Flynn and Amos' chapters as well, but there were times that Flynn got on my nerves a bit. Nothing big though. For me the shining part of the book was just watching the three characters interact and be there for one another. I loved how both Flynn and Amos were there for Poppy. You can tell the three of them genuinely care about one another. Plus, the ending was excellent. I thought it was wrapped up perfectly. Totally satisfying. If you like books that are heavily character driven and focus on the relationships between the characters, Layover is a book I think you should check out. I liked this one. It was good quick read for me. Also, isn't the cover just fabulous?! I am completely in love with it. This review was originally posted on Book Briefs
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  • Julie
    January 1, 1970
    This one looks phenomenal! Can't wait to read it!
  • Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)
    January 1, 1970
    1.5 Stars The characters aren't well characterized and doesn't have a consistent plot, the trip is interesting and some scenes are entertaining but it wasn't what I expected Full Review to Come
  • Jen | Jen Talks Audiobooks
    January 1, 1970
    This was interesting, because I kept expecting it to go one direction and it kept going another. My overall impression is that it had all the elements of a great story, but just missed the mark.For example, the character of Poppy should be cute and endearing. And she is sweet, but there was just that little something missing that would have made me fall in love with her. I kept cringing at the decisions of Flynn, but it wasn't because I was invested in her. Amos wasn't really likable and seemed This was interesting, because I kept expecting it to go one direction and it kept going another. My overall impression is that it had all the elements of a great story, but just missed the mark.For example, the character of Poppy should be cute and endearing. And she is sweet, but there was just that little something missing that would have made me fall in love with her. I kept cringing at the decisions of Flynn, but it wasn't because I was invested in her. Amos wasn't really likable and seemed to brood a lot; I kept seeing him with a scowl even though he had some stuff in his head that was good. These characters did dumb things. Did they learn anything or become more mature because of it? It didn't really seem like it. That payoff just wasn't there.So while it had a lot of potential, this book just struck me as kind of meh. On audio, the narration by Michael Crouch, Cassandra Morris and Phoebe Strole was excellent. They captured the three characters extremely well and lent an air of authenticity to the story.
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  • Sam Kozbial
    January 1, 1970
    I must admit, I was sucked in by the cover and synopsis. I am always up for a good forbidden romance type of thing, but I was pleasantly surprised to find there was a lot more to this story than I anticipated.•Pro: At its heart, this is a sibling story, and I really enjoyed watching all three of them interacting together. I especially liked seeing the older siblings dote on their little sister, because she really needed to shown she was special. •Pro: Poppy, the youngest sibling, just lit up the I must admit, I was sucked in by the cover and synopsis. I am always up for a good forbidden romance type of thing, but I was pleasantly surprised to find there was a lot more to this story than I anticipated.•Pro: At its heart, this is a sibling story, and I really enjoyed watching all three of them interacting together. I especially liked seeing the older siblings dote on their little sister, because she really needed to shown she was special. •Pro: Poppy, the youngest sibling, just lit up the page. She had such a precious, youthful exuberance, and she was in a league all her own. I just imagine fast forwarding 10 years to where she is an "it" girl, because she is finally appreciated for her off-the-norm tastes. •Con: This story features those not present YA parents, that I am not a fan of. •Pro: BUT, I was glad with the way things played out, because we did get evidence that these parents did actually love their children. I was really proud of some of the decisions they made towards the end, and they were sort of able to redeemed themselves a little. •Pro: I grew up in NYC, but I really need to go there as a tourist, because I want to visit the whisper bench in Central Park. How do I not know about these things?•Con: The middle, the actual layover part of this book, was where my feelings became a little muddled. There seemed to be a lot of things going on during the layover portion of the book that did not really move the story forward. I wish the focus had stayed on the feelings between Amos and Flynn and the siblings. •Pro: However, the beginning and ending of this book were great. In fact, the ending was really strong, and it left me completely satisfied. •Pro: I thought the story flowed well. I was a fan of the three POVs, and liked that they were kept short and we constantly flipped from one to the other. The rapid changes kept me in the moment while allowing me to get input from each character. Overall: This story was really complicated and so were my feelings about it. There was enough there to keep me reading and wanting to find out what happened next, but it didn't quite have the impact I was hoping for.ARC received in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • Ciara (Lost at Midnight)
    January 1, 1970
    I....have so many thoughts about this book and they are all angry.
  • Alexis Sky
    January 1, 1970
    I really did want to like it but it was lacking a lot and the plot just dragged on. 3 kids in a blended family find out their parents are getting divorced so they choose to runaway to LA to avoid the awkward divorce conversation. Mishaps, a boy, Disneyland make it semi interesting but the authors described every moment their trip without giving any character development. The teen girl, Flynn, gives up her virginity to some guy she met at camp in a 1 page set up that doesn't make sense. Her behav I really did want to like it but it was lacking a lot and the plot just dragged on. 3 kids in a blended family find out their parents are getting divorced so they choose to runaway to LA to avoid the awkward divorce conversation. Mishaps, a boy, Disneyland make it semi interesting but the authors described every moment their trip without giving any character development. The teen girl, Flynn, gives up her virginity to some guy she met at camp in a 1 page set up that doesn't make sense. Her behavior seemed like something an adult would think a teen would do and say but not really how a teen would react or behave.
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  • Vicky Who Reads
    January 1, 1970
    2 starsStep-siblings Flynn and Amos, as well as their little sister Poppy, learn of their parents' impending divorce. Flynn and Amos used to be great friends, but a spark between them sent them flying across the country, too scared to acknowledge what was happening between them.During their layover at LAX, Flynn, Amos, and Poppy all decide to ditch their family vacation and run away for a short while, landing them in all sorts of trouble that will change their lives forever.I don't really know w 2 starsStep-siblings Flynn and Amos, as well as their little sister Poppy, learn of their parents' impending divorce. Flynn and Amos used to be great friends, but a spark between them sent them flying across the country, too scared to acknowledge what was happening between them.During their layover at LAX, Flynn, Amos, and Poppy all decide to ditch their family vacation and run away for a short while, landing them in all sorts of trouble that will change their lives forever.I don't really know what I was expecting when I read this book, but I thought it had a cool cover and an interesting premise, so I requested it. But it didn't really float my boat.It's not that I have a problem with the stepsibling relationship--I personally wouldn't partake in one because there are plenty of other fish in the sea, but I'm pretty apathetic to other people's choices--but this wasn't actually much of a stepsibling romance like the summary implies.I was more looking for something along the lines of full-blown romance, but I didn't really find that here. Nor did I find a profound novel on divorce, or sibling relationships, or anything.I'm not really sure what this book was about?It was exciting when looking back at some of the high points--traipsing around Disneyland and touring LA and bonding with siblings, but I felt like this entire story was very stagnant and not dynamic.It's good to note that the authors are screenwriters and this is their debut. I feel like it would have translated a lot better into a movie rather than a book--the characters didn't express emotion very well and it all felt like a lot of running around, doing cool things.The plot was interesting enough, but the characters felt really flat and cliché.Flynn is your classic case of "not like the other girls" but she wants to be until she realizes that she doesn't want to be. It felt very clichéd and was addressed in a manner I didn't really condone because the was it was angled made it feel like the other girls weren't as good as Flynn.Like, Amos mentions how Flynn isn't like those "dumb blondes with tight dresses" and instead wears her oversized sweater with holes in them, and I just didn't get a good feeling from how he looked at other girls and how Flynn eventually ends up looking at other girls.This point of view towards other women and girl on girl hate isn't something that I enjoy reading about and it really took away from the romance for me.Amos is also very stereotypical, having "daddy problems" and struggling with his father who he hasn't talked to because he was a drunkard. He felt very two dimensional in this aspect and I wanted more unique thought.Poppy, however, was an interesting character and I thought she had the most potential. She's nine and she has OCD and anxiety and struggles with how other girls look at her. I honestly think she'd make a very awesome MG or children's book MC. I can't really comment on the OCD/mental health rep in this book, but I don't think it was portrayed badly.But her voice was what really got me.This book is told in present tense first person alternating POV, but I didn't notice at all and I think this was a huge upside that the tense was executed so well. Amos and Flynn's voices were fine, although they did feel a little similar to me. But Poppy's voice was kind of weird to me. She sounded too baby-ish at times and she had a lot more interior dialogue and less external dialogue. It was like she was this third POV to the story that was added in, but she never really narrated actual events, just internal thoughts mostly.It made her sound excessively young. In MG novels, I don't find a huge difference in voice between the narrators. Sure, their vocabulary is less wide and there are a few differences, but it's not like the characters act really young, and I feel this wasn't executed well in Poppy's part because she felt too childish for a mature nine year old.All of the characters just felt very static to me, and I could kind of see how the authors wanted to create "change" in their characters (Flynn going to "not like other girls" and Amos resolving his "daddy problems" and both figuring out their romance and Poppy being Poppy) but it didn't feel profound or large enough to match everything that happened.The plot was fine and entertaining, but a lot of it felt like fluffy filler about running through LA and didn't really correspond to the character growth.I wish there was more substance to this whole novel. It's a quick, fast paced book, but nothing really happens in the grand scheme of things so I wouldn't recommend it unless you're looking for a very fluffy read about people doing touristy things.Thank you to Netgalley and Random House for providing me with a digital review copy of this book in exchange for an honest review!You can preorder Layover now or buy it in store at any major bookseller on February 6th!Blog | Instagram | Twitter
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  • Katherine Paschal
    January 1, 1970
    Come visit me at https://smadasbooksmack.blogspot.com/Neglected siblings Amos, Flynn and Poppy are suppose to fly to Barbados to meet their parents for a family vacation over Christmas. But when they get from New York to California for their layover, the discontent kids decide to escape from the trip and family drama and instead have a few days of freedom away from the oppression of their lives.This review will be really short because I do not like to be negative, but I was disappointed in the s Come visit me at https://smadasbooksmack.blogspot.com/Neglected siblings Amos, Flynn and Poppy are suppose to fly to Barbados to meet their parents for a family vacation over Christmas. But when they get from New York to California for their layover, the discontent kids decide to escape from the trip and family drama and instead have a few days of freedom away from the oppression of their lives.​This review will be really short because I do not like to be negative, but I was disappointed in the story. Boy was this kind of a mess! And not at all what I thought it would be and I feel slightly confused about that- I had an idea of what this book was and it was not what I got. I expected a cute romance about being stuck at an airport and falling in love, but instead this was an angsty, depressing read about three lost kids who need each other more then they knew when family drama shows upI could not connect with any of the characters or really the plot. The book was narrated by the three main characters: step siblings Flynn and Amos and their shared half sister Poppy. Poppy seemed like a sweet enough kid, a 9 year old who suffers from anxiety, irrational fear and OCD who can't cope well. Flynn and Amos were two self-centered kids who try to be older than they really are, their one redeeming feature that they very obviously love Poppy (and teach her great morals like stealing a credit card to get into Disney Land and purchase souvenirs...).I guess it is suppose to be maybe a love story between Flynn and Amos (which I was thrilled about because I am a sucker for inappropriate romances!!), but in actuality they treat each other really terribly, like honestly the way you treat your arch enemy or somebody you have zero respect for​. It was painful to read the interactions between the two, I just wanted to cringe away from the pages. And the thing was is that Amos talks about the girls he has slept with as well as he hits on a girl at a party during the book and Flynn hooks up to have drugged out of her mind (with booze and an unknown pill cocktail) sex with a guy she vaguely knows from camp that was her best friends boyfriend. Yeah, and remember that Flynn is 15 and Amos is 17. I guess the two have a shared relationship that was great, but I never saw it, I only saw the hate, anger and disgust, and it made for the most uncomfortable read (for me at least). Also, I know that sometimes kids in NY grow up sooner (hey I saw Gossip Girl, totally real life right?), but Amos and Flynn feel more like college age than 15 and 17 due to their actions, drinking and sex. Overall this was not a book for me, but maybe somebody else would really love it.
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  • Clara
    January 1, 1970
    This review (and many others) can be found at Lost in My Library. I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This was...wow. I don't DNF many books (even though I've been doing it more lately), but I just couldn't make myself finish this one. I tried! Out of the three POV characters, there was one I had strong negative feelings about, one I didn't really have much of an opinion on, and one who I really liked, and I tried to keep reading for This review (and many others) can be found at Lost in My Library. I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.This was...wow. I don't DNF many books (even though I've been doing it more lately), but I just couldn't make myself finish this one. I tried! Out of the three POV characters, there was one I had strong negative feelings about, one I didn't really have much of an opinion on, and one who I really liked, and I tried to keep reading for her, but I couldn't. Everything else was just too much, and the reviews that I read about this book assured me that it wasn't going to get better anytime soon.The biggest thing that bothered me about this book was the constant deluge of the "I'm/you're/she's not like other girls" idea. Can we stop with this already? I felt like no matter whose point of view I was reading, I just couldn't escape this. I didn't literally keep track, but it felt like it was happening on every page. In any case, it was way too much.One thing that I shouldn't personally hold against this book because I would have known it if I'd read the blurb a bit more carefully is that this is a step-sibling romance, which I feel...kind of icky about. Granted, they won't be step-siblings much longer, because - super-minor spoiler alert! - their parents are getting a divorce, but still. Even if you're not technically blood relatives, you're family, and I don't want to read about that.The thing that I almost kept reading for was the OCD rep. At the point that I stopped, it wasn't entirely clear whether Poppy, the younger sibling, had OCD or another anxiety disorder, but it was clear that something was going on, and I am so here for mental illness representation. Especially in younger kids! Even if the book isn't necessarily aimed at younger kids, it's still important to have representation in all ages. In the end though, it wasn't enough to keep me reading. I'm also not the best authority on whether it was handled well, since I don't have OCD myself, so I'd try to find an #ownvoices reviewer for that, if possible.
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  • Linda Munro
    January 1, 1970
    This is an Advanced Readers Copy, received via a goodreads giveaway.This story is about a family; not a traditional family but one filled with step-brother, step sister and half-siblings. Amos, is the eldest son of Louisa and step-son of Jack. Flynn is the daughter of Jack who was forced to move from California to New York when her mother died. Then came Poppy, the daughter of both Jack and Louisa, the half-sibling of Flynn & Amos and the one person who truly made the group a family.The trio This is an Advanced Readers Copy, received via a goodreads giveaway.This story is about a family; not a traditional family but one filled with step-brother, step sister and half-siblings. Amos, is the eldest son of Louisa and step-son of Jack. Flynn is the daughter of Jack who was forced to move from California to New York when her mother died. Then came Poppy, the daughter of both Jack and Louisa, the half-sibling of Flynn & Amos and the one person who truly made the group a family.The trio is sent via airplane to meet their parents for a cruise; but Poppy tells them that their parents are getting a divorce and they will no longer be a family. The two older siblings know what this is like and they do not want to put their younger sister in the type of predicament that divorce can cause. The trio decides to run; well not exactly away, but away from having to deal with the knowledge of their parent’s plans. They ditch their cell phones; call a friend of Flynn’s and begin a three day adventure that will change each of their lives. …A look into the teenage psyche….. Good Read!
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  • Meg - A Bookish Affair
    January 1, 1970
    "Layover" is the story of step-siblings Amos and Flynn and their half-sister, Poppy. They are getting ready to go on a family vacation to Bora Bora with a layover at LAX. Poppy overheard something their parents said and tells Amos and Flynn. It upsets them so much that they decide they won't meet their parents in Bora Bora and that they will stay in their layover location, Los Angeles, instead. I had high hopes for this one but it fell sort of flat for me. This book was really just ok for me. I "Layover" is the story of step-siblings Amos and Flynn and their half-sister, Poppy. They are getting ready to go on a family vacation to Bora Bora with a layover at LAX. Poppy overheard something their parents said and tells Amos and Flynn. It upsets them so much that they decide they won't meet their parents in Bora Bora and that they will stay in their layover location, Los Angeles, instead. I had high hopes for this one but it fell sort of flat for me. This book was really just ok for me. I had a really hard time caring about any of the main characters in this book. Flynn is the total "not like other girls" heroine, which falls really flat for me. In trying to make her different, she keeps making comparisons between herself and the other girls around her and how she is so unique and different. It got old. Amos just isn't particularly interesting. Poppy was probably my favorite character. She is 10 years old but incredibly precocious (in some cases, too precocious that it didn't feel real). She kept the story going and in many ways, proved to be more insightful than the other characters.The writing of the book was okay. I liked that the story was told from the perspectives of Flynn, Amos, and Poppy but I wish the voices of the different characters had sounded a little more separate from each other.
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  • Jenn Lopez
    January 1, 1970
    Pros:Use of words like contrarian, acquiesced, profiteroles, and proprietary possessiveness.The idea siblings would skip the trip to Bora Bora to be together before the blended family is broken up.Setting - SoCal - gatta love mentions of La Brea, In-and-Out Burger, Disneyland, PCH. Cons: The idea that step-siblings have the hots for each other. Ew. The adult-ish actions (alcohol and drug use, sex) with the childish voices of the characters. Poppy's OCD which doesn't come up until Chapter 26. I'm Pros:Use of words like contrarian, acquiesced, profiteroles, and proprietary possessiveness.The idea siblings would skip the trip to Bora Bora to be together before the blended family is broken up.Setting - SoCal - gatta love mentions of La Brea, In-and-Out Burger, Disneyland, PCH. Cons: The idea that step-siblings have the hots for each other. Ew. The adult-ish actions (alcohol and drug use, sex) with the childish voices of the characters. Poppy's OCD which doesn't come up until Chapter 26. I'm not a big fan of alternate perspectives in books, either, so it was difficult for me to remember who was telling each part of the story. I was also confused by the constant flash-backs, some seemed unnecessary. The adventure story wrapped up nicely, although the prologue gives the reader an ambiguous ending.
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  • Marie
    January 1, 1970
    I don't know what to say, I'm just... well, I'm a bit confused and disappointed. I thought that this story had potential, it sounded like a very fun story overall, but once I got into it....it ended up lacking, in both plot and characterization. I didn't really connect with the characters and waited for a development that didn't come. I also had some issues with the main relationship between Flynn and Amos. Overall, I still think that Layover was an entertaining read, but it lacked a bit too muc I don't know what to say, I'm just... well, I'm a bit confused and disappointed. I thought that this story had potential, it sounded like a very fun story overall, but once I got into it....it ended up lacking, in both plot and characterization. I didn't really connect with the characters and waited for a development that didn't come. I also had some issues with the main relationship between Flynn and Amos. Overall, I still think that Layover was an entertaining read, but it lacked a bit too much for me to love it.I received an early copy of this book through NetGalley - full review coming soon.
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  • Lindsey
    January 1, 1970
    Ummmm so nothing really happened in this book. It was all trite and boring. Skip it.
  • Autumn
    January 1, 1970
    Received as an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Hmmm...I have mixed feelings about this one. The whole thing seemed very rushed, but yet parts of it just dragged on and on. It was likened to Clueless (movie) and Tell Me Three Things (book), but it didn't really feel like either one of those (and I loved both of those so that disappointed me). It seemed like the authors wanted to address step-siblings falling in love, but yet they didn't really want to address it, so they kind Received as an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Hmmm...I have mixed feelings about this one. The whole thing seemed very rushed, but yet parts of it just dragged on and on. It was likened to Clueless (movie) and Tell Me Three Things (book), but it didn't really feel like either one of those (and I loved both of those so that disappointed me). It seemed like the authors wanted to address step-siblings falling in love, but yet they didn't really want to address it, so they kind of phoned it in. It seems like a lot of the story was just glossed over. I didn't hate reading it....but I'm not sure it's one I would strongly recommend. The characters were very flat. I didn't find myself really liking anyone in the story much at all....but maybe Poppy.
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  • Teresa
    January 1, 1970
    So I picked this book up because the story sounded like something that I would enjoy, something that would be fun to read, cleanse my book palette if you will. What I got wasn't any of those things....I found that I just didn't care what happened to Amos of Flynn. I cared about Poppy simply because she was the youngest character, drawn into chaos with her older siblings because they don't want to face reality. I bet there are people out there that would love this book but it just wasn't for me. So I picked this book up because the story sounded like something that I would enjoy, something that would be fun to read, cleanse my book palette if you will. What I got wasn't any of those things....I found that I just didn't care what happened to Amos of Flynn. I cared about Poppy simply because she was the youngest character, drawn into chaos with her older siblings because they don't want to face reality. I bet there are people out there that would love this book but it just wasn't for me. Thanks to Random House for the ARC!
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  • Aditi ~ •A Thousand Words A Million Books
    January 1, 1970
    AS SEEN ON: A THOUSAND WORDS A MILLION BOOKS I received a review copy from PRH International in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own. THIS COVER IS GORGEOUS, and it's pretty much the first thing that struck me about this book. I've finished reading it, and it's STILL the thing I think about the most. What I expected this book to be about: A Meet Cute fluffy romance set in an airport due to a delayed layover. (I somehow glazed over the fact that they were AS SEEN ON: A THOUSAND WORDS A MILLION BOOKS I received a review copy from PRH International in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are entirely my own. THIS COVER IS GORGEOUS, and it's pretty much the first thing that struck me about this book. I've finished reading it, and it's STILL the thing I think about the most. What I expected this book to be about: A Meet Cute fluffy romance set in an airport due to a delayed layover. (I somehow glazed over the fact that they were step-siblings in when I was reading the description)What this book was about: Three slightly spoils Upper East Side step-siblings and how they run away from a vacation. Also, two of them are in love but won't admit it and their younger sister has OCD and anxiety. What I currently feel about this book: NEUTRAL? I feel like the things I liked and the things I disliked evened each other out and I'm left stuck in the middle. Let me explain further: THINGS I LIKED: 1. Disneyland: YES FOR DISNEYLAND MAKING AN APPEARANCE IN THIS BOOK. I've been to two different Disneylands in my life -one in Orlando and one in Hong Kong - and I ADORED both of them. It truly made me happy to see "The Happiest Place on Earth" in such a book. 2. The Backdrop and the Fluffy Book: There's always time for a fun contemporary in the middle of a hectic like, and to some extent, Layover was it. I also haven't read many books set in Los Angeles and I LOVED the descriptions and the vibe it added to the book.THINGS I DIDN'T LIKE:1. Playing House: Amos and Flynn, the two step siblings, were honestly playing house with their younger sibling, Poppy. It gave off a VERY weird vibe where both of them pretended to be Poppy's parents and they were in love with each other but didn't admit and and IT ALL GAVE OFF A VERY WEIRD VIBE. Yes, I read a book set in L.A. And now I use the word Vibe a lot. 2. Slut Shaming + The Not Like Other Girls Crap: I DID NOT LIKE AMOS' CHARACTER. Here are some instances why: --- When girls wear clothes he things are 'inappropriate' they are all SLUTS WHO ARE TRYING TOO HARD. Man, SHUT UP, SIT DOWN AND LET GIRLS WEAR WHAT THEY WANT TO.--- When his step sister and love interest has consensual sex and then comes home the next morning, HE LOCKS HER OUT AND STARES AT HER THROUGH THE DOOR, REFUSING TO LET HER COME IN BECAUSE HE WANTS HER TO WALLOW IN HER SHAME.3. Rich Kids Galore: THIS BOOK WAS FILLED WITH A RICH, PRIVILEGED BUNCH OF SIBLINGS, that claimed their lives were so hard but needed a reality check. --- Logic: When your parents are taking you in a cruise/ vacation to break some bad news, DUMP YOUR EXPENSIVE PHONES IN THE TRASH AND RUN AWAY AND NOT RESPOND WHEN YOUR PARENTS ARE FRANTICALLY EMAILING YOU. #Responsible --- Not realise that your KID SISTER NEEDS MEDS, AND BE FOCUSED ON YOUR OWN ANGST SO MUCH THAT YOU LOSE HER TWICE . --- Steal the VERY EXPENSIVE car and CREDIT CARD of the boy who took you in after you ran away to go to Disneyland because you know your parents can pay him back. No problem. Just a little bit of IDENTITY THEFT AND FRAUD AND THIEVERY. I mean, come to think of it, I'm probably not as neutral as I once claimed after all the ranting. I apologise for my own confusion. It's a mediocre book with a BEAUTIFUL cover that I'm just not sure what I feel about. Maybe that should tell you something? 2.75 Stars.
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  • Kathy Martin
    January 1, 1970
    This is a story about three kids taking a layover in Los Angeles instead of getting on a plane to Bora Bora where there parents are going to tell them that they are divorcing. Each chapter is told by one of the kids. Flynn has recently come to live with her father Jack after the death of her mother. She had previously spent time in New York with Jack, his wife Louisa, Louisa's son Amos, and their daughter Poppy. She is sad and still coming to terms with her mother's death. Amos left for boarding This is a story about three kids taking a layover in Los Angeles instead of getting on a plane to Bora Bora where there parents are going to tell them that they are divorcing. Each chapter is told by one of the kids. Flynn has recently come to live with her father Jack after the death of her mother. She had previously spent time in New York with Jack, his wife Louisa, Louisa's son Amos, and their daughter Poppy. She is sad and still coming to terms with her mother's death. Amos left for boarding school while Flynn was away as a camp counselor. He left without an explanation which added to Flynn's sadness.Poppy is almost ten. She suffers from an anxiety disorder and feels like a weird misfit at her school. She depends on her brother and sister to be there for her. She is the one who overhears the arguments between her parents and hears that they are going to divorce.The three of them decided not to go to Bora Bora but to stay in Los Angeles. They want to spend time together before their family is split up and are sort of hoping that their actions might cause their parents to rethink their divorce. Flynn has a crush there who is eager to drive them around and give them a place to stay. Amos's father is there too but he hasn't seen him for a few years. His father Clay is an alcoholic and an artist. When Amos goes to visit, he finds that Clay is now clean and sober. The kids have a variety of adventures including a fraught and scary visit to Disneyland where Poppy gets lost. Seeing the story from Amos's, Flynn's, and Poppy's viewpoints shows a picture of people who are struggling to know what family means. Both Amos and Flynn have issues with caring about others because they've both lost people important to them. I liked each of the kids though they were all emotionally damaged in some ways. This was an interesting contemporary story with engaging characters.
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  • Barbara
    January 1, 1970
    Amos, Flynn, and Poppy are part of a created family, cobbled together after his father and mother divorce, and his mother marries her father after her mother's death. Poppy is the child of their union, and the youngsters have close bonds that are threatened when Poppy reveals that their parents are going to inform them of their impending breakup during a holiday trip. While their parents are already in Bora Bora, the youngsters fly from New York to Los Angeles where Flynn impulsively decides to Amos, Flynn, and Poppy are part of a created family, cobbled together after his father and mother divorce, and his mother marries her father after her mother's death. Poppy is the child of their union, and the youngsters have close bonds that are threatened when Poppy reveals that their parents are going to inform them of their impending breakup during a holiday trip. While their parents are already in Bora Bora, the youngsters fly from New York to Los Angeles where Flynn impulsively decides to go AWOL in a desperate effort to send a message to their parents about how much they mean to one another. Her actions are decidedly not in character for her, but she's on a roll to act differently than everyone expects her to. All three youngsters have secrets, which are revealed over the course of the book, and all three make some silly mistakes. The fact that the story is told from three points of view allows readers to see into their hearts and minds and feel the very real effects of divorce. Even though they have very little cash, Flynn reaches out to a boy on whom she has a crush and enlists his aid as they tear through LA and Disneyland. Readers will realize from the start that Amos and Flynn love each other, but it's complicated, but the best part of the book for me was the change in Clay, Amos's father, who seems to deserve a second chance, if anyone does. Although the siblings' actions are selfish and quite thoughtless, readers will understand their unhappiness at being torn apart and having their home life changed once again because the adults in their lives simply cannot get along. I wasn't too impressed with either parent, but then again, the only glimpses we have into them come from the children who may not be the most reliable sources.
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  • Viktória Tóth
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.The description and the cover of Layover really got me even with the first glance and I think that’s a success since that’s their job, kinda. I mean it’s a freaking amazing cover. Unfortunately the problems started to show right after I started to read. First of all based on that synopsis I expected a highly different story that I actually got, alas its misleading quite a bit only loosely relating to the actual plo 2.5 I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange of an honest review.The description and the cover of Layover really got me even with the first glance and I think that’s a success since that’s their job, kinda. I mean it’s a freaking amazing cover. Unfortunately the problems started to show right after I started to read. First of all based on that synopsis I expected a highly different story that I actually got, alas its misleading quite a bit only loosely relating to the actual plotline. For me it’s a big problem because I go into a story with certain expectations based on the synopsis and when they are not there, well…While the actual plot presents some potential the execution of them is not there. The whole story is kind of flat and mismatched. Could have been interesting but most of the time the details, the focus are not on the most important parts so thanks to this the story kind loses its shine.It’s narrated from alternating point of views between the siblings and sometimes it’s hard to follow especially if you consider the kinda out of place flash-back, which confuses the storyline even more.The biggest problem with the characters that they stay one-dimensional thorough the whole book. Yes they had an interesting bond but the authors couldn’t really capture the essence of their age range. They have a really childish voice while acting as adults would without any kind of development over the curse of the story. My perceptions above paired with a couple of things that I generally don’t like in books just prevented me to enjoy the story. But it’s entirely possible that you would, they have a fun adventure and a lot of bonding between each other so the book has the potential for a quick and fun read. Just not for me.
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  • JLP
    January 1, 1970
    Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: Choices made by the characters did not seem right. It felt more like this is what an adult would think they would choose but not what they would choose for themselves. I feel that the author did not give their characters enough credit. Check out author's other books or related books? I don't think this writing style is for me. So no I do not think I would check out this author's other works. Recommend this book? Sadly no Notes and Opinions: I am re Noteworthy experiences while reading this book: Choices made by the characters did not seem right. It felt more like this is what an adult would think they would choose but not what they would choose for themselves. I feel that the author did not give their characters enough credit. Check out author's other books or related books? I don't think this writing style is for me. So no I do not think I would check out this author's other works. Recommend this book? Sadly no Notes and Opinions: I am really not sure what I just read but this one I wasn't really sure what I was going to get out of it but what I did left me feeling a bit confused and well to tell you the truth disappointed. I thought this story was going to be a light story with some great teenage topics but what I found wasn't anywhere near that. You have a lot of description in this one and almost no character development. For most of the story which I though could have been very good was over shadowed by all of that describing that we really didn't need. The other issue I had was that a lot of the times the characters would make choices that really sounded like an adult was writing this book and this is what they thought teens would do. It really took you out of the story wondering what in the world? For me this one wasn't it. I am sure there will be people out there that love this book but for this reader it fell far from the bar I was looking at. Go Into This One Knowing: Lots of descriptions
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  • Cayla
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC of Layover in return for an honest review!This was just an OK read for me. I may be too old for it. A couple of teenagers (16 & 17 years old), decide to make a run for it with their 9 year old little sister. Instead of joining their family in Bora Bora for a dreaded family holiday, they take a 3 day 'break' in Cali instead. YOLO amiright?!!Now, I was a very responsible 16 year old if I do say so myself. It's hard to relate to ANY of the decisions made in this book. They dit I received an ARC of Layover in return for an honest review!This was just an OK read for me. I may be too old for it. A couple of teenagers (16 & 17 years old), decide to make a run for it with their 9 year old little sister. Instead of joining their family in Bora Bora for a dreaded family holiday, they take a 3 day 'break' in Cali instead. YOLO amiright?!!Now, I was a very responsible 16 year old if I do say so myself. It's hard to relate to ANY of the decisions made in this book. They ditch their phones. They decide not to use credit cards. Even though they have a small amount of cash to live on, this seems like a fab idea! They don't remember that IMPORTANT items are packed and headed to BB until it's too late. One of them makes rash decisions at a party that just blew my mind. That's not the kind of teen I was..so it all just seemed unreal to me. Communication is missing here. I feel like the majority of the drama could have been cured with a well timed CONVERSATION. I mean you threw your phones away babies...talk to each other now! Like I said...it's a very 'meh' read. But I'm almost 30 so it might just be me. I'm glad it was free cause had I spent $ on it...I'd be even more disappointed right meow!
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  • Vicki Zhang
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review. In a broken, dysfunctional family, three half-siblings realize that their parents are getting divorced again. During a layover at LAX, Flynn, Amos and Poppy purposely miss their connecting flight and spend several days in Los Angeles by themselves.Each chapter is told by either Flynn, Amos or Poppy, and the different point of views are refreshing. In particular, the chapters with Poppy's narration are authentic and rea I received an ARC from Penguin Random House in exchange for an honest review. In a broken, dysfunctional family, three half-siblings realize that their parents are getting divorced again. During a layover at LAX, Flynn, Amos and Poppy purposely miss their connecting flight and spend several days in Los Angeles by themselves.Each chapter is told by either Flynn, Amos or Poppy, and the different point of views are refreshing. In particular, the chapters with Poppy's narration are authentic and really enjoyable. However, the chapters starring the other two characters seem to drag on and on; Amos is too sulky, while Flynn is very whiny. Amy Andelson set out to write a novel about three siblings navigating complicated relationships with their families and what love is and isn't. While the writing is well done, the story is underwhelming. There are some slow-moving sections in the middle, and not enough information at the end to create a thoughtful and complete ending.I think I am starting to expect a little more emotion/angst from YA novels, especially ones featuring such weird, damaged families.
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  • Danielle Zimmerman
    January 1, 1970
    I REALLY wanted to like this book. I wanted a deep dive into these characters and their relationships with each other. I wanted to get in their heads. I wanted great discussions of how they feel and what they mean to each other. Step sibling love is a FASCINATING topic and I wanted more of a dive into the complicated layers of that. But I feel like I didn’t get any of that. Instead of spending their layover together figuring things out, the book was about a weird meandering to a friend’s place a I REALLY wanted to like this book. I wanted a deep dive into these characters and their relationships with each other. I wanted to get in their heads. I wanted great discussions of how they feel and what they mean to each other. Step sibling love is a FASCINATING topic and I wanted more of a dive into the complicated layers of that. But I feel like I didn’t get any of that. Instead of spending their layover together figuring things out, the book was about a weird meandering to a friend’s place and really childish high school stuff. So much could’ve been accomplished and gotten into had the two main characters had one important conversation but that didn’t happen until the end. And when it did? It was almost flippant and wholly unsatisfying. I liked how the chapters were set up from different points of view but they were all so short that the characters’ voices jumbled together and I got whiplash going back and forth. The premise of this story is super interesting and the characters, once they really settled into themselves around 2/3 of that way through, were ones I really wanted to get to know, but the execution of everything here just wasn’t for me. And I’m so bummed about that.
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  • Ms. Nguyen
    January 1, 1970
    I was able to read this ebook through NetGalley!Step siblings Amos and Flynn, along with their half sister, Poppy, find themselves on a layover in LA, trying to escape the inevitable-- their parents telling them that they are getting a divorce. They run away with the help of Flynn's crush, Neel, and try to make an adventure of it. 2 1/2 starshis book was.. just kind of there. Amos and Flynn seemed so one dimensional, and their love story also felt trite. Poppy was the best character, but she sti I was able to read this ebook through NetGalley!Step siblings Amos and Flynn, along with their half sister, Poppy, find themselves on a layover in LA, trying to escape the inevitable-- their parents telling them that they are getting a divorce. They run away with the help of Flynn's crush, Neel, and try to make an adventure of it. 2 1/2 starshis book was.. just kind of there. Amos and Flynn seemed so one dimensional, and their love story also felt trite. Poppy was the best character, but she still didn't get enough explanation about her anxiety and who she was as a person. I actually didn't mind the step siblings falling in love thing, but I do wish that it weren't glossed over quite as much. Sure, Flynn and Amos aren't related by blood, but there needed to be some inner conflict about falling in love with your step parent's child. The whole story with Clay and Amos (and then Flynn and Neel) just felt like after thoughts. Little development with plot and characters.
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  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    *spoilers*I loved the structure with the alternating perspectives and how it built the relationships between the siblings and their parents so carefully with revealing flashbacks. I also loved the dynamic between Amos and Flynn. Their lives together as friends/siblings and their attraction to each other was totally believable and really, I don't know...tender? And Poppy was just SO adorable. Her character was so sweet and spunky and I loved the insight we get into her OCD and how she views the w *spoilers*I loved the structure with the alternating perspectives and how it built the relationships between the siblings and their parents so carefully with revealing flashbacks. I also loved the dynamic between Amos and Flynn. Their lives together as friends/siblings and their attraction to each other was totally believable and really, I don't know...tender? And Poppy was just SO adorable. Her character was so sweet and spunky and I loved the insight we get into her OCD and how she views the world. The LA and NYC settings were so well done too. I could totally picture their adventures in weird Venice Beach and shitty LAX and Disney. Flynn's confusion about who she really was and her desire to take control was so thoughtfully done as well. You totally get why she fell for Neel and also why she was so ultimately disappointed with him at the same time. And I felt like every storyline was wrapped up really well--with Clay coming in at the end as the reliable parent who cared for Amos and wanted a second chance.
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