Flight Season
Back when they were still strangers, TJ Carvalho witnessed the only moment in Vivi Flannigan’s life when she lost control entirely. Now, TJ can’t seem to erase that moment from his mind, no matter how hard he tries. Vivi doesn’t remember any of it, but she’s determined to leave it far behind. And she will.But when Vivi returns home from her first year away at college, her big plans and TJ’s ambition to become a nurse land them both on the heart ward of a university hospital, facing them with a long and painful summer together – three months of glorified babysitting for Ángel, the problem patient on the hall. Sure, Ángel may be suffering from a life-threatening heart infection, but that doesn’t make him any less of a pain.As it turns out, though, Ángel Solís has a thing or two to teach them about all those big plans, and the incredible moments when love gets in their way.

Flight Season Details

TitleFlight Season
Author
ReleaseFeb 20th, 2018
PublisherWednesday Books
ISBN-139781250107015
Rating
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Romance, Realistic Fiction

Flight Season Review

  • katherine
    January 1, 1970
    This book was beautiful, I was blown away by it. This book is from three different POV’s we have Vivi, TJ and Angel and following each perspective is truly beautiful, all three are such different characters and watching their friendship blossom in a beautiful story about grief, loss, heartbreaking and healing is truly something special.Although it dealt with some really tough subjects I thought it did a brilliant job on it, we see how Vivi used to be a girl who did it all to not even going to cl This book was beautiful, I was blown away by it. This book is from three different POV’s we have Vivi, TJ and Angel and following each perspective is truly beautiful, all three are such different characters and watching their friendship blossom in a beautiful story about grief, loss, heartbreaking and healing is truly something special.Although it dealt with some really tough subjects I thought it did a brilliant job on it, we see how Vivi used to be a girl who did it all to not even going to class, her own mother falls apart, neglecting all responsibilities of being a mother and an adult. In spite of everything that Vivi is going through it isn’t a story about heartbreak, it’s about healing and how she copes with the loss of her father and moving on with her life with the help of two unlikely people.I loved the relationships in these books, TJ and Vivi start out as co-workers, not even really friends but they grow closer and their relationship changes into more and it was lovely, of course, it was complicated and tough but it’s just so adorable. But the romance wasn’t the only good thing, the friendship between Vivi, TJ and Angel was really something special, it was a true, honest, forever friendship which was lovely to see, and the romance didn’t overshadow the friendship between the three of them in the slightest which for me was a bonus 😊Basically, this was a lovely book, I found it a little slow at times, but the beautiful writing made up for it, if you’ve been umming and ahhing over this book I recommend you to pick it up 😊
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  • ☆Dani☆ ☆Touch My Spine Book Reviews☆
    January 1, 1970
    Wow, what a beautifully crafted book from three remarkable POVs! This book was amazing and beautiful and every way. Everything you need in a novel is in Flight Season. This book not only captured my heart, I learned a thing or two!
  • Morgan Smith
    January 1, 1970
    This book was absolutely beautiful. The novel follows three main characters: Vivi Flannigan, a college sophomore who is struggling in school after the death of her father, TJ Carvalho, a nursing student working at his huge family's restaurant, and Ángel Solís, an orphaned immigrant from Guatemala who has a life-threatening heart condition. These three characters are thrown together when Vivi gets a summer internship at a hospital- the same hospital where TJ cares for Ángel. What follows is a bea This book was absolutely beautiful. The novel follows three main characters: Vivi Flannigan, a college sophomore who is struggling in school after the death of her father, TJ Carvalho, a nursing student working at his huge family's restaurant, and Ángel Solís, an orphaned immigrant from Guatemala who has a life-threatening heart condition. These three characters are thrown together when Vivi gets a summer internship at a hospital- the same hospital where TJ cares for Ángel. What follows is a beautiful story about grief, loss, heartbreak, and healing.This book was amazing. It deals with some extremely tough topics with grace and beauty, putting words to the grief that many people must face every day. Vivi's father's death changes her and her family forever. She goes from being the girl who does it all- volunteering, sports, perfect grades- to not being able to go to class because she is so depressed. Her mother falls apart, neglecting her responsibilities and their financial situation. But somehow, in spite of all of the heartbreak, this isn't a story about sadness. It is a story about healing, about letting yourself hurt and then finding the strength to move on. It struck the balance perfectly between being realistic about the pain and loss that the characters were experiencing and not letting the book itself be depressing. For every moment of pain, there was a moment of joy.The relationships in this book were also incredible. As TJ and Vivi work together they grow closer, their feelings growing into something more. I'm a sucker for a well-written falling in love, and this totally did it for me. It was complicated, with Vivi's grief and their histories. But the writing came through and gave us a butterfly-inducing story. But the romance wasn't the only great relationship in the story. The friendship between Ángel and Vivi and TJ was also incredible. It was one of those really true friendships, the bare your soul and love each other flaws and all kind. This is the kind of friendship that I LOVE to see in books. I like books where the friendship feels as real as the romance, not just thrown in for convenience or as a prop. In this story, the friendship was beautifully and painfully real.I also have a total weakness for any book set by the beach. I love books where the setting feels real and connected to the reader, and somehow beach books always do it the best. The constant backdrop of the sea and all the birds in this story was really powerful, connecting it to the overall story of life and rebirth.I highly recommend this book to all of you. It has gorgeous prose and such honest characters. I laughed and cried right along with them through the summer, and watched as they battled their demons and came out stronger on the other side.My final rating- 5/5
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  • Samantha (WLABB)
    January 1, 1970
    Marquardt did it again! She made me feel all sorts of wonderful emotions and delivered a beautiful story. Marquardt impressed me with her last book, The Radius of Us, and I was therefore eager to read more of her work. I was surprised to find that I could love her new book more than her last, but that is exactly what happened.•Pro: I fell for all three main characters instantly. They were all so unique, and each brought something special to this story. •Pro: Vivi, TJ, and Ángel were all so diffe Marquardt did it again! She made me feel all sorts of wonderful emotions and delivered a beautiful story. Marquardt impressed me with her last book, The Radius of Us, and I was therefore eager to read more of her work. I was surprised to find that I could love her new book more than her last, but that is exactly what happened.•Pro: I fell for all three main characters instantly. They were all so unique, and each brought something special to this story. •Pro: Vivi, TJ, and Ángel were all so different from each other, yet they were able to find common ground and develop genuine affections for one another. I loved watching their friendships grow and change, and found so much comfort, joy, and happiness in their interactions. •Pro: Fate brought these three together for a reason, and their lives were changed for the better. Cue the happy tears!•Pro: This book was so beautifully written, and the writing only enhanced the beauty of the story. •Pro: I was a fan of the setting, because I used to visit St. Augustine often when I lived in Jacksonville. I always love when I am familiar with places in a book. •Pro: There were so many different story threads that revolved around setbacks, but the characters kept plugging away regardless of how many obstacles they experienced. Marquardt has such a knack for writing these characters who show so much resilience and strength. •Pro: Vivi's struggles were so difficult. After experiencing such a great loss, she just continued to suffer more and more losses, but you know know what? She never threw in the towel. She just kept treading water until she was able to come up with a plan, and I really admired her for that. •Pro: The romance was this wonderful slow burn. I savored every interaction, and couldn't wait for the relationship to burn hotter and brighter. •Pro: I thought it was brilliant the way Marquardt used Ángel's point of view. We were in his head, but he knew that we, the readers, were in his head. I like that he talked to us directly. It gave his POV a little different feel and purpose from the other two, which were more traditional. •Pro: Each of Vivi's chapters began with an entry in her bird watching journal, and I really loved them. The bird stuff was quite interesting, but I also liked the way the observations of the bird paralleled what would play out in the chapter. •Pro: I enjoy learning about different cultures, and Marquardt shared a lot of TJ's Brazilian culture and Ángel's heritage. Loved it all!•Pro: Ángel wasn't your stereotypical sick kid. He was funny and his observations and honesty were a breath of fresh air. •Pro: The last few chapters of this book are so painfully beautiful. I didn't expect what happened to happen, but it was perfect and deserved every single happy tear I shed. But the amazing thing about those birds? Their mental maps are so incredible, so wide, that as soon as the storm passes, they're back on course, headed home.Sometimes I wish I had bird brains.Overall: An utterly wonderful and captivating tale of friendship, love, loss, and healing that filled me with a a myriad of emotions, and left me lots of hope in my heart. *ARC provided in exchange for an honest review. BLOG | INSTAGRAM |TWITTER | BLOGLOVIN | FRIEND ME ON GOODREADS
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  • Darinda
    January 1, 1970
    Vivi, TJ, and Ángel. Each has a story to tell.A sweet and emotional coming-of-age story. Told through alternating points of view, the three characters tell their story. Vivi has returned home for the summer after her first year away at college. It was a tough year for Vivi because her father died, plus she struggled academically. She hopes to get back on track by working as a hospital intern for the summer. TJ works hard at a hospital during the day and a restaurant at night. He dreams of becomi Vivi, TJ, and Ángel. Each has a story to tell.A sweet and emotional coming-of-age story. Told through alternating points of view, the three characters tell their story. Vivi has returned home for the summer after her first year away at college. It was a tough year for Vivi because her father died, plus she struggled academically. She hopes to get back on track by working as a hospital intern for the summer. TJ works hard at a hospital during the day and a restaurant at night. He dreams of becoming a nurse, but feels obligated to work in his family's restaurant business. Ángel is sick. Very sick. Vivi the hospital intern, TJ the nursing student, and Ángel the patient. A story about finding friendship, love, and following dreams.I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads Giveaway.
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  • Angel ✨
    January 1, 1970
    ➳Full review now posted.(This review can also be found on my blog!) "Why is it that we don't want to let the dead be gone?" [4/5](Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for providing me with an Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review!)Flight Season is a sweet read, lovingly packaged and wrapped in a soft, velvety, pink bow made of floating hearts and twittering birds.Yep. It's that fluffy.This might be more of a personal opinion, but what drew me into this book from the get-g ➳Full review now posted.(This review can also be found on my blog!) "Why is it that we don't want to let the dead be gone?" [4/5](Thanks to NetGalley and St. Martin's Press for providing me with an Advanced Reader Copy in exchange for an honest review!)Flight Season is a sweet read, lovingly packaged and wrapped in a soft, velvety, pink bow made of floating hearts and twittering birds.Yep. It's that fluffy.This might be more of a personal opinion, but what drew me into this book from the get-go was the avian trivia sprinkled throughout. It made the book soothing and peaceful to read - I felt like I could connect with something. Plus, Vivi's take on these beautiful creatures is endearing. A bit silly, but hey, that's why we love her.This novel deals with tragic themes excellently, and portrays the characters' grief towards them in a way that is simply heart-breaking. Vivi's struggle is a perfect example: she is an absolute mess after her father's death, and things get even worse when financial problems strike her household. She goes through depression, heartbreak, and disappointment - Marquardt is not afraid to show tragedy like it is, and that's what makes this story so powerful.But we aren't left hanging. Vivi slowly learns how to heal and move on; to make peace with the pain of her past. It's an emotional journey that demands a lot of hard work from her, and that's why we can't help but cheer her on.The romance in this book is both hilarious and lovable - it's impossible to not root for TJ and Vivi. I personally loved the gradual and steady pace at which their feelings for each other escalated; there's no 'insta-love' here, and definitely no annoying, prolonged denials. In fact, their 'denial' phase is actually really cute! I'd say TJ and Vivi are the perfect example of a love-hate relationship, especially at first. Also, can I just get a round of applause for TJ here? Because honestly, that guy's respect for women is exactly what this world needs. I really loved the Brazilian rep here, too! (And I may or may not have picked up on some Portuguese swear words.)Speaking of rep, Ángel is another great example! He's from Guatemala, and speaks Mam. There are a lot of tidbits about his country and its culture - these bits are possibly the most nostalgic, and my favourite. His point of view is really endearing! Ángel is a lovely, optimistic ray of sunshine who doesn't let his sickness weigh him down. And while it might seem like he could care less about things, all you have to do is read on to realise that he's been through a lot. Ángel talks about the saddest aspects of his life in a cool manner, almost as if he's trying to convince himself that "meh, it's fine, not a big deal", but it's evident to the reader that it matters to him. Very much.The friendship that develops between Vivi, TJ, and Ángel is probably one of the best in all the contemporaries I've read so far. No unnecessary fights or jealousy, no complications just for the sake of stretching out the plot ... simply some authentic, genuine friendship between three people - and as unlikely as it seems at first, you know it's the type that will last for a long time.In short, this book is a must-read for those of you who love realistic fiction and charming romance. Sure, it has its flaws, but Flight Season is a novel that I won't be forgetting any time soon.
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  • Cassandra {semi-hiatus}
    January 1, 1970
    Solid 4.5 stars. (Half stars GR, get the memo!)Wow. I didn't expect this to be as emotionally moving as it was. I certainly didn't expect to love Vivi, TJ, and Angel as much as I did. There was nothing I didn't love about this book. Nothing.This review will be a struggle to write. I loved the characters that much.
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  • Magdalena Deniz
    January 1, 1970
    THIS BOOK IS SO GOOD I CANT STOP CRYING. NOT ONLY IS THE LANGUAGE BEAUTIFUL BUT THE CHARACTERS FEEL REAL FEELINGS AND EVERYTHING IS SO WONDERFULIM CRYIG SO HARD DIVIDJVISJCHAHDAHVS
  • Fatma
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars I really enjoyed Flight Season! The characters were well drawn out with solid, distinct dynamics. My only critique is, I started out this book really into it, but for some reason, I feel like my interest in it kind of waned by the end. I think I didn't really love the way the romance panned out, but definitely nothing major. Overall, a well-written book with complex characters and some pretty heavy subject matter—loss of a parent, deportation—that Marquardt totally manages to pull off.
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  • Mrs Mommy Booknerd http://mrsmommybooknerd.blogspot.com
    January 1, 1970
    Brilliant story from a gifted writer. I was really blown away by the intense characters and the real and raw stories of each of the individual characters. There are 3 POVs and each is unique and different and each was so special and easy to relate to. The story is deep, powerful and one I will remember for a long time to come. A must read for all lovers of deeply woven story will wonderful characters as well as a super setting.
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  • Tikaa
    January 1, 1970
    Such an incredibly important read. I can’t wait to review this ❤😭 Such an incredibly important read. I can’t wait to review this ❤️😭
  • Madison
    January 1, 1970
    Flight Season is a beautiful, heartbreaking book that had me smiling and laughing and crying, both despairing and rejoicing in humanity, and so happy just to spend a little time with these amazing characters.Vivi Flannigan has returned home from college for the summer to pull her life together. If she can stick it out at her hospital internship she might have a slim hope of passing her semester's courses. If she can help her mother get back on track, she might be able to save their home. And if Flight Season is a beautiful, heartbreaking book that had me smiling and laughing and crying, both despairing and rejoicing in humanity, and so happy just to spend a little time with these amazing characters.Vivi Flannigan has returned home from college for the summer to pull her life together. If she can stick it out at her hospital internship she might have a slim hope of passing her semester's courses. If she can help her mother get back on track, she might be able to save their home. And if she can avoid Old Town, she might have a slim chance of forgetting that one night she lost total control. TJ Carvalho has one last clinical placement to pass before he is done with his nursing studies. So when Vivi turns up in his ward, the girl who he witnessed have a complete meltdown, he does his best to avoid her. But when TJ and Vivi are forced to work together to care for heart patient Ángel, the three of them form a beautiful, if challenged, friendship, which just might change their lives in ways they could never have expected.I think less is more when it comes to reviewing this beautiful, beautiful book. If you are the sort of reader who likes to take a chance on characters, who enjoys simple details that pull together to make a powerful whole, and who loves a bit of everyday magic, then Flight Season is the book for you. I underestimated this book. I underestimated the depth of the story, the power behind its truths, and the way the characters would so quickly worm their way into my heart. Flight Season surprised and delighted me.Really, I could go on forever about all the things I loved about this story. The way it is told through alternating chapters from the perspectives of the three main characters. How the messages of family, grief, belonging, and home drive the story. How the romance (including some amazing chemistry, an enemies-to-lovers storyline, and a relationship founded on trust, understanding, and friendship) fits so perfectly into the whole of the story. Ángel, who deserves an entire what-I-loved list all to himself. The birds and Vivi's bird journal entires, which add another detail that works so well with this story. The characters, who are all so richly detailed that even secondary characters now feel like old friends. And my review copy did not come with illustrations, but I'm guessing they are only going to make this book even more beautiful. Flight Season is a book I am going to delight in thrusting into everyone's hands, saying 'you simply must read this book'. So what are you waiting for? Go forth and find yourself a copy of Flight Season. You won't regret it. The publishers provided an advanced readers copy of this book for reviewing purposes. All opinions are my own.Find more reviews, reading age guides, content advisory, and recommendations on my blog Madison's Library.
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  • Adele
    January 1, 1970
    A huge Thank You to St. Martin's Press via Netgalley, for allowing me to read Flight Season in exchange for an honest review. Trigger Warning: Death & GriefThe rest of this review may contain spoilers. (view spoiler)[Flight Season is a story that has three very different points of view. You may think that they might not work together, since all three personalities are incredibly different. Yet, they all fit together like a puzzle—exceedingly well. The three characters’ points of view are fro A huge Thank You to St. Martin's Press via Netgalley, for allowing me to read Flight Season in exchange for an honest review. Trigger Warning: Death & GriefThe rest of this review may contain spoilers. (view spoiler)[Flight Season is a story that has three very different points of view. You may think that they might not work together, since all three personalities are incredibly different. Yet, they all fit together like a puzzle—exceedingly well. The three characters’ points of view are from Vivi, TJ, & Ángel.Vivi, in this novel, deals with a lot of emotions. She deals with a few things that any teenager shouldn’t face while they are young. What I like most about Vivi’s character, is that in my opinion, she was written very realistically.TJ, in the beginning, was a lot like me: surely and growly. Slowly though, TJ begins to open up and we see how much of a great character he truly is. We also get to see what problems he may or may not face in this story.Ángel is the third point of view that we read from. Ángel is the character that brings life into this novel. Ángel breaks the fourth wall with the reader and I couldn’t have been more happy about that.Saying what I did about Ángel’s character, as soon as I started reading from his point of view, I knew immediately how this book would end. — I didn’t want to be able to predict what would happen, but I did, and that doesn’t make the end of Flight Season all that much brighter.I genuinely enjoyed the writing in Flight Season. For the author to be able to write three separate characters—three separate personalities so clearly is amazing to me.As each character is faced with their own problems, we truly see how friendship lasts for life.There was nothing that I didn’t like about this novel. I loved everything about this story. I love the characters, whether they were main characters or not. I loved the fact that their friendship, and even romance, was written in such an unforgettable way. It’s not everyday where I read a characters point of view and become immediately smitten with a character.Flight Season is a book that people will either love, or hate, and I’m so, so glad that I am on the loving side of loving this novel. To me, Flight Season is unforgettable. I’m going to remember this book for the rest of my life. I may say that about quite a few books, but honestly, I am over the moon with this book. It’s not often I read a Contemporary and love it that much.The ending to Flight Season still haunts me, and I finished reading this trio’s story a few weeks ago.What makes Flight Season different from any other book that I’ve read is that I haven’t read such a memorable contemporary novel in such a long time. The three different points of view are woven together seamlessly and in such a way that just recalling Flight Season as a whole takes my breath away. (hide spoiler)]
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  • Meg - A Bookish Affair
    January 1, 1970
    4.5 stars. "Flight Season" is the story of three very different people: Vivi, TJ, and Angel. Vivi is trying to fix her life after losing her beloved father. Every turn seems to throw more difficulty at her: failing grades, a mother who seems too lost in grief and flakiness to take care of things, and a general uneasy feeling about her future life path. TJ seems stuck in his family business while trying to make something of himself outside of his job at the family restaurant. Angel wanted a bette 4.5 stars. "Flight Season" is the story of three very different people: Vivi, TJ, and Angel. Vivi is trying to fix her life after losing her beloved father. Every turn seems to throw more difficulty at her: failing grades, a mother who seems too lost in grief and flakiness to take care of things, and a general uneasy feeling about her future life path. TJ seems stuck in his family business while trying to make something of himself outside of his job at the family restaurant. Angel wanted a better life in the United States but finds himself in the hospital hanging on to his life after fate deals a cruel hand. All of these people are very different but will come together in some surprising ways.Marie Marquardt is becoming a must-read author for me. Her previous books have been smart with a message behind them. The message always feels baked in and never didactic, which I think is important for any book but particularly young adult books. Because I had enjoyed her previous two books so much, I knew that I needed to jump on reading this one. I was not disappointed!The characters in this book are great. Vivi is floundering in the beginning of this book. She's done trying to keep up with the social life that took her down a dark path. She is in college at Yale, pre-med but while this seems like something she should do, she isn't sure if she is doing this for herself or for another reason. TJ is confident in his own skin most of the time and seems to know what he wants. Angel was the most touching character. Seeking a new life in the United States, he never was worried about getting hurt; he thought getting over to the U.S. would be the hard part. Because of his status and trying to please his terrible uncle, he has to take any job he can get even if it is dangerous and ends up working on a turkey farm with some insidious practices. These characters come together in such an amazing way. Their bond was really special throughout the whole book.The book was well-written. Each of the characters had a very different and unique voice. The author has a really good way of pulling together a really interesting story line with characters that will stick with me long after I shut the book.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    This captivating story wrestles with grief and death and pain we cannot control in stunning ways. I cried with the characters and was deeply moved by example to not turn away from suffering. Absolutely beautiful.
  • Gilly
    January 1, 1970
    Flight Season is a gorgeous tale of love and loss and the power of human connection to heal. This is a stay-up-way-too-late-because-you-can't-put-it-down kind of story.Main characters TJ, Vivi and Angel are strikingly drawn, so real and raw and fleshed out, I know them. More than that - I *was* them, we all were - young adults stumbling and fumbling through the transition into adulthood in all its pain and glory. I truly appreciate the focus on a slightly older set of characters. Young adulthood Flight Season is a gorgeous tale of love and loss and the power of human connection to heal. This is a stay-up-way-too-late-because-you-can't-put-it-down kind of story.Main characters TJ, Vivi and Angel are strikingly drawn, so real and raw and fleshed out, I know them. More than that - I *was* them, we all were - young adults stumbling and fumbling through the transition into adulthood in all its pain and glory. I truly appreciate the focus on a slightly older set of characters. Young adulthood doesn't end at 18, and the teens I know want stories about the years immediately following high school too. Marquardt's handling of this age and time is flawless.Other standout elements of this novel include the setting (Marquardt's exploration of our shared hometown of Atlanta in prior books was so spot on, I knew I was in for a treat with her portrayal of beach life on the Florida coast), and inclusion of images from Vivi's bird journal, which offer beautiful graphic interludes between chapters.It's a tough call, but Flight Season stole my heart so thoroughly, I think it might be my favorite book of Marquardt's yet! Don't miss it. Advance reader copy received from the author.
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  • Lethmi
    January 1, 1970
    What a beautiful book. Frankly, I do not think the blurb does not do this book justice, and I'm finding it hard to find the words to express how poignant I think it is. I think I expected a typical romantic comedy with a slightly annoying sick person to bring the other leads together. Instead, the story introduces two complex stories of people struggling to find peace with the world and three characters I really loved. TJs story is underplayed but there are moments when the beauty of small actio What a beautiful book. Frankly, I do not think the blurb does not do this book justice, and I'm finding it hard to find the words to express how poignant I think it is. I think I expected a typical romantic comedy with a slightly annoying sick person to bring the other leads together. Instead, the story introduces two complex stories of people struggling to find peace with the world and three characters I really loved. TJs story is underplayed but there are moments when the beauty of small actions made me feel things were so positive in the sadness of themes of death, dying, loss and grief. Although the themes seem heavy going, this book offers hope and warmth. I really enjoyed the use of the birds and all the different ways they tied the story together; a clever and interesting theme. Even the notes from the author added to the novel and made me want to ensure that when it is released with illustrations, I add it to my copies of much worn books on the shelf! I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review
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  • Sumaya Musse
    January 1, 1970
    Would recommend for anyone who isn't afraid of a good cry! For a full review, follow the link: https://suereadingcorner.wordpress.co...
  • Sara Strand
    January 1, 1970
    So this book has a fairly annoying main character, Vivi, that normally I wouldn't like and it would make me not want to finish the book. She's 100% clueless, she has no backbone, and she's just tough to love. The we have TJ, who I liked right away even if he was kind of a jerk to Vivi in the beginning. The two know each other, or TJ knows Vivi, because of a really stupid drunken night that Vivi can't remember (which is maybe OK) but TJ remembers it vividly. They find themselves together again at So this book has a fairly annoying main character, Vivi, that normally I wouldn't like and it would make me not want to finish the book. She's 100% clueless, she has no backbone, and she's just tough to love. The we have TJ, who I liked right away even if he was kind of a jerk to Vivi in the beginning. The two know each other, or TJ knows Vivi, because of a really stupid drunken night that Vivi can't remember (which is maybe OK) but TJ remembers it vividly. They find themselves together again at the same hospital as TJ finishes his practicum for nursing school and Vivi needs this internship if she plans to continue at Yale in the fall. It turns out Vivi is not cut out to be a doctor because of her weak constitution so she is paired to be an interpreter of sorts for Angel, gravely ill because of some sick turkeys. The only thing about this book that knocks it for me is Vivi and I just couldn't grow to love her. I grew to tolerate her but I just didn't love her. What wins it for me is the story of her and TJ and together how they befriend Angel and what they do for him in the end. It looks at illegal immigration and in his dire circumstances I can't imagine someone being sent home when they are actively dying basically. The humanity part of that is just gripping. Overall? I'm giving this one 4.5 stars and I absolutely loved it. I'm hoping my daughter enjoys it as much as I did.
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  • Forever Young Adult
    January 1, 1970
    Graded By: StephanieCover Story: MinimalismBFF Charm: Big Sister, Be Mine, Let Me Love YouSwoonworthy Scale: 6Talky Talk: He Said, He Said, She SaidBonus Factors: Florida, Bird WatchingFactor: CollegeAnti-Bonus Factors: Immigration LawsRelationship Status: Birds Of A FeatherRead the full book report here.
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  • Sarah Llewellyn
    January 1, 1970
    What an absolutely beautiful book. I was expecting a fluffy YA rom-com when I picked it up, but it was so much more than that. Really sophisticated, and funny, with a timely (and absolutely devastating) story of immigration and deportation going along with the romance (and a wee bit of magical realism!). I loved the theme of grief, and how people deal with it differently, and how those who really love you will stay with you through it.
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  • Claire
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this book! I was looking for a simple read, (which this definitely was), and was pleasantly surprised. I liked all the characters, and I liked how there wasn't too much romance. I also really liked the way the author started out some of the chapters with drawings and descriptions of birds from one of the character's journals; I thought it was very unique. I really liked the way the story unfolded and I thought the ending was perfect, not too cliche, but cute all the same.
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  • Alisa
    January 1, 1970
    Heartwarming, funny, and a overall a great story. Perfect for a touching, quick read!
  • Megan (Book Birds)
    January 1, 1970
    For sure a new favourite. Review to come.
  • Jennifer
    January 1, 1970
    This book switches between the perspectives of 3 characters: Vivi, who has almost flunked out of Yale after her father's death, and has to complete an internship at a Florida hospital in order to go back, TJ, who has almost graduated from nursing school and is working at the hospital, and Angel, an immigrant teenage heart patient at the hospital. A moving young adult novel with very real, compelling, and unique characters. I couldn't put it down.Many thanks to Goodreads and the publisher for a f This book switches between the perspectives of 3 characters: Vivi, who has almost flunked out of Yale after her father's death, and has to complete an internship at a Florida hospital in order to go back, TJ, who has almost graduated from nursing school and is working at the hospital, and Angel, an immigrant teenage heart patient at the hospital. A moving young adult novel with very real, compelling, and unique characters. I couldn't put it down.Many thanks to Goodreads and the publisher for a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Tara Weiss
    January 1, 1970
    I fell hard for Flight Season. Loved it.Well-planned and engaging, the story is told from the point of view of three characters. Blending Vivi's birdwatcher's journal with the plot of the story, Marquardt matches various species of birds with scenes from the story, and it worked so well I actually cared about birds, which I so often overlook (Note to HS English teachers: good classroom discussion point . . . what's right in front of us that we don't see?). While I know nothing of ornithology, I I fell hard for Flight Season. Loved it.Well-planned and engaging, the story is told from the point of view of three characters. Blending Vivi's birdwatcher's journal with the plot of the story, Marquardt matches various species of birds with scenes from the story, and it worked so well I actually cared about birds, which I so often overlook (Note to HS English teachers: good classroom discussion point . . . what's right in front of us that we don't see?). While I know nothing of ornithology, I do know about a little about teaching literature and this text offers so much in the way of literary analysis I wanted to write a lesson plan on the spot. Also, the current themes of immigration and health care and social media are poignant. Social inequality is in there as well. The story has just enough of the juicy stuff to engage readers, but it is so much more. This title has major summer reading list potential.
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  • Maddi
    January 1, 1970
    (I received an ARC in a giveaway)This was such a good book and honestly I loved the characters so much! I feel like they came such a long way from the beginning and they didn’t change too quickly. I finished the book in a day and I don’t regret it one bit because I fell in love with these characters and the friendships formed. I cannot wait for the book to officially be released so I can get my hands on a final copy!
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  • dallas
    January 1, 1970
    oof i loved this (will review later)edit: so im finally gonna review this !! idk really what to say about it tbh i'm still kinda in shock about that ending (angel my bby :'( he deserved better)but honestly i really liked all the characters !! especially tj he was great but like i was wary about vivi at first but she really like proved herself in the end and basically i just loved this book ok thanks bye
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  • Jenia
    January 1, 1970
    Back when they were still strangers, TJ Carvalho witnessed the only moment in Vivi Flannigan’s life when she lost control entirely. Now, TJ can’t seem to erase that moment from his mind, no matter how hard he tries. Vivi doesn’t remember any of it, but she’s determined to leave it far behind. And she will.But when Vivi returns home from her first year away at college, her big plans and TJ’s ambition to become a nurse land them both on the heart ward of a university hospital, facing them with a l Back when they were still strangers, TJ Carvalho witnessed the only moment in Vivi Flannigan’s life when she lost control entirely. Now, TJ can’t seem to erase that moment from his mind, no matter how hard he tries. Vivi doesn’t remember any of it, but she’s determined to leave it far behind. And she will.But when Vivi returns home from her first year away at college, her big plans and TJ’s ambition to become a nurse land them both on the heart ward of a university hospital, facing them with a long and painful summer together – three months of glorified babysitting for Ángel, the problem patient on the hall. Sure, Ángel may be suffering from a life-threatening heart infection, but that doesn’t make him any less of a pain.As it turns out, though, Ángel Solís has a thing or two to teach them about all those big plans, and the incredible moments when love gets in their way. A stunning, heartbreaking story about love, friendship, grief and hope. I’m not sure I can find the word to describe the emotions that I was feeling, as I read this story. I was blown away . I think that this is a book that everyone should read. Trust me, when I tell you that FLIGHT SEASON is not a story that you will forget. I finished it last night and I still find myself thinking about the story, the characters. I had a feeling that I was going to love this book, I read DREAM THINGS TRUE back in 2015 and loved it. I should expected this. I guess I did not realize that I would end up falling in love with story. I laughed, I cried. I think that I went through the emotions that TJ, Vivi and Angel all went through. I felt connected all three of them. If I were asked which of three of them was my favorite, I don’t think that I would be able to pick because I loved all of them. It’s like asking to pick a favorite friend, there is not such thing as favorite. TJ, Vivi and Angel, by reading their stories I felt as if they became my friends. I felt as if there was something, an attraction between TJ and Vivi, a minute that they met. I am not sure if TJ liked her too much at first, and I think it was because the first time he met her, she was messed up. I guess in a way he judged her a little because of how he acted, last time that he seen her. At least that the feeling that I got. However that didn’t seem to last long, especially once he started to spend more time with her, and Angel. Once he got to know her, it was not long before he became attracted to her. Even Angel saw it before he did. It was not long before I wanted them to end up together. I could see how much TJ cared about her, probably a way that no guy cared about her before. After what she went through, Vivi deserved her happily after. Both did. I loved reading the scenes between the two of them, most of time they had me smiling. My favorite was the friendship that Angel, TJ and Vivi developed through book. That was one of things that surprised me. I think it was due to way that Angel acted to TJ and Vivi in beginning of the book. It was not long before the three of them were best friends. The most unexpected friendship. I wasn’t fond of Angel at start, I felt sorry for him but I did not care for his attitude. It was not long before he had me laughing. I thought what TJ and Vivi did for him towards the end was sweet. By the last couple chapters of the book, I was crying and it was good thing I was at home at that time. I couldn’t help myself. I love the birds facts, the bird illustrations in FLIGHT SEASON , and I feel that I learned more about birds that I knew prior to reading book. There is part of me that wants to learn more about birds after I read the book, and I just might. FLIGHT SEASON might only 2nd book that I read by MARIE MARQUARDT and it won’t be last. I am already amazed by her, by her writing. Once I finished reading the book, I felt inspired to write. I have feeling that she will the author that I will read for years to come. She’s an author that is worth checking out. A writer whose stories will touch your heart.
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  • Teenreadsdotcom
    January 1, 1970
    Marie Marquardt is a young adult novelist, college professor and immigration rights activist residing in Decatur, Georgia. Her first novel, DREAM THINGS TRUE, and her second novel, THE RADIUS OF US, were published in 2015 and 2017. Her career focus is on illuminating the struggles of undocumented immigrants from Latin America in the United States. Her newest release, FLIGHT SEASON, extends these ideas in an incredibly compelling and innovative manner.FLIGHT SEASON is the story of Vivi, TJ and An Marie Marquardt is a young adult novelist, college professor and immigration rights activist residing in Decatur, Georgia. Her first novel, DREAM THINGS TRUE, and her second novel, THE RADIUS OF US, were published in 2015 and 2017. Her career focus is on illuminating the struggles of undocumented immigrants from Latin America in the United States. Her newest release, FLIGHT SEASON, extends these ideas in an incredibly compelling and innovative manner.FLIGHT SEASON is the story of Vivi, TJ and Angel, who are all spending their summer in St. Augustine for very different reasons. Through Vivi’s internship at the hospital where Angel is a patient and TJ is a nurse’s aide, the group creates a tight-knit love for one another. Vivi’s dad recently passed away, and since then she has been placed on academic probation at Yale and must complete an internship at the hospital to pass her classes. TJ is working at both the hospital and his family’s Brazilian restaurant. Angel is an undocumented immigrant and orphan from Guatemala, struggling with severe and life-threatening heart disease.Having read Marquardt’s first two novels, I had high expectations for this book. She truly knows how to get her readers to think about important issues and internalize the experiences of others. Each of her books approaches the same subject from a different angle, and I am always impressed by the direction she ultimately chooses to take with her characters and plot. Continually emotional and thought-provoking, Marquardt’s books continue to affect my worldview long after I have finished reading them. FLIGHT SEASON may be her best novel yet, and it is bound to leave a lasting impact on readers.Told through the alternating points of view of Vivi, TJ and Angel, FLIGHT SEASON allows the reader to experience the story from vastly different perspectives and backgrounds. Vivi’s story was full of self-discovery and learning to be satisfied with yourself the way you are. TJ contrasted Vivi very well as a love interest because he seemed to have his entire life figured out. Angel was a surprise favorite for me, as he was the one character who provided insightful views on the essential parts of life and happiness. All of the supporting characters at the hospital were allowed some development but mostly assisted the main characters in reaching their aspirations. Vivi’s mom was a frustrating character, but also a realistic one who I feel was critical to include in the story in the story.This novel includes a theme of birds that is evident in the title and illustrations. Every chapter begins with a sketch from Vivi’s journal of birds, her seemingly greatest passion in life. An intriguing and unique aspect of the novel, the inclusion of bird classification added an element of quirkiness to the story that I rarely see. They also allowed a compelling glimpse into Vivi’s mind beyond her direct thoughts.I would recommend this novel to fans of Marquardt’s other two books, as this one represents her writing style perfectly. Readers looking to become more aware of immigration issues and read from diverse characters will want to pick up FLIGHT SEASON. Those who love aspects of romance, coming-of-age and college-aged characters will most likely enjoy reading this book.Reviewed by Grace P., Teen Board Member
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