In a brilliant turn of events, I’m on the blog tour for If Birds Fly Back by Carlie Sorosiak!
Which means you get a glorious day that includes (1) a most marvellous review of this cute and nerdy little book, and (2) a GIVEAWAY at the end because you deserve all the love, little dovekins.
Also appreciate the levels of title-applicable origami in these photos okay? I am proud.
Thanks to Pan Macmillan for having me on the tour!
Linny has been living life in black and white since her sister Grace ran away, and she’s scared that Grace might never come back. When Linny witnesses the return to Miami of a cult movie star long presumed dead, she is certain it’s a sign. Surely Álvaro Herrera, of all people, can tell her why people come back – and how to bring her sister home?
Sebastian has come to Miami seeking his father, a man whose name he’s only just learned. An aspiring astrophysicist, he can tell Linny how many galaxies there are, how much plutonium weighs and how likely she is to be struck by a meteorite. But none of the theories he knows are enough to answer his own questions about why his father abandoned him, and why it left him in pieces.
As Sebastian and Linny converge around the mystery of Álvaro’s disappearance – and return – their planets start to collide. Linny’s life is about to become technicolor, but finding the answers to her questions might mean losing everything that matters.
Carlie Sorosiak grew up in North Carolina and holds two master’s degrees: one in English from Oxford University and another in Creative Writing and Publishing from City University, London. Her life goals include travelling to all seven continents and fostering many polydactyl cats. She currently splits her time between the US and the UK, hoping to gain an accent like Madonna’s.
It featured a bunch of nerds and an adorakble friendship-turned-romance with plenty of bantering dialogue — HERE ARE A FEW OF MY FAVOURITE THINGS BASICALLY. The only downside of my reading experience was dropping it on my face while being absorbed by these delicious words. Thank you to all the universe, stars, and pebbles upon the shores that I read a paperback and didn’t die or lose my eyes over a hardcover. Life can be kind.
It’s dual narrated by both Linny and Sebastian. And I can’t even pick a favourite! THEY’RE SO CUTE. Linny is totally obsessed with film and Sebastian is into astrophysics. I love how their individual chapters included either scientific facts or snippets of a screenplay being written. It turned them into individuals and made their passions really interwoven with the plot line. My only problem was since they’re both 1st person, I felt their voices were pretty similar. But Linny was a bit anxious and Sebastian was an absolutely exploding piece of rainbow confetti.
So I loved them! They were both diverse, too, with Sebastian being Mexican and Linny biracial with a Nigerian mother.
The story is basically all about missing people.
And birds. But more like metaphorical birds. Except for the part where a bird poops in Sebastian’s hair and duuuuuude. I feel so bad for you. Birds are nasty.
Linny’s sister disappeared and Sebastian is looking for his never-before-met-dad. But since the tone of the book was pretty happy and quirky and light, I did actually fail to feel like really emotionally caught up in the missing people. I can see Linny’s suffering with her sister just having vanished, but the rest of the story was so funny?!?? I was thoroughly enjoying it, but my heart strings didn’t get pulled.
I loved the scenes were Sebastian and Linny just hung out and were DORKS together. Putting stars on ceilings. Making terrible Mexican food. Being super awkward. IT WAS SO SWEET! Most of the book is set in an old-people’s home where they’re volunteering for the summer and caring for an old famous writer, which didn’t really interesting me? But it was never boring! I had SUCH fun reading! Until, you know, I brained myself with this book. Then I read on, slightly bitter, but still pleased at least they were having a nice time.
I will definitely say this is a super cute tale!
It reminded me of An Abundance of Katherine‘s meets When Dimple Met Rishi. And THE NERDOM LEVELS WERE GREAT. I loved the snippet’s of Linny’s screen play and I learned SO many science facts thanks to Sebastian. Like I’ve totally forgotten them all now, but my memory is akin to a dead french fry. So. It was great at the time.
Fun dialogue! Fun banter! Their relationship was so well done, with ups and downs and awkward cuteness and I rooted for them! Definitely chase this one day if you’re after a summery fun read that is like popsicles and sprinkles with a side dish of NICE PAIN.
Also chase after it if you want to read about two dorks who hide in a cupboard rather than socialise at a party. #Relatable
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