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If I Could Fly (2011)

by Judith Ortiz Cofer(Favorite Author)
3.26 of 5 Votes: 3
0374335176 (ISBN13: 9780374335175)
Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR)
review 1: I am a fan of Judith Cofer. After reading Call me Maria, I had to read something else by her. I enjoyed this one, too. There were some similar themes--teenage girl dealing with her parents' divorce, torn between Puerto Rico and New York. The characters are memorable and well-drawn. I especially liked the older characters in this novel, the Abuela and her older friend, Dona Iris. I had some favorite quotes:p. 85 "Anger is heavier than joy or grief."p.35 "You cannot bring the dead back home with promises or prayers. You can only keep them with you be remembering them at their best."p.183 "You have to find your gift and accept it."
review 2: I loved "An Island Like You," so it was a pleasure to link up with some of those young people again. This book focuses on D
... moreoris, now fifteen, who is coping with a changing family situation. Her mother has left suddenly to go back to Puerto Rico, claiming health problems and a desire to pursue her singing career there. Yoli is pregnant, and Arturo is plagued by bullies. Doris comes through with a stronger sense of who she is and what she can do. I want to read more about her friends, especially Arturo! Another book, please, Ms. Cofer. less
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From a great author not all books are equally good.
The book was good and it was also interesting .
A wonderful coming of age story.
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