BEACH METRO Toronto Review by Jon Muldoon
…. Ann Marie Meyers’ new novel for young adults, Up In The Air, offers a great fantasy escape to another world, while also keeping its feet on the ground with messages of facing the past, trust, guilt, forgiveness and responsibility.
The novel is Meyers’ debut, though one wouldn’t realize it to read it – Meyers writes with a refreshing confidence. Though she has a daughter, Up In The Air is not based on any real-life events, at least any that happened to her family.
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Full review by Willi Chen – Author and recipient of the National Hummingbird Medal for Art and Culture – Trinidad
Let us follow Ann Marie Meyers’s open- minded fast- paced journey into the unknown, made possible by on the spot dialogues between family and friends.
Here is a tale of wings and winds through wanton visions, of hope, despair and disappointment with the appearance of the supernatural, of imagined beings in conversation as natural as human life in a landscape of rivers, mountains, the sky and the sea, all in an archipelago of wandering brought to a pivotal father figure, a reputable ballroom dancer and his beloved wife, now immobilized through a motor accident for which Melody his daughter takes full blame.
At times the surreal tale of work is brought on the page as a regrettable focus of the story. The father serves as an anchorage figure to justify causative deployment of conversation and with Meyers’s introduction of unicorns, dragons, elves, witches, forested creatures, amidst beads, feathers and hoarders. Here is the atmosphere of ‘Lord of the Rings’ and Rowling’s escapade roles of her own creations. Except that in ‘Up in the Air’ people fly at random.
Praise must be given to the author for her explorative mind in a novel written in simple prose, easy to read for making the impossible examined, in a skill of creative design and energy, even though instances of doubt and trivialities appear to be uncommon and inconsequential.
This is fiction and we may not ask questions for its authenticity or of action in incidental occasions in the story telling text. But to appreciate the work in which beads, colours, wings, feathers, creatures and of course people coming together in phases of imaginable untruths deserving attention, in a make-believe universe of probabilities.
The Trinidad Guardian Newspaper – Review by Janine Mendes-Franco
Review by RK Grow
Up In The Air is a very personal book full of love, hope and forgiveness of not only others but of ourselves. It teaches us to trust. Great qualities for any of us to learn and develop.
5 big stars for me is: I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. I had to keep going until I was finished. When I finished I felt very emotional. The characters felt like my best friends. It was so real I felt like I was a character in the novel. I will directly purchase this book in some format.
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Review by Celese Sanders
It’s been a little while since I finished reading a story called “Up In the Air” by Ann Marie Meyers. It took me quite a while to write my thoughts on this particular book because even I couldn’t quite put into words all that I had felt after reading it.
…..The story begins with the main character, Melody, playing in a park, and, being disobedient and spiteful to her parents. She seems immature and selfish, but as the story progress and the reader learns more about her, it becomes apparent how considerate she is and how much she is simply hurting. Meyers did a marvelous job with the character development of Melody. By the end of the story, I felt truly thrilled at the progress of Melody and of the peace she found concerning the accident as the continues on her journey.
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Review by Lehua Parker
10-year-old Melody wants to fly, to soar like an eagle far above the troubles in her earth-bound life. She knows if she can just swing high enough her wings will unfurl and she’ll finally be happy. Until then there’s always her patented zombie face guaranteed to frighten away the most tenacious bully or possible friend, keeping Melody safe in her self-imposed cocoon of isolation. When Melody leaps off a swing and into the mystical realm of Chimeroan where dreams come true, she begins a journey to not only earn her wings, but to face her past, conquer her fears, and to discover that the things that hold us back—even the things we want most desperately or fear with all our heart—are not always what they seem.
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Review by Lisa Jane Petr
“A must have” in your library and for any young person you know. This book is a great story about empowerment and following your dreams. What a wonderful way to learn by reading such an inspiring story. I highly recommend it –