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Title: This Is How We Fly
Author: Anna Meriano
Length: 480 pages
What it’s about (synopsis via Goodreads):
A loose retelling of Cinderella, about a high-school graduate who–after getting grounded for the whole summer–joins a local Quidditch league and finds her footing.
17-year-old vegan feminist Ellen Lopez-Rourke has one muggy Houston summer left before college. She plans to spend every last moment with her two best friends before they go off to the opposite ends of Texas for school. But when Ellen is grounded for the entire summer by her (sometimes) evil stepmother, all her plans are thrown out the window.
Determined to do something with her time, Ellen (with the help of BFF Melissa) convinces her parents to let her join the local muggle Quidditch team. An all-gender, full-contact game, Quidditch isn’t quite what Ellen expects. There’s no flying, no magic, just a bunch of scrappy players holding PVC pipe between their legs and throwing dodgeballs. Suddenly Ellen is thrown into the very different world of sports: her life is all practices, training, and running with a group of Harry Potter fans.
Even as Melissa pulls away to pursue new relationships and their other BFF Xiumiao seems more interested in moving on from high school (and from Ellen), Ellen is steadily finding a place among her teammates. Maybe Quidditch is where she belongs.
But with her home life and friend troubles quickly spinning out of control–Ellen must fight for the future that she wants, now she’s playing for keeps.
How and when I got it:
I bought the Kindle version at the end of last year.
Why I want to read it:
I mean… Quidditch, obviously!
That’s really what drew me to this book when I first heard about it, but I do think the synopsis sounds really charming. There’s so much to explore when it comes to the transition from high school to college — leaving old friends, finding new ones, realizing that BFFs may want completely new experiences, following one’s passions… This book seems to take on these issues within the framework of playing Quidditch, and I am so there for it!
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4 thoughts on “Shelf Control #288: This Is How We Fly by Anna Meriano”
I’ve seen a couple of Cinderella movies in a modern setting but not read any book like that yet. But it sounds like fun–including the Quidditch.
I’ve read a couple of Cinderella retellings, but the Harry Potter angle of this one has me especially intrigued.
I love that there’s a group of kids who play Quidditch!! And the story behind it sounds really good. I’d definitely read this😁
I’ve heard about real-life Quidditch leagues in colleges and elsewhere, but this is the first time I’ve come across a book with Quidditch as a main plot point!