Tuesday, February 9, 2021

If These Wings Could Fly by Kyrie McCauley - HIGH

If These Wings Could Fly
by Kyrie McCauley
, 400 pages. Katherine Tegen Books (Harper Collins), 2020. $18. 

Language: R (33 swears 22 Fs); Mature Content: PG13 (Teen intimacy); Violence: R (Domestic abuse). 



High school senior Leighton has just this year to figure out what to do. She really wants to leave for college after graduation, but things at home are scary. Leighton's father, who was a football star in High School, and now runs a failing construction company is volatile, unpredictable and dangerous. Leighton fears what will happen if she's not there to protect her younger sisters. 

 I was caught up in the story right from the beginning. A terrifying look into a family struggling to survive their abusive father, it is a comment on family, small towns, football, and law enforcement, as well as victims feelings of embarrassment, guilt, and love. So many layers to this story that I can't go into in a short review. There's a great love story woven in with Leighton and the football star Liam. Contains a bit of magical realism as the crows and the house interact with the family. "If These Wings Could Fly" is a heartbreaking debut novel that will certainly build empathy with those who have not had this terrifying experience, and help those who have, know they are are not alone.

Lisa Librarian

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