Important note- there are a lot of themes in How It Feels to Fly that can be triggers. If self harm, eating disorders, or extreme anxiety are triggers for you, do not read this book.
With that being said, HOW IT FEELS TO FLY is a book that I think is extremely important. Personally, I related to the main character, Samantha, more than I care to admit (but more on that later). But, even if you don’t suffer from anxiety, you should read HOW IT FEELS TO FLY because it allows you to step into the shoes of someone who does. You can never replicate the same feeling, but at least you can learn a little bit about the emotions and the thoughts that come with the experience.
Anxiety. The constant fear of…something. Anything. It changes for everyone. It can happen to anyone.
Panic attacks. A moment in time where your anxiety overwhelms you, to the point that…well, it’s different for everyone. Some people can’t breathe. Some people feel like their chest is going to explode.
Samantha suffers from extreme anxiety and panic attacks, and eventually goes to a treatment camp in the summer that’s supposed to help her get over it. After all, she wants to be a professional ballerina- she can’t let something silly like anxiety or panic attacks stop her. That would be ridiculous. *PLEASE NOTE THAT WAS SARCASM*
If it was that easy to treat/get rid of/deal with, Samantha, and lots of other people would be very happy campers. But, unfortunately, it’s not easy to treat. It’s not something that will go away when you snap your fingers. It’s a part of you that will never truly disappear. But, there are ways to help.
While HOW IT FEELS TO FLY focuses on Samantha and her journey to believing in herself, she isn’t the only character. All of the campers face different emotional issues that caused them to go to the camp, and reading about all of their different experiences was eye opening for me.
I highly highly highly recommend this book and give it 5/5stars. It was incredible from start to finish.
Okay, now that I’ve given you a LITTLE background to the story, it’s time for my discussion.
As you can see above, HOW IT FEELS TO FLY is about Samantha and her anxiety. It’s about her learning how to let go of certain expectations, and to just be herself. As corny as that sounds, it’s really important to stay true to yourself.
So, I decided to let you in on a couple of secrets- some things that constantly worry me and make me anxious. I may seem all smile-y on Twitter, but that doesn’t mean that I don’t ever worry. I worry about my blog everyday.
I constantly wonder…
WHEN WRITING RANDOM POSTS…
- Will people like this idea? Will it interest them?
- Is it funny? Will it make people smile?
WHEN I RECEIVE COMMENTS…
- Do they actually mean what they say? Do they actually like the post?
- Or are they just trying to be nice?
WHEN WRITING REVIEWS…
- Did I do the book justice? No, there’s no way that I could do that.
- Does my review actually matter? Will anyone pick up the book because of my review?
- Did I include enough details about the book, but make sure not to just summarize it?
WHEN COMING UP WITH BLOG EVENTS…
- Did anyone have this idea in the past? Will they accuse me of stealing their idea?
- Will this offend anyone? Will anyone feel excluded? Will anyone hate the idea so much that they’ll hate me?
- Will this idea even work? Or will it fail?
WHEN HOSTING #RQWN…
- Are people going to show up? Are people tired of twitter chats?
- Do people mute me because they don’t want me to spam their timeline?
- Do people consider it spam? Do people find it annoying?
- Will it live up to everyone’s expectations?
- Will people be disappointed? Will people be bored?
WHEN TALKING ON TWITTER…
- Do people think that I’m not genuine?
- Do people think I talk to authors just so I get favors/ARCs from them? That’s not why I talk to them…but what if people think that?
- Do people just find me annoying because I tweet a lot?
Now, those are just a couple of examples, but believe me, I could go on for ages. I really could.
Please remember- this post isn’t about me looking for reassurance that you don’t all hate me (even if you said that, I probably wouldn’t believe it ;P). This post is about anxiety, and how it is okay to have it. Do not be ashamed. It is TOUGH, but with the support of friends and/or family, you can still lead the life that you want to live.
I am always here to talk- my DMs on Twitter are always open. <3
Okay, now it’s time for some happy, cheerful news!
Harper is being SUPER GENEROUS and there are TWO giveaways concurrent to this tour!
#1 – A Harper Teen Summer 2016 Catalog prizepack of 45 books*.
*Titles not included: The Crown by Kiera Cass, Escape from Asylum by Madeline Roux, Sing by Vivi Greene, The Countdown by Kimberly Derting, & United As One by Pittacus Lore
In addition to the one massive prize winner, we will also have 4 winners who will be able to select 3 titles they want from the Summer 2016 Catalog. (US Only)
#2 – 5 Finished Copies from the Harper Teen Winter 2016 Catalog
5 books are: Front Lines by Michael Grant, Revenge & the Wild by Michelle Modesto, The Lifeboat Clique by Kathy Parks, Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin, & The Girl from Everywhere by Heidi Heilig (US Only)
How to enter:
Collect the daily word from each blog stop during the Harper Summer 2016 Tour (a total of 50). Once you’ve collected them all, email the complete saying to: HarperTeenTour@gmail.com (Psssst mine was in purple)
Winner must have a valid US mailing address to receive the prize
Winner must be over 13
Only one (1) entry per person for Prize #2 – duplicates will be deleted.
Only a completed phrase will be accepted as an entry – do not email each word/phrase daily. Wait until you have the complete saying and then email in.
All email submissions must be received by 11:59 PM EST 3/31/2016.
Winners will be selected 4/1/2016 and will have 48 hours to claim their prize before another is selected.
Participating blogs and bloggers are not responsible for unsent, damaged, and/or stolen prizes offered by the publisher.