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How It Feels to Fly

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A struggle with body dysmorphia forces one girl to decide if letting go of her insecurity also means turning her back on her dreams.

Sam has always known she’d be a professional dancer—but that was before her body betrayed her, developing unmanageable curves in all the wrong places. Lately, the girl staring back at Sam in the mirror is unrecognizable. Dieting doesn’t work, ignoring the whispers is pointless, and her overbearing mother just makes it worse.

Following a series of crippling anxiety attacks, Sam is sent to a treatment camp for teens struggling with mental and emotional obstacles. Forced to open up to complete strangers, Sam must get through the program if she wants to attend a crucial ballet intensive later in the summer. It seems hopeless until she starts confiding in a camp counselor who sparks a confidence she was sure she’d never feel again. But when she’s faced with disappointing setbacks, will Sam succumb to the insecurity that imprisons her?

This compelling story from Kathryn Holmes examines one girl’s efforts to overcome her worst enemy: herself.

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Critical Praise

“A heartfelt, hard-won story about following your dreams and confronting your inner demons...HOW IT FEELS TO FLY is for everyone who’s ever fallen and faced the difficult task of becoming whole again.” —Kelly Loy Gilbert, Morris Award Finalist for CONVICTION

“Should resonate with driven readers and those with their own body issues.” —Kirkus Reviews

“An empowering story for middle and high school readers searching for acceptance from themselves as well as others. ” —School Library Journal

“Holmes’ look at anxiety feels wonderfully authentic, and readers will recognize, and sympathize with, the pressure Sam feels.” —Booklist Online

“Very well written. A realistic and interesting read that teenagers can relate to and enjoy.” —Voice of Youth Advocates (VOYA)

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062387349
  • ISBN 10: 0062387340
  • Imprint: HarperTeen
  • On Sale: 06/14/2016
  • Pages: 368
  • List Price: 21.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance
  • BISAC2: YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Social Themes / Emotions & Feelings
  • BISAC3: YOUNG ADULT FICTION / Performing Arts / Dance

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