When Elephants Fly

When Elephants Fly

There are some battles worth fighting even if it means losing yourself. T. Lily Decker is a high school senior with a twelve-year plan: avoid stress, drugs, alcohol and boyfriends, and take regular psych quizzes administered by her best friend, Sawyer, to make sure she's not developing schizophrenia.Genetics are not on Lily's side. When she was seven, her mother, who had pa There are some battles worth fighting even if it means losing yourself. T. Lily Decker is a high school senior...

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Title:When Elephants Fly
Author:Nancy Richardson Fischer
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Genres:Young Adult
ISBN:1335012362
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:400 pages pages

When Elephants Fly Reviews

  • Lisa Mandina
    Jul 04, 2018
    I started out this one a little unsure how I would feel about it, but by the end of the book I was so glad I was able to just sit and read with no interruptions, because this was such a page-turner. There were so many different aspects to this story. So many things that tugged at my he...
  • Breanne Gibson
    Aug 01, 2018
    Thank you Harlequin Teen for this free review copy. This book has stayed with me since I finished it a couple of days ago. Mental illness is handled in such a graceful and enlightening way in this story. I got hooked in and was rooting for Swifty and Lily until the the last word. I...
  • Nina
    Mar 16, 2018
    I was given an early ARC of this story to read because I do what I can to raise awareness of the plight of elephants and other wild animals in captivity - and I was thrilled with what I read! Not only does this book show the reader the perils of keeping elephants in zoos and having the...
  • Melissa (YA Book Shelf)
    Sep 14, 2018
    Wow! When Elephants Fly is a powerful novel that deals with a type of mental health issue that isn?t often dealt with in YA and a complex look at the issues surround animal captivity in zoos, traveling shows, and animal sanctuaries vs. the wild. From the opening pages, I identifi...
  • Amanda
    Jul 24, 2018
    Lily is afraid that she will end up like her mother, who suffered from schizophrenia, she is trying all she can to achieve her dreams of being a journalist all while keeping her mental sanity in check. When Lily covers the story of a baby elephant named Swifty Jones, whose mother tried...
  • Madison
    Jul 24, 2018
    4.5 stars An incredible story of survival and finding something to believe in and fight for, When Elephants Fly will have you laughing, crying buckets and wildly cheering for Lily and her battle to save elephant calf, Swifty. Lily is working off a tight plan to control the likeliho...
  • Jenia
    Oct 03, 2018
    T. Lily Decker is a high school senior with a twelve-year plan: avoid stress, drugs, alcohol and boyfriends, and take regular psych quizzes administered by her best friend, Sawyer, to make sure she's not developing schizophrenia.Genetics are not on Lily's side. When she was seven, ...
  • Kim
    Oct 08, 2018
    I had no expectations of this book, except liking the title. Actually, I had less than no expectations and perhaps this is why I was so overwhelmed by everything about this book. It is insightful. It is tender. It is tragic. But it is also humorous, downright funny in places. Lesso...
  • Susan Underbrink
    Aug 10, 2018
    A big thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin Teen for the ARC. I am voluntarily reviewing this book. First time reading this author. This starts a little slow but wow what a great read! What a year jerked but we'll worth the fissues. This is a story about change, growing up, friends and ...
  • Laurie
    Oct 03, 2018
    Two seemingly disparate storylines drew me to WHEN ELEPHANTS FLY - baby elephants (because, who doesn't love baby elephants?) and the promise of a narrative that sheds some light on one of the most widely misunderstood and stigmatized of illnesses - schizophrenia. I wasn't prepared for...
  • Olivia (The Candid Cover)
    Aug 15, 2018
    DNF at 25% I found this book to be very slow to start. Also, the main character's desire to avoid mental illness is something that I found to be annoying. There is enough stigma surrounding mental illness and books should be aiming to provide readers a place to feel safe. ...
  • Angelique
    Jul 04, 2018
    I chose this book from the title, since I adore elephants, and I?m so glad I did. When elephants fly deals with a few different major hot topics, but mental health is the issue in the forefront. The main character, Lily, has just turned 18 and is living life fearful that she will end...
  • Christine
    Jun 10, 2018
    This is a wonderful book. It should be said, for the sake of transparency, that I like elephants more than people so When Elephants Fly was immediately a must-read for me. The author does a fantastic job of tracing the evolution of the lead character T. Lily's feelings about the variou...
  • Christine Garcia
    Aug 24, 2018
    4.5/5 To start, I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. There are a few potential triggers for anyone tirelessly working through mental health challenges: abuse, suicide, schizophrenia. This book hooked me from the beginning and I soon found mysel...
  • Jolene
    Jun 28, 2018
    There were two main focuses of this book. One is Lily's fear that she will eventually show signs of having schizophrenia like her mother and other relatives in her family tree.  The second focus is the plight of a baby elephant, Swifty, whose mother rejected her.  Swifty and Lily's l...
  • Karen Reed
    Aug 23, 2018
    Unfortunately this book was more about caring for the elephant than about the MC dealing with her mental health which , for me, was a disappointment. I feel like I've already read a lot of great adult books about elephants. At first I thought that this may fill a YA need for similar st...
  • Zan
    Jun 05, 2018
    Never have I ever felt such an overwhelming desire to cry. Unfortunately, I think my tear ducts are fresh out of tears. When Elephants Fly is one of the best books I've read in a long time. From the moment I glanced at the title through the newest YA Buzzbooks, I knew that I absolut...
  • Ally
    Aug 09, 2018
    Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review. This book was truly amazing and something really special. This is a unique story of a girl named Lily with an increased chance of developing schizophrenia due to her family's history and her journe...
  • Christina
    Sep 08, 2018
    I'm giving When Elephants Fly a 3/5 stars. I thought that this was a really cute book about a girl named Lily who is determined to live a normal life. That is, until she gets entangled with an elephant calf named Swift Jones. I loved the relationship between Lily and Swifty. I loved ho...
  • Mrs. Europaea
    Jul 12, 2018
    Crazy is genetic. It's the house I was born inside. There are no windows, just two locked doors. One door leads to normal, the other to insanity. At some point I will inherit a key, but I don't get to pick which door it unlocks. Dickens could learn a few things from Nancy Richardson...
  • Eden
    Sep 02, 2018
    It took me a while to be excited about reading this book. As contemporaries go, it was par for the course. There was romance and all the other things we love about the genre, but there were other things that really sets this book apart from the norm. Lily was a great character to f...
  • Faith Simon
    May 31, 2018
    I received an advance copy of this title from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. So pretty much all the reviews on this book are 5 stars, I feel like a total douche right now. *Feels especially nervous to review this book after I noticed the author sometimes sees and repli...
  • Michelle
    Aug 07, 2018
    My full review can be found on the Epilie Aspie Chick blog! This book really hit me hard because it asks the question I ask myself a lot as an Epilie-Aspie with major anxiety issues: am I living or am I waiting in fear? When mental health is an issue for you, it has this way of enc...
  • Kaya
    Jul 19, 2018
    My heart hurts. I have no words for what I've read, except possibly breathtaking. Powerful. Life-changing. TW for suicide, abuse, schizophrenia, and animal abuse. I'm not really sure what to say. That I infinitely prefer this book to Turtles All The Way Down? That reading from t...
  • Heather Warner
    Mar 27, 2018
    Such a GOOD book.....I laughed and I cried. Unusual story and so well written! Loved, loved, loved this book. Definitely recommend it! I started this book and could not put it down. ...
  • Stacia | stacialovestoread
    Aug 08, 2018
    *thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me this copy in exchange for an honest review* This was a wonderfully written book full of emotion. The main character?s struggle with mental illness and the way they are able to overcome in spite of is truly inspiring. ...
  • Jenna
    Jul 06, 2018
    "The only promise with schizophrenia is that there's both hope and despair." T. Lily Decker is an 18 year old girl living with a fear that I can't even begin to relate to - the fear that she, like most other women in many generations on her mothers side of the family, will develop s...
  • RoF
    Sep 10, 2018
    I received a free ARC from Goodreads. This is a nice story with YA main character who takes risks to save what really matters to her. Sensitiveness with no drama or pathos fosters empathy and identification and makes the reader able to jump into T. Lily's mind and earnest endeavor. ...
  • Richard
    Oct 25, 2018
    Fuck poachers and circus owners. It amazes me how some people cannot seem to grasp the simple beauty of another living being; how we can just destroy whatever living thing we want and say it's our right as the top of the food chain. Well, it's not our right. Hunting and killing animals...
  • PinkAmy loves  💕 books📖, cats😻 and naps🛏
    Sep 09, 2018
    ***My rating for this book is based primarily on the plot contrivances and mental health representation. I recognize this is a work of fiction but as a psychologist who has worked with schizophrenics I was angered from the start. Lily has a strong family history of schizophrenia and...