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

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Maryam Asif
    Jan 04, 2019
    *4.5 stars* This was an outstanding novel that really emphasized the fear that comes with getting a mental illness. Mental illnesses impact people?s lives in so many ways that it?s crucial to inform people of how negative the effect can be. This novel grapples with the concept of b...
  • 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...
  • Patty (IheartYA)
    Dec 11, 2018
    This book was great. I didn't expect to like it so much! It was beautiful but heartbreaking. I'm not much of a contemporary reader but I love elephants, and like the main character, my mom is schizophrenic. Certain parts hit closer to home than I was prepared for. ...
  • Michelle
    Dec 18, 2018
    3.5 stars "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." Tiger Lily Decker has lived her entire...
  • 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...
  • Rebecca Akins
    Nov 17, 2018
    TRIGGER WARNING: Schizophrenia, suicide, and animal abuse This story captured my heart. It?s not just about T. Lillian and her inner struggle with the potential of developing schizophrenia but with the horrors that can occur when animals are put into captivity. This is not just a...
  • 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...
  • Dorie
    Dec 15, 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. Even if I did, there?s no guarantee I?d underst...
  • 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...
  • Jennifer
    Jan 03, 2019
    I wish I could express with words how much I truly loved this book but I don?t think I possibly could. Sawyer, Otis, and of course baby elephant Swifty cracked my heart wide open. Tiger Lily quickly became one of my favorite fictional characters of all time. I read this book through ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Ashlee Dario
    Jan 13, 2019
    One of the best books I have read. This book is beautifully written and is inspirational for so many who struggle with mental illness; in that you cannot let fear of the unknown stand in your way. ? One of the best books I have read. This book is beautifully written and is inspir...
  • Adri266
    Dec 20, 2018
    edna z naj knih tohto roku Budu aj mierne spojlery, tak necitajte, ak by vam to malo vadit. Lily ma cerstvych 18 rokov a velku obavu. Jej mama mala totiz schizofreniu a dokonca sa Lily pokusala zabit, ked mala iba 7 rokov. Neskor vo vazeni spachala samovrazdu. Lily ma vsak velky...