- “The Chance You Won’t Return” by Annie Cardi
- Young Adult Contemporary
- Read as an ebook
- 4/5 stars
- Finished March 28, 2015
When your mom thinks she’s Amelia Earhart, navigating high school, first love, and family secrets is like flying solo without a map.
Driver’s ed and a first crush should be what Alex Winchester is stressed out about in high school – and she is. But what’s really on her mind is her mother. Why is she dressing in Dad’s baggy khaki pants with a silk scarf around her neck? What is she planning when she pores over maps in the middle of the night? When did she stop being Mom and start being Amelia Earhart? Alex tries to keep her budding love life apart from the growing disaster at home as her mother sinks further into her delusions. But there are those nights, when everyone else is asleep, when it’s easier to confide in Amelia than it ever was to Mom. Now, as Amelia’s flight plans become more intense, Alex is increasingly worried that Amelia is planning her final flight – the flight from which she never returns. What could possibly be driving Mom’s delusions, and how far will they take her?
I’d been eagerly anticipating this book for awhile, and recommended it multiple times to my book club but it wasn’t ever picked, so I just decided to read it. And I’m so thrilled I did.
I saw various reviews of either five stars or not very many and I tend to be the person who doesn’t like the book when it’s like that, but I LOVED this book. (Holy run on sentence). I found that how Alex was trying to find normalcy was something teens would totally do, and there were so many just beautiful quotes throughout this book that really moved me.
I think it’s really poignant to see a girl who really doesn’t know how to deal with her mother’s mental health, and a family who doesn’t know how to get through to her. It was utterly beautiful, and one I will recommend highly to so many others. Really, it was sad but beautiful, and will stay with me for a long time.
The only reason this isn’t 5 stars is because while I wasn’t sure what I was expecting from the ending, and it wasn’t a TERRIBLE ending, it also didn’t seem fulfilling to me?
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