Thursday, July 12, 2012

TLC Book Tour Book Review: Thank You For Flying Air Zoe

Author: Erik Atwell
Title: Thank You For Flying Air Zoe
Publisher:  Booktrope
Publish Date: June 15, 2011
Review Copy Provided By: TLC Book Tours & the author
Buy: Amazon
Book Blurb: Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fasten Seat Belt sign has been turned on, but feel free to ignore it, because sometimes life is best lived on its dizzy edges. Your cruising altitude today will be sky high, and you will be flying at staggering speeds as you travel alongside Zoe Tisdale, former Valley Girl and rock star turned bored butter saleswoman. On the heels of a brush with mortality, Zoe concludes that she’s been letting time pass her by. Realizing she needs to awaken her life’s tired refrains, Zoe vows to recapture the one chapter of her life that truly mattered to her – her days as drummer for The Flip-Flops, a spirited, sassy all-girl garage band that almost hit the big time back in 1987. But reuniting the band won’t be easy. The girls who were once the whiz kid guitarist, the prom queen bass player, and the hippie lead singer grew up and became women who are now a reclusive dog trainer, a wealthy socialite, and a sociopathic environmentalist. Will Zoe bring the band back together and give The Flip-Flops a second chance at stardom? Is it possible to fully reclaim the urgent energy of youth? As you follow this wild flight path, please know that your destination could be anywhere at all, complimentary oxygen is provided upon request, and baggage flies free. We hope you enjoy the ride, and Thank You For Flying Air Zoe.

Review: It is impossible to resist the lure of the red flip flops on the cover of Thank You For Flying Air Zoe! Grab this book and head to the beach, because this is the perfect summer afternoon beach read. If you don't have a beach handy, an armchair will do...or better still a lawn chair and some iced tea.

Erik Atwell's writing style reminded me a little bit of Nick Hornby. I don't know if that was because of the band Zoe was in...or just the whole vibe of the novel. It was very Hornby! Music, a little humor and a quick read. Truly a perfect combination.

There's a lot of turbulence in this book! Literally! It was fun to read about Zoe realizing her dream and taking her high school band mates along for the ride.

This is a novel of friendship, of growing, but mostly of remembering that life is meant to be lived.

If you are a child of the 80s or a fan of Hornby's writing style, you want to pick up this book. Actually I can't think of a reason not to pick up this book, it is just awesome. Oh and the music you should play while reading? Anything by The Go Gos!

* This is quite possibly one of the best books I've read this year!

Rating: 5 flowers


Erik Atwell said...

So who's this Nick Hornby guy, anyway? ;)

Thank you so much for such high praise, Andrea... Not to mention for taking the time to read & review my novel! Like, TOTALLY thrilled you enjoyed the read -- I hope this is the start of a career that can keep you & all of your blog readers entertained!

Anonymous said...

I read this last year and really liked it. I am glad to hear that you liked it too. Hopefully I will start to see this book around more often. Nice review, BTW.

Heather J. @ TLC Book Tours said...

The cover is so simple and yet so fun - I love it!

Thanks for being on the tour.

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