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Review: What would you do if given an impossible choice? Bear the responsibility of crashing a plane with 143 passengers on board - or bear the equally agonizing choice of losing your family. That's precisely the scenario in this story, which starts strong and holds your attention until the end... More
Book Summary: You just boarded a flight to New York. There are one hundred and forty-three other passengers onboard. What you don't know is that thirty minutes before the flight your pilot's family was kidnapped....For his family to live, everyone on your plane must die. The only way the family will survive is if the pilot follows his orders and crashes the plane. More
Review: I listened to this beautiful coming-of-age story on audio and loved it! It's a story of friendship, love, and finding oneself. It begins with 7-year-old Sam living in an apartment in Massachusetts with her mother. She has an unstable home life, an unreliable father, and a mother struggling to make ends meet. Her journey into young adulthood is challenging, but Sam navigates... More
Book Summmary: "There is a girl, and her name is Sam." So begins Allegra Goodman's moving and wise new novel. Sam is seven years old and living in Beverly, Massachusetts. She adores her father, though he isn't around much. Her mother struggles to make ends meet, and never fails to remind Sam that if she studies hard and acts responsibly, adulthood will be easier, more secure and comfortable. But comfort and security are of little interest to Sam. ... More

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