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If I Could Fly (Being Me Book 2) by Tricia Copeland

If I Could Fly by Tricia Copeland, Being Me series, New Adult, clean, book review,

Source: I received a free copy of this book with the option of leaving an honest review.
Genre: New Adult, Clean,
Format: eBook, Print
Publication Date: November 3, 2015

Back Cover

Amanda's happily ever after is beginning, but her parents think she’s abandoned her friends, goals, even morals to be with Doug. The assessment is ludicrous, but Amanda can’t convince them otherwise. Their disapproval undermines her self-confidence and she is determined to prove them wrong. To make things worse, Doug has a huge roadblock thrown in his path. Amanda isn’t able to talk about the situation with anyone except Zack, her ex-boyfriend. Can she endure the strain of keeping Doug’s secret? Can her already fragile psyche survive a whole summer with parents who condemn everything she does? Amanda begins to doubt she can, and there’s no castle, no fairy godmother, no magic wand to rescue her.

Review

Amanda is ecstatic since she and Doug are finally together; however, her parents are concerned that she has cast aside her morals and friends to be with him. Amanda tries to alleviate their concerns but, no matter what she says or does, her parents are critical of her and her relationship.

Without the close relationship that she had with her parents, Amanda finds herself struggling as she begins her journey into adulthood. Will her parents' constant criticism spur her to make poor decisions that will prevent her from achieving her goals, or will she find her way without their support?

I liked If I Could Fly better than the first book in the Being Me series, Is This Me? because I could relate to Amanda's situation. Actually, I think that almost any woman who has lived through the "new adult" stage can empathize with Amanda's situation.

Legally, Amanda is an adult; she is attending college on a scholarship, she is working as a tutor and babysitter to help pay for her personal expenses, she is living in a dorm but returns home during breaks. Her overbearing parents have the philosophy of, "Our house, our rules" that apparently extends into her life at college. There were times when I wanted to reach into the book, smack her parents and tell them "Seriously?! Do you realize that what you are doing is pushing Amanda away and encouraging her to make impulsive decisions? Y'all are a couple of self-righteous idiots!"

Like I said, how Amanda is portrayed is pretty realistic; Copeland did a great job of providing readers with Amanda's perspective while not totally demonizing the parents because of their concern. However, just when it looks like poor Amanda has her feet back under her, another issue pops up concerning Doug and his ex-girlfriend. While I still think that Doug is too secretive and a bit douchy at times,  I appreciated how he reacted to the situation and demonstrated that he cared about Amanda.

If I Could Fly is a perfect example of fiction paralleling reality with a protagonist that most new adults can relate to. It discusses sex and other situations that young adults may encounter; however, it is still very clean. It is also a wonderful demonstration of how a young woman can find her way and make logical, rational decisions under trying circumstances. I would definitely recommend this to my younger sister-in-law and any new adult who is encountering challenging circumstances in her life!


About Tricia Copeland

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Tricia Copeland, author. Courtesy of Goodreads.
Tricia Copeland grew up in Georgia and now lives with her family Colorado. Her contemporary adult Being Me series includes Is This Me?, If I Could Fly, and Being Me. Her first YA paranormal work Drops of Sunshine first appeared in Spellbound. She has another YA work Lovelock Ones: Native One in The Butterfly Box.
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