We'll Fly Away by Bryan Bliss

We'll Fly Away

Uniquely told through letters from death row and third-person narrative, Bryan Bliss’s hard-hitting third novel expertly unravels the string of events that landed a teenager in jail. Luke feels like he’s been looking after Toby his entire life. He patches Toby up when Toby’s father, a drunk and a petty criminal, beats on him, he gives him a place to stay, and he diffuses the situation at school when wise-cracking Toby inevitably gets into f...

Details We'll Fly Away

TitleWe'll Fly Away
Release DateMay 8th, 2018
PublisherGreenwillow Books
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Teen, Fiction

Reviews We'll Fly Away

  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    “We are not living in a world that stands still." I have feelings after reading this books. Not bad feelings or even good ones, just a lot of feelings. This book definitely pulls at your heart and leaves an impact. It’s so much a character study of friendship and the messiness of life. It’s almost overwhelming, but in a good way. We’ll Fly Away follows best friends Luke and Toby living in their small North Carolina town. We see their fri...
  • Amy's Book Reviews
    3.5 STARSHigh school wrestling phenom Luke and his best friend, Toby are an odd pair. Toby, a victim of his father’s abuse and bullied at school relies on his stronger, bigger friend to protect him. That was then. Now Luke is on death row, writing Toby letters of apology.Readers don’t know why Luke is in prison, we only know that he feels unworthy of the forgiveness he’s asking. Whatever happened had to be awful.The story switches between L...
  • Madison
    We’ll Fly Away is a well-written, hard-hitting YA novel with important messages about poverty, child abuse, the justice system, and friendship. I knew We’ll Fly Away would be heartbreaking. I also expected it to be raw, upfront, exposed, and almost crude. It certainly is an unflinching book, with threads of hope (but mainly heartbreak) and a positive message.Luke and Toby are best friends - the only ones to see inside the truths of the other...
  • Michele
    @kidlitexchange #partner - ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ for We’ll Fly Away by Bryan Bliss!•The number one thing I loved about this book was the boy awkwardness. Two male main characters struggle to figure out their daily lives, their plans after high school, and their relationship with each other. These boys’ voices came so alive in my head!•Split between letters written from death row and the boys’ senior year, this story is told in a very unique w...
  • Greg Andree
    I've loved both of Bryan's books so far, NO PARKING AT THE END TIMES, and MEET ME HERE. Both books had teens struggling through tough situations, and they were handled with care and nuance. Like those books WE'LL FLY AWAY is realistic, and looks at teen lives in a way that doesn't sugarcoat anything, but also isn't without hope. Also Bryan's craft in this book is such an amazing jump up so many levels from his previous book, and I'm a little in a...
  • Trista
    I knew this would be a hard read going into it but that still didn't prepare me for its full impact. The way the story unfolded reminded me a bit of the way This Is Us works, with the reader seeing the past and the events leading up to the present, but also getting to see the present through letters one boy was writing to the other. The bond between the boys was strong and it was hard to see them drifting away from each other and fighting, though...
  • Joanna Zbozień
    I was fortunate enough to receive a digital ARC copy of this book and boy am I so happy that I did. This book is absolutely amazing. The story keeps you pulled in and keeps you guessing about what exactly happened that Luke is now on Death Row. It goes between the letters Luke is writing to Toby, the past in Tobys' POV, and the past in Luke's POV. I really loved the multiple perspectives in this novel. I think it really adds to the story because...
  • Laura Petrie
    Thanks to the @kidlitexchange network for the review copy of this book. All opinions are my own. We’ll Fly Away tells the story of Toby and Luke, friends that are practically brothers. Each boy comes from a troubled past that has seemingly impacted their present and future. Luke, a star wrestler, deals with the burden of an absent mother and being the father figure to his twin brothers. Toby, always intelligent and loud-mouthed, uses his humor ...
  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)
    I thought I was ready for this but I was wrong.My feelings are destroyed.I need a hug.
  • Curtis Davenport
    This book is like you waking up knowing there's a bad omen. You go through your day, everything's normal, and then you see two trains getting closer and closer together. This is the bad omen, the premonition. And you can only watch this imminent disaster happening, knowing there isn't a damn thing you can do to stop it.
  • Jocelyn
    4.5 actual stars. I really loved this novel, it was so emotionally jarring. See a full review on my blog soon!
  • Andrew
    Fast-paced, realistic, and devastating. Bryan Bliss’s best book yet.
  • Marco Morano
    This book was sent to me by the publishers as a part of the teenreads.com Teen Board.Author of NO PARKING AT END OF TIMES and MEET ME HERE, Bryan Bliss’ newest young adult novel WE’LL FLY AWAY follows two boys as they attempt to survive the wrath of their abusive families. Luke and Toby are childhood best friends, who have promised to leave their small town together after graduating high school. However, things don’t go as plan once things ...
  • Naomi Krueger
    This book was a punch in the gut. It really makes you think critically about the death penalty by bringing you into the lives of two teens dealing with rough circumstances. The story is excellently told and heartbreaking in a ways I was not prepared for. I finished this book on an airplane and literally could not put it down, so I was standing in the aisle waiting to disembark as I finished the last page. I'm sure the look on my face said it all....
  • Lisa
    Like I try to do with almost every fiction book I read, I went into this book having no idea what it was about. My teenage son plans to read it after spring semester ends, so I grabbed it first so that after he finishes we can discuss it. Well, I'm so moved by,this story. The characters had depth, but just enough, like a typical guy their age. The things they don't say, but feel and display in actions, made the Luke and Toby seem very authentic t...