When Elephants Fly by Nancy Richardson Fischer

When Elephants Fly

There are some battles worth fighting even if it means losing yourself.T. Lily Decker is a high school senior with a twelve-year plan: avoid stress, drugs, alcohol and boyfriends, and take regular psych quizzes administered by her best friend, Sawyer, to make sure she's not developing schizophrenia.Genetics are not on Lily's side. When she was seven, her mother, who had paranoid schizophrenia, tried to kill her. And a secret has revealed that Lil...

Details When Elephants Fly

TitleWhen Elephants Fly
Release DateSep 4th, 2018
PublisherHarlequin Teen
GenreYoung Adult, Contemporary, Health, Mental Health

Reviews When Elephants Fly

  • Kaya
    My heart hurts. I have no words for what I've read, except possibly breathtaking. Powerful. Life-changing. TW for suicide, abuse, schizophrenia, and animal abuse.I'm not really sure what to say. That I infinitely prefer this book to Turtles All The Way Down? That reading from the perspective of Lily was just...eye-opening? Inspiring? Heartbreaking? I don't really think that words can adequately express what's running through my brain right now bu...
  • Heather Warner
    Such a GOOD book.....I laughed and I cried. Unusual story and so well written! Loved, loved, loved this book. Definitely recommend it! I started this book and could not put it down.
  • Jenna
    "The only promise with schizophrenia is that there's both hope and despair."T. Lily Decker is an 18 year old girl living with a fear that I can't even begin to relate to - the fear that she, like most other women in many generations on her mothers side of the family, will develop schizophrenia. Instead of blowing out candles and celebrating her birthday party with friends, she spends her day soaking in the reality that she is now in the 12 year w...
  • Faith Simon
    I received an advance copy of this title from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. So pretty much all the reviews on this book are 5 stars, I feel like a total douche right now. *Feels especially nervous to review this book after I noticed the author sometimes sees and replies to the reviews 😳* I don’t know if it was because I just finished one of the best books I’ve ever read before picking this up and I was suffering from a book h...
  • PinkAmy loves 💕 books📖, cats😻 and naps🛏
    ***My rating for this book is based primarily on the plot contrivances and mental health representation. I recognize this is a work of fiction but as a psychologist who has worked with schizophrenics I was angered from the start.Lily has a strong family history of schizophrenia and other psychotic disorders affecting the females on her maternal side. Her own mother nearly killed her chasing a delusion after going off her meds. Lily develops a pla...
  • Mrs. Europaea
    Crazy is genetic. It's the house I was born inside. There are no windows, just two locked doors. One door leads to normal, the other to insanity. At some point I will inherit a key, but I don't get to pick which door it unlocks.Dickens could learn a few things from Nancy Richardson Fischer because if that is not a gripping opening then I don't know what is. AND THIS IS A YA NOVEL.Lily, our protagonist, feels like she is a ticking time bomb. She h...
  • Ally
    Thank you to Netgalley for providing me with an ARC in exchange for an honest review.This book was truly amazing and something really special. This is a unique story of a girl named Lily with an increased chance of developing schizophrenia due to her family's history and her journey with a baby elephant, Swifty. Lily is supposed to be avoiding stressful situations for the next 12 years to hopefully avoid developing schizophrenia, but she is pulle...
  • Madison
    4.5 starsAn incredible story of survival and finding something to believe in and fight for, When Elephants Fly will have you laughing, crying buckets and wildly cheering for Lily and her battle to save elephant calf, Swifty.Lily is working off a tight plan to control the likelihood of her developing schizophrenia. The genetic odds are not in her favour but by living carefully she hopes to avoid following the same journey her mother took. But, whe...
  • Zan
    Never have I ever felt such an overwhelming desire to cry. Unfortunately, I think my tear ducts are fresh out of tears.When Elephants Fly is one of the best books I've read in a long time. From the moment I glanced at the title through the newest YA Buzzbooks, I knew that I absolutely had to read this work; I'm so thankful that I did.The plot was absolutely breathtaking! Though certain character arcs leaned fairly heavily toward the predictable e...
  • Michelle
    My full review can be found on the Epilie Aspie Chick blog! This book really hit me hard because it asks the question I ask myself a lot as an Epilie-Aspie with major anxiety issues: am I living or am I waiting in fear? When mental health is an issue for you, it has this way of encompassing your world and taking over like it does in Lily's. The problem is that you ens up missing life when you do that. Life is worth the risk because at least you'r...
  • Christina
    I'm giving When Elephants Fly a 3/5 stars. I thought that this was a really cute book about a girl named Lily who is determined to live a normal life. That is, until she gets entangled with an elephant calf named Swift Jones. I loved the relationship between Lily and Swifty. I loved how she was so protective over that little elephant and how she would literally do anything for her. I loved the moral conflicts in the latter part of the book. Howev...
  • Amanda
    Lily is afraid that she will end up like her mother, who suffered from schizophrenia, she is trying all she can to achieve her dreams of being a journalist all while keeping her mental sanity in check. When Lily covers the story of a baby elephant named Swifty Jones, whose mother tried to kill her. Lily feels she must stick with the story and fight for the safety of the baby elephant. Lily is a strong, determined character who is fighting for her...
  • Nina
    I was given an early ARC of this story to read because I do what I can to raise awareness of the plight of elephants and other wild animals in captivity - and I was thrilled with what I read! Not only does this book show the reader the perils of keeping elephants in zoos and having them perform in circuses, it does it with heart, grace, and imagination. I can't tell you why it made me cry without spoiling the plot, but both the protagonist Lily a...
  • Eden
    It took me a while to be excited about reading this book. As contemporaries go, it was par for the course. There was romance and all the other things we love about the genre, but there were other things that really sets this book apart from the norm. Lily was a great character to follow. She struggled with doing what was right for her and what was just right. Her mental health problems were imperative to the story. I thought it was carefully done...
  • Angelique
    I chose this book from the title, since I adore elephants, and I’m so glad I did. When elephants fly deals with a few different major hot topics, but mental health is the issue in the forefront. The main character, Lily, has just turned 18 and is living life fearful that she will end up with schizophrenia, like her mom. She is doing an intern as a journalist and has the opportunity to do a piece on an elephant at the local zoo that is about to ...
  • Jolene
    There were two main focuses of this book. One is Lily's fear that she will eventually show signs of having schizophrenia like her mother and other relatives in her family tree.  The second focus is the plight of a baby elephant, Swifty, whose mother rejected her.  Swifty and Lily's lives become intertwined when Lily decides to help Swifty.  There were some short, disturbing scenes of elephant abuse and readers are forced to learn the positive ...
  • Susan Underbrink
    A big thank you to NetGalley and Harlequin Teen for the ARC. I am voluntarily reviewing this book. First time reading this author. This starts a little slow but wow what a great read! What a year jerked but we'll worth the fissues. This is a story about change, growing up, friends and an unknown future. I give this a 4.5.
  • Romain
    I received a free ARC from Goodreads.This is a nice story with YA main character who takes risks to save what really matters to her. Sensitiveness with no drama or pathos fosters empathy and identification and makes the reader able to jump into T. Lily's mind and earnest endeavor.I liked the way many questions remain unanswered at the end, highlighting the fact that the fight for good causes is already a victory against what Nietzsche called sad ...
  • Christine
    This is a wonderful book. It should be said, for the sake of transparency, that I like elephants more than people so When Elephants Fly was immediately a must-read for me. The author does a fantastic job of tracing the evolution of the lead character T. Lily's feelings about the various forms of possible homes for captive elephants and elephants themselves. Anything other than wild is an imperfect solution, so it was nice to see the author engage...
  • Breanne Gibson
    Thank you Harlequin Teen for this free review copy. This book has stayed with me since I finished it a couple of days ago. Mental illness is handled in such a graceful and enlightening way in this story. I got hooked in and was rooting for Swifty and Lily until the the last word. I love stories with good character development, and this one certainly delivered. I learned from this book, and I think it's an excellent opening for a dialogue about me...
  • Stacia | stacialovestoread
    *thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for providing me this copy in exchange for an honest review*This was a wonderfully written book full of emotion. The main character’s struggle with mental illness and the way they are able to overcome in spite of is truly inspiring.
  • Christine Garcia
    4.5/5To start, I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.There are a few potential triggers for anyone tirelessly working through mental health challenges: abuse, suicide, schizophrenia.This book hooked me from the beginning and I soon found myself unable to complete any real-life tasks to continue reading Lily’s story. Lily comes from a genetic line predisposed to schizophrenia. After almost losing her own life due t...
  • Melissa (YA Book Shelf)
    Wow! When Elephants Fly is a powerful novel that deals with a type of mental health issue that isn’t often dealt with in YA and a complex look at the issues surround animal captivity in zoos, traveling shows, and animal sanctuaries vs. the wild. From the opening pages, I identified with Lily. Her all encompassing fear of not if, but likely when she developed symptoms of some type schizophrenia defined the way she lived her life. She got informa...
  • Tori
    Chp 1-24 We are slowly learning about Lily and what she has to deal with and how her life has been laid out. I am worried about her and hope by the end of the book she is still trying to be brave. Chp. 25- 30When Lilly starts to stress out is when the voices come the most and try to calm her down, she explains that it is her voice, but it was a younger version of her. I wish I was braver like Esmerelda, must be nice to be only scared of one thing...
  • Jenna Bookish
    As a person with an education background in psychology, I had some misgivings about the subject matter of this novel going into it. Lily's schizophrenic mother tried to kill her when she was a young girl. Lily struggles to deal with that trauma and also the looming threat of developing the disorder herself, given the genetic component. Schizophrenia is a such a highly stigmatized illness, and a novel with a schizophrenic character committing such...
  • Katie
    *I received an ARC of the novel by the publisher through Netgalley but all opinions are 100% my own*Possibly some spoilers in this review, but I tried very hard to keep them minimal and unimportant. I loved pretty much every minute of this book and I’m going to break up everything into sections so you can get a clear picture of this beautiful narrative that Nancy Richardson Fischer has written. SETTING Oregon- mostly the zoo and then a circus i...
  • Katrina Ayala
    When Elephants Flyby Nancy Richardson FischerPublished By; Harlequin TeenPublished on September 4th 20185/5 StarselephantsflyI've been sitting here staring at my laptop for far too long, trying to find the words to properly convey to you just how incredible this story is. I had no idea what I was in for when I picked up When Elephants Fly. I had no idea just how invested in this story I would become. And I most certainly had no idea that I would ...
  • Heidi
    Wow, what a great story! I love how the author explores schizophrenia and how one girl, Lily, deals with this mental disorder. It’s a disorder that I don’t think about too often, as I don’t know someone who has it, but it’s one that exists. Though Lily may not deal with her potential schizophrenia as others might have, the author includes some examples of how others have handled their disorder. There were both positive stories and ones th...
  • Sarah Black
    Thank you to Harlequin Teen for sending me a finished copy of When Elephants Fly in exchange for an honest review. Young Adult - Contemporary - Mental Health This book covers schizophrenia, and stigmas about mental health. This book is a lot easier to read than I thought it was going to be. It can be mainly categorized as a young adult contemporary book that also covers mental health as well as animal rights.This book offers hope and brutal hones...