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, Fiction, Sociology, Abuse

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...
  • PinkAmy loves books, cats and naps
    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...
  • Sarah {Literary Meanderings}
    • Find my reviews here: Literary Meanderings- - -We'll Fly Away is a story that will leave you feeling a lot of feelings—and not necessarily good feelings. This book is bleak and it is sad, but it is a wonderful read. Luke and Toby grew up together in a small North Carolina town and belong to families that could only be considered trashy—poor, abusive, inattentive, selfish, etc. Luke's mother has him and his younger siblings living in a one...
  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)
    I thought I was ready for this but I was wrong.My feelings are destroyed.I need a hug.------------Full review can be found here: https://agingerlyreview.wordpress.com...I have been struggling with what to write for this book as it is important. I’m still not ok.Short recap: Luke and Toby are two best friends did not have an easy childhood. They were always looking out for each other, doing their best to protect the other when their parents did ...
  • Gary Anderson
    In the opening pages of We’ll Fly Away, Luke is incarcerated and writing a letter to Toby from death row. Not until the final devastating scene do we discover what Luke did and why he did it. Between Luke’s letters to Toby a story unfolds about how these two high school seniors in a dead-end town are bound together by hard living caused by bad parents, risky opportunities, and low expectations. Luke is a state-champion wrestler, and for him t...
  • 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...
  • Estee
    This book was interesting. It is the story of two friends in the senior year of high school. Alternating chapters unfold the story between letters written from death row and the events that led up to the incarceration. This is not a feel good book. But if you like true crime podcasts and shows, this is an interesting book to read. The only thing is I felt that it ended too abruptly. This quote taken from the authors note pretty much sums up the b...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Victoria Lee
    This book completely eviscerated me. No words.
  • Shauna Yusko
    I am wrecked.
  • Carla A
    Pretty heart crushing, and points for not ending exactly how I thought it would.
  • Tina
    Well that was devastating.
  • Dove
    This is one of the best books I have read in a really long time. It pulled me out of my reading slump, for which I'm oh-so-grateful. I truly enjoyed this book. I could not put it down and I read it non-stop for two days. It kept me on the edge of my seat and I really wanted to know why Luke was in jail so I kept reading and guessing what happened. It was an utter surprise, which I appreciated. I liked how it switches from past perspective from bo...
  • Amy
    I loved this book. All the stars to this outstanding novel about friendship, life, struggle, redemption, and the essential question of what defines a person: a solitary moment in their life, or the rest of the days leading up to it. I don't know how I heard about this book, but I put it on hold at the library and was surprised when it was there waiting for me the other day. I almost didn't make time for it (why would I when I couldn't remember wh...
  • Melissa
    **Actual rating: 4.5 stars**When a book makes you cry on the subway, you know it's a good book. And I thought this would be tough to read, but damn, it really builds and builds and builds and then knocks you out. HOLY. Moses. It's a powerful, tragic, heartwrenching story of friendship. A bond not of blood, but of choice and hope and connection. I can't stop thinking about it and I think it will be that way for a long time.
  • Pam
    Star high school wrestler Luke is writing to his best friend, Toby ---- from death row. Over the course of the book we follow their senior year of high school with an ever-increasing sense of doom until the inexorable, devastating climax, and discover why Luke is in prison. I was totally swept up in the story and the characters, suffering along with both boys and hoping for salvation by the end.Powerful, devastating, unflinchingly honest. This bo...
  • Charlie
    Brilliant! This book is tragic but full of resilience. Though sadness prevails, how many at risk teenagers are one bad choice away.
  • 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...
  • Teenreadsdotcom
    Author of NO PARKING AT END OF TIMES and MEET ME HERE, Bryan Bliss returns with his newest young adult novel, WE’LL FLY AWAY. This book 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 planned once things with Toby’s abusive father become more drastic. Luke’...
  • Joanna Goodrich
    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...
  • Sami Lee
    I’m sitting here crying because of this book... wow. Bryan Bliss you are an amazing author, oh my god. 10/10. I had a feeling that Toby was dead, and Luke was sending letters to a dead guy. The fact that Toby’s dad killed Toby, and Luke found Toby at the plane is literally the saddest thing I’ve read in awhile. They explored that plane when they were little, and now Toby is dead right next to that plane. Then Luke goes and kills Toby’s da...
  • 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.
  • Cimone Watson
    Heartbreaking and incredible. I cared about these characters so much while reading.I sort of joked in my head that Bryan Bliss writes characters who think they're in a John Green novel, and then reality happens. What I mean is, I kept thinking this book was leaning toward some idealistic and wearying YA tropes like insta-love, MPDGs, perfect days, quirky "magical" items, quirky collections of items, general quirkiness, etc. But every time it lean...
  • Allison Liu
    "Nobody is defined by any one thing they've done in their life. There are no best or worst moments. It's all a party of a long line that continues and continued and continues.... Every single person has worth. Every single person is capable of shocking transformations". There. The book describes itself better than I could ever. We'll Fly Away touched my heart in the period of time I spent reading it. Make no mistake, this book was not boring by a...
  • Kaitlyn Jakosh
    I decided to read this book because my best friend had read it over the summer and wanted me to read it too because she loved it so much. The setting is in a small town in North Carolina, where Luke and Toby have grown up best friends in a poor community. Luke has had to take care of his younger brothers from a young age since his mom is unreliable and neglectful. Toby’s father is a drunk, abusive criminal. The boys have been inseparable since ...