The Flight Girls by Noelle Salazar

The Flight Girls

A stunning story about the Women Airforce Service Pilots whose courage during World War II turned ordinary women into extraordinary heroes1941. Audrey Coltrane has always wanted to fly. It's why she implored her father to teach her at the little airfield back home in Texas. It's why she signed up to train military pilots in Hawaii when the war in Europe began. And it's why she insists she is not interested in any dream-derailing romantic involvem...

Details The Flight Girls

TitleThe Flight Girls
Release DateJul 2nd, 2019
PublisherMira Books
GenreHistorical, Historical Fiction, Fiction, War, World War II

Reviews The Flight Girls

  • Norma * Traveling Sister
    Update!!! Noelle Salazar will be joining us in the Behind the Pages group August 25 @7: 00 pm EST for a Q & A. We look forward to finding out more about what inspired Noelle Salazar to write about these strong female pilots. You can find the group at the provided link below:, touching & entertaining!THE FLIGHT GIRLS by NOELLE SALAZAR is an enlightening, powerful and emotionally compelling histori...
  • Brenda - Host of Traveling Sisters & Friends
    Update!!! Noelle Salazar will be joining us in the Behind the Pages group August 25 @7:00 pm EST for a Q & A. We look forward to finding out more about what inspired Noelle Salazar to write about these strong female pilots. You can find the group here Flight Girls makes for an inspiring, lighter historical fiction that explores the dynamics between the characters rather than the historical events to the ...
  • Lindsay - Traveling Sister
    4 stars! Adventurous, heart wrenching and inspiring!Audrey Coltrane is a young female pilot whose passion for flying started when she was a child. When the war begins, she signs up to train military pilots knowing she is helping her country prepare for what may come. Facing constant criticism and stereotyping, she is proud of her career and the adventures she gets to take while doing something she loves. This story is inspired by the real team of...
  • Katie B
    As soon as I saw the cover, I knew I had to read this book. I keep saying I need to lay off the World War 2 historical fiction for awhile, but the chance to learn a bit about the WASPs (Women Airforce Service Pilots) was an opportunity I couldn't pass up. Audrey Coltrane loves to fly planes and it's her dream to one day own an airfield back home in Texas. It's 1941 and she is saving up money while training military pilots in Hawaii. With that one...
  • Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
    I’ve said it before: the stories from WWII are endless, as are the numbers of people impacted. I never tire of these stories, and The Flight Girls is indeed a special one. ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ ⭐ Have you heard of the Women Airforce Service Pilots from World War II? In 1941, Audrey Coltrane loves to fly. Her father taught her back home in Texas. She signs up to train military pilots in Hawaii as the war is starting. She’s also not interested in roma...
  • Sara Ackerman
    The Flight Girls captivated me from the first page and never let go. Salazar’s writing is lively and fresh, as we ride shotgun with a cast of memorable characters, an epic love story, and a powerful tale of courage and sacrifice by the Women Airforce Service Pilots during WWII. A spectacular first novel.I was lucky and got an advance copy!
  • Stephanie (Stephanie's Novel Fiction)
    I knew when I read the synopsis for The Flight Girls that I would enjoy this book immensely, and I wasn't wrong. My husband is an Air Force veteran with a private pilots license, so it's safe to say that I've spent plenty of my time in and around lots of planes over the past 25 years, either as a passenger or watching them from the ground. There's something magical about flying, and Noelle Salazar manages to perfectly capture that in her debut no...
  • Emily
    Easy 5 Stars. I daresay this will be one of my favorite books of the year. This book follows the fictional Audrey Coltrane before, during, and after her time as a WASP during WWII. The WASP program (Women Airforce Service Pilots) did jobs like ferrying military planes between bases, trained the men entering the airforce and tested both new and repaired planes before they were shipped back overseas, all without the protection of military status. W...
  • Karren Sandercock
    Feisty Audrey Coltrane loves to fly planes and she has dreams of one day owning her own air field.Audrey's plans for her future don't include her settling down, getting married and having babies!The military has started hiring women to train male pilots in Hawaii and her dad encourages her to give it a go.Audrey moves to Hawaii and soon she's instructing younger male pilots to fly. She enjoys spending time with her new friends, swimming, going to...
  • Jenna Bookish
    My thanks to NetGalley and MIRA for sending me an advance copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own and are not influenced by the publisher. I’ll start this out by freely admitting that I seem to be in the minority opinion on this one. I read a lot of rave reviews and went in with super high hopes, ready for a WWII story with a lot of substance and a strong, interesting female protagonist. What I got felt more...
  • Janet
    I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. From the publisher, as I do not repeat the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it as they do it better than I do 😸. A stunning story about the Women Airforce Service Pilots, whose courage during World War II turned ordinary women into extraordinary heroes1941. Audrey Coltrane has always wanted to fly. It’s why she implored...
  • Jacqueline Simonds
    I picked up an ARC of this book at my job in a bookstore. After 100 pages, I declared a book divorce. Yes, it's that bad.First, let's talk about the fact this book is so poorly edited, it made me, a former editor, nearly cry. No, I didn't find piles of typos. I found piles of anachronisms for a book about 1941 - 45.~Referring to women as "Ms." - the term was not in broad popular use until 1968.~A male character keeps bumping his head against the ...
  • Sara (Sjthroughthelookingglass)
    WWII Historical Fiction is quickly becoming a favorite genre of mine so I was thrilled to win an advanced copy of The Flight Girls from Goodreads..The Flight Girls is an epic love story that follows the amazing courageous journey of fictional pilot Audrey Coltrane, starting with her fateful days at Pearl Harbor through training with fellow WASP women. The fast friendships, dedication, courage, personalities and backgrounds of these women was we'l...
  • Sara
    I ordered this book when I first heard about it, then I won a drawing for an Advance Reader's Edition! What a treat! At times I couldn't put the book down, at other times I needed to take a break after getting too wrapped up in it. Audrey is a character I cared about, I rooted for, I even got a bit annoyed with at one point - her friendships and hardships will draw you to her. It's hard to believe this is Noelle's first novel. I want to share my ...
  • The Just-About-Cocky Ms M
    So here we have the American Cousin of the equally awful "Spitfire Girls," whose pilots were consumed by romantic fantasies and getting their lipstick on correctly.I suppose this dreadful and ultimately insulting drivel featuring a collection of ubiquitous "Girds" will continue to appear, and I will continue to treat it with justified disdain.
  • Sarah Booth
    I basically picked this book up at work and started reading it when I had a spare moment, but after I got started I couldn’t put it down. Being a female pilot in a man’s world and WWII was a pretty big deal. Our heroine Audrey was flying since she was 12. She was lucky to have a father that didn’t let the fact his child was female stand in the way of what she wanted to do which was fly, and a good pilot she was at that. She starts out as a ...
  • Megan Collins
    THE FLIGHT GIRLS has been taking the world by storm (an instant bestseller!), and after reading it in two days, it’s easy for me to see why. I was completely transported to the 1940s when, due to the war effort, the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) program was initiated. I adored witnessing Audrey risk everything to follow her heart and serve her country by doing the one thing she loves more than anything else—flying. This book has everyt...
  • Sarah
    What a beautiful and captivating way through this historical fiction novel to learn about the largely unacknowledged women that provided this critical service for our country during WWII! Audrey and her friends are an inspiring group of women from all different walks of life that come together and show what the beauty of friendship and respect between likeminded women can be. And I loved the relationship between Audrey and James and found it refr...
  • Lauren Stoolfire
    The WASP are a fascinating part of WWII and I love reading about them, fiction or nonfiction. If you're looking for an inspiring and well researched historical fiction featuring women's efforts in during war, The Flight Girls by Noelle Salazar is worth your time.
  • Dawn
    At first, I thought this was a romance historical fiction and I was a little turned off. The story intrigued me however as I had never heard of Flight Girls. I'm so glad I kept reading. The romance that was in it turned out to be real and good for the story. I read this in a day or so because I wanted to know what happened to the main girl.
  • Ruth
    Was happy to see an advance copy in my mail box. Thanks for that. I was even happier after I finished the book in less than 24 hours!Wonderful characters and very informative.I did wonder about the reference on page 113 about people having learned about Pearl Harbor on their televisions. Didn't know there were many TV's in homes in 1941....But, all in all, an entertaining book. I enjoyed it.
  • Laura
    This book was terrific! We first meet our heroine, Audrey Coltrane, in Pearl Harbor as she trains pilots for the military. Her experiences during the attack were riveting. She then joins the WASP (Women Airforce Service Pilots) to ferry planes around the country to free up male pilots to fight in WWII. The history of this group of women was fascinating to me. Noelle Salazar created some great characters who I really cared about and the love story...
  • Julie Barnard
    Great book - doesn’t publish until July, but definitely worth reading.
  • Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
    The Flight Girls by Noelle Salazar is a fascinating, fictionalised account of the role female pilots played on the home front during World War II.With dreams of one day owning her own small airfield in her home town, Audrey Coltrane is one of a handful of female civilian flight instructors assisting in the training of airforce recruits in Hawaii as World War II rages in Europe. She’s content spending her days in the air, and her nights in the c...
  • Lizzy
    Most books I have read about WWII charted the lives of those who survived the war on the European front, so it was enlightening to read about a group of women who played a critical role in the war efforts while remaining on American soil. I had never heard of the Women Airforce Service Pilots before this novel, but I was fascinated while learning about both the tragedies and incredible accomplishments achieved by this brave group of ladies. The v...
  • Jennifer
    The premise of the book was about the main character, Audrey, and her love life. Based on the reviews I thought the story would be more about the WASPs. I did enjoy the interaction and friendships Audrey made, especially with Carol Ann, who was my favorite of all her friends. I look forward to reading Noelle’s next book.
  • erinn
    I LOVED this book. Read it in two days as I could not put it down. I enjoyed the story, The characters, and the WWII historical setting. I enjoyed imagining that if I had lived during that time that I’d be like the main character, Audrey, brave, flying planes to do her part in the war, courageous to step outside the normal cultural assumptions that women lived with. I think this book has firmly put me into the camp of historical fiction as my f...
  • Monica Huerta
    ARC kindly provided by netgalley and publisher. The opinions expressed within this review are purely my own.Rating: 2.5/5 (stopped reading at 77%, sadly)I stopped reading this book because, unfortunately, it fell flat for me. I lost interest in the main character as she was either pining for a man for most of the book (about 65%) or feeling guilty for being interested in someone else. Furthermore, I felt like the author had a hard time deciding w...
  • Emily
    I do not give this review lightly, this book deserves each of it's five stars. I cannot express how absolutely blows away I am that this is Noelle Salazar's first book. The writing had me craving more from the second I picked the book up. I laughed, I cried (multiple times), and I smiled until my face hurt. This is one of the most beautifully written books that I have ever read and I will absolutely be reading it again in the future. This book wi...
  • Escape_in_a_Book
    This book may very well be one of the best things to happen to my book-nerd book obsessed heart in 2019.😍This is the first book by Noelle Salazar and let me tell you, she knocked it straight outta the park with this one. This is based on a group of women who trained pilots during WWII and they were a kickass group. From the first few pages I was wholly pulled into this world. From nervous and tentative flushing out of romantic attraction, to t...