31 Oct Review – Why We Fly
It is senior year and the friendship between Eleanor and Chanel is changing. They have always been inseparable with a clear plan for their futures, but outside factors are changing their view of each other. Cheerleading has always been their thing but in a split second decision made instinctively in the dressing room, just before the first football game of the season, the cheerleaders decide to take the knee.
This is a great story that covers the aftermath of this decision, and it is set in summer 2019 when the decision was deemed controversial. The action revolves around the team, college applications and finding out that taking a stand for what you believe in may not be the easy choice you thought it would be.
The book is written from the viewpoint of both girls, and as the reader, you can see how the decisions they make add to the tension between them – even when they think they are doing the right thing. It is a powerful story of friendship and privilege and fundamentally how you have to make your own way in the world and choose what is right for you.