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, Teen, 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Victoria Lee
    This book completely eviscerated me. No words.
  • Shauna Yusko
    I am wrecked.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Carla A
    Pretty heart crushing, and points for not ending exactly how I thought it would.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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.
  • Sara (A Gingerly Review)
    I thought I was ready for this but I was wrong.My feelings are destroyed.I need a hug.
  • 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’...
  • kelly
    A very well written, hard hitting book. 3.5 stars."We'll Fly Away" is the story of two boys who have been friends for most of their lives. Luke, the stronger of the two, is an athlete who dreams of college success through wrestling, while Toby, aimless and a victim of his father's physical abuse, relies on Luke to protect him. Both boys long to escape their rural North Carolina town (ironically, the setting of which is only about an hour away fro...
  • 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 ...
  • Paige Green
    Disclaimer: I received this book for free from KidLitExchange in return for a review. Thanks! All opinions are my own.Rating: 4.5/5Genre: YA ContemporaryRecommended Age: 15+ (abuse, abandonment, romance, death row)Pages: 416Author WebsiteAmazon LinkSynopsis: 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 f...
  • Melliott
    This book was heartbreaking. So many things that happened in it to the two protagonists, Luke and Toby, could have been averted with just a little attention from one concerned, caring adult who was paying attention. Instead, the book's format tells you everything: half is told as a third-person narrative about the two boys' lives and friendship, while the other half is a series of letters from Luke, writing to "T." from death row in prison. And a...
  • Chris
    I have never written a review before but this book compelled me to. I picked it up at the library and did not know what it was about. I'd read something else by the author and enjoyed it, so I figured this would be a good read. As I got further into the book, I began to realize what it was about. I wasn't sure I wanted to finish because I didn't want to face the awful outcome. I am glad I kept reading. The characters are amazing and it's impossib...
  • Jennie
    This was definitely a different story line than I am used to reading about. Two teenaged boys who are both living in poverty and being abused by parents who should not be parents. Luke is a high school wrestler with a scholarship to college and Toby is his best friend. Everyday is a struggle. Luke ends up on dead row in prison. Each chapter alternates between Luke writing letters to Toby in the present, and their daily lives in high school. It is...
  • Erin Charpentier
    This book was heartbreaking. Luke and Toby have each other. They have Luke's little brothers. Luke has his wrestling career and a promising scholarship to college. Toby plans on coming along, though they haven't really worked out the particulars. Other than that, they don't have much else. Luke has a mom working two jobs and bringing home deadbeat men. Toby has a dad who beats him--and everyone knows it.The story is written through flashbacks and...
  • Jocelyn
    4.5 actual stars. I really loved this novel, it was so emotionally jarring. See a full review on my blog soon!
  • Shelia
    above average YA. Depressing tones begin the book starting out with letters from death row and then the story unfolding. harsh language throughout detailing the lives of two boys who are in two abusive homes.
  • Lisa Nagel
    Powerful, heart wrenching and beautifully written.