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I was enjoying the book a lot, but then she had to bring the 2016 election into it, and that is when I was done. We all have our own beliefs and ideals, but why spoil a good book by letting the President that the American people voted into office—who obviously the author hated, ruin what would otherwise have been a pretty good book.
Enjoying the story until the story veered into the authors political bias. I wouldn’t mind if it was germane to the plot..it wasn’t. It seemed like she had the book 3/4 written and was forced to meet a deadline. Triggered by the election, she inserted every social ill topic she can think of into the last quarter of the book. Totally ruined the book for me. Her heavy reliance on a thesaurus was also distracting.
Enjoyed reading, but deleted entire book when author voiced opinion on 2016 presidential election. Should not have gone there. A clown (?) I hardly think so, look at what we've got in the white house now!
Established author alert! It's always a treat when First Reads includes a book by an established author. Joy Castro is memoirist, essayist, novelist, and short story author. She is also a professor of literature and creative writing.
While Flight Risk is a work of fiction, it is written in the first person and reads like a memoir. It's an enjoyable deceptively easy read, yet quite an intelligent book. It will draw you in.
You should be aware that the book does contain swear words, including the so-called f-bomb. I find that sometimes a choice swear word is the only one that will do, but I know not everyone agrees with that assertion.
With nothing new under the sun, the impact of a book often comes down to the quality of the writing. And this one is good.
A book trying to include every woke subject; addictions, discrimination, LGBT, immorality, climate change, mining, pro choice, etc. And to top it off some tears over Trump being elected. Predictable but a quick read.
Joy’s Castro’s excellent way with words and powerful depiction of two different cultures pulls one into the world of Isabel Morales.
This is a first person narrative and Isabel’s descriptions of both the rich and the poor characters who populate her current life as well as her history make this an entertaining read.
I found this book difficult to put down, switching from reading to audio when needed, instead of setting it aside. This story rings true in every way and Isabel’s situation and back story can’t help but captivate a reader.
Isabel’s left leaning political views do come through clearly toward the end. There is suspense as well as drama, wondering how the story will end for this very likable heroine.
This is well written and well worth reading. It’s a story of two different worlds and a strong woman who navigates through both before finally developing the self actualization needed in her life. I enjoyed it.
“Flight Risk”, by Joy Castro, is an unusual read that crosses and combines genres. It changes place and time with little or no warning and you’ll need to pay attention as the story unfolds. There are many boxes to unpack to get to the truth of this tale: an abusive childhood, fleeing from Appalachia to NYC as a young adult seeking identity and finding carrots being dangled that offer opportunities offering success and entry to the world of the elite but having strings tying her to the past sins of her mother.
When love finally does enter her life, another mother figure joins the story already over full of mother. From desperately poor in Appalachia to Chicago’s Golden Mile, Isobel peels away the layers of her life while facing multiple life altering challenges. Will she be able to face the demons “at home” in West Virginia, will her marriage survive, what will she do with her inheritance? Lots to uncover in this engaging, fast paced read📚