Saturday, September 7, 2013

Over the Rainbow Book Review

Over the Rainbow by Brian Rowe
YA Fantasy
Date Published: 8/6/2013

Book Description:
16-year-old Zippy Green never meant to fall in love with a girl, but when she does, her ultra-conservative father tries to send her to anti-gay camp. At the Kansas City airport, however, she hides inside a giant suitcase and sneaks onto an airplane headed not to the camp, but to Seattle, where her online love Mira lives. Halfway through the flight, the plane barrels out of control and crashes into the ground, knocking her unconscious.

When Zippy awakens, she finds that most of the passengers have vanished. She doesn’t know what’s happened, but she’s determined to find out. She begins a quest on foot toward Seattle, and along the way, she meets a teenager with a concussion , a homeless man with a heart condition, a child without a shred of bravery, and a terrier named Judy. Together the group discovers that more than two-thirds of the world's population has mysteriously disappeared. But that's only the beginning...

All Zippy wants is to find her Mira, but before she can she has to contend with two outside forces. The first is her homophobic father, who does everything in his power to keep her from the girl she loves. And the second is extinct creatures of all shapes and sizes, including living, breathing dinosaurs, which have replaced the missing population.

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The end was coming, faster and faster, as the plane plummeted. I peered into the carrier to see a little white terrier staring back at me.
When I closed my eyes for the final time I felt two ice-cold tears roll down my cheeks.
“Mira… I love you… I love you… I—”
The plane collided against the Earth, and I launched forward, struck my head against the cargo door, and blacked out.

My Opinion:
Over The Rainbow is a very fun story about a young girl named Zipporah who is in love with a girl she met online. When her dad finds out he decides to send her to an anti-gay camp because he is very religious and believes that's a huge sin. Zipporah escapes and decides to go to Seattle to find the girl she loves. That's when her little adventure begins and she makes some great friends along he way. In the end Zipporah has her true love and good friends. The story goes back and forth between the past and the present. I thought this was a good book especially for the younger readers.

About the author:
Brian Rowe is a writing fiend, book devotee, film fanatic, and constant dreamer. He's written nine novels, dozens of short stories, five feature-length screenplays, and hundreds of film articles and essays. His fiction has appeared in Dreamspinner Press, Mobius Magazine, and Wilde Oats Literary Journal. He is one half of the YA book blog Story Carnivores, where he reviews the latest in books and film. He is currently pursuing his MA in English at the University of Nevada, Reno, and is hard at work on his first New Adult novel, which will be released in November 2013.


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