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Faith: Taking Flight

af Julie Murphy

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3.5 stars ( )
  Stacie-C | May 8, 2021 |
This is a unique superhero origin story and has so much diversity and representation! ( )
  Akacya | Feb 28, 2021 |
I came into this book not realizing it's a superhero origin story so at some point I thought, What the heck is this book supposed to be about?! The author always creates easy-going, compelling prose and highly relatable characters, so I did enjoy the book on that level. ( )
  Salsabrarian | Oct 23, 2020 |
This was trying to be way too many things.

Faith has the power to fly. She works at an animal shelter. She works on a school newspaper. She’s a blogger/lifelong obsessive fan of a television series that’s suddenly shooting in her small Minnesota town. She’s having friend drama because although she met her friends super young, she didn’t meet them at birth so in her mind that makes her too late to the party and she feels like a third wheel. She’s having drama at home with her grandmother experiencing dementia-like symptoms. She’s having romantic drama as the guy she’s crushed on finally seems to be working his way up to making a move at the exact same time as Faith meets her favorite actress and experiences a seemingly mutual attraction. There’s also missing persons, missing dogs, and a party drug going around town.

This book isn’t nearly long enough to satisfyingly weave together that many story threads. It’s a superhero origin story yet much of Faith discovering her power isn’t even witnessed in this book. She makes a big deal of feeling left out of her friend group yet I don’t recall scenes that show the friends treating her like a third wheel. Faith spends one night intensely worried about her grandmother, however, other than that there wasn’t enough time given to honestly depict what would be a devastating blow to anyone’s life but especially to a teen who has no other family left. There were so many other things going on in this book, too many other things, so there wasn’t enough room to explore all the thoughts, the fears, the sadness that diagnosis would heap on someone’s shoulders, the challenge of getting/affording care for the grandmother, the reality of what Faith will face with her grandmother and without her. As for the romantic triangle, I just couldn’t seem to get behind either option, the guy barely received any page time (and I didn’t really feel sparks there) and the girl (while there were some sparks), the whole television star comes to the small town and without hesitation invites a stranger into her life thing, it rang false from the get go.

Ringing false, unfortunately, is a phrase that came to mind too frequently. I know it’s a superhero story, obviously I didn’t expect this to be entirely realistic, but it’s also a Julie Murphy book, an author who, with Dumplin and with Ramona Blue, displayed a gift for crafting characters, situations and settings that had so much truth in them. With Puddin and Dear Sweet Pea, I did sense a tiny bit of artificiality creeping in, but with Faith Taking Flight, its so very noticeable, maybe because it’s partially mixing in a genre that’s new territory for the author or maybe because it’s expanding on a graphic novel series rather than born solely from her own mind and heart, whatever the case may be, this never felt as emotional or as authentic as what I think of as Julie Murphy at her very best. ( )
  SJGirl | Aug 3, 2020 |
Faith: Taking flight by Julie Murphy reminds me of those weird CW TV shows. If you like those shows, you'll like this book.

Faith, a large girl, can fly after being "activated" although this ability has very little to do with the plot. The novel begins with her naively agreeing to go to a "camp" with someone she met online. We immediately see that she makes very poor decisions and isn't someone whose instincts you can trust or who engages her brain before her actions. She ends up as a number in a science experiment. More is learned in flashbacks as the novel progresses. The boy, Peter, who lures her to the lab for experimentation is almost a throwaway character--he is merely there to create that part of the plot. He has no development or otherwise purpose.

When Faith returns to her two best friends and her Grandma Lou, Faith keeps her ability a secret and resumes life. Bear in mind, she has escaped from a secret lab and returns home expecting life to continue as is. Faith is famous for one thing--her blog, which is barely mentioned with a huge number of followers, so we just have to believe she is famous for this blog. She's an expert on The Grove, a TV show that has been on for years with new actors taking over for the next generation. Coincidentally, the show moves to her hometown to shoot the next season and one of the main actresses, Dakota, meets Faith at a pet adoption event. They hit it off as more than friends. Faith finds herself attracted to Dakota as well as one of her co-writers at the school newspaper. She only feels mildly unsure of her sexual identity but feels that bisexual fits the bill. Faith truly doesn't struggle with identity issues. She follows her emotions and rarely engages her mind or analyzes anything. Her best friend practices witch-craft benignly and her other best friend is gay and just wants to be in love with a good guy.

Strange things begin to happen around town. First, a dog arrives at the clinic Faith works at and appears alive but unresponsive. Second, animals and people begin to disappear. As a newspaper reporter for the school, Faith considers investigating these stories. She really doesn't. She spends her time hanging out with Dakota and meeting the actors on set. Her best friends feel left out. As things become more dire for Faith with her Grandmother at home and what's going on in the city, Faith finds that she may have to use her flying skills to save her own life as well as others.

I didn't care for this book because it was too dark. I didn't like any characters before they weren't redeeming. I hate when teenagers are always described as stupid and unable to think before they speak. Faith runs about a lot and doesn't consider anyone else's feelings, saying that they just don't understand and she's doing what's best. She's a bit of a mean girl in the sense that she doesn't treat anyone well but expects everyone else to have sympathy for her. It was a struggle to finish. If you want a Julie Murphy novel, go with Sweet Pea--it promotes a happier, positive feeling. Obviously, if you like the dark, weird CW stuff, this book will suit your fancy well with it's fluff and lack of solid characterization or engrossing story. ( )
  acargile | Apr 20, 2020 |
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