Fic­tion

Why We Fly

  • From the Publisher
September 1, 2020

From the New York Times best­selling authors of I’m Not Dying with You Tonight comes a sto­ry about friend­ship, priv­i­lege, sports, and protest.

With a rocky start to senior year, cheer­lead­ers and life­long best friends Eleanor and Chanel have a lot on their minds. Eleanor is still in phys­i­cal ther­a­py months after a seri­ous con­cus­sion from a failed cheer stunt. Chanel starts mak­ing ques­tion­able deci­sions to deal with the mount­ing pres­sure of col­lege appli­ca­tions. But they have each oth­er’s backs‚ just as always, until Eleanor’s new rela­tion­ship with star quar­ter­back Three starts a rift between them.

Then, the cheer squad decides to take a knee at the sea­son’s first foot­ball game, and what seemed like a pos­i­tive show of sol­i­dar­i­ty sud­den­ly shines a nation­al spot­light on the team‚ and becomes the rea­son for a larg­er fall­out between the girls. As Eleanor and Chanel grap­ple with the weight of the con­se­quences as well as their own prob­lems, can the girls rely on the friend­ship they’ve always shared?

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