BOOK TOUR REVIEW: Thank You for Flying Air Zoe by Erik Atwell
Thank You for Flying Air Zoe
by Erik Atwell
Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fasten Seat Belt sign has been turned on, but feel free to ignore it, because sometimes life is best lived on its dizzy edges. Your cruising altitude today will be sky high, and you will be flying at staggering speeds as you travel alongside Zoe Tisdale, former Valley Girl and rock star turned bored butter saleswoman.
On the heels of a brush with mortality, Zoe concludes that she’s been letting time pass her by. Realizing she needs to awaken her life’s tired refrains, Zoe vows to recapture the one chapter of her life that truly mattered to her – her days as drummer for The Flip-Flops, a spirited, sassy all-girl garage band that almost hit the big time back in 1987. But reuniting the band won’t be easy. The girls who were once the whiz kid guitarist, the prom queen bass player, and the hippie lead singer grew up and became women who are now a reclusive dog trainer, a wealthy socialite, and a sociopathic environmentalist. Will Zoe bring the band back together and give The Flip-Flops a second chance at stardom? Is it possible to fully reclaim the urgent energy of youth?As you follow this wild flight path, please know that your destination could be anywhere at all, complimentary oxygen is provided upon request, and baggage flies free. We hope you enjoy the ride, and Thank You For Flying Air Zoe.
MY THOUGHTS: 5 OF 5 FLEURS DE LIS
Zoe Tisdale is on her way home from one of her many business trips, when the plane starts to have problems. As Zoe sees her life flash before her eyes, she realizes that the most important–actually, the only–time of her life worth recalling were her high school years, when she and her three best friends formed the 80’s girl band, The Flip Flops. When Zoe touches down safely, she makes up her mind to get the Flip Flops reunited–which will be easier said than done since they are all 40-somethings now.
As Zoe tells the girls about her plan to get them playing again, she meets with resistance from every single one. But she is determined to fulfill her lifelong dream of having The Flip Flops play L.A.’s famous Whisky A Go Go club…no matter what she has to do to make it happen.
This was such a fun summer read! I’m quite a bit younger than the gals in the book but I could still appreciate the 80’s nostalgia–I am a huge Go-Go’s fan thanks to my mom.
I loved all four of the girls. Our narrator, Zoe, is stuck in a rut in her life, job, and relationship. A near death experience brings this fact to the forefront, but she knew it before the plane almost crashed. It also took something like that to happen for her to appreciate the GOOD things she had. Her best friend Lauren is loyal and smart, and is the perfect mature counterpart to Zoe’s sometimes immature tendencies. Ginger is just a hilarious, hot mess. But underneath, she truly is a good person and wants people to like her. Melinda rounds out the group by giving them the mellow vibe that is sometimes just what they need when the girls get all wound up.
Some parts of this book were really laugh out loud funny. Pretty much every time Ginger opened her mouth, she said something (unintentionally) funny. Zoe is impulsive and her decisions don’t always turn out the way she expects. Humor ties all four of the girls together in a lifelong friendship.
I have to say I didn’t really agree with a couple of the decisions Zoe made, but I suppose in a mid-life crisis, making totally uncharacteristic moves is what one is supposed to do. But, everything comes together fabulously in the end.
I hope I am as totally awesome as the Flip-Flops when I reach their age, and I hope they keep on rocking.
About the Author
Erik Atwell started his writing career in grammar school, where a one page history class assignment ballooned into a forty page fictional account of a politically controversial silversmith in Boston circa 1776. Daring to follow up such an auspicious debut, he later graduated to short stories while living in New Hampshire, screenplays upon moving to Los Angeles, then finally novels when he ultimately landed in Seattle. He is currently gearing up to escape city life and return home to New Hampshire with his rock-star wife and eight month-old son, whose only musical claim to fame thus far is sleeping through an entire Go-Go’s concert. But in his defense, he was three weeks old, and the stage was a quarter-mile away. Thank You For Flying Air Zoe is his first novel, and he hopes to write a second novel before the little guy is old enough to read it.
And yes, he was once in a band. For twelve minutes.
It wasn’t pretty.