When the world gets too frightening, 14-year-old Sparrow likes to fly. Her vivid daydreams of soaring over the city with the birds land her in huge trouble when she’s caught sitting on the school roof. Instantly, she’s stuck in therapy—and she’s mad. If none of the other adults in her life have ever understood her, why would a total stranger? This novel approaches anxiety, mental health care, and the struggles of being a young teen without condescension or sugarcoating, and its optimism is infectious. Recommended for any teen who doesn’t like to talk about their feelings.
But when the one teacher who really understood her -- Mrs. Wexler, the school librarian, a woman who let her eat her lunch in the library office rather than hide in a bathroom stall, a woman who shared her passion for novels and knew just the ones she'd love -- is killed in a freak car accident, Sparrow's world unravels and she's found on the roof of her school in an apparent suicide attempt.
With the help of an insightful therapist, Sparrow finally reveals the truth of her inner life. And it's here that she discovers an outlet in rock & roll music...