The Thing with Feathers by McCall Hoyle

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Read The Thing with Feathers Online Free - Emilie Day believes in playing it safe: she’s homeschooled, her best friend is her seizure dog, and she’s probably the only girl on the Outer Banks of North Carolina who can’t swim.

Then Emilie’s mom enrolls her in public school, and Emilie goes from studying at home in her pj’s to halls full of strangers. To make matters worse, Emilie is paired with starting point guard Chatham York for a major research project on Emily Dickinson. She should be ecstatic when Chatham shows interest, but she has a problem. She hasn’t told anyone about her epilepsy.

Emilie lives in fear her recently adjusted meds will fail and she’ll seize at school. Eventually, the worst happens, and she must decide whether to withdraw to safety or follow a dead poet’s advice and “dwell in possibility.”

Title : The Thing with Feathers
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ISBN : 0310758513
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 304 pages


Amy rated it ★★★★★

July 05, 2016

I was privileged to read an early version of this book, and it is AMAZING. The writing is soooo good, the characters are so real and so relatable, and the story is sweet and swoony and basically everything you want in a YA romance.

Chelsea ❤Peril Please❤ rated it ★★★☆☆

November 02, 2017

I’m in LOOOOOVEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE. I have a new BBF and I want to shout it from the rooftops. And his name is… Hitch. Her golden retriever. Her best friend. And my favorite character. But anyway… I just…I don’t know why the MC felt the need to lie. Like…I mean I guess I get why she wanted to fit in-I...

S.F. rated it ★★★★★

November 28, 2016

This book was exceptional. Beautiful writing and well-written characters, Hoyle handled some tough topics with grace. While I don't have epilepsy, this book gave me a window into some of the daily struggles someone with epilepsy might experience--especially a teenager. I have, however, lost a par...

Rosalyn rated it ★★★★★

December 21, 2016

I had the opportunity to read an early review copy of McCall Hoyle's lovely THE THING WITH FEATHERS (title taken from one of my favorite Emily Dickinson poems!). Emilie Day has always played it safe, a tendency started by her diagnosis with epilepsy as a child and enhanced by her father's death a...

Angela rated it ★★★★★

February 13, 2017

Originally Reviewed For YA Books Central: A refreshing, quality debut--meaningfully woven and beautifully engaging, from the first page to the last. Emilie Day's "normal" life ended one day in the middle of elementary school, when she suddenly had a seizure...

Jenn rated it ★★★★★

February 14, 2017

As a high school media specialist, I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of this book. I sat down and read it cover to cover in one day and all I kept thinking is that my students are going to EAT THIS UP. I love Emilie's character and truly believe that she encompasses all of the diffic...

Melissa rated it ★★★★★

February 07, 2017

When you’re a homeschooled teen whose best friend is a seizure dog, it can be a nerve-racking experience to be plunked down at the local high school. But that’s the challenge 16-year-old Emilie Day faces—along with her dad’s recent death, forging new friendships at North Ridge High, and a crush o...

Amber rated it ★★☆☆☆

September 11, 2017

DNF @ 15% This book wasn't what I wanted. What I wanted was epilepsy representation so I could understand my mum's struggles on another level. In the 15% I read, I didn't get that. I got a childish story of a girl who does not seem to care too much about her health and is "not like other girls". O...

Sarah rated it ★★★☆☆

October 15, 2017

3.5 Stars. Being a YA book, this is everything you expect it to be. It's sweet, it's filled with the usual tropes and clichés, it has likeable characters, the writing is simple, the story is simple, it's positive and it's a pleasant read. If you're looking for a sweet YA read, this is definitely...

Danielle rated it ★★★★★

February 06, 2017

What a lovely read. Honest but hopeful, heartbreaking but with a gentle spirit that shines through every page. I so enjoyed traveling with Emilie on her path to acceptance -- of herself and of the difficult things that have happened in her life.

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