Title: The Trouble With Flying
Author: Rochelle Morgan
Rating: 4 stars
Sarah doesn’t talk to strangers. Aiden won’t shut up. When they find themselves next to each other on a plane, unexpected sparks begin to fly …
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Sarah doesn’t talk to strangers. It’s awkward, stressful, and there’s the uncontrollable blushing to worry about. When she boards a plane to fly home after an overseas holiday, she plans to stick her nose in a book and ignore everyone around her.
Aiden’s terrified of flying, and it’s his first time on a plane. If he can distract himself by talking non-stop for the entire flight, he will. Too bad for Sarah he’s sitting right next to her.
Against all Sarah’s expectations, she ends up enjoying Aiden’s company. They laugh, argue, concoct stories about other passengers, and accidentally hold hands during the turbulence. When the time comes to say goodbye, Sarah can’t help the crazy thought that she shouldn’t let Aiden go.
Then he kisses her.
And then he’s gone.
With her world turning upside down in more ways than one, Sarah has to make a decision: stick with the safe, predictable life that’s been mapped out for her, or find the courage to go after what she truly wants.
While I am avid supporter of local literature, it is not often that you find contemporary Young Adult Literature by South African authors that stay true to the international trends of genre within a unique local setting. The Trouble With Flying by Rachel Morgan is one such novel that proves that South African Literature has what it takes to compete with international releases.
I truly enjoyed this novel, it was a quick, sweet read. Sarah’s social anxiety and bookish tendencies were relatable and I particularly enjoyed her character development. The banter between Sarah and Aiden was extremely entertaining and the relationship that developed between the two of them is heart-warming. The novel also deals well with portraying emotional abuse and the importance of recognising emotional abuse as abuse.
That being said, no novel is perfect. I feel like there was a lot of room for diversity within this novel however, there are no significant POC characters and the portrayal of South Africa is very one dimensional. I am hoping that the other books in this series are more diverse and portray the various people and cultures within South Africa.