The Thing with Feathers by McCall Hoyle
Published September 5, 2017
Hardcover, 304 pages
MY GOODREADS RATING 4/5 STARS
(Thanks to Netgalley & Blink, I received an eARC)
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.”
I have never read a book about a main character who is diagnosed with epilepsy, and I feel like this is a great place to start. I feel like I learned a lot about the disease and seeing how she lives with it on a daily basis was very insightful. Each chapter starts off with a gorgeous quote from Emily Dickenson and I thought that was the perfect addition to this wonderful novel.
I absolutely loved the character in the whole book, the romantic prospect was just adorable! I thought the friendships sustained throughout the book were portrayed wonderfully. Hitch is just the BEST, don’t even try to dispute this, it’s a fact! I loved reading about Emilie’s life and seeing how she handled everything that was thrown at her.
Overall this was a beautifully written story and I can’t wait to read more by this author. I loved that the story sucked me in from the beginning and never let me go. My only regret is that I didn’t pick it up sooner.