Thursday, February 16, 2012

Review: 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.

Hey, Erik, Congratulations! You wrote a fun, rocking chick-lit novel that was an absolute delight to read. Zoe, Lauren, Ginger, and Melinda were four kickass chicks that came to life in the pages of this debut novel. My nerves were rattled in the first few pages as the rocky "are we about to crash" flight ensued, reminding me again why I need to be medicated in order to fly. (Hello, motion sickness!) As Zoe had the epiphany to get the ol' high school band back together, I laughed as she was clearly having a mid-life crisis.

The characters were all quirky and had some major personality flaws that made you want to in turn throttle them and hug them. Mixed with vivid description of the places and people surrounding them, this was a book that I had a great time reading and rooting for The Flip-Flops to play the legendary Whiskey-A-Go-Go. (Oh and I have a need to bust out some Go-Go's music at this time as well and sing along to "We Got The Beat".)

This is a definite 5 star book!


Erik Atwell started his writing career in grammar school, when a one page history class assignment ballooned into a forty page fictional account of a politically controversial silversmith in Boston circa 1776. From there, he wrote short stories while living in New Hampshire, screenplays upon moving to Los Angeles, then finally novels when he ultimately landed in Seattle. He now lives in Seattle with his rock star wife and his six-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 treks off to college.

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  1. Samantha ALWAYS beats me to the thank you! :) That's okay... one day... oh yes, one day I will get there first! ;)

    Thank you for the awesome review Michelle... So glad you enjoyed the flight!