In the book, The Summer I Learned to Fly by Dana Reinhardt the author uses a teenagers hardships to show the true meanings of life. Drew Robin Solo never met her father but the memories of him are imprinted in a book of life lessons. Her mother has a cheese shop which is her job since her husband died. On the day of the grand opening of the shop Drew gets a new friend, a rat named Hum. She doesn't know exactly everything about rats but she learns. At the shop Drew has a crush on a boy named Nick Drummond, a surfer with green sea glass eyes, and blond hair. One night when Drew sneaks out of the house shes hears a noise, suspecting its her mom she hid. Minutes later a mysterious boy with a cartoon like face with a scar on the side. He introduces himself as Emmett Crane and gives her a paper crane. He knows every thing about rats he teaches Hum to fetch and come when his name is called. Through the story Drew learns more about Emmett and why he thinks the legend of the hot spring is true. Drew realizes that family is important and love can help you get through life. I liked this book because all teenagers could relate to this. I highly recommended this book to teenagers who want to have fun and could relate to the problems.
~Cassie, Teen Book Reviewer