|Thank you, Harper Collins Intl for sending this ARC to me.|
Linny has been fascinated by disappearances, ever since her sister Grace ran away in the middle of the night without saying goodbye.
Sebastian can tell you how many galaxies there are, and knows how much plutonium weighs. But the one thing he can’t figure out is the identity of his birth father.
They’ve never met, but Linny and Sebastian have one thing in common: an obsession with famous novelist and filmmaker Alvaro Herrera, who went missing three years ago and has just reappeared. As they learn more about the mystery of Alvaro, Linny and Sebastian uncover the answers they’ve been searching for.
What an interesting gem we have here to discuss today. I know, what are you doing, reviewing an ARC two months after its release, Marta? Well, technically I am uploading it a month after, but I am writing it just a few days after everyone gets to read it. Again, my excuse is school (which, more than an excuse is actually hell and the worst truth to ever type). I finally found some time to dedicate to this pretty thick novel, and I seriously can not wait for you guys to find out a little bit more about what it is about. You are going to love it, trust me on this one.
So, If Birds Fly Back is the story of both Linny and Sebastain trying to figure out their own lives. Sebastian has grown up with no proof of who his dad is. Linny is trying to find out where her sister has left to and why… both of them spend the summer voluteering at the Silver Springs Retirement Community to try and find some things out.
Álvaro Herrera, a missing author, suddenly comes back, making everyone wonder where he has been. Sebastian finds in him what he might have been looking for, and Linny, who is keeping track of every single disappearance to try and figure out what could have triggered her sister to leave, feels like he could be the missing piece of her puzzle. Both teenagers meet and decide to help each other, as you may have already guessed. And yes, you are right too if you are thinking both of these hopeless creatures are about to become more than just friends.
And that, my friends, is something my heart melted with. Sebastian is a wannabe astrophysicist, his passion intertwined with science at all times. He is really cute and nerdy, indeed. From the way he dresses, to the way he speaks, everything in him screams adorable. Plus, he is a hell of a funny guy. I actally lost count of the times I laughed at his thoughts, but overall, his not-so-thoughts, things he says and immediately regrets saying… Literally crying of laughter over here.
Linny, on the other hand, is being pushed by her parents to become the doctor she never wanted to be. She is caged in her parents’ decisions, and after her sister’s disappearance, it is even more complicated to do her own thing and have her parents be okay with it. She is a troubled cute girl, caring and loving, dreaming big. I love how determined she is with the task of finding her missing sister, and I love how much she loves her passion, creating and filming her own movies.
Linny and Sebastian are a team, and there can be no doubt about their relationship being the most adorable ever written. I refuse to believe there is a book out there with a character as funny and cute as Sebastian who I still have not met.
But, apart from the main characters being absolutely hilarious and cute (and meant to be), the story itself is pure and full adventures and guessing, tons of guessing. Álvaro Herrera may not be the way they thought, but he may offer other things they were most likely not expecting.
Look, I am fangirling again. I need to put this out there: PICK THIS BOOK UP AND READ IT. Then, come back and thank me (actually, no need to do that, but do read it, please, you will not regret it).
Long story short, you all (contemporary reader mostly) need to pick this one asap. A charming summer story where the lost get found, one with friendships and much more complicated bonds, family, betrayal, and a sprinkle of mystery… definitely one I have 100% enjoyed. (Also, have I already mentioned how cute Sebastian is?)