Sparrow wasn't trying to jump off the roof, but no one believes her. Now she's forced to see a counselor, but no one can force her to talk. The thing is, she's afraid to try to explain what's going on, because maybe there is something wrong with her. Other people don't seem to escape social situations by imagining they are flying away with the birds, do they? Something has to change, though, because Sparrow can't stand the hurt and helplessness in her mother's face, and she can't keep failing her classes at school, and eventually, she's going to have to talk to people.
I am often frustrated by books in which a character won't talk about what's wrong, because the character is so clearly in her own way, but, as in life, people don't always do what is best for themselves. Sparrow is a fascinating character in the middle of a crisis, and the book is excellent for showing readers how isolated people can feel, and how difficult it can be to reach out to others.
While the last quarter of the book is a little too much too soon, it is still satisfying to follow this character's journey.
" 'I knew what you'd say.'
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