Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Around The World ARC Tours Presents an Early Review for How It Feels to Fly by Kathryn Holmes


The movement is all that matters. 

For as long as Samantha can remember, she’s wanted to be a professional ballerina. She’s lived for perfect pirouettes, sky-high extensions, and soaring leaps across the stage. Then her body betrayed her.

The change was gradual. Stealthy.

Failed diets. Disapproving looks. Whispers behind her back. The result: crippling anxiety about her appearance, which threatens to crush her dancing dreams entirely. On her dance teacher’s recommendation, Sam is sent to a summer treatment camp for teen artists and athletes who are struggling with mental and emotional obstacles. If she can make progress, she’ll be allowed to attend a crucial ballet intensive. But when asked to open up about her deepest insecurities, secret behaviors, and paralyzing fears to complete strangers, Sam can’t cope. 

What I really need is a whole new body.

Sam forms an unlikely bond with Andrew, a former college football player who’s one of her camp counselors. As they grow closer, Andrew helps Sam see herself as he does—beautiful. But just as she starts to believe that there’s more between them than friendship, disappointing news from home sends her into a tailspin. With her future uncertain and her body against her, will Sam give in to the anxiety that imprisons her?



This book is amazing just simply amazing! I have never read a book that has taken on an issues straight on that impacts teen girls everyday in every walk of life. I have a close family member who has body dysmorphia and I have to say that everyday is a struggle for her and no matter what people tell her she always thinks the worse of herself. As I was reading about Sam I thought about my family member and was shocked by what she could be feeling and thinking. I have to say that this book was such an eye opener for me I recommend it to every teenage girl who is going through this.

Sam wants to be a ballerina. She knows that being a professional ballerina is going to be competitive but she never thought she would be competing with herself. See Sam's body is betraying her and she sees herself different than what others see her. She has such anxiety when she is dancing because she wants to be perfect and thinks she is not. Her mother is no support for her and she has a boyfriend who dumps her for a crazy reason.

Then Sam goes to a specialty camp for kids who have mental and emotional issues and meets a camp counselor who helps her see herself for who she really is. It is here at the camp Sam uncovers why she sees herself they way she does and what she needs to do to help herself out. This is a must must read story for all teenage girls. 

About The Author:


Kathryn Holmes grew up in Maryville, Tennessee, where she was an avid reader and an aspiring writer from an early age. She now lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband and piles upon piles of books. A graduate of The New School’s MFA in Creative Writing program, Kathryn works as a freelance dance journalist, among other writing gigs. She is the author of The Distance Between Lost and Found and How It Feels to Fly. 

Kathryn is represented by Alyssa Eisner Henkin of Trident Media Group.


As long as I can remember, I’ve wanted to do two things with my life: write and dance. Now, I’m lucky enough to be able to divide most of my days between words and movement, as an author/freelance writer and a contemporary dancer. On the writing front: in addition to my YA novels, you can find my byline in Dance Magazine, Dance Spirit, Pointe, and other national dance publications. On the dance front: when I’m not parked in front of my computer, you’ll probably find me stretching and leaping and spinning at one of NYC’s many dance studios. I’ve performed with NYC-based choreographers including Becky Radway, Diane McCarthy, and Max Stone, as well as presenting my own choreography around the city. I’m also an aspiring yogini. (My recent yoga achievements include transitioning from Crow Pose into Tripod Headstand—it’s harder than some people make it look!) 

I grew up in East Tennessee near the Smoky Mountains, not far from where The Distance Between Lost and Found is set. I was (and still am) far from outdoorsy, but I’ve done my fair share of hiking over the years. As a kid, I was a serious introvert and a voracious reader. Today, I’m much less of an introvert, but just as much of a reader. That line about “piles upon piles of books” in my official bio, above? It’s no joke. 

What else should you know about me? Here’s a handy bullet-pointed list:

I went to Goucher College in Baltimore, Maryland, where I double-majored in Dance and English Literature. 

I’ve lived in Brooklyn for more than a decade, and I can’t imagine living anywhere else. Luckily, my wonderful husband feels the same way. (Where else can you order pizza, pasta, sushi, or bagel sandwiches at practically any hour of the day or night?)

I’m an aunt to five awesome nephews.

My favorite color is purple. 

I’m a cat person. 

I love cooking and baking—especially if chocolate is involved. 

I drink a lot of coffee.

I’m on the crew of the YA Buccaneers, and I’m a proud Fearless Fifteener

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