YA Classic: Came Back to Show You I Could Fly, by Robin Klein
This is a compelling story of friendship between two unlikely characters. Angie is undoubtedly one of the most unforgettable and enduring characters you will encounter in YA fiction.
We view her through the eyes of 13-year-old Seymour, who is lonely and bored and quickly becomes captivated by Angie – who is all confidence and sparkle, with her silver lace and satin and a little flying horse tattooed on one shoulder. In Seymour’s eyes, it seems possible that she could “reach heights undreamed of by other people.”
Seymour is warmed by Ange's friendship and affection, but the reader quickly sees the cracks begin to appear – long before Seymour himself does. Seymour’s innocence and the power of his devotion to his friend will both warm your heart and make it break a little.
Angie is a character that will linger with you long after you read this book – she is light and shade, there are moments where she shines, and moments where you fear and despair for her. But ultimately, it is difficult not to hope with your all heart – as Seymour does – that she will be okay.
If you haven’t read this book you should! It deals with drug addiction, pregnancy and broken families with a raw honesty and really stands the test of time. This book was published as a Text Classic in 2017 by Text Publishing.