Thank You For Flying Air Zoe by Erik Atwell

You know you haven’t lived much of a memorable life when there isn’t much to your my-life-flashed-before-my-eyes moment. This is exactly what Zoe realises as her flight home, from a wasted holiday, plunges out of the sky with suspect landing gear as your only hope. Having survived a  terrifying experience such as this, Zoe Tisdale, decides that she needs to make her life a lot more memorable than a fairly successful career in butter sales (pardon me, organic butter sales). And she’s going to this by re-awakening a teenage dream that could have been. Yup, she is going to reunite the high school band for which she was a drummer. But everyone knows that to fully pursue an old dream you have to leave your job, break up with your good-looking boyfriend and go it full steam…or not.

I may be a late-eighties baby but I understood and clicked with the characters pretty well; did not feel the age disparity one bit! Because at the end of it all, most of us have dreams that could have been but never really quite became. Zoe just went right for it! And I liked how the novel highlighted the fact that even when a person has support, there are moments when it feels like you’re on your own and that’s when one can go off the rails a bit, as Zoe did. All told with enough wit and humour to keep it from throwing the reader into the depths of empathetic depression.  

Zoe’s journey is definitely full of all kinds of twists and turns that will have you wondering what she will do next. I got a little lost once or twice (had to backtrack to make sure I hadn’t missed any pages) but I was always entertained. Most impressively is that the story is told by a male, from a woman’s point of view. A huge accolade to Erik for pulling that off so successfully. I’m really quite impressed. I’m quite excited to see what he’ll write next.