BOOK REVIEW + AUTOGRAPHED Book - FlightLog by SUZ
Book Title: FlightLog: The Novel Adventures of a Stewardess Wannabe Who Becomes a Flight Attendant by Susan Humphrey
Category: Adult Fiction (18+), 338 pages
Genre: Women's Fiction, Chick Lit, Memoir(ish), Coming-of-age
Publisher: Majuscule Press
Release date: August, 2022
Content Rating: PG. A few romantic encounters but light on the details. Reference to tobacco use.
“It was 1978. People didn’t have home computers, video players, or answering machines. We rented our telephones from local phone companies and hand-wrote letters. The terms ‘politically correct’ and ‘African-American’ had not been coined. ‘Eating disorders’ and ‘alternate lifestyles’ were not yet common household phrases. Only strippers wore thongs, which made perfect sense to me, as they only caused one to gyrate their hynie in a desperate attempt to dislodge the bothersome wedgie.”
So writes Sherri Van Ness, an unassuming girl from the burbs of Kansas who’s about to embark on the adventure of her life when she signs up to become a stewardess. But it’s much more turbulent than this doughy-eyed 19-year-old ever imagined as she tries to navigate past grouchy passengers, fly-by-night relationships and the unforgiving, relentless, humiliating, monthly weigh-ins. Some dreams come true. Others require a vomit bag.
That’s not to say Sherri doesn’t enjoy herself. Au contraire! There are friends to be made and men to be made and the maid who made up her room in New York is so nice!
Yes, the work is difficult at times and the money isn’t always good, but there are perks: free flights and an endless supply of tiny vodka bottles and salted peanuts (peanut allergies hadn’t been invented yet.)
Like Dorothy Gale sans Toto, Sherri leaves Kansas and finds herself amidst a cast of characters as strange to her as the Scarecrow and the Munchkins were to Dorothy. Her whirlwind journey takes her from innocent, insecure stewardess to mature and confident flight attendant. Or does she?
Book your flight now with this very enjoyable read, put your seat back in the upright position, and enjoy the ride!
I received an advance review audiobook for free and am leaving this review voluntarily. Thank you SUZ and iRead Book Tours. I'm excited to be a part of this tour.
This book was a fun adventure. I thoroughly enjoyed being transported back to the late ‘70s/early ‘80s. While I don’t remember the late ‘70s as I was born in 1975, I do remember the simplicity that was the ‘80s. The time before the Internet, smart phones, and TSA. Aside from that, I was drawn to this book because secretly I’ve always thought it would be cool to be a flight attendant. I learned a lot about what it was like to be a flight attendant back then.
I listened to this book as well. The narrator did an excellent job of bringing this story to life. I found myself identifying with Sherri. She is likeable and easy to root for. Her determination to face her job head on, make friends and fully adult had me engaged. The supporting cast of characters perfectly pair with Sherri’s personality. The dynamics were fun and kept me laughing throughout the book.
The writing style is easy to read and the book flowed along nicely. The descriptions are detailed and allowed me to see the scenes play out as I listen. This is an excellent debut; I highly recommend this to all Chick-lit fans. I am looking forward to seeing how this book evolve and what other adventures we’ll go on!
Overall Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
Susan Jo Humphrey, the daughter of a diplomat, was born in Izmir, Turkey where she lived for three years. She also lived in Korea and Thailand, before returning home to the US with her family as a teenager. She has traveled all over the United States, and has called several parts of this country ‘home.’ Her many airplane rides as a child convinced her she must one day become a stewardess. Suz was a flight attendant for thirteen of her twenty-five years with UAL. She began penning FlightLog with the help of the Naperville Writer’s Group, outside of Chicago. There, she published in their annual pamphlet, had a humor piece printed in an online magazine, and contributed many articles to local newspapers. At the time of publication, she is busy working on FlightLog II.
Away from the keyboard, Suz loves yoga, reading, cooking, listening to music and playing her guitar. She still enjoys mapping out travel to faraway places she’s never seen, as well as planning return trips to her favorite spots.
She currently lives in Southern California and has two grown children. Today, she’s in healthcare, where she’s worked since 2014. Suz was the ‘baby’ of her flight attendant classes – and the ‘senior’ student in her nursing classes. She’s eager to write that story as well: a novice baby-boomer RN begins her dream career as a travel nurse – just as a pandemic breaks out!
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Thank you for the review. Sounds like a good book.ReplyDelete
Thank you Kristin; this is Susan, author of FlightLog; sincerely appreciate you posting my book on your site, and all the time you took to read it and share with your viewers! Sincerely, SusanReplyDelete
You're welcome! :)Delete