For her whole life, Wild Lily Gabriel has been infatuated by the spontaneous nature of Antony. With his reckless attitude, he goes about life the way he wants to, free and without worries. As the years go on, she falls deeper and deeper in love with Antony and his world. Falling through life, and the air, Lily faces obstacles with sharp stubbornness. With equal parts of structure and chaos, Lily tries navigate through her untamed life in the hopes of living it to the fullest.
I enjoyed this book. It was very sweet and provoked me to think about life and how it should be lived. The spontaneous nature of almost all characters had a positive impact on the tone of the story. It was a very easy read and had some hits of the historical time period, but was not overwhelming. Some of the characters seemed a little forced, but the main characters had such lively spirits that it made up for the others. Peyton was able to keep the same youthful personalities throughout the whole book.
"The book was beautifully written and very simple. Even though many of the characters had to deal with difficult situations, they all showed the reader the beauty in life and how one should fall through life."
The tone of the story was light and filled with the love for life, even when times got difficult. This made some of the situations seem less emotionally connected than others, for there was no mourning when Antony experienced a life changing event. I wish the book was longer, giving it the ability to express more emotions and help with the connection with the characters. However, Peyton writes in a way that is striking and timeless as she tells the story of growing up in the1920’s. The end of the book was interesting due to its time period; in contrast to the current, the situation would not be as common. It was very interesting to read about and get insight into the social standards of the 1920’s. In comparison, the beginning of the book was slower and did not catch my attention as well as the rest of the book. I wish the I had connected with the characters more, for that would have made the story seem more personable. WILD LILY is a book that will make the reader feel love and a sense of adventure, each page seemed to bring a new experience.
I recommend this WILD LILY to readers that enjoy books that make you think. The book was beautifully written and very simple. Even though many of the characters had to deal with difficult situations, they all showed the reader the beauty in life and how one should fall through life. This may be an interesting read for people who have the aspiration to live their life carefree, and possibly jump out of an airplane.
Reviewed by McKenzie S., Teen Board Member on March 15, 2017