Title: The Girl Who Was Convinced Beyond All Reason That She Could Fly
Author: Sybil Lamb
Genre: Fantasy Novella
Number of Pages: 80
Great title, huh? Unfortunately, the title is probably the best thing about this book but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have some good qualities. If you’re in the mood for a short, straightforward urban fantasy that’s different from most of the books out there The Girl Who Was Convinced Beyond All Reason That She Could Fly might be worth checking out.
It feels a little bit forgettable and unsubstantial, more like a short story than a book, but it manages to create a decent atmosphere and a bit of intrigue over its brief duration. The main character, Eggs is a homeless girl of indeterminate age who might not be able to FLY-fly but is an amazing jumper and regularly does things that manage to defy gravity.
She lives in a big surreal city and keeps to herself until he she befriended by Grackle McCart, a hot dog vendor who sells all kinds of hot dogs (some of them sound pretty disgusting.) They both end up becoming friends with a woman who used to be a punk rock chick but now lives with herself and takes care of her plants.
This book has a dreamlike quality, and the text is accompanied by illustrations (by the author) that are somehow ugly/off-putting and weirdly engaging at the same time. It had a modern art feel that I’m not a fan of, but it suited the text well. The writing style feels intentionally childlike and the characters, while adults (?), talk and act like preteens.
This book was labelled as ‘Transgender’ on Goodreads (presumably because the author is a trans woman) but there was no GLBTQ+ stuff at all. I went in thinking one of the main characters would be trans and was disappointed.
I’m not sure if this book was intended more for young adults or adults, but I think either could read and enjoy it. Actually, some middle-graders might enjoy it too if they like off-beat stuff. It didn’t rock my world by any means but it’s an entertaining read that manages to create an interesting atmosphere with its off-kilter urban setting.