The Boy Who Knew Everythingby Victoria Forester Published 27 Oct 2015
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Here is the long-awaited companion to The Girl Who Could Fly.
There is a prophecy.
It speaks of a girl who can fly and a boy who knows everything. The prophecy says that they have the power to bring about great change...
The boy is Conrad Harrington III. The girl is Piper McCloud. They need their talents now, more than ever, if they are to save the world—and themselves.
"The Boy Who Knew Everything" Reviews
A worthy companion to the Girl Who Could Fly, The friendship between the two is very special, full of warmth and adventure this fantasy is also set very strongly in the real world giving it strength and a feeling of reality, as it brings in many other characters that one feels they know the full person of each one, making this novel a joy to read.
This review is also available on my blog, Read Till Dawn.
I really, really, really loved The Boy Who Knew Everything's prequel, The Girl Who Could Fly (my review here). I spent years desperately waiting for a sequel, and when I discovered a few months ago that it was finally happening, I literally started jumping around squealing. I was so excited.
Coming out of The Boy Who Knew Everything, I'm a lot less elated.
I mean, what I loved so much about The Girl Who Could Fly was that it had so many amazing messages mixed in with the really cool sci-fi scenario and the touching inter-personal interactions. It was a story about friendship and bravery and loyalty and staying true to yourself, and it was amazing. The Boy Who Knew Everything, on the other hand, is trying so hard to be some sort of breathtaking, mind-bending story that it forgets its own roots. It's sci-fi storylines stray almost into fantasy, and there's this weird prophecy thing that really doesn't mesh well with the tone of the first book. And then there's the whole plot with Conrad's father, which some will probably like but which I thought was a) weird and b) a dreadful reopening of a wound that I thought beautifully closed at the end of the first book. Piper also didn't seem to have as much spirit in her as she did in the first book. I mean, there was definitely a semblance of trying to represent her as having that spirit, sure, but she just felt pretty forced. And I'm forced to admit that The Girl Who Could Fly should probably have remained a standalone forever, despite how desperate I was all those years for it to have a sequel.
Actually, I think The Boy Who Knew Everything would have done better as a standalone almost as much as its prequel would. Placed next to The Girl Who Could Fly, it simply has lost too much for me to consider it any good; all of my favorite storylines seem to have been polluted and twisted, and new ones introduced that throw off the entire balance of the stories. I can't say that I know for sure that I would adore The Boy Who Knew Everything if it were a standalone - I'm too prejudiced by its prequel to be able to judge - but I do know that a lot of the things I hated about it (the storyline with Conrad's father, for example) I would have actually enjoyed in other circumstances, with different characters. It's just when they are changing the tone and ending of one of my all-time favorite books that I get mad.
Let's be honest, I'm pretty much going to pretend that The Boy Who Knew Everything didn't happen. I mean, I might think of it from time to time as a book completely on its own, but when I think about The Girl Who Could Fly I will not draw any connection between the two books. My Piper and Conrad and Violet and Kimberly and Jasper and all the rest did not travel down the path laid out in The Boy Who Knew Everything; they are still safely where my nine-year-old self left them, their futures completely disconnected to anything that happened to the kids in Forester's second book.
I'd much rather we not talk about how long this has been on my shelf. I pre-ordered this when I knew it existed and it was a Christmas present to myself. I could have sworn it's been under a year but apparently it's been 2 so now I'm just embarrassed. In my defence, I wanted to reread the Girl Who Could Fly and there were so many other things I had to attend to that I was just happy owning the second book.
Well, at long last I finally had enough time to read all of the first book and finally a quiet weekend to read the second! And it was worth it!
This book is broader in it's being, and is busier for it. Piper is being true to herself, Conrad is discovering more about who he is and we've got anxiety inducing moments galore. I feel we had gaps in certain spots, like the editors got a bit too heavy in their work and parts of the story needed to be scaled down or it could be that I'm a fool and there is so much that is going to be happening in the final book.
I'm anxiously awaiting The Boy Who Lived Forever. Which, I should not hold myself on because as per the norm with these glorious tales, we've got to sweat it out for another year at least before we can see this book appear. Still, it will invariably be worth the wait.
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LOOK! It has to be Piper and Conrad! I know of so few flying girls. This is grand! October seems like years away at the moment ='(
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If this is the potential sequel to the "The Girl Who Could Fly" then I am so thrilled! If it is a stand alone and not connected, I honestly don't care because I loved her first book and I have been waiting and searching the internet for any hint that she was going to do more writing! =D
This has totally made staying until 3am looking for books worth it =D
painfully disappointing. The writing has a completely different feel to it and my attachment to Conrad and Piper's friendship was my only incentive to finish the book. The tone is completely different than that of the first book, the pacing is all over the place, and the plot was just plain stupid. It read like bad fanfiction most of the time. Don't bother.
WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOT! It's finally coming! I loved Conrad; this is so exciting.
YAY IM SO EXCITED!!! I read the first book about two or three years ago, so I'll be sure to reread it, but YAY!!!