Music sensation Bird Barrett is hitting the road, headlining her first national tour after the launch of her second album. Singing to sold-out crowds can mess with a girl's sense of perspective though. Luckily Bird has her older brother Dylan and her best friend Stella along for the ride to keep her grounded. When Dylan and Stella pair off as more than friends, Bird startsMusic sensation Bird Barrett is hitting the road, headlining her first national tour after the launch of her second album. Singing to sold-out crowds can mess with a girl's sense of perspective though. Luckily Bird has her older brother Dylan and her best friend Stella along for the ride to keep her grounded. When Dylan and Stella pair off as more than friends, Bird starts feeling left behind and throws herself completely into her performances, cover shoots, and high-profile interviews. But the more she tries to distract herself with her career, the further she pushes everyone away--including her longtime crush, Adam Dean, who joined the tour as her opener. Before long all the pressure becomes too much for Bird on her own.In a life like this one, a country girl needs her family and friends--and maybe an old flame--most of all....
|Title||:||The Way Back Home|
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The Way Back Home Reviews
Such a great book to end a great series!!
Such a cute ending.
Ok. Like I said for my review of Sing earlier in the year, sometimes you just want to read an entertaining book about a famous singer and all of the associated ups and downs that come with being in the spotlight. The Way Back Home is absolutely that book. Alecia Whitaker brings us back into country singer Bird Barrett's world, where she's about to go on her first national tour. Her second album is skyrocketing in the charts, and Bird decides to bring along brother Dylan and best friend Stella to help out, as she hits stages across the country. However, romance, new tour mates and some publicity snafus, help ensure that this is a tour that Bird isn't likely to forget...It was a little surreal reading The Way Back Home, because it just happened to be released during the middle of the Taylor Swift/Kim Kardashian snapchat storm. And as I've always seen Bird as the fictional equivalent to Taylor, it felt a little meta. But oddly enough, that meta aspect actually helped me empathize with Taylor, while I was joining Bird on her journey. Because Whitaker does a fantastic job of breaking down the stressors that come with being a skyrocketing success, and the various personal and professional struggles that come with said success.Bird vacillates between enjoying the perks of her fame - her fans; the VIP access that she gets to clubs - but Whitaker also increasingly stresses the fact that Bird's life is also no longer her own. Her behavior needs to be moderated and contained each and every time she is in public, and Whitaker is so good at emphasizing how claustrophobic that type of expectation can feel. This is especially true, when Dylan and Stella begin dating publicly, and Bird realizes that she doesn't have the same luxury. Alongside that claustrophia, is the underlying emphasis on the idea that the narrative of stars like Bird can be skewed for controversy and shock value. The latter half of the book deals with the stressors of public expectation and the subsequent fallout when that expectation isn't met, and Whitaker skillfully shows how straining it can be to have society place so much expectation on a single individual.There's a specific section where Bird more or less hits her breaking point, and I wanted to stand up and cheer when Bird makes the life-saving decision to put her needs above everyone else's. Whitaker does a fantastic job of explaining why that isn't a selfish decision, and how asking for self-care is imperative. It's such an important lesson for young readers to learn, and I applaud Whitaker for going there. While the book does have an adorable romance with familiar face Adam Dean, I almost felt like it was secondary to Bird's overall journey. There was so much emphasis on Bird's growth and recognition of her new status as a role model and a musical symbol, that all of her interactions with Adam seemed to just (re)emphasize that fact. All in all, it seems fitting that as the third and final book in the trilogy, this is the book where Bird learns how to deal with her fame and personal life, in a way that ensures a successful career for years to come. So even though readers may not meet up with Bird again, it's not difficult to imagine her still out there, with a music catalogue that will span the ages. Final verdict:The Way Back Home is a heartwarming delight, and a perfect close to the Wildflower series. Bird Barrett has come full circle from burgeoning young talent to national star, while also learning many life lessons along the way. Highly recommend, full stop.
I feel like it took a bit for me to get into this, though that could be because I didn't really have much time to sit and just power through it. But when I did get a chance to sit and read, I quite liked it. And the last quarter of the book was really enjoyable and I really hope there'll be a fourth book, because I want to read more about Bird!!!
The Way Back Home is the third book in a series called Wildflower. It's a really happy, uplifting book about a girl named Bird Barrett becomes a famous folk singer and goes on tour. I would definitely recommend this series.
I truly enjoyed this series. It was honest and heart wrenching and really really cute. Surprised that this isn't a popular YA trilogy tbh.
I will admit that I wasn't the biggest fan of Wildflower and the Road to You, finding the characters underdeveloped and cliched for a YA novel. However, the Way Back Home redeemed the series and was my favorite book of the trilogy. Alecia did a beautiful job wrapping up all the loose ends created by the series, showing different sides of less than memorable characters and giving Bird the romance she deserved. I wasn't originally on Team Adam because I thought he was a player, but I was swooning at every scene he was in. There was something so genuine and raw about Adam's character that made him endearing. The only reason I didn't give The Way Back Home five stars was the times that Bird lashed out or became jealous, but I thought Alecia accurately portrayed the media and the pros and cons of a celebrity's life. Our society chooses not to show the negative effects being in the spotlight can have on a person because, at the end of the day, a celebrity is a person who has their name well known. I really do think the characters have matured gracefully and grew into their skin.
The Way Back Home is book 3 (of, presumably, 3) in the Wildflower series, and since I read the first two a while back I spent much of my read of this one considering how it does, and doesn't, stand on its own as a book.Bird changes over the series—a good thing, since a realistic character should change as she grows older, but also a complicated one. In Wildflower, Bird was the innocent, naïve girl on the cusp of stardom. By The Road to You, she was struggling to navigate what that stardom, that fame, meant. But in The Way Back Home, the book drops us right in—Bird's officially famous now, the kind of famous that comes with bodyguards and screaming fans, and she's also gotten a lot more comfortable with that fame. I suspect that if you dropped into this book without the background of the first two books, you'd miss most of that sweet, naïve sense. Oh, Bird's still naïve, but now that's much more of a liability, because, well, she's also sort of turned into a diva. One who doesn't really understand how the world works.I like that a lot of what Bird faces comes back to her—that is, although other people don't always help matters, she ultimately finds that she has to take responsibility for her actions and her attitude. But I found it a little eyebrow-raising that she flips between two basic settings—sickly sweet and total diva. There's not a lot of middle ground.So...it's fine? But I'm sorry to see Bird spend so much time on the 'me me me' side of things.
Cute series with a good ending.
3.5 stars. This was a fun look at the rise to stardom and issues artists face in a Young Adult novel that is easy to recommend because it has a good main character and is clean.