The Thing with Feathers {Book Review}

“I received an online copy of The Thing with Feathers” in exchange for this promotion. Any opinions expressed here are honest and my own.” 

Emilie Day believes in playing it safe: she’s homeschooled, her best friend is her seizure dog, and she’s probably the only girl on the Outer Banks of North Carolina who can’t swim.

Then Emilie’s mom enrolls her in public school, and Emilie goes from studying at home in her pj’s to halls full of strangers. To make matters worse, Emilie is paired with starting point guard Chatham York for a major research project on Emily Dickinson. She should be ecstatic when Chatham shows interest, but she has a problem. She hasn’t told anyone about her epilepsy.

Emilie lives in fear her recently adjusted meds will fail and she’ll seize at school. Eventually, the worst happens, and she must decide whether to withdraw to safety or follow a dead poet’s advice and “dwell in possibility.”


I personally thought it was a great book!  And it was a quick read too!  In this young adult novel, Emilie had a lot of ups and downs in her life that can be really relatable to teenagers and young adults today…like being different, having health issues, not fitting in, trusting, losing a parent….to just name a few.  Emilie stumbled through a lot of her problems just trying to find her way.  A teenager’s life is tough with pressures from home and from school and especially if you aren’t used to being out in the BIG WORLD, like Emilie.  All in all, Emilie had a lot to learn about life as all teenagers do, but she eventually finds her way and truly realizes she is on her way to finally being “all right” and being right where she is supposed to be.

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About the Author

McCall Hoyle writes honest YA novels about friendship, first love, and girls finding the strength to overcome great challenges. She is a high school English teacher. Her own less-than-perfect teenage experiences and those of the girls she teaches inspire many of the struggles in her books. When she’s not reading or writing, she’s spending time with her family and their odd assortment of pets—a food-obsessed beagle, a grumpy rescue cat, and a three-and-a-half-legged kitten. She has an English degree from Columbia College and a master’s degree from Georgia State University. She lives in a cottage in the woods in North Georgia where she reads and writes every day. Learn more at

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