Almost Flying by Jake Maia Arlow

Almost Flying

Jake Maia Arlow

352 pages first pub 2021 (editions)

fiction childrens lgbtqia+ middle grade funny hopeful lighthearted medium-paced


In this unabashedly queer middle grade debut, a week-long amusement park road trip becomes a true rollercoaster of emotion when Dalia realizes she has more-than-friend feelings for her new bestie. Would-be amusement park aficionado Dalia only has ...

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Community Reviews Summary of 129 reviews


lighthearted 77%
hopeful 70%
emotional 64%
adventurous 51%
funny 45%
inspiring 25%
reflective 19%
challenging 3%
informative 3%
relaxing 3%


medium 50%
fast 46%
slow 3%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 56% | A mix: 28% | Plot: 16%

Strong character development?

Yes: 100%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 92% | It's complicated: 8%

Diverse cast of characters?

Yes: 100%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

No: 42% | It's complicated: 28% | Yes: 28%

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