CLP Blog Tour Review: Thank You For Flying Air Zoe by Erik Atwell


Thank You For Flying Air Zoe
Erik Atwell
Booktrope Editions
June 15,2011
258 pages
RBM’s Disclaimer
provided by author
4/5 Books

Ladies and Gentlemen, the Fasten Seat Belt sign has been turned on, but feel free to ignore it, because sometimes life is best lived on its dizzy edges. Your cruising altitude today will be sky high, and you will be flying at staggering speeds as you travel alongside Zoe Tisdale, former Valley Girl and rock star turned bored butter saleswoman.

On the heels of a brush with mortality, Zoe concludes that she’s been letting time pass her by. Realizing she needs to awaken her life’s tired refrains, Zoe vows to recapture the one chapter of her life that truly mattered to her – her days as drummer for The Flip-Flops, a spirited, sassy all-girl garage band that almost hit the big time back in 1987. But reuniting the band won’t be easy. The girls who were once the whiz kid guitarist, the prom queen bass player, and the hippie lead singer grew up and became women who are now a reclusive dog trainer, a wealthy socialite, and a sociopathic environmentalist. Will Zoe bring the band back together and give The Flip-Flops a second chance at stardom? Is it possible to fully reclaim the urgent energy of youth?

As you follow this wild flight path, please know that your destination could be anywhere at all, complimentary oxygen is provided upon request, and baggage flies free. We hope you enjoy the ride, and Thank You For Flying Air Zoe. 

Author Erik Atwell

About The Author:
Erik Atwell started his writing career in grammar school, when a one page history class assignment ballooned into a forty page fictional account of a politically controversial silversmith in Boston circa 1776. From there, he wrote short stories while living in New Hampshire, screenplays upon moving to Los Angeles, then finally novels when he ultimately landed in Seattle. He now lives in Seattle with his rock star wife and his six-month-old son, whose only musical claim to fame thus far is sleeping through an entire Go-Go’s concert. But in his defense, he was three weeks old, and the stage was a quarter-mile away. “Thank You For Flying Air Zoe” is his first novel, and he hopes to write a second novel before the little guy treks off to college.

Connect With The Author:
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My Review:
Ever have a near death experience and seen your life flash before your eyes? What did you see? Did you see that your life was really all you wanted it to be? Well, Zoe Tisdale almost experience a tragic death, saw her life flash, and well, simply put. It was minute. Erik Atwell did a great job at writing from a woman’s point of view. Enough so that I was instantly hooked on Zoe’s story and stayed with her through out this often witty, quirky woman’s life journey.

Being a child born in the EARLY 80’s (I know, I know..I’m OLD), I love anything that has to do with the 80s. So, when I opened Air Zoe I was in for a treat. Man, did I ever get a trip down memory lane when she was talking about the Go-Go’s, Debby Gibson and The Bangles. ALL of which where my childhood favorite singers! Following Zoe and her 3 friends, all of whom are TOTAL polar opposites, as they started their eighties garage band with the dream of hitting it big, was fun. I totally felt myself drifting back to that long ago time of my own dreams and wishes. From a life of splitsville bands to a life of organic butter selling and back again, Zoe Tisdale is a chick who totally rocks.

The interesting part of this book is the fact that it’s written by a man in a woman’s point of view. Not many men can accomplish that and turn out a book with the perfection of a fantastic chick lit read. The conversations held between the girls/women, the thoughts that went through Zoe’s head…all of it is awesome, and it really was hard to remember that this was a GUY writing this book.

I definitely give this a high 4 Book worthy rating. If you want a trip down memory lane, some awesome laugh out loud moments and great reading material….look no further than Air Zoe. You’ll find yourself reminiscing about all the fun times and wondering what your life would look like if you had your own near death experience. Zoe Tisdale is a character that I would LOVE to see return in future flights!

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  • Reply Cheryl Malandrinos

    I’m an 80’s child too. This one sounds like a blast.

    30 January, 2012 at 9:13 am
  • Reply Samantha

    Thanks for the review Molly!

    30 January, 2012 at 9:51 am
  • Reply 09336169549519292148

    What Samantha said! 🙂 Thank you so much for the review… Very glad Zoe also connected with a reader BORN in the 80s!

    Thanks to both Molly & Samantha for kicking off this grand tour!

    And to Cheryl, if you do end up snagging yourself a copy, I hope you get a kick out of it!

    30 January, 2012 at 10:59 am
  • Reply Erik Atwell

    What Samantha said! Thank you so much for the review… Very glad Zoe also connected with a reader BORN in the 80s!

    Thanks to both Molly & Samantha for kicking off this grand tour!

    And to Cheryl, if you do end up snagging yourself a copy, I hope you get a kick out of it!

    Sorry for the double post… The site said my name was: “09336169549519292148” and I’m not sure my comment made it through… 🙂

    30 January, 2012 at 11:02 am
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