HOT PTERODACTYL BOYFRIEND On The Wings Of Love
released 7 April 416 pages | Paperback/ ebook
Author Alan Cumyn
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Children’s There’s no denying this book probably has the catchiest title of the year, not to mention a truly stunning cover. Your first instinct will be to assume that it can’t live up to either – and in a way, you’d be right.
Yes, it’s aimed at the Young Adult market and is a comingof- age tale featuring a teenage girl falling for an unusual new boy at her school. Yes, said newbie is irresistible, despite being “different”. And yes, it’s got all the usual teen tropes.
But... Something here is as “off ” as a pterodactyl named Pyke going to classes. Our narrator, school busybody Shiels, isn’t the average everygirl you usually find in these kind of stories; if anything, she’s bloody annoying. She doesn’t spend the entire book staring into Pyke’s eyes: she only occasionally interacts with him. And the tone, far from being jokey or wry as the title would suggest, is downbeat, even unpleasant. This isn’t a fun, comedic romp; it’s as psychologically disturbing as, well, dating a leathery reptile in real life.
All of this actually makes the book both fascinating and repellent – and much harder to dismiss than you’d expect. Quite a feat.
Scientists estimate that the largest pterosaurs could go 67mph. Today, a peregrine falcon can reach 200mph.