So Flying Changes lives up to its name in Eva's part. Beside her eyes, she's basically exactly like her mother, before the crash that led to Harry's death of course. School just doesn't work for her. Her mom wants her to have a degree in medicine or something, but she knows what she wants to be. An olympic rider. Yeah, the money is not that good, but it's her passion. Annemarie also wants to take her relationship with Dan to the next level when all of a sudden Eva is accepted into this boarding school by a woman named Nathalie (yes, with an H.), so now we have our book, and one that certainly isn't phoned in.
I've got to say, it has more of the same when it comes to relationship problems. Once again, I felt half on Annemarie's side, half on Eva's. The thing that brought Riding Lessons up to four stars though, was not just the mystery behind Hurrah the lovely red horse, but how the farm is having so many problems that we can't wait to see how they'll be resolved, turning it into a punchy good time. This book doesn't have that, kind of calming down after all those entertaining catastrophes and going back to reality on the future.
For the most part, it has an interesting eye for reality and there's not much I haven't already mentioned, except there is a tiny story about a lady named Eugenie who has a horse named Squire, a daughter and a violent husband which didn't run away during a scene and I didn't know why not. After reading the whole thing, I've come to conclude that that part didn't need to be in the book at all, it being there either just to add to the book to make it longer or to foreshadow something to do with another kid. Or maybe Sara forgot about it halfway through. I'll say this, though: There was a very good debate involving Eugenie that makes some nice fun out of the idiots of politics today. Plus, the ending added a twist that I didn't think would happen but didn't quite have the push I was expecting it to do like it did in Riding Lessons. For example, in Riding Lessons, Eva briefly leaves home out of depression and since we didn't even know where she went, it created a lot of tension. I was expecting the unfairness to lose which it did but I wished it was more tense, because a great book like this deserves some crazy stunt like in Hairspray when Tracy snuck into the Beauty Pageant and locked the cops out.
In short, I'm recommending Flying Changes. Whether your Eva's age, or Annemarie's, or Mutti's, you'll enjoy this book. It's just as much of an underdog as I expected, but it's still perhaps in need of some Riding Lessons because of a few unnecessary plot points and too much nonsense about earrings and being a vegan.