Monday, March 20, 2023

Chick Lit Review: FlightLog: The Adventures of Stewardess Wannabe Who Becomes a Flight Attendant by Suz

Today, I have a coming of age / chick lit novel in our book review spotlight! Check out FlightLog: The Adventures of Stewardess Wannabe Who Becomes a Flight Attendant, read my thoughts on the book, learn about author Suz (Susan Humphrey) and enter the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.


Book Title:  FlightLog: The Novel Adventures of a Stewardess Wannabe Who Becomes a Flight Attendant by Susan Humphrey
Category:  Adult Fiction (18+),  338 pages
Genre:  Women's Fiction, Chick Lit, Memoir(ish), Coming-of-age
Publisher:  Majuscule Press
Release date:   August, 2022
Content Rating:  PG. A few romantic encounters but light on the details. Reference to tobacco use.

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About the Book

“It was 1978. People didn’t have home computers, video players, or answering machines. We rented our telephones from local phone companies and hand-wrote letters. The terms ‘politically correct’ and ‘African-American’ had not been coined. ‘Eating disorders’ and ‘alternate lifestyles’ were not yet common household phrases. Only strippers wore thongs, which made perfect sense to me, as they only caused one to gyrate their hynie in a desperate attempt to dislodge the bothersome wedgie.”

So writes Sherri Van Ness, an unassuming girl from the burbs of Kansas who’s about to embark on the adventure of her life when she signs up to become a stewardess. But it’s much more turbulent than this doughy-eyed 19-year-old ever imagined as she tries to navigate past grouchy passengers, fly-by-night relationships and the unforgiving, relentless, humiliating, monthly weigh-ins. Some dreams come true. Others require a vomit bag.

That’s not to say Sherri doesn’t enjoy herself. Au contraire! There are friends to be made and men to be made and the maid who made up her room in New York is so nice!

Yes, the work is difficult at times and the money isn’t always good, but there are perks: free flights and an endless supply of tiny vodka bottles and salted peanuts (peanut allergies hadn’t been invented yet.)

Like Dorothy Gale sans Toto, Sherri leaves Kansas and finds herself amidst a cast of characters as strange to her as the Scarecrow and the Munchkins were to Dorothy. Her whirlwind journey takes her from innocent, insecure stewardess to mature and confident flight attendant. Or does she?

​Book your flight now with this very enjoyable read, put your seat back in the upright position, and enjoy the ride!
My Review


Easy to Read, Easy to Love Characters and Storyline. I love the author's storytelling style. I immediately fell into Sherri's story and the ups and downs she experienced in her new adventures and career. There was a realistic feel to Sherri's small-town girl coming-of-age story. I enjoyed watching Sherri's character grow and adapt to her new world and its characters and challenges.  


Interesting Characters and Insights into the World of a Flight Attendant.   The author's insight into the career and lifestyle of a flight attendant shines through in this novel, adding to the relatable feel of the story. The training and career path were foreign to me before reading the book--so it gave me some things to learn and consider along the way.  


Would I Recommend FlightLog? Sherri faces many challenges, unknowns, and moral dilemmas as she advances through her adventure to reach her goals. While I would have liked to have seen her character face some challenges differently, she met them interestingly and entertainingly, which fit her character's role. The book does end with an open feeling as though there is more to come. If you enjoy a relatable, entertaining chick-lit novel--this is a good one for your reading list. 


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Meet the Author

Susan Jo Humphrey, the daughter of a diplomat, was born in Izmir, Turkey where she lived for three years. She also lived in Korea and Thailand, before returning home to the US with her family as a teenager. She has traveled all over the United States, and has called several parts of this country ‘home.’ Her many airplane rides as a child convinced her she must one day become a stewardess. Suz was a flight attendant for thirteen of her twenty-five years with UAL. She began penning FlightLog with the help of the Naperville Writer’s Group, outside of Chicago. There, she published in their annual pamphlet, had a humor piece printed in an online magazine, and contributed many articles to local newspapers. At the time of publication, she is busy working on FlightLog II.

Away from the keyboard, Suz loves yoga, reading, cooking, listening to music and playing her guitar. She still enjoys mapping out travel to faraway places she’s never seen, as well as planning return trips to her favorite spots.

She currently lives in Southern California and has two grown children. Today, she’s in healthcare, where she’s worked since 2014. Suz was the ‘baby’ of her flight attendant classes – and the ‘senior’ student in her nursing classes. She’s eager to write that story as well: a novice baby-boomer RN begins her dream career as a travel nurse – just as a pandemic breaks out!

connect with the author: website 
Enter the Giveaway

FLIGHTLOG by Susan Humphrey Book Tour Giveaway

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