Well Fly Away

We'll Fly Away


A National Book Award Longlist title!

“A compelling and raw story.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“[Bliss dares] his readers not only to see the depths of human complexity, but to care.”—Booklist (starred review)

Luke and Toby have always had each other’s backs. But then one choice—or maybe it is a series of choices—sets them down an irrevocable path. We’ll Fly Away weaves together Luke and Toby’s senior year of high school with letters Luke writes to Toby later—from death row.

Best friends since childhood, Luke and Toby have dreamed of one thing: getting out of their dead-end town. Soon they finally will, riding the tails of Luke’s wrestling scholarship, never looking back. If they don’t drift apart first. If Toby’s abusive dad, or Luke’s unreliable mom, or anything else their complicated lives throw at them doesn’t get in the way.

Tense and emotional, this hard-hitting novel explores family abuse, sex, love, and friendship, and how far people will go to protect those they love. For fans of Jason Reynolds, Marieke Nijkamp, and NPR’s Serial podcast.

Praise for We’ll Fly Away:

"Bryan Bliss has written an empathetic and stirring novel about what it means to fight for the outcasts, the forgotten, and even the hated, reminding us that we all have worth. That we are all valuable."—Sister Helen Prejean, author of Dead Man Walking

“A poignant story of loyalty, abuse, and poverty . . . This compassionate and beautifully rendered novel packs an emotional punch.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

A smart, rugged, all-too-true story of friendship under fire. Believable characters and page-turning tension.”—Chris Crutcher, author of Staying Fat for Sarah Byrnes

“This fast-paced read will have teens tearing through chapters to find out why Luke is in jail. . . . The conclusion will leave them devastated. This is [a] touching book about male friendship for fans of Jason Reynolds.”—School Library Journal

“The unshakable and unconditional bond between the young men is tested and proves true, a ray of light in the darkness of their stories.”—VOYA

People who listen this also listen:


  • 001 Well Fly Away
    Duration: 11s
  • 002 Chapter 01
    Duration: 19min
  • 003 Chapter 02
    Duration: 15min
  • 004 Chapter 03
    Duration: 23min
  • 005 Chapter 04
    Duration: 15min
  • 006 Chapter 05
    Duration: 14min
  • 007 Chapter 06
    Duration: 17min
  • 008 Chapter 07
    Duration: 19min
  • 009 Chapter 08
    Duration: 21min
  • 010 Chapter 09
    Duration: 21min
  • 011 Chapter 10
    Duration: 23min
  • 012 Chapter 11
    Duration: 19min
  • 013 Chapter 12
    Duration: 20min
  • 014 Chapter 13
    Duration: 16min
  • 015 Chapter 14
    Duration: 20min
  • 016 Chapter 15
    Duration: 26min
  • 017 Chapter 16
    Duration: 18min
  • 018 Chapter 17
    Duration: 06min
  • 019 Chapter 18
    Duration: 13min
  • 020 Chapter 19
    Duration: 06min
  • 021 Chapter 20
    Duration: 21min
  • 022 Chapter 21
    Duration: 14min
  • 023 Chapter 22
    Duration: 14min
  • 024 Chapter 23
    Duration: 07min
  • 025 Chapter 24
    Duration: 23min
  • 026 Chapter 25
    Duration: 24min
  • 027 Chapter 26
    Duration: 18min
  • 028 Chapter 27
    Duration: 08min
  • 029 Chapter 28
    Duration: 17min
  • 030 Chapter 29
    Duration: 06min
  • 031 Chapter 30
    Duration: 12min
  • 032 Chapter 31
    Duration: 19min
  • 033 Credits
    Duration: 35s