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This collection of short stories will take you on a journey, touching on heartache, joy, loss, and love. Spanning from childhood to old age, the characters in this book all have one thing in common, an overwhelming desire to find happiness and live an empowered life. It’s about the fire that makes you unstoppable on the journey to get what you want. It is permeated with th This collection of short stories will take you on a journey, touching on heartache, joy, loss, and love. Spanning from childhood to old age, the characters in this book all have one thing in common, an overwhelming desire to find happiness and live an empowered life. It’s about the fire that makes you unstoppable on the journey to get what you want. It is permeated with the drive to make the most of opportunities and situations, and to empower yourself to take an active role in your destiny. It is what these short stories and poems all share, even if they are all so very different. At the core of this book is the inherent passion to live a better, happier, and more magical life.


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This collection of short stories will take you on a journey, touching on heartache, joy, loss, and love. Spanning from childhood to old age, the characters in this book all have one thing in common, an overwhelming desire to find happiness and live an empowered life. It’s about the fire that makes you unstoppable on the journey to get what you want. It is permeated with th This collection of short stories will take you on a journey, touching on heartache, joy, loss, and love. Spanning from childhood to old age, the characters in this book all have one thing in common, an overwhelming desire to find happiness and live an empowered life. It’s about the fire that makes you unstoppable on the journey to get what you want. It is permeated with the drive to make the most of opportunities and situations, and to empower yourself to take an active role in your destiny. It is what these short stories and poems all share, even if they are all so very different. At the core of this book is the inherent passion to live a better, happier, and more magical life.

30 review for Shoot Down the Wendy Bird: A Collection of Short Stories & Poetry

  1. 5 out of 5

    Chelsea (chelseadolling reads)

    It's always scary to agree to read a book written by a friend, but fuck I am SO glad to have read this. This was an absolutely beautiful collection of stories and I cried THREE TIMES reading this. I CRIED OVER SHORT STORIES. That just goes to show how much honesty and how much of herself Julie put into this collection. My heart!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Aoife

    “Life doesn’t slow for the timid, It doesn’t bend to the bruised.”

  3. 4 out of 5

    Ola Magick

    An incredible read made of many incredible shorter reads. Julie Zantopolous is able to grab your attention with a couple of words and make you feel part of the story in few lines. If her stories, every single one of them, were the beginning of an entire novel I'd read it and probably I wouldn't be able to put it down. I actually wasn't able to put down Shoot Down The Wendy Bird tobe honest, I kept telling myself "one more story and then you go sleep" *132 hours later...* "just one more...". When An incredible read made of many incredible shorter reads. Julie Zantopolous is able to grab your attention with a couple of words and make you feel part of the story in few lines. If her stories, every single one of them, were the beginning of an entire novel I'd read it and probably I wouldn't be able to put it down. I actually wasn't able to put down Shoot Down The Wendy Bird tobe honest, I kept telling myself "one more story and then you go sleep" *132 hours later...* "just one more...". When a book touches you only with its introduction you knowit's gonna be good: the aknoweledgments ans the premise alone are both already so good, inpiring and endeering that I got teary eyes. I almost never cry with books. The whole collection is truly a special little gem. It touches so many different topic keeping an underlying "never give up" kind of theme tha is truly so inspiring and empowering in the best way possible. Other themes explored in this are grief, mental illnesses - great reps btw -, self loathing and self care, fear, love, abusive relationships and simply life with all the good, bad and evil. Julie's writing and storytelling are beautiful and flowy. She has this awesome ability t0 depict all the feelings in such a real way that you can actually feel them yourself; she can show how complicated easy things can be and viceversa, creating plot twists even in the shortest stories. This is a book you can read in one sitting or one story at time depending on your tastes, I promise that the experince will be great in any case. It will make you think, you'll relate to many stories, feelings and characters, it will make you cry, it will make you hope and dream, it will make you uncomfortble (one of the stories, The Other, truly made me feel scared and anxious which is something that rarely books can do to me - tha is probably one of my fav stories in this collection). Put it simply it will give you ALL THE FEELS, and it's amazing. A new fav of life, will always have it's place into my heart. ***AFTER REREADING IT*** today I went to reread one or two stories... well I ended up rereading the whole thing in few hours, with even stronger emotions and good crying session and I wanna say that I loved it even more than the 1st time🖤

  4. 4 out of 5

    Latasha (ATashOfMagicAndPages)

    This collection of flash fiction and poetry will put a smile on your face to reaching for tissues to wipe the tears. I highly recommend this book if your looking for a read that will give you all the feels.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Donald Lail

    omg that just happened.......

  6. 5 out of 5

    Lucy

    This book by Julie Zantopoulos was amazing book filled with characters both real and imaginary that are faced with emotions and situations that we all face in our lives. As the reader I was able to connect with the laughter, the sadness, the anger and even the confusions that each story describes. Please read more... http://lmadridweb.wix.com/lucysjar This book by Julie Zantopoulos was amazing book filled with characters both real and imaginary that are faced with emotions and situations that we all face in our lives. As the reader I was able to connect with the laughter, the sadness, the anger and even the confusions that each story describes. Please read more... http://lmadridweb.wix.com/lucysjar

  7. 5 out of 5

    Dylan

    I'm usually not a fan of short story collections so I was already nervous going into this and on top of that layer of nervousness, it added yet ANOTHER layer of being nervous because Julie is a good friend of mine (how awkward would it be if I didn't like my friend's book?). I'm VERY happy to say that this is one of my favorite books of the year. I connected with almost every one of these stories and cried three times. I recommend this highly. Go get it.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer LeBlanc

    I thoroughly enjoyed this collection of flash fiction and poetry. 😊

  9. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    This was the first short story collection I’ve willingly read and OMG was it AMAZING. Finishing this absolutely made me want to pick up other flash fiction and poetry and give it a shot! I cannot WAIT to meet Julie, get my book signed and last but not least, get my hands on her future works.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Stelter

    I absolutely love this. So much. I love Julie's writing so much. It's so easy to read and there's so much depth to each story. I am not really one for short stories but this just dragged me in and I couldn't stop thinking about all the stories when I took a break from it to work. It was just so good! Great job, Julie. I can't wait for more from you.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    Beautiful

  12. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    This made me feel? So many things? Bring on ALL of the flash fiction!

  13. 4 out of 5

    Amanda

    Brilliant stories that left me wanting more! I related to so many of the characters. She definitely got the feelings of anxiety exactly right. Some of the stories I was so sad was so short 😂😂 I was like wait nooo don’t be over. Crap, you’re over. Highly recommend this book!

  14. 5 out of 5

    Shannon Quinn

    Short story collections and I have had a pretty bad relationship in the past, but I wanted to support an indie author and one of my favorite YouTubers, so I decided to pick this collection up. Most of the previous short stories I have read are either not enough for me to get the least bit invested in the story, or they just start to interest me and then are done, leaving me unsatisfied. This collection was neither of those things. It truly felt like I was a fly on the wall, seeing small snippets Short story collections and I have had a pretty bad relationship in the past, but I wanted to support an indie author and one of my favorite YouTubers, so I decided to pick this collection up. Most of the previous short stories I have read are either not enough for me to get the least bit invested in the story, or they just start to interest me and then are done, leaving me unsatisfied. This collection was neither of those things. It truly felt like I was a fly on the wall, seeing small snippets of people's lives. Some stories were just a few moments out of one day in a person's life, others covered much longer spans of time. I really loved the writing and ALL of them had me interested/invested within a few sentences. While I want to know more, I do not feel unsatisfied with how any of the stories ended. There was not one single story that I did not enjoy, but a few of my favorites were He Walked on Water, Night Terrors, Collateral Damage, and The Other. My overwhelming top favorite in the book was The Short Walk Home (all three parts). I only have two regrets: that I read it all at once and now it is done, and that it was not longer so I could enjoy even more stories. I read a LOT, so I very rarely keep books once I have read them, or else I would currently be on my fifth or sixth storage unit to store them all, but I am definitely keeping this one. It is going nowhere! I can only hope that there is more to come in the future, as I will snap it up in a heartbeat.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Casey, with a book

    I enjoyed this collection of flash fiction and poetry from indie author and youtuber Julie Zantopoulos. The stories vary in that they all follow different characters and scenarios, yet they have a cohesive voice and style of reflecting on important, emotional moments in a person's (especially a woman's) life. Julie has a particular talent for building tension toward big reveals, and so in few words her stories can pack a big emotional punch. The pieces I found most poignant were those that refle I enjoyed this collection of flash fiction and poetry from indie author and youtuber Julie Zantopoulos. The stories vary in that they all follow different characters and scenarios, yet they have a cohesive voice and style of reflecting on important, emotional moments in a person's (especially a woman's) life. Julie has a particular talent for building tension toward big reveals, and so in few words her stories can pack a big emotional punch. The pieces I found most poignant were those that reflected on grief and regret, although the collection does capture a range of emotions from youth to old age. I'd recommend it for a quick but thought- and feels-provoking read.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Allie Dawn

    It's finally time to give this book its fair dues. I will start out by saying that this was my first experience with short stroies and flash fiction. Infact I didn't even know what flash fiction is. I decided to read this on a whim, I have been watching the author's channel for a while and her videos seriously brighten my day. You see, I am a booknerd. I review on my blog and sometimes on here, I do plan a youtube channel soon. When that day happens, I do not know. But besides all that, the auth It's finally time to give this book its fair dues. I will start out by saying that this was my first experience with short stroies and flash fiction. Infact I didn't even know what flash fiction is. I decided to read this on a whim, I have been watching the author's channel for a while and her videos seriously brighten my day. You see, I am a booknerd. I review on my blog and sometimes on here, I do plan a youtube channel soon. When that day happens, I do not know. But besides all that, the author is just one of my faves and I was so completely hesitant to go into this book, I thought "what if I don't like it" "will it change the way I view this person?" "Will I feel like I need to write a good review regardless?" So many questions, so many risks. But I decided to take the plunge. Forget the risks and just do it. Book reviews and honesty are so important to me and I knew that no matter the outcome, I would state my opinion honestly. So honestly, I really enjoyed this collection. At first I did not. At first I was confused, I didn't understand what I was supposed to get out out of these stories. Then about 40pgs in I started getting the flow. I started using my imagination and I realized these weren't just stories. They were beginings, endings, just a short interlude into someones life. That's all I was supposed to see, the rest I was supposed to figure out on my own. It was up to me to interpert the direction the story goes. And from then on I understood. So many of these stories could have taken a dark turn, they could have gone the creepy route, but instead Julie chose to make most of these hopeful, full of instances where someone chose the high road rather than a path of self-destruction. Then I realized that is just who the author is, the reason I know this is bc I could feel the emotion put behind most of these stories. The author had a story to tell, a dream to fufill and it shows in her writting. This book really inspired me. After finishing it, I started getting back into writting and reviewing. I am so thankful for the oppurtunity I had to read this book and to be encouraged and inspired . Also: I purchased this book on my own, bc I watch the author's channel. These opinions are my own and I stand by them!

  17. 4 out of 5

    Amber LaShell

    Wow, what a great selection of stories and poems. There is such depth and emotion wrapped into such little words. I can't even pick a favorite because it would be like picking which child I love the most. I can't wait to read whatever Julie writes next!

  18. 4 out of 5

    Taylor Burns

    This collection swept my off my feet in the most amazing way! I felt my heart race with characters. I felt my heart break for characters. For being such short stories, there was so much depth and passion! I have favorites, for sure (Charlie's Forever and Coming Home) but this entire collection is something I can read cover to cover and have different favorites at different times.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Shelby Dawson

    Definitely flash fiction; this was a nice quick read. I don't think flash is my style, but as I'm not really one for short stories in general this didn't surprise me. I did enjoy this and it was cool to read some writing by someone I have followed on social media for so long. Stand out stories for me: 50 Years of Silence The Other and all of The Short Walk Home chapters

  20. 4 out of 5

    All is on books

    I am shook! I am amazed at how you are sucked in by only a few words and are crying before you know it.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sam

    I really loved this. I found so much I could relate to and those parts felt really authentically portrayed. Julie can write from the perspectives of men, women and children and each voice feels very unique. I can't wait to read anything else she writes.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Katie Elise

    I went into this knowing I would be biased (I absolutely love Julie from her BookTube channel), but I was determined to rate the book on it's actual merit & my enjoyment... Solid 5 Stars!! This short story collection was amazing! 50 Years of Silence, Re-Write, and more gave me actual chills with the last sentence / conclusion. As a beginning writer myself, Julie is so inspiring to me... Would certainly recommend. I went into this knowing I would be biased (I absolutely love Julie from her BookTube channel), but I was determined to rate the book on it's actual merit & my enjoyment... Solid 5 Stars!! This short story collection was amazing! 50 Years of Silence, Re-Write, and more gave me actual chills with the last sentence / conclusion. As a beginning writer myself, Julie is so inspiring to me... Would certainly recommend.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Rachel Foster

    Some of these stories I related to because I've been there before, some of them just tugged my heart strings, but every single one of them has so much depth and emotion. This was such a fantastic read and I'm kind of mad at myself for taking so long to pick it up. I can't wait for more from this amazing author!

  24. 4 out of 5

    Laura

    I LOVED LOVED LOVED this collection! Please check out my full thoughts here: https://cutloosebookloose.wordpress.c... I LOVED LOVED LOVED this collection! Please check out my full thoughts here: https://cutloosebookloose.wordpress.c...

  25. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Brady

    really enjoyable. My favourites were 50 years of silence,night terrors and the other. looking forward to reading more in the future

  26. 5 out of 5

    Amy McDougal

    My last read of 2018! If I could, I would mark it with an extra half star. At the end of each short story I either wanted to know more about the characters, because I had questions, or I wanted to weep from their heart breaking moments. I was pulled in from just a few sentences. It was an experience of written emotion. I read "Pink Hydrangea" 3 times and had watering eyes and sniffles every dang time. "I Don't Want to See"... sobby sob. There were two particular poems that I was drawn into; "Fre My last read of 2018! If I could, I would mark it with an extra half star. At the end of each short story I either wanted to know more about the characters, because I had questions, or I wanted to weep from their heart breaking moments. I was pulled in from just a few sentences. It was an experience of written emotion. I read "Pink Hydrangea" 3 times and had watering eyes and sniffles every dang time. "I Don't Want to See"... sobby sob. There were two particular poems that I was drawn into; "Free Falling", in the end I was right there on the edge too... & "Storm" I could feel the magic. I'm so glad I purchased this. I'm positive I'll be re-reading, and adding to the annotations I've already made. I'm truely ooking forward to reading more of Julie's work.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Tate Rose

    Amazing. It gave me all the feels. So many different worlds contained in one book and all connected by one thing: the human experience. It's clear how much love and emotion went into every word. Highly recommend. My favorite stories include "Bewitched", "50 Years of Silence", and "I Don't Want to See".

  28. 4 out of 5

    Martin Meek

    Julie zantopulos is a writer of micro mini short stories. Some of her stories Hit me hard. I didn't know what to think when coming into these short stories but I want to say this I gave it five stars. I laughed I cried and I even thought to myself on some of these what would I do. I recommend this author and will pick up any other book she writes.

  29. 5 out of 5

    David Schulte

    4.5/5 First book I’ve read written by someone I have found on YouTube! While most of the stories and poems were great, a couple of ‘em just wasn’t for me. That’s the reasoning behind the rating. I hope Julie publishes more work soon!

  30. 5 out of 5

    julianna_books

    Such an amazing emotional read. Definitely recommend

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