Jandy Nelson meets Friday Night Lights: a sweeping story about love and family from an exceptional new voice in YA. With a grandmother from China and another from Ghana, fifteen-year-old Wing Jones is often caught between worlds. But when tragedy strikes, Wing discovers a talent for running she never knew she had. Wing’s speed could bring her family everything it needs. It could also stop Wing getting the one thing she wants.
- I’ve been looking forward to Wing Jones forever, just because it is so different from the books I normally read, and I was not disappointed. This made me want to read more YA. Like, now.
- The writing is glorious, y’all. I feel like every other page I was gasping at how gorgeously it was written. Beautiful, compelling prose and not an awkward sentence in sight!
- Wing’s arc through this book was just lovely to read. I loved that she grew in self esteem through her running, and I absolutely adored the love story–it developed so naturally and the KISSING scenes–oh my gosh!
- Wing’s grandmothers. They were hilarious and sweet and sassy as hell. I really enjoyed how family focused this book was–I absolutely loved the dynamic between Wing, her mum and her grandmothers, and I really enjoyed seeing their different reactions to the tragedy (SPOILERS!) in Wing Jones.
- The running. I can’t run (seriously, my doctor told me that the only time I’m allowed to run is if my life is in danger!). But this book not only made me want to run, but the descriptions of Wing’s running left me breathless–if the closest thing I get to running is reading Wing Jones, then I can cope with that.
- So, overall, Wing Jones is a beautifully written book about a girl you will love, that will make you want to take up running. This really lives up to the hype. If you love YA, and are looking for something a little different, then I really recommend this book.