* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review *
Publisher: Walker Books
Release Date: January 5th 2017
Summary (from Goodreads):
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 heard so many people talking about this book at the end of last year and I jumped at a chance to get an early copy. Big thanks to the team at Walker Books for sending one out to me.
Wing has always looked up to her brother, but when he has an accident and ends up in a coma she starts running to cope with the feelings she’s unsure how to process. After struggling with her identity for years, with a grandmother from China and one from Ghana, she’s always struggled to fit in, but running offers her a way to make friends, help her family and find herself.
This was a really lovely read and I loved the focus on sibling relationship. In the beginning Wing looks up to Marcus and thinks he’s perfect, but after the accident she learns more about him and it puts their relationship to the test. I’m a big fan of sibling relationships in books as I find them so much more interesting than your usual romance stories. Saying that, there is a lovely romance story here too, which perfectly captures that first crush you have on someone you probably shouldn’t.
The characters in the this book were all wonderful. I loved Wing and was really rooting for her throughout the book, and my heart ached for everything she went through. Marcus was great as the perfect older brother in the beginning and it was interesting to see his character after the accident, although I won’t say too much on that in case of spoilers. Monica and Aaron both had lovely relationships with Wing as the sister of their boyfriend/best friend and the way they stuck together through everything was touching.
The ending felt a little rushed to me, although I don’t know if it’s just because I wanted to keep on reading Wing’s story. Overall a really great debut and I hope lots of people read it this year.