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.
This is such a lovely contemporary read. It has a couple of really tiny fantastical elements too, which I liked.
I loved so much about this book – wing coming into herself, her sense of loneliness but also her sense of faith in her dragon and lioness, the grandma’s 💙💙💙💙, her discussions of what it meant to be biracial, the little things around that like the nurse not thinking her Mum was related to Marcus, her discovery of running and sense of freedom. So many things. I could keep going 😉
I did have a couple of niggles, and almost downgraded it half a star, but I loved so much of it that it didn’t seem fair. My main one is not really knowing what happens next. Without being too spoilery, it seems to end quite suddenly. I get that it’s the end goal and a good place for it in many ways, there’s so much up in the air money and health wise for many characters.
Also, wing being that fast with no training or general fitness was quite hard to believe.
But those are set aside in favour of loving the writing and Wing and her family. I loved the sense of inclusion in this book. 💙