Wednesday, 27 September 2017

BOOK REVIEW- WING JONES

TITLE: Wing Jones
AUTHOR:  Katherine Webber
PUBLISHER:  Walker Books
AGE GROUP: 12+
RATING:  5/5
SOURCE: Sent by publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
RELEASE DATE: 5th January 2017.


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SYNOPSIS



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.

"Wing Jones" is the exact contemporary pick-up that I needed. It stands out immensely amongst other young adult books, with an exciting protagonist and a vivid but fast paced plot. 

Set in the 90's in Atlanta, Wing is caught between two worlds. She feels like she just doesn't fit in and is overshadowed by her brother Marcus, meaning she struggles with her identity. However, when a family tragedy hits whilst she is finding her true talent, can it help to save herself and her loved ones?

Katherine Webber's words were absolutely stunning; I have never been to America myself, but I felt as if I was running along the beautiful beach with Wing and watching her on the running track. Her beautiful writing style would make me elated to read anything of her's again. Webber catches the feeling of freedom when Wing runs perfectly, which is great. The figurative imagery was phenomenal; everything from the characters to the setting was jumping out of the pages. 

 I adored Wing as a character, I built up a connection easily with her. Also, I adored the secondary characters, especially Wing's Grandmas. It's refreshing to see a family plan such a large role in a novel.  Books that are just so good that force you to read them, no matter whether you can or can't. But I can easily say that I wasn't complaining, as I was escaping into Wing's world. 

"Wing Jones" summed up in one word is stunning- the book is an essential for your TBR pile. Katherine Webber is an exciting voice in YA, and I can't wait to hear what she has in store next.


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