Author: Katherine Webber Publisher: Walker Books Release Date: January 5th 2017 Genre: YA, Contemporary, Romance Pages: 384
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 was so excited for this book’s release. I think it was around November time when I heard about it, or seen a few people with ARCs of it, but as soon as I heard about it I knew I needed it. Ask anybody who knows me––as it edged closer and closer to the release date it was all I talked about. This was the first new release on my list for 2017, and it certainly didn’t disappoint. Wing Jones is such an exceptional, unique character. I loved the diversity in the book and the romance that creeped up on you throughout the novel, and one that Webber orchestrates so easily that you have no other choice but love them together. “But almost all the models in magazines are white.” The setting –– in Atlanta, during the 90’s –– really, really added to the book’s atmosphere too. I don’t think it would have been as good as it was if it had been set in any other time period. Webber setting it during the mid 90s was an excellent idea.
Also, I really urge you to pick us this book and read it because you will love LaoLao and Granny Dee, probably just as much as I did. They’re fantastic and different and downright hilarious characters that probably were my favourite aspect of this book.