Tuesday, March 14, 2017

The Heartbeats of Wing Jones
by Katherine Webber

Hardcover336 pages
Expected publication: March 14th 2017 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers 
ISBN: 0399555021

Jandy Nelson meets Friday Night Lights in this sweeping, warm, arrestingly original novel about family, strength, and hope.

Wing Jones, like everyone else in her town, has worshipped her older brother, Marcus, for as long as she can remember. Good-looking, popular, and the star of the football team, Marcus is everything his sister is not.

Until the night everything changes when Marcus, drunk at the wheel after a party, kills two people and barely survives himself. With Marcus now in a coma, Wing is crushed, confused, and angry. She is tormented at school for Marcus’s mistake, haunted at home by her mother and grandmothers’ grief. In addition to all this, Wing is scared that the bank is going to repossess her home because her family can’t afford Marcus’s mounting medical bills.

Every night, unable to sleep, Wing finds herself sneaking out to go to the school’s empty track. When Aaron, Marcus’s best friend, sees her running one night, he recognizes that her speed, skill, and agility could get her spot on the track team. And better still, an opportunity at a coveted sponsorship from a major athletic gear company. Wing can’t pass up the opportunity to train with her longtime crush and to help her struggling family, but can she handle being thrust out of Marcus’s shadow and into the spotlight?

I was not expecting to love this book as much as I did. I was completely entranced by this book. The characters, the plot, the romance, and the writing kept me glued to the pages. There were times where I was on the verge of sobbing, and then there were parts where I was laughing out loud. This book had the perfect amount of heartbreak, humor, family bonds, real-life battles, triumph, and romance. I loved everything about this book! 

The main character, Wing, felt so realistic. I really connected to her and I felt like I understood every emotion she was feeling. Wing was strong, sympathetic, dedicated, loving, and so much more. I was rooting for her from the first page of the book. There was just something so endearing about Wing that I couldn't help but want to hug her and be her best friend.

The romance in this book was ADORABLE. It was perfectly paced and it made me swoon so many times. I seriously loved the romance. It felt very natural and just perfect. The romance never took away from the main plot of the book, instead, it enhanced the plot. I could read about the couple in this book FOREVER. I SHIP THEM SO HARD. THEY MAKE ME SO FREAKING HAPPY. 

The diversity in this book was great. I loved how the author made that a prominent aspect of the book. It was extremely refreshing! I also liked how the author really focused on family ties and how important family is. It made my heart fill with joy! 

I could go on and on about how much I loved this book. I was happy and content with the ending of this book, but I would die from happiness if there was a sequel to this book. I WANT TO READ ABOUT THESE CHARACTERS FOR THE REST OF MY LIFE. 

I would recommend this book to anyone and everyone!

5 / 5 Fangs

*This ebook was given to me in exchange for an honest review. * 

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