May 1st 2009 by HarperTeen
Hardcover, 304 pages
rating: 3 of 5 stars
0061668036 (isbn13: 9780061668036)
"Laurel's shoes flipped a cheerful rhythm that defied her dark mood."
Wings, author Aprilynne Pike’s debut, tells the story of Laurel as she starts a new school in a cozy California town. Her mom’s a homeopath, her dad is opening a bookstore, and her first friend at her new school is a hunky science whiz. When two zit-like bumps appear on her back and keep growing, Laurel has to face the reality of who she is and what her purpose really is.
Wings is one of the first YA books I've read that caused me to think, “oh. This is definitely YA.” Don’t misunderstand. Pike’s writing feels effortless, her characters are real, and Laurel herself is a kick-ass protagonist. It’s not urban-punk fantasy in the sense of Holly Black’s Tithe, but it’s more urban fantasy than, for example, Frewin Jones’s The Faerie Path.
Carrie Ryan, Charlotte's Library, Alex Moore I, Alex Moore II, Alex Moore III, Alex Moore IV