Title: The Heartbeats of Wing Jones
Author: Katherine Webber
Page count: 336 pages
Format availability: Kindle eBook
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (Random House Children’s)
Release date: March 14 2017
Series / anthology / stand alone: Stand alone
Got my copy via Netgalley for an exchange of honest review! Thank you Random House Children’s! I include an excerpt from Chapters 1 to 3. Feel free to read it 😀
Jandy Nelson meets Friday Night Lights in this sweeping, warm, arrestingly original novel about family, poverty, 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?
Wow… I didn’t expect that this book will be so good. At first, it really bores me reading this book but I dug in deeper and the message of this book is really heart touching.
This is the story of Wing Jones that she’s been acting all weird and freak as one of her enemies been calling her. Her life is perfect around her brother until one accident changes her life. Her brother is in coma and she has started imagining things, her lion and her dragon, dragging her off. She started running with her imaginary friends and until one day, she was coached and someone notice her while running every night. She got in the team and keeping her legs and feet together to help her parents’ bills and helping her brother in coma. She has been in one hell living athlete like her brother.
I’ve read a lot of cliffhanger books and man, I didn’t expect it will end like that. I was really assuring myself that it will have an epilogue or something to continue to Wing’s story… But none, I swipe my kindle and I saw a freaking acknowledgement and I’m shocked at the ending. I was like, “No that can’t be ending!” I was so obsessed reading Wing story… From her struggle on her brother coma, to her classes, her depression and friends how approached her. I can feel it in my nerves directly. Why author why?
For all the characters, of course I love Wing itself and Aaron. She’s been trying so hard to be there in her family and keeping her track on her running skills and being there with Aaron and with her two grannies. I like she’s having friends and of course her love story with Aaron is really eye catching! For Aaron, he’s understandable like every guy will be so fangirling right now if they found out about this guy. He’s been dramatic sometimes but hell, I love him too.
Overall, this book is one pack! Every detail is so memorable and I really love it, but I wished it didn’t end there, I really want more. I really want to know what happened to Wing Jones after that great race of hers L but of all that, I’m so happy to read this book. I really can’t wait to have this in my hands.
About the Author
Katherine Webber was born in Southern California in 1987. She has lived in Hong Kong, Hawaii, and Atlanta. She currently lives in London with her husband, Kevin. She loves an adventure, whether it is found in a book or in real life. She has travelled to over 45 countries. Travel, books, and eating out are her favourite indulgences. Katherine studied Comparative Literature at the University of California, Davis and Chinese literature and language at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She has worked at an international translation company, a technology startup, and, most recently, a London based reading charity. Wing Jones is her first novel. Katherine is represented by Claire Wilson at Rogers, Coleridge and White.
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