Sunday, September 6, 2015

We Never Asked for Wings by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

book review

Book synopsis(via Goodreads): 

For fourteen years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, now fifteen, and Luna, six—in their tiny apartment on a forgotten spit of wetlands near the bay. But now Letty’s parents are returning to Mexico, and Letty must step up and become a mother for the first time in her life.

Navigating this new terrain is challenging for Letty, especially as Luna desperately misses her grandparents and Alex, who is falling in love with a classmate, is unwilling to give his mother a chance. Letty comes up with a plan to help the family escape the dangerous neighborhood and heartbreaking injustice that have marked their lives, but one wrong move could jeopardize everything she’s worked for and her family’s fragile hopes for the future.

Vanessa Diffenbaugh blends gorgeous prose with compelling themes of motherhood, undocumented immigration, and the American Dream in a powerful and prescient story about family.

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***Many thanks to Net Galley and Random House Publishing Group-Ballantine for the advanced reader's copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.***

This insomniac's opinion: 

I really enjoyed Vanessa Diffenbaugh's debut novel, The Language of Flowers: A Novel. Therefore, when I saw that she had a new novel out, I was thrilled to read it. 

Just as with her first novel, Diffenbaugh writes incredibly honest, sometimes gritty characters. While I think this novel was a bit predictable, I truly enjoyed the plot and found myself really rooting for the characters when they fall on very hard times. Overall, a good read. 

Worth staying up all night to read?

I think so. 


4 stars