Tuesday, September 29, 2015

#MMBBR Review: We Never Asked for Wings By Vanessa Diffenbaugh @bookofthemonth @VDiffenbaugh


My Pick for September via Book of the Month was.....

From the beloved New York Times bestselling 

author of The Language of Flowers comes her much-anticipated new novel about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds.

For fourteen years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children—Alex, fifteen, and Luna, just 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.

Vanessa DiffenbaughVANESSA DIFFENBAUGH was born in San Francisco and raised in Chico, California. After graduating from Stanford University, sheworked in the non-profit sector, teaching art and technology to youth in low-income communities. Following the success of her debut novel, The Language of Flowers, she co-founded Camellia Network, a non-profit whose mission is to connect every youth aging out of foster care to the critical resources, opportunities, and support they need to thrive in adulthood. She currently lives in Monterey, CA, with her husband and four children.

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This book was AMAZING from cover to cover.  It is brilliantly written and heart breaking and hopeful and unputdownable all in one.  We Never Asked for Wings is a story that will stick to my heart for a long time.  Written in a way that steered clear of what has been done before and paved a path with a new story that cannot help but pull the reader in and create a sense of connection between the reader and characters.  This is a must read for all book clubs and a 5 star read!!!  

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