Author: Andrea Portes
Publisher: Harper Teen
Number of Pages: 400
Date Published: May 10 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult, Fiction
Willa Parker, 646th and least-popular resident of What Cheer, Iowa, is headed east to start a new life.
Did she choose this life? No, because that would be too easy—and nothing in Willa’s life is easy. It’s her famous genius mother’s idea to send her to ultra-expensive, ultra-exclusive Pembroke Prep, but Willa has no intention of fitting in at Pembroke. She’s not staying long, she decides. Not at this school—and not on this planet.
But when she meets peculiar, glittering Remy Taft, the richest, most mysterious girl on campus, she starts to see a foothold in this foreign world—a place where she could maybe, possibly, sort of fit in.
When Willa looks at Remy, she sees a girl who has everything. But for Remy, having everything comes at a price. And as she spirals out of control, Willa can feel Remy spinning right out of her grasp.
In Willa’s secret heart, all she’s ever wanted is to belong. But if Remy, the girl who gave her this world, is slip-sliding away, is Willa meant to follow her down?
Andrea Portes’s incandescent, heartfelt novel explores the meaning of friendship, new beginnings, and the precarious joy and devastating pain of finding home in a place—a person—with wings.
When I first read the synopsis of the book, I thought “Okay, this seems good” especially with the book’s tag line ‘When someone you love has wings, how can you keep them from the sky‘. So it caught my interest. Then I began reading the book and it seem kind of fun at first but as I progress on reading the book, it kind of started to get boring. The writing is kind of dull and I barely got immersed in the world of the book. Willa’s story telling and quick wit is fun but the thing is, I always felt sleepy every time I read the book.
I also felt bad because Willa didn’t get to save her friend, Remy, from the neever ending spiral of drug addiction and that’s when I realized that “Oh, maybe the meaning of that catchy tagline is that how can you keep a person from being high”, I don’t know. But really, after reading the book, it actually felt like its metaphor of a high or drugged someone. Maybe the book just isn’t for me, so yeah there’s that.