Wing Jones by Katherine Webber

Wing Jones is a debut novel, following 15 year old Wing as she discovers herself in a world where it's hard to find your own place. After an unexpected tragedy strikes the Jones family, Wing finds her love and skill for running. Often overshadowed by her sports star brother Marcus, she never thought it possible to be capable of such ability herself. A heartfelt and diverse read with a perfect blend of romance, friendship and family, a unique novel that the Young Adult genre desperately needed.

Genre: Contemporary

This is a very important book for the YA genre, exploring themes of family tensions, friendship and discovering what it means to believe in yourself. I have never felt so empowered after reading a book and Wing is a perfect role model to be inspired by, I am sure I was not the only one wanting to go for a run as soon as I put the book down! It is interesting that, in the beginning she uses her running as a distraction to the new chaotic atmosphere at home, which is a perfect example of how people deal with tragedy in different ways.

Even though sport was the main concept of this book, due to Wing's continuous training, the book was carefully balanced by never forgetting about the supporting characters and their respective plot lines. A key example is the tension that flows throughout between Wing's grandmothers. Coming from different cultures, one from Ghana and another from China, they often disagree, yet this book perfectly shows how important family can be and how deep down they are willing to do anything for each other. This made their dynamic so interesting to read, the story would not be the same without them.

This review wouldn't be complete without commenting on the romance, it was pleasantly age appropriate but still consumed my soul and gave me all sort of #goals. I find that YA books are prone to dramatising teenage relationships, often giving readers a sense of unrealistic hope but Wings' reaction to her first crush was totally me at her age, it was hilarious and heartwarming to read about!