Sunday, September 6, 2015

Book review: We Never Asked for Wings by Vanessa Diffenbaugh

It's time for a book review! We Never Asked for Wings is a book by the author Vanessa Diffenbaugh, a fiction book that brings you into the lives of a family that goes through many struggles, decisions and mistakes.
As a single parent, Letty does everything for her two children — apart from raise them. Being a mother terrifies her more than she can admit, and so she's always let her mother take that role. When Maria Elena ups and leaves, however, Letty has to confront her fears and become the parent she doesn't think she can be.
Even as she tries to give her children a future, Letty's teenage son, Alex, struggles to forgive his mother for choices she made in the past. But he and Letty are not so dissimilar, and both are prepared to risk everything for those they love.

This book captivated my attention from the very beginning, seriously I could not put this book down! 

It starts by introducing us to the main character Letty -  a 33 year old woman who has two children that were raised pretty much by her parents who have now gone back to Mexico, leaving Letty on her own to raise her 15 year old son Alex and 6 year old daughter Luna. Letty is feeling inadequate but learns to get things together. This is when we start to learn about teenage pregnancy, bullying, illegal immigration and responsibility.

I was captivated by all the characters and loved learning all the bits and pieces about them. Letty finds it hard to keep up with her demanding six year old Luna and having to make ends meet, works in a job that is enough to earn money to support them. Her 15 year old son Alex is a smart kid who needs the chance to accelerate, so Letty breaks a few rules to get him into a good school. Alex finds his first love, but makes a decision that may be the biggest mistake he will ever do. Letty finds some new and old friends who support her and help her through.

The story alternates between Alex and Letty. Being that I am a mother and have a son who is a teenager also, I was able to understand and empathise with them both. Alex has a lot of responsibility which made me sad to see everything he had to deal with and Letty whom I didn't really connect with at the beginning, did make a turn for the better towards the middle of the story and you just feel compassion for her and for trying her best.

I honestly didn't want this book to end. I loved that it covered topics that everyday people face like poverty, immigration issues, education, housing and much more. It also highlights hope and that mistakes although can't be changed, can help you learn and take the courage to find a new path and future.

I definitely recommend 'We Never Asked for Wings' written so well by Vanessa Diffenbaugh.

What book do you recommend reading next? What book have you read lately?


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