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The Wingmen [Kindle Edition]

Laura Donovan
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Like many 17-year-olds, Molly Doyle walked into her final year of high school assuming it would be all about college planning, prom, graduation, and adventures with friends. Though nursing a broken heart, Molly believed she led a rather charmed existence: she had a highly motivated but fun social circle, a position in student government, a sophisticated older brother and sister-in-law, easygoing parents, and a bright future, but when her adoring father was diagnosed with stage four liver cancer on Thanksgiving Day, she realized there would be more to her senior year than the standard teenage experience.

At the same point in time, Molly's former boyfriend and first love was just getting settled at Harvard and behaving cold and apathetic toward her, adding insult to injury because she still had feelings for him. A bittersweet story of love and loss, THE WINGMEN tackles the paradox between trying to experience the joys of youth and having no choice but to grow up and endure something most people don't face until adulthood.

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About the Author

Laura Donovan is a writer in New York City and most recently served as associate editor of The Jane Dough, a women's site owned by ABC News legal analyst Dan Abrams. Prior to working for Abrams, she resided in Washington and served as online editor and staff writer for The Daily Caller. Her work has appeared in Forbes, xoJane, Mashable, Nerve, Mediaite, Yahoo!, and The Washington Times, among other publications, and she has also appeared on HuffPost Live and Clash Daily. She is a proud upper east side resident.

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  • File Size: 519 KB
  • Print Length: 323 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1481949721
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00B28KAIG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,150,192 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Wingmen Review February 28, 2013
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"The Wingmen" by Laura Donovan is the story of a girl, Molly, trying to navigate through breaking up with her first love, her senior year of high school and, the strongest plot point, coping with her father's impending death.

A few things I wasn't crazy about...

1) When I first started reading The Wingmen, it was little difficult for me to get into at first. I think this is because of the amount of characters the reader is introduced to right away: family members, friends, high school peers, high school teachers... etc. With little to go on beyond a physical description and a little bit of background information, it was difficult for me to keep track of who was who. It was especially difficult for me to keep track of which high school friend was which, though as the story went on and I got to know the characters more they became much easier to keep track of. If the author had included a few more specific details about the characters (especially the high school friends) in the beginning (simple things like "xxxx" wore her hair the same way since we met in second grade when we were forced to share paste...etc.), it would have lessened my confusion. (Carrie is exempt from this. She was probably my favorite character in the book.)

2) The book opens with Molly being broken up with her first serious boyfriend, Jon, before he moves across the country to attend school at Harvard. It was difficult for me to feel sympathy at first, but that's because I didn't know Molly or Jon well enough to feel connected to them, to realize how much this was going to alter Molly's life. As the novel went on, the flashbacks and memories made me feel a lot more for them.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent! May 22, 2013
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I was captivated from the start, the prologue was a great way to set a tone and prepare us for the direction the story was going to go. Really really enjoyed it!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Great Read! March 16, 2013
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The plot becomes apparent as you travel along this path. Very detailed character development! I would recommend to those interested in this genre of writing.
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The author bares her soul, enabling young readers to understand the changes that come when a parent is given a terminal diagnosis, placing a teenager in a previously unthinkable life-altering position, having to navigate the new demands of the situation.
Prior to this, the emphasis was more on self: school, career choices, girlhood crushes and looking forward to college experiences. Suddenly, adulthood and mortality are thrust on a high schooler who learns to understand a dying dad's outbursts and needs, while holding onto and developing her sense of self.
It should be recommended reading for families of those in hospice care for guidance in understanding and assisting a younger person facing a major loss.
The author amusingly incorporates the teenage angst of fitting in at school, dealing with an oddball assortment of friends, and finding (and losing) her first love while, nonetheless, growing up before our eyes.
An up-lifting primer for anyone dealing with an impending loss.
Hope to read this compelling writer's next book; perhaps one detailing the trauma and joys of pursuing a journalism career.
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