On Little Wings Kindle Edition
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I've seen some reviews mention the author as a wordsmith, and I agree. Thunderstorms are visually beautiful and inspiring events, but Sirois uses lush poetic prose to make them a thing of art through writing. And that's just one example of the way she uses her mastery of language to inspire.
I've seen some reviews mention the plot as simplistic. I didn't need it to be complex. The characters, the setting, the writing; those were what compelled me through the story, so that I felt as much in love with Nebraska and Maine as Jennifer, the main character.
This book, and its author, are a gift, wrapped in delicious storytelling, with a beautiful cover as the bow. Don't miss it!
As she gets to know her aunt, Sarah, and the quaint family next door - super smart, strange children with a fragile mother and no father, and the local characters of fishermen and eccentric old lady, she grows to love the place and its inhabitants more and more. Not to mention her aunt's and next-door-ex-handsome pupil's habit to choose and quote to each other a line of poetry each evening.
Granted, it's an embarrassing thing to do, and the author doesn't pretend otherwise - in fact she seems to love making her characters squirm - it does however give the reader a few choice lines from Tennyson, Emerson, Frost, etc. (you can find the quotes back at the end of the book - my favorite is : "nothing gold can stay").
Jennifer and her best friend Cleo back home "just dont do" stupid stuff like falling in love then getting dumped by boys, but nevertheless Jennifer finds herself intrigued by Nathan - only Nathan has the interpersonal skills of a grizzly bear.
The story never becomes cheesy or predictable. The sea plays an important part in it as the ever-present element in a fishermen's village and intrinsic part of everybody who lives there.
I think this novel is enjoyable both by teens and adults. I preferred it to a good many other YA books of the same "genre". This one stands apart as a one-of-its-kind. Raw emotions are a big part of the story, but it beautifully manages to stay sweet, or bitter-sweet, and never becomes sirupy. If that makes sense.
Jennifer is another story, she is discovering the joy and pain that comes with first love. When you don't know what the other person is thinking, do they care as much as she does? Sirois gives us a great understanding of how this really feels. It brought me back to my days in high school when I fought that same battle.
On a personal note, this book touched home. I grew up hearing of the beauty of Maine. I did visit once, when I was 18 months old, so all I have of that vacation are photos; no memories. My grandfather was born and raised in Maine. While somewhat faded, his Maine accent is one of the things I remember most about him. The reference in On Little Wings to the Maine accent brought memories of my late grandfather rushing to my mind.
If you are looking for a book that will make you smile, laugh and maybe even shed a tear or two, this is a great one.
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