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Wild Swans by [Spotswood, Jessica]
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Length: 304 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled Page Flip: Enabled

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Gr 10 Up—Seventeen-year-old Ivy Milbourn feels just adequate. For the past three generations, young women of the Milbourn family have been blessed—and cursed—with sparkling artistic talent. A poetess, an artist, and a vocalist—they lived and died tragically short lives. At least, Ivy thought her mother was as good as dead after she abandoned Ivy as a toddler. Raised by her loving but unknowingly overbearing grandfather, the teen is beginning to feel the demands of the Milbourn legacy. And now, her mother Erica comes home, bringing Ivy's two half sisters with her. Erica could not deal with the pressure to become the next amazingly talented Milbourn—she is nasty, hurtful, and awful. The protagonist's perfect no-pressure summer comes to a screeching halt as she now has to navigate some serious emotional waters. Ivy gets to know her sisters, has her first serious boyfriend, and begins to assert herself in her interactions with others. She may not be an artistically talented Milbourn girl, but she has emotional strength to be envied by all who know her. She knows she is not okay yet, but she "will be." The language is very frank and the discussions of sexuality even more so. Underage drinking is viewed as expected and inevitable. Ivy's incredibly loyal friends are realistic, but some traits seem contrived to help support other characters. VERDICT A strong coming-of-age story for most YA collections.—Lisa Crandall, formerly at the Capital Area District Library, Holt, MI

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Ivy is sensitively portrayed, her struggles believably met at every turn... For anyone who suffers from too-heavy expectations, Ivy will ring true in this engaging, nearly flawless coming-of-age novel. - Kirkus (starred review)

A strong coming-of-age novel. - School Library Journal

Product details

  • File Size: 1035 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Fire (May 3, 2016)
  • Publication Date: May 3, 2016
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B019HQ2LEU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Lending: Not Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #602,291 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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