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Review: Wing Jones by Katherine Webber

25909375TITLE:  Wing Jones
WRITTEN BY: Katherine Webber
PUBLISHED BY: Walker Books
VERSION I READ: paperback
PAGES: 384
DIVERSITY: bi-ratial MC.

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(PLOT BY GR)With a grandmother from China and another from Ghana, fifteen-year-old Wing Jones is often caught between worlds. But when tragedy strikes, Wing discovers a talent for running she never knew she had. Wing’s speed could bring her family everything it needs. It could also stop Wing getting the one thing she wants.

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Thank you to my awesome friend and blogger pal Amy from Read.Dream..Live for gifted me a copy of Wing Jones and made it signed by Katherine Webber. It was one of the best gift I ever received! So thank you!

I have been meant to reading this book for awhile and when I received on the mail I take the opportunity and started as soon as I could.
I quite have mixed feelings about this book and the story in general: it definitely wasn’t what I expected and I just don’t know how I am supposed to react in front of certain things.

  • Everytime Wing (the main character) has to face a tough period like his brother’s coma or her father’s death there are a dragon and a lioness that just pop up to cheer her up. A sort of invisible friends. What I was wondering about this is: is this a bit racist maybe? She is a biracial character (POC/Asian) but one of the few moments where the different culture has been underlined on the book it’s when those friends appear.
  • The year is 1995. WHY? At the start of the story has been specified that it is 1995 but I can’t see the reason. I didn’t notice any difference in the story arc it could have been set in 2017 and the story will be exactly the same. I tried to contact the author on twitter but she never answered my question. This is still a bit question mark for me.

What I really missed on the book is the diversity! The entire Wing’s family is POC or Asian but I didn’t find any kind of culture difference if not the classic: food and school bullying. I mean I enjoyed the story and the relationship between Wing and her brother but I just didn’t feel the diverse-part in the book. I wanted to know more about the culture. More about being biracial and how the world perceives you. I just think the book is missing something.

Little mention to Heather Parker: the most hated character. I found in her a Blair Waldorf version and it pissed me off: a rich and white character who can actually say and act as she wants without consequences. This just made me so mad! I hated Blair Waldorf for that and I hated Heather. People need consequences!

quote   “But I don’t run. Instead, I back into the corner, wishing I were so small that all you could see of me was the tuft of my hair and it was so small you’d mistake it for a dust ball. That’s how small I’m trying to make myself.”  

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