On Little Wings (Regina Sirois)
Annnd . . . what do I think so far?
Jennifer's life feels like a lie when she finds a picture in a book of a woman that looks like her. When she asks her parents about it, she finds she's been lied to her whole life! Her mother isn't an only child, she has a sister--that Jennifer's never met or heard of. Against her mother's wishes she travels to Maine to meet the only family she will know on her mother's side. She also meets a neighbor, Nathan Moore, who's a little older than she is, and wonders what falling in love would be like. The story is a journey of Jennifer as she tries to piece together the story of her mother and aunt's shattered relationship.
The writing is beautiful and once the story got to Smithport, Maine I couldn't put it down. The characters set up a stage and lead you through complicated relationships in Jennifer's family and with the surrounding characters. Many parts made me laugh and several made me cry too.
Though the main character is sixteen, it doesn't read like a YA story. Because the story lines surround numerous middle aged + characters, I think it's much more suited to an older audience and would be a great book for book clubs.