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Review: We Never Asked for Wings

October 8, 2015

We Never Asked for Wings

When Letty’s parents return to Mexico she’s left to parent her children alone.  She really doesn’t know her children all that well because she’d always left their care to her mother.  Letty realizes she needs to grow up and comes up with a plan to improve her life and the lives of her children.  In the meantime, her son, Alex, has gotten involved with a classmate who has troubles of her own.

It’s hard to say too much about We Never Asked for Wings by Vanessa Diffenbaugh without spoiling the story so I erred on the side of caution with my description.  I loved Diffenbaugh’s first book, The Language of Flowers, so was really excited to pick this one up.  I liked We Never Asked for Wings a great deal but didn’t love it as much her first book.  There’s a lot going on in this book – at times I thought there was too much going on and the story lost focus.  Diffenbaugh managed to wrap everything up in the end, though, so it was all good.

The characters in We Never Asked for Wings are wonderful and I found it easy to empathize with Letty even though her life is nothing like mine.  She and her kids are realistic even when, or maybe especially when, they’re irritating.

Diffenbaugh’s writing is terrific as well.  She knows how to tell a story and captivated me right from the start.  I have to say that, after reading the book, the title makes perfect sense, but I’m not sure I understand the cover.

Review copy provided by Penguin Random House.  I am an Indiebound Affliate.
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18 Comments leave one →
  1. October 8, 2015 5:03 am

    Time to get to the first book which I’ve had for a long time.

  2. October 8, 2015 7:37 am

    I didn’t realize this was from the author of The Language of Flowers… one more reason to consider reading it!

  3. October 8, 2015 9:20 am

    Our book club read The Language of Flowers and enjoyed it very much.

  4. October 8, 2015 9:31 am

    I totally agree with you that this is a very good book, but not as good as The Language of Flowers (how many are, really?). Language is in my top 12 all-time. But I still gave Wings a 3.5/4

  5. Patty permalink
    October 8, 2015 9:40 am

    I felt the same exact way…

  6. October 8, 2015 10:46 am

    I had planned to read The Language Of Flowers but didn’t get around to it. I think I’ll add this to my list as well.

  7. October 8, 2015 11:56 am

    I enjoyed it, too, Kathy….I wonder what she’ll give us next?

  8. October 8, 2015 3:58 pm

    I think I would enjoy this one

  9. October 8, 2015 6:57 pm

    I loved the author’s first book but with this one I liked the writing better than the story. And the cover made no sense to me either.

  10. Diane permalink
    October 8, 2015 8:02 pm

    I have to try this one soon. Every seems to have loved it.

  11. October 8, 2015 9:48 pm

    I have this book too.

    Too bad it wasn’t as good as her first book.

    Thanks for your wonderful review.

    Elizabeth

  12. bookingmama permalink
    October 10, 2015 6:32 am

    I enjoyed this one too, but I agree, it’s not as good as her first novel. Your review actually reminded me that I need to write mine!

  13. October 11, 2015 10:17 am

    It seems like I really need to read The Language of Flowers. Thanks!

  14. October 12, 2015 3:22 am

    I have this one in audio format. I still haven’t read The Language of Flowers but I should track it down.

  15. Beth F permalink
    October 12, 2015 5:57 am

    This is on my list along with The Language of Flowers. I think I’ll start with the older book.

  16. October 15, 2015 6:30 am

    I find that reading stories of women with lives completely unlike my own are the ones that fascinate me the most, but for some reason I can’t get into the American mother stories.

  17. October 15, 2015 8:39 pm

    I agree – I loved it but not as much as The Language of Flowers. And I don’t know what the cover means either!

  18. Literary Feline permalink
    October 21, 2015 4:14 pm

    I haven’t read anything by this author, but I want to. The title makes me think of death for some reason.

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