Wild Swans by Jessica Spotswood
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Ivy has lived her life surround by the legacy of extraordinary women. The women in her family have done very special things, but have also died young. Ivy believes that this curse is the reason her mother left her with Granddad and never came back. He has spent the years helping her find her gift, but this summer will be different. Ivy is planning to spend it with her best friend doing senior year stuff, not taking classes or exploring her hidden gifts. That is the plan until her mother returns with two daughters and Ivy must face the mystery of her mother and the unexpected sibling issues that arrive with her.
Wild Swans is a stand-alone realistic fiction story that will please many tastes. Readers will explore sibling rivalry, parental detachment and a first real romance all in one easily devoured tale. Spotswood has created a protagonist that most girls can relate to and it will be easy to forget that this is not happening to someone we actually know. This is a short and quick escape read that will satisfy even when readers don’t want it to end.
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