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Dirty Wings


Dirty Wings

Although the story of the "good girl gone bad" may be a bit played out at this point, it seems to work effortlessly in Sarah McCarry's DIRTY WINGS.It's essentially the story of two 17-year-old girls, each lost in her own way, who find solace in one another. Maia is the picturesque suburban princess who, like many of her kind, was cursed with a dreadfully narrow idea of both her life and the world around her. She is on a straight path to what her pretentious mother and overwhelmingly embittered piano teacher call "success," all the while completely oblivious to what she really wants. Fortunately, she meets Cass, a tough, street-smart rug rat of a girl who's been through more than most teenagers can imagine. When these two fractured souls unite, they feel an undeniable pull towards each other. Maia learns more from Cass in a few months than she's learned throughout her entire life. Soon, they become as thick as thieves (literally), and Maia has become an entirely different person both inside and out.

The characters of Maia and Cass are amazingly complex, and their friendship is equally so.

Obviously, this isn't just some happy-go-lucky story of two unlikely friends. Sure enough, obstacles arise, including Cass's reoccurring dreams of a skeleton man with eyes as black as night, and a dreamy young rocker boy who seems to have his piercing blue eyes set on ripping Maia from Cass's grasp. What exactly does this skeleton man want? I don't know. And will rocker boy succeed? I don't know that either. The book ends with a cliffhanger that leaves the reader dying to know the rest of Cass and Maia's story.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. DIRTY WINGS is a prequel to ALL OUR PRETTY SONGS, and I cannot WAIT to read that book. The characters of Maia and Cass are amazingly complex, and their friendship is equally so. The writing is exquisite --- it is descriptive but not too heavy. Also, the alternating chapters told the story in an interesting and creative way. So in short, if you're looking for a quick read with sex, drugs and rock and roll (with a little classical mixed in), then this is the book for you.

Reviewed by Cheritta J., Teen Board Member on August 5, 2014

Dirty Wings
by Sarah McCarry

  • Publication Date: July 15, 2014
  • Genres: Fantasy, Fiction, Mythology
  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
  • ISBN-10: 1250049385
  • ISBN-13: 9781250049384