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All of Us with Wings by Michelle Ruiz Keil
Young adult

All of Us with Wings

Debut
We love supporting debut authors. Congrats, Michelle Ruiz Keil, on your first book!

by Michelle Ruiz Keil

Quick take

The dark side of rock 'n' roll and what it can do to your family (or families) when they're supposed to have your back.

Good to know

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_LGBTQ

    LGBTQ+ themes

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_Sad

    Sad

  • Illustrated icon, Icon_GraphicViolence

    Graphic violence

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    Sexual Content

Why I love it

Lily Philpott
@lilyphilpott

Growing up, I was the only Latina in my overwhelmingly white school system in Connecticut. As a teenager, I fell deeply in love with pop-punk and "real" punk music, watching shows at community centers and supporting local ska bands. There's something about the way a strident guitar riff bites into your soul or a drum beat slams against your heart that moved me in a way I've never forgotten. Despite my love for the music and my desire to fit into the scene, I had a sense at the time that I didn't belong because my hair and clothes weren't right, and because I was brown. I hadn't yet learned about Latinx punk groups, or gone to shows in more welcoming spaces.

So it’s no surprise I was drawn to All of Us with Wings, a love letter to the healing power of music and found families. The book follows Xochi, who at just 17 is on her own in San Francisco, running from a dark past. When she befriends Pallas, the daughter of rock stars Leviticus and Io, she becomes her live-in babysitter, joining their eccentric, rock 'n’ roll family. But after a crazy concert, Pallas and Xochi accidentally summon two magical beings hell-bent on avenging the wrongdoers in Xochi's past—from her rapist to her absentee mother—forcing Xochi to confront the past she’d been hoping to escape.

This book is full of dark and whimsical moments (Peasblossom, a fortune-telling cat, is a highlight among them), and I loved that Xochi is a layered, well-rounded character, capable of self-love and self-loathing in equal measure. She's an assault survivor, a reader of Sylvia Plath, and a lover of punk music, and I love that she's so complicated and so confident in her own skin. I won’t lie, this book is intense—it is, after all, a story of sex, hard drugs, and rock ‘n’ roll more suitable for an older YA audience—but if you’re looking for a complex, vividly written story, then this is the book for you.

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Synopsis

Seventeen-year-old Xochi is alone in San Francisco, running from her painful past: the mother who abandoned her, the man who betrayed her. Then one day, she meets Pallas, a precocious twelve-year-old who lives with her rockstar family in one of the city’s storybook Victorians. Xochi accepts a position as Pallas’s live-in governess and quickly finds her place in their household, which is relaxed and happy despite the band's larger-than-life fame.

But on the night of the Vernal Equinox, as a concert afterparty rages in the house below, Xochi and Pallas accidentally summon a pair of ancient creatures devoted to avenging the wrongs of Xochi’s adolescence. She would do anything to preserve her new life, but with the creatures determined to exact vengeance on those who’ve hurt her, no one is safe—not the family she’s chosen, nor the one she left behind.

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Preview

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  • Van Nuys, CA

    Wow, I really loved this book. The writing is incredible and with magic and love and cats as main characters (????) it’s also just a great story about growing up. I cannot recommend this book enough.

  • Roseville, MN

    This book left it's mark on me. I loved the perfect imperfection of everyone. This is for those who have been hurt, blame themselves and engage in harmful behavior. It's for the lost, runaways...us.

  • Urbana , IL

    Amazingly written book! Many reviewers have called it out for pedophilia but a relationship between a 17 yo and a 28 yo is hardly new, in life or fiction! TW: drug abuse, sexual abuse, and violence.

  • Plymouth , MA

    Loved the magical realism in this book. I loved the characters and grew to care about them and especially loved Peasblossom the cat’s point of view. Beautifully written. I was sorry to see it end.

  • Helena, MT

    What a gem of a book! Dark & intense, brimming with hard truths & tender moments. A whimsical, gritty, masterfully written coming of age story with a cast of eccentric characters I loved. Stunning!

  • Fletcher, NC

    A modern-day story very reminsicent of Weetzie Bat. I loved the story, the characters, the themes, and how well the writing evoked the city of SF. Can't wait to see what she writes next.

  • Bloomington, IN

    in my top 10 books of all time. ethereal, emotional, surreal. magical realism at its best. not for everyone & does have controversial themes. rec if you like strange but moving fiction

  • Kelso, WA

    This is one of my favorites of 2019. Magical and immersive, with a huge ensemble of characters -- all of whom I love. I want more from this author! :)

  • Rocky Hill , CT

    This book was very beautifully written and magical! I loved and connected with this book so much. Definitely a favorite of this year!

  • Phila , PA

    I didn’t expect to love this book so much

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    Love it!

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