Title: The Importance of Wings
Author(s):: Robin Friedman
Genre:: YA Fiction
Publisher: Charlesbridge Publishing
Release Date: July 2009
Finished: July 2009
My Thoughts: The Importance of Wings is a coming of age tale. Taking place in the 80's, the main character, Roxanne, believes that one of the most important things in the world is to have the right style of hair: "wings." She believes that, if she had these wings, she would be popular in school. All of this changes when Roxanne meets her new next-door neighbor, Liat. Through Liat, Roxanne learns about more important things in life, like family and heritage.
I was excited when I found out this book took place in the 80's because I grew up in the 80's. Like Roxanne, I was obsessed with TV like the Brady Bunch and .
The interaction in the book seemed realistic but short. I feel like this could have been done as a short story and not a novel. The message is to accept yourself as you are and be happy and not worry about what others think.
About the Author: Robin Friedman lives in New Jersey and is the author of five books. Visit her website at http://www.robinfriedman.com/index.html