The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
Published By: Candlewick Press
Genre(s): Young Adult, Magical Realism
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Foolish love appears to be the Roux family birthright, an ominous forecast for its most recent progeny, Ava Lavender. Ava—in all other ways a normal girl—is born with the wings of a bird.
In a quest to understand her peculiar disposition and a growing desire to fit in with her peers, sixteen-year old Ava ventures into the wider world, ill-prepared for what she might discover and naïve to the twisted motives of others. Others like the pious Nathaniel Sorrows, who mistakes Ava for an angel and whose obsession with her grows until the night of the Summer Solstice celebration. That night, the skies open up, rain and feathers fill the air, and Ava’s quest and her family’s saga build to a devastating crescendo.
This really isn’t much of a review as it is an entire post trying to convince you to read this book. EVERYTHING about this book was just perfect. I could not find a single flaw anywhere. It was just so wonderful – it went right onto my favorites list. Leslye Walton needs to come out with more books immediately, she has such an intricate and lyrical way of writing and it just sucks you right in and burrows right into your bones. A modern day fairytale. I’m already planning on reading this book to my future children and if that doesn’t convince you to read this book, I don’t know what will.
The novel begins with the story of Ava’s great grandparents and just when you fall in love with them, it morphs into the story of her grandparents which in turn turns into her mother’s just after you fall in love with her grandparent’s characters. After falling in love with her mother’s character, Ava is finally introduced in a flurry of feathers. Every character in this book, despite their magical oddities, feel just like real people and it’s just wonderful.
Read this, please. It will break your heart in the best way possible. So lovely.