We Never Asked for Wings

We Never Asked for Wings

From the beloved New York Times bestselling author of The Language of Flowers comes her much-anticipated new novel about young love, hard choices, and hope against all odds. For fourteen years, Letty Espinosa has worked three jobs around San Francisco to make ends meet while her mother raised her children?Alex, now fifteen, and Luna, six?in their tiny apartment on a forgott From the beloved New York Times bestselling author of The Language of Flowers comes her much-anticipated new nove...

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Title:We Never Asked for Wings
Author:Vanessa Diffenbaugh
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:We Never Asked for Wings
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:320 pages pages

We Never Asked for Wings Reviews

  • Elyse Walters
    May 22, 2015
    "Migrating birds reorient themselves at sunset. The exact reason is unknown, but at twight, just when the sun drops beyond the horizon line, birds flying in the wrong direction correct their paths all at once". Vanessa Diffenbaugh's first novel, "The Language of Flowers" warms ...
  • Linda
    Jul 06, 2015
    4.25 stars! Migrating birds reorient themselves at sunset. The exact reason is unknown, but at twilight, just when the sun drops beyond the horizon line, birds flying in the wrong direction correct their flight paths all at once. 2 years ago, I read The Language of Flowers by V...
  • Amy
    Jun 04, 2015
    I really loved Vanessa Diffenbaugh's earlier novel, The Language of Flowers so I was so happy to see that she was coming out with a new novel! This one comes out on August 18th and I definitely recommend that you pick this one up! This is a very different novel from her previous nov...
  • Amy
    Jul 12, 2015
    I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for my honest thoughts & opinions. It would be hard to follow up such an incredible book like The Language of Flowers and I think this was a valiant effort, although it might be missing some of that charm of the author's first book. ...
  • Diane Yannick
    Aug 31, 2015
    I was a big fan of The Language of Flowers so jumped right on this new one. I was not disappointed. I just love the way Vanessa Diffenbaugh writes and seamlessly weaves folklore into her stories. She begins the book with this borrowed passage from a Himalayan legend: ..."there are b...
  • Laurel-Rain
    Aug 05, 2015
    When Letty Espinoza took off in her car to stop her mother from going to Mexico, she had left behind her two children, alone in the apartment. Hers had truly been an act of desperation. She had given birth to her fifteen-year-old son Alex when she was just a teenager, and her mother...
  • Shelleyrae at Book'd Out
    Jun 10, 2015
    Vanessa Diffenbaugh's debut novel, The Language of Flowers, was an impressive debut that captured my heart. We Never Asked For Wings is a similarly poignant and touching story. We Never Asked for Wings is a story of redemption as Letty Epinosa picks up the mantle of motherhood whe...
  • Sheree
    Aug 01, 2015
    4.5 stars It must be a daunting task to follow on from the success of a first novel like The Language of Flowers (which I adored beyond words.) Blood, sweat and tears were obviously poured into this story, you can feel it. Wings may not have quite the same charm as flowers but it's...
  • Dianne
    Jun 04, 2015
    I wish I could say I loved this as much as I loved Diffenbaugh's "Language of Flowers," but it was a letdown. Superficial and "lite;" with a chick-lit love triangle, one dimensional characters, and a fluffy plot that wants to be taken seriously, but doesn't quite have the emotional cor...
  • Amanda Patterson
    Jun 25, 2015
    I can?t remember the last time I set aside an afternoon to finish reading a book. I switched off everything electronic and enjoyed every page of 'We Never Asked For Wings'. I was a huge fan of Diffenbaugh?s 'The Language of Flowers' and I started reading this book as soon as I r...
  • Karen
    Jun 21, 2015
    In reading the acknowledgements, it was revealed that author Vanessa Diffenbaugh had great difficulty writing this, her second book. Could she match the success of her first, The Language of Flowers? She spent arduous hours writing and researching, almost giving up on this novel that d...
  • Esil
    Aug 19, 2015
    3 1/2 stars. Despite its serious premise, my final thought on finishing We Never Asked for Wings is that it was a sweet story -- mostly good, but at times verging on a bit too sweet and superficial. The story starts quite dramatically with 33 year old Lettie abandoning her two children...
  • Diane S ☔
    Mar 30, 2015
    Sometimes a story just grabs you, either for the plot or for the characters. In this one it was some of both, I loved the characters, their flaws, their hope and dreams, their struggles, but I also loved the plot. Young love, trying to become a mother for Luna, after a very long time w...
  • Alena
    Aug 30, 2015
    I liked the story. I liked the characters. I liked the background immigration issues, but it wasn't as good as The Language of Flowers. It seemed a little too easy and Letty could have been more complex. I also didn't love that she needed men to step into the rescue -- it felt too roma...
  • Angela M
    Mar 30, 2015
    Vanessa Diffenbaugh in her second novel , covers some tough issues and the story is quite a bit edgier than The Language of Flowers . She focuses here on the realities of teenage pregnancy , parental responsibility, illegal immigration and bullying. In keeping with her nature theme whi...
  • Shawna Briseno
    May 24, 2015
    ARC provided by NetGalley: A beautifully written story, full of folk lore and rich in cultural references. This is a story of young love and loss, survival and moving on. As a teen mother, Letty distanced herself from her young children, instead letting her mother raise them. But when...
  • Figgy
    Jul 02, 2015
    You know the story, you?ve seen the movie, read the book. Something happens to Mum and Dad, and the friend or sibling who has never been very good with kids becomes a sudden guardian, gets an instant family. They have their mishaps, of course, but together they work out their futu...
  • Susan Johnson
    Jun 07, 2015
    I was disappointed in the book. I know it is difficult to follow a wonderfully received novel like The Language of Flowers and the author even admits that in the Afterword but I expected more. It just didn't have the heart and soul that I wanted. Letty is a young mother of teen-ag...
  • Gina
    Jul 25, 2015
    This book proves that you definitely cannot judge a book by it's cover. I loved Vanessa Diffenbaugh's The Language of Flowers and I expected to have many of the same feelings for this book AND it has such a beautiful cover! However, I was sorely disappointed. From the first pages with ...
  • Judy
    Aug 21, 2015
    This book started out making me angry. Letty had left her children alone and I start the book upset with her. This is the story of an immigrant family, their ties to Mexico and the immigration issues that keep them from becoming what they could be otherwise. It is a story of character ...
  • Roberta
    May 04, 2015
    Letty ha due figli, ma non una madre perch ha lasciato che fosse sua mamma ad occuparsi dei due bambini, ma ora i suoi genitori han deciso di tornare in Messico e lei dovr occuparsi dei suoi figli, prendersene cura e diventare davvero una mamma... Per Letty non sar facile ri...
  • Jennifer
    Jun 15, 2015
    Vanessa Diffenbaugh has found her niche in combining the stories of vulnerable people with the detailed intricacies of natural world. Flowers acted as messenger and metaphor in Diffenbaugh?s earlier work, while birds and their feathers keep the story aloft here. I enjoyed ?The ...
  • Melissa
    Sep 21, 2015
    . . . the origin of our identity is love. One of the best things about book friends is sharing a great story. Sometimes, they get you to read a book that you hadn?t planned on reading immediately and sometimes you end up totally falling in love with that story. That's what happe...
  • Suzanne
    Jul 20, 2017
    This was a fabulous audio book. I do enjoy listening to lovely accents, and this lady knew her stuff. Spanish sounding and so authentic! This could possibly be a 4.5 star rating, but I am happy with leaving it at 5. I finished reading this a couple of weeks ago so unfortunately, this i...
  • Anna
    Oct 30, 2015
    As I started to read the opening scenes and chapters, I was thinking -- who are these crazy people and why are they doing these outrageous things? But the voice and style of "The Language of Flowers" resonated through the paragraphs as I kept reading, hoping to get to the turning point...
  • Mary
    Mar 09, 2016
    Like "The Language of Flowers", this book is exceptional. Letty is full of flaws, and watching her climb out of her pile of regrets, learning to care for and love her children, and herself, was truly an emotional ride. These characters were not just "well developed", they were REAL. Ea...
  • Dorie  - Traveling Sister :)
    Mar 26, 2018
    What a fantastic story! I don't know how I missed this one when it was published but it is a great story and relevant to our times. Struggling Mexican immigrants trying to find a place in our society, raising their children as best they can, sometimes being able to carve out a new life...
  • Erin
    Apr 23, 2017
    3.5 stars A woman that has a second chance to be mother to her two children, a young man in search of his birth father, a mother and daughter living under the shadow of immigration law enforcement. "We Never Asked for Wings" is everything a family centric fiction should be- emotional...
  • Cathrine ☯️
    Sep 24, 2015
    2.5? It was just okay, and then some. Disappointing as I really loved The Language of Flowers. The only character I liked was Alex but reading from his POV was too YA which is not my thing. Heck, most of the time it read like YA from Letty?s POV, and I?m just going to admit he...
  • Virginia C
    Feb 25, 2016
    This is a beautiful story of young love. I enjoyed the book and did not want to put it down. I highly recommend this one. ...