"The Heartbeats of Wing Jones" by Katherine Webber


TITLE: The Heartbeats of Wing Jones

AUTHOR: Katherine Webber

PUBLISHER: Delacorte Press

PUBLISHED DATE: March 14, 2017

ISBN: 978-0399555022

PAGES: 336

I was very excited to read this book. A Chinese/African American heroine who practices self care by running. I was here for it. And then I read the book.

And ended up doing this throughout the book. There is a lot going on in the book, and without revealing too much, I will try to explain what I liked and didn't like about this book.

The story begins alright enough. Wing is a typical teenager - awkward and unsure of herself - particularly about her big hair and big butt. She's Chinese and African American (...later we learn Ghanaian - but it's only mentioned, and not a part of the story). She doesn't look like anyone else, and relies on the popularity of her older brother Marcus and his beautiful blonde girlfriend, Monica, to get by in school. Wing has a crush on Marcus' best friend, Aaron, and the four go on an outing to Gladys Knight's Chicken and Waffles a staple soul food restaurant in Atlanta. This was my first double take. I'm a 90's kid, and remember hearing about when the famed restaurant opened. It had become a goal of mine to go the restaurant, so I had to recheck the year the story takes