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3.91  ·  Rating details ·  1,376 ratings  ·  256 reviews
Jennifer is an only child, and so were her parents—at least that's what she thinks, until she finds an old photo in the back of one of her mother's books. The woman in the photo looks just like Jennifer, down to the smattering of freckles across her nose. And her mother refuses to talk about it.

Compelled to find answers, Jennifer embarks on a quest that takes her from the
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published May 30th 2013 by Viking Books for Young Readers (first published December 13th 2011)
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Mar 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sometimes you find a book that thrills you on the first few pages and then peters out after a while, leaving you disappointed, yawning, and reaching for a different book. However, once in a great while you encounter a novel that entices you on the first page and beguiles until the last word. “On Little Wings” by Regina Sirois is such a book. Published in 2011 by CreateSpace, it’s the debut novel of a writer who creates unforgettable characters and dresses their story in exceptionally ...more
Katelyn (Tales of Books and Bands)
You guys, I love this book so hard core! It knocked me right off my feet with its unique voice, real emotions, genuine relationships between characters, and a ton more! In many ways it reminded me of a Sarah Dessen novel combined with the raw emotions seen in Other Words for Love by Lorraine Zago Rosenthal, and then finally mixed with all the family drama that is included in Squalor, New Mexico by Lisette Brody. So yes this book reminded me of all three of these BUT it also stuck out in its own ...more
Kylie Larson
Aug 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
The Gist of It
Described as a young adult novel, I felt as if On Little Wings was far deeper than the genre describes. This is a story about multiple generations of women leaving, and returning, to small town Maine. In the middle of a school project one afternoon, sixteen-year-old Jennifer finds a photograph of a young woman she does not know and this leads her to discover her mother is estranged from her sister, Jennifer's aunt, in Smithport, Maine. Jennifer embarks on a Maine adventure for the
Apr 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012
First line:

"The DNA of mice and humans is 98% identical."

Loved this story. Loved the descriptions. I felt like I was in small town Maine with Jennifer. I want to visit there. Can I remake my home to resemble a beach cottage? Because now I really, really want to. Thanks a lot Regina! *smiley face*

There were many times I wanted to bookmark a certain sentence or passage but I couldn't take the time to stop reading to do it. I'm glad I own a copy of the book on my phone so I can reread it. I would
Apr 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya-literature
It was not the most original plot, but it was beautifully written. That made it a joy to read and hard to put down. I loved so many little things about it that I kept sharing bits and pieces with anyone that would listen.

Anyone wanna do lines with me now?
Apr 26, 2014 rated it liked it
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Mandi Murphy
May 22, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned, author-visits, 2013
The author.

I picked up this book because Regina Sirois was a friend of a friend. We went together to her new author event at our local bookstore. She was beautiful and sweet and just really wonderful to meet.

The book.

The book is breathtaking. I read all types but usually prefer fantasy. The more inconceivable the better. I've enjoyed a lot of more realistic books but I've never LOVED one. The characters are so real. They are individual people that you just love with all of their imperfections
Aug 29, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Sometimes there are books that make you fall in love with reading all over again. This was one of them for me. I found this at the $1 store last week in hardback and am surprised it was there (although there were more). There were so many things I loved about this book—the Maine setting and the ocean, the poetry every night, the imperfect love story, a tender and complete ending. I just wanted to get back to reading it every free moment I had. I'm not saying the book didn't have its weakness— ...more
Jun 03, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Did I read the same book as everyone else? This was a free book on my kindle, and the reviews made it seem amazing. However, I was extremely disappointed in the book and found myself predicting everything.

At one point it got so lame/predictable/dramatic/busy that I couldn't wait to finish.
A good book. A little slow at times, but I liked it anyway. The characters were well written and I had tears several times near the end...happy tears. :) Overall an enjoyable read.
The Book Girl
May 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
a fun beautiful read. couldn't stop thinking about it last night. woke up early just to finish it. review to come.
Sixteen-year old Nebraska girl Jennifer has discovered that her mother has had a secret from her; she has an older sister to whom she has not spoken in twenty years, though she won't really explain why--it's something to do with their mother's death. Jennifer, furious at having been lied to, contacts her Aunt Sarah, who is thrilled and invites her to Smithport, Maine--her mother's hometown. Against her mother's passionate wishes, Jennifer goes and finds she loves both her aunt and Smithport, ...more
Jennifer grew up believing that her small immediate family was all she had, until one day she discovers a photo of a woman who looks remarkably like her. This is her aunt Sarah, her mother's sister. When her mother won't tell her why they are estranged, Jennifer calls Sarah and then insists on visiting her in Maine for the summer. Family secrets, lost heritage, all that good stuff.

I enjoyed the family secrets aspect of the story. Family secrets, in fact, are probably my number one appeal factor
Jul 15, 2016 rated it it was amazing
So for my last hurrah of summer vacation, I read this book instead of a Sarah Dessen book for my last late night book reading of summer. I didn't read another Dessen book simply because I only had 2 books left, one I didn't feel like reading last night and the new book which I want to wait to read until a time where I'm slightly more awake. I still wanted to read a good summer romance so I picked up On Little Wings instead.

This book is really special to me, mainly because I met the author and
May 04, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It has been a long time since such words wove through my hair, my clothing, and my mind--like sea spray in a stiff breeze. On Little Wings spoke to my soul and reminded me of my own lost, bittersweet loves, my summer magic, my little death as I said good-bye. He waits in my memories, laughing, teasing me. I was once seventeen too.

More than that, the book speaks to me of another--of my own wounds left unbound, years still slowly bleeding as we watch our separate lives slide away in silence. How I
Apr 18, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'd give this a 3.5 if I could. To be honest, I was skeptical about this one--skepticism that was only confirmed when I started reading and just couldn't get into it. But I had heard and read good things so I continued to plow through. I'm glad I did! Though it takes a little while to get going, I love the characters in this one. They're so complex and real--they're just really well-developed. Same with the story line. It's romantic ("as in the beauty of something") without being "mythology." ...more
Christi Flagg
Mar 05, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was lovely. My mother loaned it to me on her kindle. It had a similar coming of age tone as some classic Madeline L'Engle books. I could tell the author cared about all of her characters. I wanted a friend such as her best friend Cleo: brilliant and loyal. I loved the Jacks on the pier: three old men who pestered each other and passersby and caused trouble each 4th of July by setting off illegal fireworks. The plot of reconnecting two sisters with long-ago hurts is true and deep. Now I ...more
Karey White
Wow! It's been a long time since I picked up a book that ripped at my insides like this one did. It is beautifully written and breath-taking in its ability to evoke feelings and emotions. I couldn't wait to see how it ended but I couldn't stand the thought of it ending. I read it over a few days only because I wanted to enjoy the beautiful writing. Please write more, Regina. And thank you for writing something that I can happily have my daughters read.
Jul 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This is a very special story that I truly enjoyed. From the interesting characters to the beautiful setting, great literary insight, and the emotional storyline this book is a definite read and re-read!
After reading the glowing reviews, I was disappointed. The plot was really very simple, but the author's treatment of it was overly dramatic. It was very predictable and contrived.
Feb 10, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I can not understand How this book has 4.5 Stars???????
May 31, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-bargains
This was far too teenage angsty for me. I also felt as if the whole "drama" was very contrived. Not really a romance either so much as a crush.
Jun 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of my new favorite books!
Genius Htoo
Feb 08, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jennifer is an only child with “no” other family. She later finds a photo of her aunt, Sarah; and is determined to find her. Claire (Jennifer’s mom) is not happy with the idea, and is hiding something from her. Jennifer wants to know the story of her mom’s broken friendship with her sister and ends up going to the beautiful Smithport, Maine. There she creates a strong bond with Sarah and along the way, she makes other friends. Jennifer has learned a lot through her journey, and also falls in ...more
Jun 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
"With a jolt the plane wheels grabbed the asphalt and the engines shrieked in protest as we hurtled toward our terminal." (the plane landed)

"The trees grew recklessly close to the shoulder-less road, almost stroking the car as it careened by. Meandering in an organic path, the small highway followed the lay of the land until it seemed as natural as the thin rivers that snaked in and out of view along the way." (twisty road)

"By my sixth day in Smithport, the tropical storm hit the cold water
Jennifer is an only child, and so were her parents, at least that's what she thinks until she finds an old photo in the back of one of her mother's books. The woman in the photo looks just like Jennifer, down to the smattering of freckles across her nose. And her mother refuses to talk about it.
Compelled to find answers, Jennifer embarks on a quest that takes her from the wheat fields of Nebraska to the fishing town of Smithport, Maine, home to the one person who can help her solve this family
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
By Regina Sirois

Another of my “owned, to-read” list that I’ve had forever. I am so happy I got around to this one. On Little Wings presents us with a family with lots of secrets. While Jennifer is poking around the family bookcase one day, she comes across an old photo that is quite a resemblance to herself. With this she realizes that the truths she’s been told, are not quite truth at all.

Jennifer embarks on a quest to find out who this person is and capture her history that she never knew
Aug 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was part of my stack of birthday books; my husband bought me one thing from my Amazon Wishlist from each year of the past 5 years that I added on our around my birthday. This book was one of those, although I don't remember adding it or ever hearing about it. No bother, I dove in anyway and was thoroughly entertained. Family mystery/drama. Small Maine coastal town. Slight love interest. I would have loved this book as a 17-year-old and definitely enjoyed it as an adult as well.

I really liked this one! I'm a Kansas girl myself, and have vacationed in Maine many times ... so I loved how in these pages it was like I could go back and see the lobsterboats bobbing in the water and smell the salt air. I loved Sarah; I think she was my favorite. I actually identified with Jennifer, as well. A beautifully written coming-of-age story, and a book I will recommend.
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
I started reading this book with a little hesitation as it's not normally the type of book or story I enjoy, but like Jennifer, I fell in love - with the characters, the location, the story, all of it. This is a hidden treasure of a book that I have no doubt I will read again and again in the years to come.
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Winner of the 2012 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award for my debut novel, On Little Wings, available 5/30/13 from Penguin/Viking.
I am a housewife, mother, writer, interior decorator and avid reader.
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