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All of Us with Wings

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  169 ratings  ·  97 reviews
Michelle Ruiz Keil’s YA fantasy debut about love, found family, and healing is an ode to post-punk San Francisco through the eyes of a Mexican-American girl.

Seventeen-year-old Xochi is alone in San Francisco, running from her painful past: the mother who abandoned her, the man who betrayed her. Then one day, she meets Pallas, a precocious twelve-year-old who lives with her
Hardcover, 360 pages
Published June 18th 2019 by Soho Press
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Jun 29, 2019 rated it did not like it
How does a book that romanticizes pedophilia get through so many stages of writing and rewriting only to continue to be published?

- The "love interest" in this book is a 28 year old man. The main character is 17. Do not try to tell me there's nothing wrong with that. There's a lot wrong with it.
- Pedophilia is used as a plot device to make the "relationship" seem forbidden. It's not forbidden. It's predatory and not to mention very illegal.
- the main character is called "jailbait" at one poi
☄ ari
This review is based on an ARC I received from the publishers in exchange for an honest review.

EDIT: This book is not pedophilia. Pedophilia is about pre-puberty children, usually to the age of 13. As a survivor of pedophilia myself, and knowing other survivors, calling these sorts of relationships pedophilia can be very harmful to us as survivors. However, it is statutory rape, creepy and predatory, and completely excused and romanticised, and I would recommend people not read this book because
Jasmine from How Useful It Is
I started reading All of Us with Wings on 4/23/2019 and finished it on 4/26/2019. This book is an okay read for me. I picked this book up purely on the cover because it’s cute but the story is more weird than I can handle. There are drugs and mentioned of sex, rape, and tattoos going on in this story with older men and underage girls. There are family abandonment and teenage parenting. The parents of Pallas sleeps with other people while together under one roof. Their daughter experiencing puber ...more
May 19, 2019 rated it did not like it
Trigger warnings: sexual assault, rape, age-inappropriate relationships

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Honestly, I had to stop 50% of the way through this book. While the writing and world-building felt like a love letter to San Francisco through the ages: the Beats, hippies, glam, punk, and all with a hint of witchcraft (all of which I enjoy), it was heavy-handed. I didn’t realize going in to it that there would be so many upsetting, uncomfort
Grace Li
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: yes
Finishing this book felt like waking up from a strange, miraculous dream. This is a such beautifully crafted story of found families, music, and unexpected, inevitable magic.
Jun 27, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: ownvoices, lgbt, arc
visual representation of me coming after all the adults in this book:

xochi is a kid! a seventeen-year-old girl! and these adults are giving her drugs, alcohol, free tongue piercings, and propositioning her for sex if not actually acting on their desires, and that's not even all. it's fucking gross.

grossest of all is that the "romance" (barf) is between xochi and her 28-year-old employer. xochi is literally hired to babysit his 12-year-old kid and he's trying to fuck her? come on man.

the writing
Jun 29, 2019 marked it as nope
i'm not going to write a review about why this is on my "nope" shelf because i don't want to speak over people who have actually been affected by the themes in this book, but please listen to their voices and acknowledge why this is harmful
Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)

I want to thank Edelweiss+ and Soho Press for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest review

TW: Drug Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Underage/Adult Relationship & Violence

I was very excited to read this book, it has many factors that I find fascinating, especially when I just knew what it said in the blurb, but it turns out that the book isn't what I expected and I guess that's why I ended up surprising, although unfortunately, it wasn't a pleasant way, I must say. I find that the writing st
☙ percy ❧
Jun 29, 2019 marked it as tbr-other
this is an Unpopular Opinion but calling a relationship with a 17 yr old and a 28 yr old "pedophilia" is way too dramatic and just blatantly incorrect. you can talk about the moral repercussions of a relationship like that without calling it pedophilia, i mean come on, she's less than a year away from being an adult. this sort of hyperbole is not useful
Celia McMahon
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it
Once in a while, a book comes along that completely blows my mind. This is one of those books.

Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for allowing me to review this book ahead of its release date.

What is it about, you ask?

Our 17-year old protagonist is named Xochi. She's a governess to a 12-year old girl named Pallas. Pallas is our second POV, and she lives in a grand old house in San Fran with her rock star parents and their colorful array of friends. Xochi has a troubled past that she's run
maya (currently partying in ethiopia 🇪🇹 on semi-hiatus) b
the reviews ain’t lookin’ hot folks
this could very well be actual poop
May 16, 2019 added it
(Disclaimer: I received this book from Edelweiss. This has not impacted my review which is unbiased and honest.)

Edited Review:

When I read reading All of Us With Wings I read the problematic content and I wasn't sure how to formalize my thoughts. It's something that's been weighing on me for a while as I sought other readers to talk to so I could talk it through. And so now I've decided to edit my review as follows.

CW: pedophilia

The entire story I felt uncomfortable - at the very least - with t
Jun 26, 2019 rated it did not like it
Child has relationship with adult, it's excused within the book....fuck no
~ Althea ~  ☾
"You're family now. Whether you live here or not, you're stuck with us."

FORMAT READ: eBook (Adobe Digital Editions)
SIMILAR VIBES: The Sun is Also a Star (vaguely.. and without the magical realism part)

*All my reviews are spoiler-free unless stated otherwise*

OVERALL: 2.7/5
I like how there were parts of the story that were crafted around music and gave the readers a bit of an inside experience to what that was like.

The characters bordered on what I would say is whimsical because of the
Hannah (Ink & Myths)
No star rating for now, since I have really conflicted feelings about All Of Us With Wings.

I loved some aspects of if — the magical realism, Michelle Ruiz Keil’s beautiful writing, the representation, Peasblossom’s POV (I still can’t get over a cat being a POV character, that is such a brilliant idea). But other aspects made me incredibly uncomfortable, mainly the “romance” storyline, which is between a 17-year-old girl and a 28-year-old man.

Review to come soon, hopefully, when I’ve had a bit mo
Jan 31, 2019 marked it as to-read
EXCUSE ME WHY DID NO ONE TELL ME ABOUT THIS BOOK??? This book sounds like my dream book. I need this book right effing now.
Debbie Gascoyne
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
There was a lot to like about this novel, and I imagine it will appeal to its target audience, especially as it is written under the #ownvoices rubric, and features diverse characters. It is a well-written and at times suspenseful urban fantasy with many interesting and sympathetic characters. It portrays 70s-80s San Francisco very vividly, including reference to the AIDS epidemic. It deals sensitively with a teen-age girl dealing with neglect and trauma and finding an oasis in a "found family." ...more
Dec 19, 2018 marked it as 2019-releases  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs

WHY did no one tell me about this book? It sounds amazing
Kristy Mauna
Set in San Francisco, All of Us with Wings is a story about taking charge of your own life.

"No matter what I do, it's not working."
"What's not?" His voice was so soothing. She wished he'd keep talking.
But he wanted her to talk. How could she explain?
"I don't know. Me. The way I am."

All of Us with Wings wastes no time dealing out the tough topics it’ll explore throughout the book. I’d like to point out that there is a lot of triggering content in this book. The biggest ones being sexual and dru
C.G. Drews
I'm finding this impossible to rate because I truly believe it's not YA. 👀This one is controversial in the YA community and I really want to acknowledge everyone's concerns. I don't think this is a "role model" book, but I also don't think it's meant to be. I also read an eARC which didn't have the author's note (my friend showed me the author's note from her finished copy) and it feels very very crucial to read that before the book. It lists trigger warnings and explains just how deeply an #own ...more
Samantha Fondriest
Thank you to Edelweiss and the publisher for an ARC of this novel. All opinions are, as always, my own.

All of Us With Wings is a wonderfully unique, atmospheric magic realism book that kicked me out of my 2019 fantasy funk. After reading the same old story over and over, this original, beautifully written book was a breath of fresh air. If you were a fan of The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender, this is the book for you!

The magic of this book exists in both the not-quite-human creatu
If you haven't read the book but you're curious about the discussion/controversy, here's a quick overview of what's actually in the book. There will be spoilers ahead.

Q: Is there pedophilia in this book?

A: Technically, no. Xochi is 17 and Leviticus is attracted to her as a sexually mature woman. On a physical level, he's not fetishizing her youth. (I don't say this because I think it makes it OK, but because I want to be clear about exactly what's in the book.) There is, I should note, some disc
Jun 29, 2019 rated it did not like it
This book was really bad! There’s a multitude of other reviews that say it much better than this but honestly so annoyed I spent money on this book and supported it.
Mar 27, 2019 added it
Shelves: 2019
Review book.
Jun 29, 2019 rated it did not like it
Apr 21, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2019-release, quero
How hadn't I heard about this book before?? It sounds wonderful!
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc-2019
Rating: close to 4.5 stars actually

Premise: A 17-year old girl name Xochi (pronounced So-Chee) is a governess/babysitter to a 12-year old girl named Pallas. Pallas lives in a beautiful Victorian house in San Francisco with her rocker parents and blended family/friends. Xochi is running away from a dark past and secrets she would rather forget. On the night of the Equinox, Xochi and Pallas cast a spell that summons a fey children from their slumber to avenge all the wrongs from Xochi's past. No o
May 19, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2019, ya
Phew. Think Francesca Lia Block but way longer and way more complicated and convoluted, not in a good way. An upsetting amount of sex/drugs/rock and roll for a book where the two main characters are 17 and 12! Like HARD drugs too, and prolific, ENCOURAGED BY THE ADULTS, underage drinking. Very disjointed at times, with characters see-sawing wildly through emotions over the course of a paragraph. WAY too many characters and POVs; unrealistic dialogue; Pallas' voice is NOT that of a 12-year-old. T ...more
Apr 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this otherworldly novel. Xochi is a unique character that has faced a lot of trauma, forcing her to grow up very quickly. She has to figure out her place in this world, which is already difficult without magical creatures trying to enact revenge on your behalf. I loved it and can't wait to read more by this author!

Be aware that this novel includes some themes that may be sensitive for certain audiences, such as sexual assault, drug use, body modification, and inappropriate relat
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Michelle Ruiz Keil is a Latinx novelist and playwright with an eye for the enchanted and a way with animals. She teaches writing with a focus on fairytale, divination, and archetype and curates All Kinds of Fur: A Fairytale Reading Series and Salon in Portland, Oregon. She has been a fellow at the Squaw Valley Community of Writers and Lit Camp. Her published short fiction can be found in Cosmonaut ...more