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Michelle Ruiz Keil's #OwnVoices debut is a literary YA fantasy about love, found family, and healing--an ode to post-punk San Francisco through the eyes of a Mexican American girl.

Seventeen-year-old Xochi is on her own in San Francisco, running from a painful past. On a visit to Golden Gate Park, she meets Pallas, a precocious twelve-year-old with a rockstar family that
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Hardcover, 360 pages
Published June 18th 2019 by Soho Teen
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Boston
Jun 29, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2019
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
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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 ...more
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
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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 ...more
Grace Li
May 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Liz
May 19, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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,
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Celia McMahon
Feb 27, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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noah
Jun 27, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ownvoices, lgbt, arc
visual representation of me coming after all the adults in this book:
description

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
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☙ percy ❧
Jun 29, 2019 marked it as tbr-other  ·  review of another edition
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
Debbie Gascoyne
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
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
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*Stani*
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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
Melissa
Jun 29, 2019 marked it as no-thanks  ·  review of another edition
STOP PUBLISHING BOOKS WITH PEDOPHILIA IN IT.
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
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Mia
Jul 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is not a book for children or faint-hearted adults for that matter because of mature content. It contains a few scenes that could be triggering for some people. I would recommend reading a few of the other reviews for more information on that. Only proceed with reading this book if you are prepared for that.

This is the book that got me out of my reading slump. I picked it off the shelf at my local book store because of the beautiful cover. Kell blends words together so beautifully that I
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Danielle
I loved this! So, so delightful and dark. It's perfect for fans of TEN THOUSAND SAINTS or Francesca Lia Block with a big splash of Miyazaki animal magic. It is a strong "New Adult" or crossover read, containing graphic descriptions of drug use, sexual abuse, and body modification.

Is it fate that intertwines 17-yr-old Xochi and 12 yr-old Pallas, or are they kindred spirits? On the night of Autumn Equinox, they cast a playful spell and summon two eerie, green forest children - "water babies"
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Alison
Mar 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m pretty sure this book found me in the same way the kindred spirits in the story found each other, through some level of magic and match making beyond our control. Or maybe it was the Jane’s Addiction quote in the first pages that brought us together.

If you’re not into fantasy or magic realism, don’t let the inclusion of a few ancient creatures scare you away. Surprisingly, they fit right into the underground California music scene and don’t feel like a stretch to the story or the setting.

I
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USOM
(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
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Sasha Beezy
Jun 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
So good! ...more
Salieri
Mar 13, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Easiest five stars I've given this year, it's so beautiful I'm gonna cry.

Full review to come closer to publication date. Thanks a lot to Soho Press and Edelweiss+ for sending an ARC my way!
Jaime
Apr 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A darker, more mystical and sharper Weetzie Bat, almost. Lovely lyrical writing that is beautiful to read.
maya
Jun 29, 2019 marked it as no-thanks  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: queer
the reviews ain’t lookin’ hot folks
this could very well be actual poop
Margot Lissens
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars
Trigger warnings: drug use, rape/sexual abuse, underage/adult relationship, self-harm.

Representation: diverse cast of characters sexuality and ethnicity wise, polyamory, cat’s pov.

The beginning of this story was rather slow paced and very confusing. You get dropped in a household with quite some people and all the names are rather confusing because no one really got an introduction, so you only get the know these side characters and their background later on in the book. Even though
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Avery
Child has relationship with adult, it's excused within the book....fuck no
~ Althea | themoonwholistens ~  ☾
"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)

MY BLOG
*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
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Stephanie
Jun 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Xochi is running from her old life. After her step-grandmother’s death, she had nothing to stay for. In her travels, she finds herself in San Francisco, made governess to a young girl named Pallas, the daughter of two rock stars. Living with this strange family of musicians, Xochi is finally starting to feel some sense of belonging, although her past keeps haunting her. One night, she and Pallas manage to summon some strange fairy-like creatures who swear to take revenge on those who wronged ...more
Laura
Jun 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
At times it was difficult to remember how old any of these characters were, with the "elders" being under 30 and the youngest merely 12 yet wise beyond her years. Taking place in San Fransisco, near the Haight, and featuring a rock band, there are drugs and complicated sexual relationships and body modification and a general sense that there's something different going on here. That something different is two waterbabies, drawn to Xochi by her ritual spell at the Equinox party held in the ...more
Nèngath
Jul 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Unique, strange and beautiful. A poetic exploration of abuse, love and the relation to the body in a dream-like San Francisco summer.
First, I love the idea of one girl summoning avenging angels, protectors of children, to punish the people who abused her, including her rapist. It sounds catchy, right? But it is a very interesting book too, it questions revenge, healing and forgiveness. I particularly appreciated the way Xochi's rapist was portrayed, sometimes it is the people you love and trust
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Heatherblakely
Jun 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, ya
I gave this five stars because the writing was beautiful, and while there were a lot of things that were hard to read (TW for rape, assault, grooming), the themes discussed were very important.

However, the central romantic relationship made me extremely uncomfortable. I understand the people who gave this one or two stars because of it, and I didn’t think it was necessary.
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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 ...more
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