The story follows Ava Lavender; an extraordinary girl wanting to be anything but. Ava was born with wings and a twin; who was born unique in his own way.
The beauty of this book comes from the writing. Walton paints a picture with words that made it hard to turn away. And the voice that was give to Ava had its own special quality, she narrates to the reader about the sorrows and joys faced by her family; as well as the difficulties of just living.
To many, I was myth incarnate, the embodiment of a most superb legend, a fairy tale. Some considered me a monster, a mutation. To my great misfortune, I was once mistaken for an angel. To my mother, I was everything. To my father, nothing at all. To my grandmother, I was a daily reminder of loves long lost. But I knew the truth — deep down, I always did.
I was just a girl.
Ava shows us that love isn't ll its cracked up to be. Sometimes we love those we try hard not to. Sometimes we love those who we know aren't meant to really and truly deserve our love, and then we turn around and ignore those who deserve it more than anything. And sometimes, people are just straight up psychos and need to be mashed in the head a couple times.
It's really hard to review abook without trying to spoil the important bits, but in this case everything is important. Yes, its the story of Ava Lavender, but the story of Ava Lavender can not possibly be told without the story of everyone around her. And that's the beauty of it. Every character in this book is not meaningless and adds to the plot, setting, and story; in some way.
In conclusion: Ava Lavender taught this 17 year-old girl more about love, life, and the rainbow after the storm than anyone ever could. And that's why Leslye Walton has one the most beautiful debut novels ever.