When I recently wrote my post I’m Still Here…, I mentioned that I hadn’t really fallen in love with many books in the past couple of months. However, one book that I did really enjoy was Wild Swans* by Jessica Spotswood.
It’s the summer before Ivy’s senior year and she cannot wait for it to start. This year she has no summer classes and expects to be free, free to spend her time hanging out with her friends and taking things easy, having a proper summer break. That’s how it was supposed to go, but instead Ivy’s mother suddenly shows up with a couple of new additions to the family, threatening to ruin Ivy’s care-free summer.
I really enjoyed this book, more so than I actually expected to. I really loved all the characters and even those I didn’t like were still wonderfully characterised. There is a broad range of characters and the book deals with a lot of topics with family being the main one, but additionally it deals with gender and sexuality as well as alcoholism and death.
Naturally, there is a bit of romance lurking in there, but I loved that it didn’t overtake the family aspect of the book and it just added to the plot as I really liked Connor’s character and the positive influence he had on Ivy.
I struggle to pick out anything negative about this book; I enjoyed the writing and just kept wanting to read and I was really satisfied with the ending. It wasn’t a final ending, but I liked it nonetheless because it enables you to imagine for yourself what the future holds for these characters.
Overall, I rated this book 5/5 and definitely recommend it. I am also intrigued now to read more work by Spotswood.
*I received a digital copy of this book from NetGalley to read and review, giving my honest and unbiased opinion.