All of Us with Wings by Michelle Ruiz Keil

All of Us with Wings

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 rock-star family in one of the city’s storybook Victorians. Xochi acce...

Details All of Us with Wings

TitleAll of Us with Wings
Release DateJun 18th, 2019
PublisherSoho Press
GenreFantasy, Young Adult, LGBT

Reviews All of Us with Wings

  • Boston
    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. - ...
  • ☄ 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...
  • 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 togeth...
  • Liz
    Trigger warnings: sexual assault, rape, age-inappropriate relationshipsI 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...
  • Grace Li
    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.
  • noah
    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...
  • Sofii♡ (A Book. A Thought.)
    I want to thank Edelweiss+ and Soho Press for providing me with a copy in exchange for an honest reviewTW: Drug Abuse, Sexual Abuse, Underage/Adult Relationship & ViolenceI 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 pleasa...
  • Celia McMahon
    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...
  • Avery
    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)⇒MY BLOG⇐*All my reviews are spoiler-free unless stated otherwise* OVERALL: 2.7/5I 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 bor...
  • 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 an...
  • 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 conte...
  • Sarah
    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.
  • Elli
  • *Stani*
    Rating: close to 4.5 stars actuallyPremise: 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 slumbe...
  • Tory
    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 dialo...
  • Gabi
    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, dr...
  • Salieri
    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!
  • Leslie
    Shoutout to NetGalley and Soho Press for the ARC of this one.Running from her painful past, Xochi ends up in San Francisco where she soon befriends the precocious twelve year-old, Pallas. After meeting the family unit/band that Pallas’ parents are members of, Xochi quickly falls into the role of governess. Surrounded by free love, drugs, and the rock n’ roll life, Xochi falls into some messy situations trying to heal the wounds of her past an...
  • Kara
    Did not finish at 60%.I have never written a book review on Goodreads before, but I feel like this book needs one. I am writing this review for my 15 year old child, who got this book from a teen reading program. The back cover sounded interesting, so it came home with us.The description of this book on the cover talks about a girl who lives in a world of magic learning about family and the true meaning of love. The back cover, however, did not m...