*Special thanks to Random House Children’s Books for allowing us to read Katherine Webber’s The Heartbeats of Wing Jones.
Katherine Webber‘s The Heartbeats of Wing Jones is a warm and emotional story about how one girl decides to do anything it takes to help her family. Enter Wing Jones, who has looked up to her brother Marcus her whole life: he’s popular and the star of the football team, so naturally everyone at the high school admires him as well.
But then Marcus drives drunk after a party one night and ends up killing two people. He also ends up in a coma. So things are not looking good for the worshipped Marcus Jones. Wing is a mess over this and is almost in denial that her amazing brother could do something so terrible. Wing also is a mess overseeing her mother and grandmother so upset over this matter. And then the bank is threatening to take away their home because they will not be able to pay the house bills. Their money is going towards Marcus’s medical bills instead.
While all of this is going on, Wing finds an escape. She sneaks out of her house at night and goes to her school’s track to run. While she is running, she feels as if she is keeping her brother’s heart beating. If she keeps running harder, then maybe her family won’t lose their house or their son and brother.
Then Marcus’s best friend, Aaron, sees Wing running one night, and realizes that she would be a good asset to the school’s track team. But he also thinks she would be able to receive a sponsorship from an athletic gear company. When Aaron tells her about this, Wing realizes this could really help her family out. And it doesn’t hurt that she has had a crush on Aaron for a long time.
I recommend this book to anyone who loves a family drama. This novel tugs at my heartstrings because of how much Wing loves her brother even after everything that happened. It also was sad that Marcus had ruined three lives including his own life. It is hard to come back from that. I also loved how Wing was able to come up with a way to help her family who was in a crisis. It was a nice break to have a love interest for Wing as well. This novel is worth picking up because of all the love in it.