Sunday, July 31

Book Review: Wings

Title: Wings: A Novel of World War II Fly Girls

Author: Karl Friedrich

Pages: 291

Summary: Sally Ketchum comes from dirt-poor farm folk. She has little chance of bettering her life until a mysterious barnstormer name Tex teachers her to fly - and to dare to love. But Tex dies in a freak accident, leaving Sally to make her own way in the world. She enrols in the U.S. military's Women's Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) program. At the special school known as Avenger, she learns to fly the biggest, fastest, meanest planes the military has to offer. She also reluctantly becomes involved with Beau Bayard, a flight instructor and aspiring writer, who seems to offer everything she could want. But many people see no place for a "skirt" in the cockpit, and Sally soon finds herself pitted against a high-powered Washington lawyer who wants to close down Avenger once and for all.

My Rating: 6/10

What I liked/disliked about the book: I started off really enjoy this book. I loved the premise, and enjoyed reading about WASP and the girls learning to fly, while trying to fight the government and society about whether or not women can be pilots in the army. But it spiralled down quickly for me and became a book that was hard to continue reading.

First the characters were poorly done. I didn't like them from the start and found them to be stereotypical. You have the hard on her luck, backwatter girl, held back by her father, who lost her greatest love of her life and will never love again, who is skilled but still has to prove herself. You have the beautiful tall women, who takes advantage of men, but gets away with because she pretty, she's loud, outspoken and has every man fall for her. You have the guy who appears to think life is a joke, yet has a deep sensitive undertones. These are just some of the examples I found, but the premise of the story had me hooked for the first half of the book.

Secondly, the plot veered away from the original idea, it became less of a story of the women of WASP and more of the story of Sally and her love-hate relationship with Beau and her fight against the Waterman, who has a vendetta for Sally. The relationship between Sally and Beau was forced. But the second half of the book seemed to focus on this "building relationship" between the two of them. It didn't make sense and it didn't add to the story. Waterman was a character I enjoyed, mainly because I hated his guts, but he was a well done believable character, until the second half of the book, the twist involving him made no sense, and added nothing to the story. I really wish the author had stuck with the original idea, and didn't try to add drama and twits, the book would have been a very different and more enjoyable read, if it didn't try to add it in.

Would I recommend it to read: I'm not sure I would. Some may enjoy the book, the first half was strong, but it wouldn't be high on my recommendation list.
What to read next: I had to look through some tags on LibraryThing to find one but Flygirl may be a good choice.

This is a LibrayThing Early Reviewer Book. I received this book in exchange for a review.


  1. Oh, I don't think I would like this one for a lot of reasons, and it sounds like you weren't all that enamored of it either. It sounds like a lot of the characters were stereotypes, which bothers me to no end a lot of the time. I am sorry that this one didn't work for you, but I enjoyed reading your review!

  2. Zibilee It was a let down that was for sure. I was looking forward to reading it too. Ah well, can't like every book out there.

  3. Yeah, can't say I'm crazy about tacked on love stories.

  4. Sorry to hear this was so disappointing...especially since I'll be reading it soon for a tour. I've linked to your review on War Through the Generations.