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The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
by Leslye Walton
Sorrow: noun: a cause or occasion of grief or regret, as an affliction, a misfortune, or trouble. Ava Lavender is a girl who was born with wings. She leads a life haunted by her family's past and wondering why; why is there so much sorrow in her life? Why was she born with wings? What would it feel like to be a normal teenager?
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender will take you back to France, to the start of it all, the story of her great-grandparents. Born in France, the young family decides to pursue the American dream and head to New York with their four children. The only one to survive New York was Ava's grandmother, Emilienne.
Emilienne marries and moves West to start her family, but the sorrows continue and she is left with heartbreak, and, a young daughter, Viviane. It seems as if Viviane is going to survive the Sorrowful curse, but alas, it comes for her as well. After giving birth to Ava, will Ava be the one to find and keep love? Will Ava have the power to break the cycle of Foolish Love? Will Ava's wings help her to fly above her family's sorrowful past?
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender might be a young adult novel, but it will appeal to readers of all ages. Tragic, lyric, sensual and overall optimistic, The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender should be at the top of your summer reading list.