I stumbled upon a book that I thought looked promising, The Wind Will Catch You by Michelle Theall. I think it might have been a blog reader recommendation. I guess I’m not sure exactly how I ended up with the book. I do know I got it through Audible.
I started the book and was hooked right away…I love coming-of-age stories. I love triumph over tragedy stories. I love hard-scrabble life stories. I love family relationship stories. This was all of those. I say that I have to like a character to like a book. In this book there were several characters I liked.
Here is what Amazon has to say:
“Sky Fielder is a typical college student, except that she is a product of the foster care system, lives in a halfway house, and meets with her caseworker on a weekly basis. While failing to balance her grades and erratic social life, she receives a call from a hospital, asking her to make medical decisions for her brother Ben—who died more than a decade before.
The call must be a scam, and besides, Sky has a new life now. None of her classmates know about her desperate and feral childhood in West Texas, where her brother kept her mind off hunger with adventures along the riverbeds and cliffs surrounding their trailer—or about the rash decision that cost him his life and almost ended hers.
In fact, only one person truly knows Sky, because it’s her job. But Sky’s assigned caseworker, Laura, is an employee of social services, which surely means she can’t be trusted. As Laura helps Sky unravel the mysteries surrounding the man in the hospital, Sky remembers the risks it takes to love and be loved. When the past and the present collide and long-kept secrets are revealed, Sky must decide how far she’s willing to go to have a home and family again.
The Wind Will Catch You is an eye-opening, gritty, and hopeful novel by GLAAD media award nominee Michelle Theall about upheaval and resilience, forgiveness and family, love and unexpected allies, all set in motion by issues of social justice and a broken American foster care system.
Amazon readers gave the book 4.6 stars. I will have to agree. I really enjoyed the book and recommend it.
You can find the book HERE if you are interested.