The Girl with Borrowed Wings (Hardcover)

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This is a must read for fans of magical realism and thoughtful coming-of-age stories. The writing is gorgeous and the characters are unique and fascinating. Vivid, striking, and lyrical. - Marian

— From Young Adult Faves


A stunningly written tale of an isolated girl and the shape-shifting boy who shows her what freedom could be--if only she has the courage to take it

Controlled by her father and bound by desert, Frenenqer Paje’s life is tediously the same, until a small act of rebellion explodes her world and she meets a boy, but not just a boy--a Free person, a winged person, a shape-shifter. He has everything Frenenqer doesn’t. No family, no attachments, no rules. At night, he flies them to the far-flung places of their childhoods to retrace their pasts. But when the delicate balance of their friendship threatens to rupture into something more, Frenenqer must confront her isolation, her father, and her very sense of identity, breaking all the rules of her life to become free.

About the Author

Rinsai Rossetti has lived in Thailand, Canada, Italy, America, the UAE, and other countries. She has completed two years at Dartmouth and lives in Hanover, New Hampshire, and the United Arab Emirates.

Praise For…

"A frankly spellbinding love story." — The New York Times

"Eye opening and inspiring" — The Los Angles Times

"The Girl With Borrowed Wings stands in a category of its own making. . . .Rossetti's style hearkens back to Margaret Atwood's literary prowess with humanity's frailties, edgy humor and limitless imagination. . . .Different, quirky, memorable for all the right reasons." — USA Today’s Happy Ever After

"Infused with an urgent hope, this glimmering love story exhilarates and refreshes." — Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

"Rossetti was a teenager when she wrote this novel, and her connection to the stifling constraints, torn emotions, and dazzling first tastes of freedom and power that are synonymous with coming-of-age make this first novel shine....[Frenenquer is] strong, willful, passionate, and quite funny, and watching her come into her own is thrilling. A breath of fresh air." — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

"A premise that's unique among the stacks of paranormal romances...Feels like a breeze in the desert." — Booklist (starred review)

"Exceptional in its originality and in the luminous, funny, elegant quality of its writing. Rossetti moves from quirky, intelligent banter between teens to descriptions of sunshine, landscapes, and bodies, evoking a sharp, clear sensuality....Rossetti raises the bar for current romantic fantasies." — The Horn Book

"Told in lush, beautiful language that explores the minutiae of expression and feeling of two lost souls, this novel will resonate with readers experiencing the first flush of desire and the confusion it brings." — School Library Journal

"As symbolic as it is magical: the possibilities presented by Sangris and his wings have the same sort of reckless freedom that often accompanies first love, heedless of the rules of the regular world." — BCCB

Product Details
ISBN: 9780803735668
ISBN-10: 0803735669
Publisher: Dial Books
Publication Date: July 19th, 2012
Pages: 304
Language: English