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Genre - YA / Tween
Rating - PG13
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At first glance, page ninety-nine of Winging It! seems unremarkable. When I got the assignment to talk about this page and opened up the paperback version of the book, I said, “Aw, c’mon, there are so many better pages in the book for me to talk about!”
Confession: I considered cheating.
I could pick another page and no one would be the wiser. Or I could be rebellious and come clean about picking another page and explain why. Yeah, I thought. That’s something the main character of the novel, Angel-in-Training Grace Lightbourne would do.
But instead, I stuck with it--the original assignment, that is. And here’s what I realized, page ninety-nine (the real one) is actually an important turning point in the story,
Before I get into analyzing why it’s important, let me give you a brief recap of what happens. Grace runs into her Guardian Assignment Tara and Tara’s friend Lacey on the patio of Tara’s home. She’s just finished killing off some clover in the backyard. The two girls ask Grace about two of the cooler kids in high school, who also happen to be angels although the girls don’t know it. Lacey, who has a bit of a Queen Bee complex, asks if Grace can introduce them to Victor and Grace says, “Sure.”
See why I went Aaargh! None of that seems very important.
But it is for two reasons.
Number one. Grace is on a trial assignment as a Guardian Angel, having skipped her last three years of Angel school in Heaven. She’s living in Tara’s house as an exchange student, or so Tara thinks. Up until this point in the story, Tara has pretty much either ignored her or antagonized her, but with Grace’s offer to introduce them to the hunky Victor, Grace creates a connection with the two girls that is critical to being able to solve her Mission. Not only that but it finally brings all the characters together with Grace as the connecting link.