Study Guide

Wings Coming of Age

By Aprilynne Pike

Coming of Age

As a teenager, Laurel is in the process of figuring out who she is and what she wants out of life. This gets complicated, of course, when she learns that she isn't human, she isn't the age she thought she was, and her early memories were erased when she came to the human world from the land of faerie. Since her past is a mystery to her, how is she supposed to plan her future?

When her life gets crazy in Wings, and suddenly the trolls are threatening her family, Laurel has to bring her A-game and figure out some solutions stat. If that doesn't mean she's maturing and gaining a handle on her life, then we're not sure what does.

Questions About Coming of Age

  1. How does Laurel feel about being a teenager at the beginning of the book versus at the end of the book?
  2. What does Laurel's mom seem to want for her daughter?
  3. How are the lives of faerie children and human children different?
  4. Do you think Laurel rises to the challenge of defending her family and her faerie home in an appropriately mature way? Why or why not?

Chew on This

Coming of age as a faerie sounds like a raw deal: All work and no play.

Laurel loses her sense of childlike innocence as the story progresses.