Title : How to Make a Wish
Genre : Fiction
Author : Ashley Herring Blake
Publisher : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company
Grace, tough and wise, has nearly given up on wishes, thanks to a childhood spent with her unpredictable, larger-than-life mother. But this summer, Grace meets Eva, a girl who believes in dreams, despite her own difficult circumstances.
One fateful night, Eva climbs through a window in Grace’s room, setting off a chain of stolen nights on the beach. When Eva tells Grace that she likes girls, Grace’s world opens up and she begins to believe in happiness again.
How to Make a Wish, is an emotionally charged portrait of a mother and daughter’s relationship and a heartfelt story about two girls who find each other at the exact right time.
- This book never had a dull moment. I think that’s why I got along with this book so well and didn’t end up reading it because I had to. This book had so many good elements to it. It, of course, had a great plot, character development, and realistic obstacles that not many people get to witness from the inside. Does that make sense? Just in case it didn’t, I’ll rephrase. We saw the book in Grace’s perspective, which means we got to see what happens behind the perfect mask that her mother created for other’s to see.
- To be honest, I liked the mother/daughter story more than the actual romance. Yes, I know that the romance was a huge part of the story, but I really enjoyed the whole relationship development between Grace and her mother more. Ok , if I’m being even more honest, I may or may have not cried a little during certain scenes between Grace and her mom. This book gives you the feels….
- The character development was spot on. As I was reading through this novel, I couldn’t not notice how many characters in this book developed. I can’t spoil anything and specifically say who, so I’ll let you figure that out yourself 😉
Now there were some aspects that I disliked
- Grace was kind of a whiny character. I get it. She has a pretty tough life, but all she did was complain about it. I mean, it was even pointed out in the book…
- There were 1-2 grammar errors. Grammar errors are never a big deal to me as long as I can understand what is trying to be said. However, the errors should of been caught. Again, it isn’t a big deal to me. I just wanted to point them out for future reference.
This book was a great, quick read that would be loved by romance seekers, adventure lovers, and pizza fries enthusiasts. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and am proud to have it on my shelf. Thank you to the publicist who sent me a copy and to the author who wrote this book so well.