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How to Make a Wish

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How to Make a Wish

Following her debut novel, SUFFER LOVE, Ashley Herring Blake is back at it again with a beautiful story full of love, loss, grief, friends and family.

HOW TO MAKE A WISH follows Grace Glasser, a 17-year-old whose only wish is for a steady life where she doesn’t have to pack up and move every few months. Living with her unreliable mother is difficult, but with the help of her best friend and her upcoming audition for a well-known music school, she finds the motivation to keep pushing on.

However, when Grace meets Eva, the new girl in town suffering from her own inner turmoil, her plan to keep to herself for the summer changes instantly. Many spontaneous adventures later, Eva reveals to Grace that she is interested in girls and both of their hearts open up to one another, starting a connection neither of them expected.

"It is hard to come up with something I disliked about the novel, because it was so flawless to me....HOW TO MAKE A WISH should be experienced by everyone since I think that anyone could find something to love and relate to in the story."

HOW TO MAKE A WISH was an emotional read that could make even the most stubborn person shed a tear. The events that occurred in this book had me feeling so bad for Grace because she is an amazing character who doesn’t deserve even half of the things that she had to experience. It made my respect for her grow as the book continued on and by the end, she became someone who I found myself wishing I could read more about. The thing I loved most about her though, was her development. At the start of the novel she was a tenacious girl stuck in an unhealthy mother-daughter relationship, but in the end she became independent and knew what she had to do to make her life better for herself.

Another thing I enjoyed about this novel were the people Grace surrounded herself with --- besides her mother, of course. Her best friend and his mom were so supportive of Grace, becoming a second family for her. They treated her as if she was a sister which made my heart very, very happy. Eva was another character who I thought was vital to Grace’s life since she opened her mind up to the possibility of living her life to the fullest and not just going through the motions. Their relationship was so beautiful and, if I could, I would read a million books featuring the two.

Honestly, it is hard to come up with something I disliked about the novel, because it was so flawless to me. I’ve never read a book so fast in my life and, quite frankly, while I was reading it I never wanted to put it down. I believe that everything included in the story added up to deliver the message that you should surround yourself with only those who love and care about you, wanting nothing but your wishes to come true.

I believe that HOW TO MAKE A WISH should be experienced by everyone since I think that anyone could find something to love and relate to in the story. The writing style makes it easy to read and fans of Becky Albertalli or Julie Murphy would enjoy this pure story of the discovery of one’s self amidst first love.

Reviewed by Taylor F., Teen Board Member. on August 16, 2017

How to Make a Wish
by Ashley Herring Blake