How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake -- Review

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Title: How to Make a Wish 
Author: Ashley Herring Blake 
Pages: 336
Publishing: May 2nd 2017 by HMH Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 054481519X

Synopsis: 

All seventeen year-old Grace Glasser wants is her own life. A normal life in which she sleeps in the same bed for longer than three months and doesn't have to scrounge for spare change to make sure the electric bill is paid. Emotionally trapped by her unreliable mother, Maggie, and the tiny cape on which she lives, she focuses on her best friend, her upcoming audition for a top music school in New York, and surviving Maggie’s latest boyfriend—who happens to be Grace’s own ex-boyfriend’s father.

Her attempts to lay low until she graduates are disrupted when she meets Eva, a girl with her own share of ghosts she’s trying to outrun. Grief-stricken and lonely, Eva pulls Grace into midnight adventures and feelings Grace never planned on. When Eva tells Grace she likes girls, both of their worlds open up. But, united by loss, Eva also shares a connection with Maggie. As Grace's mother spirals downward, both girls must figure out how to love and how to move on. 


Review: 

I went into this novel with a totally open mind. I wasn't sure if it would be over the top with romance, or if the romance would be downplayed. Come to find out it was the perfect happy medium. The characters were very well rounded and seemed like real life people and I loved that. Relatable characters really pull me into a story. Grace's relationship with her mom was so real, and the struggles she faced on a day to day basis with her sexuality will hit home for many teenagers today. 

I read this book several weeks ago and have been thinking about it non-stop ever since. The characters were so beautifully developed and complex. Grace showed amazing maturity and strength through the ups and downs of her relationships and the reader observed her as she hit her lowest of lows and had to rely on her friends to help bring her back up. Each character was lovable, and I couldn't seem to shake off how much I started to care for all of them. I wanted to see them happy, successful, and in love. Herring did an amazing job of really pulling the reader in and making us cheer for the characters. 

All in all, How to Make a Wish is a solid romance novel filled with a little dysfunction, a lot of grief, lifelong friendships, and a story of how pain and a jar of peanut butter can form an unbreakable bond. I absolutely loved this novel and will be recommending it to readers who enjoy young adult contemporary novels. It is a must read this summer! 

Rating 4/5

*I received an advanced copy of this novel in exchange for an honest review.  

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