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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (August 25, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006166152X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061661525
  • Product Dimensions: 1.2 x 6.2 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (78 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,115,357 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Grade 9–11—As she ponders what she calls the "social mystery" that makes some kids seem to belong and others not, Viola, 16, wishes she didn't feel quite so invisible. Ever since her boyfriend confided in her and came out to his high school class, she has felt neglected and alone, while Lawrence has been adopted by the school's Royal Family of popular kids. When Viola accidentally summons a jinn, she contemplates the three wishes he offers to grant her, while Jinn considers Viola herself. Told in the alternating voices of Jinn and Viola, this story is a romance first and a fantasy last. After she wishes herself into the arms of popular Aaron, Viola finds herself comparing him unfavorably to Jinn, while Jinn, uncommonly critical of Aaron, struggles with his blossoming feelings for Viola. Though the first-person prose is easy to read and the romance is satisfying, the genre blending is less successful and might lead fantasy fans to judge the novel in harsher terms. The human/jinn romance ultimately comes off as a bit unbelievable, but the fantasy element draws attention to the wish-fulfillment trope at the heart of any romance novel.—Amy S. Pattee, Simmons College, Boston
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“As You Wish is compelling, funny, thrilling and sexy, and Jinn is positively swoony. When you get to the end, you’ll wish for more.” (Lisa McMann, New York Times bestselling author of WAKE and FADE)

“[A] romantic and touching story of wishes come true.” (Kirkus Reviews)

“Fun, light reading that gives thoughtful and conscientious kids center stage.” (Booklist)

Customer Reviews

The book was a quick read and finished it in a weekend.
E. Gray
I also liked Viola's best friend Lawrence who is a really good friend and has an interesting dynamic with Jinn.
bookworm1858
I really enjoyed Viola's character in this story, she was very fun.
Trisha Wilson

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Elizabeth Hartman on August 25, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Jackson Pearce's first book, As You Wish, has set the bar high! In alternating viewpoints, this book details the story of a teenage girl, Viola, who accidentally summons a genie, Jinn. Jinn must remain on Earth until Viola makes three wishes, and it's only after the first wish when they discover they have feelings for one another. Viola and Jinn are forced to make a choice- if she doesn't make all three wishes, the guardian of the genies will push her to wish by hurting the people she loves. But if she makes her three wishes, Jinn will leave her life forever.

This book is full of beautiful details and scenes that will delight even the most reluctant reader. Jackson's vivid imagery makes the characters come alive. The book is great for middle-school age kids and the young at heart. I couldn't put this book down!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Harmony Book Reviews on September 4, 2009
Format: Hardcover
I pretty much adore everything about this novel - so much more than I ever expected.

I'm sure there are other books out there about genies but I felt Pearce built a world completely new and original to the YA world. I really enjoyed hearing about the jinn world and all of the complicated rules related to the wishes.

The charcters were amazing. Each had their own detailed personality and the emotions were heartfelt. Even the supporting characters were important - there were no filler characters. The relationships between the characters were also so true. I loved reading about Lawrence and Violia's previous history and Viola and Jinn's new relationship. Lawrence and Jinn have to be two of my all-time favorite characters. They added so much to the story and without their personalities, the story would have been nothing.

It was told from two POVs - Viola and Jinn - which I normally don't like but it added so much to the story. It gave an insight on how each of them were feeling and thinking about it each, plus Jinn's struggle.

Overall, I can't recommend this one enough. Go out and pick up a copy ASAP. I know I'll be buying one.

This was reviewed as part of a Traveling to Teens tour.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Margaret Stohl on August 30, 2009
Format: Hardcover
Jackson Pearce is a lightning-fast genius, funny, slick, who puts very real teen characters in the midst of a rollicking magical adventure. That's hard to do. When you're reading, the book itself is the jinn, serving up so much wish fulfillment that it rightly earns the AS YOU WISH title. Don't be fooled into thinking that the lightness of the tone or the likeably comic beats of the story imply in any way that Jackson Pearce is a lightweight;JP is nothing if not clever. She's a structural craftsman, she's blazingly good at what she does, and she's here to stay.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Bookduck on September 2, 2009
Format: Hardcover
If you think this book looks cute, you're right--As You Wish is all kinds of adorable. On top of that, it's also funny, insightful, thrilling, and incredibly un-putdownable. Seriously. I finished it in just over a day and I already want to whirl through it again.

As You Wish is told in alternating first person narration between Viola and Jinn. While the two viewpoints add more dimension to the story, I couldn't distinguish the two voices from one another. The plot, however, sucked me in so absolutely that I quickly got over this complaint and sat back to enjoy the story. The resulting single voice of Viola's and Jinn's near identical narration is appealing and enjoyable.

At the opening of As You Wish, it's been just over seven months since Viola's childhood-best-friend-turned-boyfriend, Lawrence, informed Viola that he was gay and broke up with her. While Viola and Lawrence are still close, Viola feels that she's become an "Invisible Girl" since the breakup--with Lawrence, she was special and felt like she belonged. Now, however, Lawrence is invited to parties and Viola gets to hear about them. She feels ignored and out of place and is obsessed with the idea of belonging--how do other people do it? How can she belong again?

And then Jinn, a genie, walks into her life, offers her three wishes, and suggests she make them quickly.

Jackson Pearce's cast of characters is irresistable--except for a few bad apples, I liked them all instantly. I had fun watching Viola and Jinn fall in love. I was happy when they were happy, and breathless with suspense when they encountered obstacles--I was so invested in the story I was practically biting my fingernails, and I don't usually do that. The ending is satisfying, but not exactly what I expected.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Serendipity Book Reviews on November 14, 2009
Format: Hardcover
The first thing I thought when I saw this book was, "Will it be like all these other sub-par fantasies on the shelves?" But I bought it anyways- because, finally! Something interesting I can read, and that's original. Something not about zombies, vampires, ghosts, faeries, fairies... all the other things populating the YA shelves today.

My first thought when I read the book was, "OMG I LUUURVE THIS BOOK!" Well, maybe a bit less peppy. But you get the point.

As You Wish was a gorgeous mix of most everthing good in YA- funny, believable dialogue, honest to life characters, an original plot, a sprinkling of magic, an amazing male lead who you can't help but fall in love with, fast paced writing, and romance that makes you swoon involuntarily.

I loved how the chapters alternated between Jinn and Viola's point of view- showing what they each thought of the events. I think it made both of them more developed and loveable than had only one of them been the narrator. And the writing was great- funny, quick moving, and the way I only wish I could write!

As You Wish is a fun, original, and wholesomely sweet creation that'll leave you wishing for more- pick up a copy as soon as possible!

-Meggin Jones, reviewer at: [...]
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Jackson Pearce lives in Atlanta, Georgia, with a slightly cross-eyed cat and a lot of secondhand furniture. She auditioned for the circus once, but didn't make it; other jobs she's had include obituaries writer, biker bar waitress, and receptionist.

Jackson began writing when she got angry that the school librarian couldn't tell her of a book that contained a smart girl, horses, baby animals, and magic. Her solution was to write the book herself when she was twelve. Her parents thought it was cute at first, but have grown steadily more concerned for her ever since. Visit Jackson online at www.jacksonpearce.com.

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