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Gr 9 Up-Senior Margo McKenna knows something is up when she loses the lead in her school play to an unknown and talentless sophomore named Vicky. To escape during one particularly frustrating rehearsal, she goes to the girls' room, where she finds a ring. When she picks it up, the mysterious new kid, Oliver, instantly appears. Margo discovers that he is really a genie and his master is Vicky. By finding the ring, Margo becomes his new master. She uses her first wish to become a talented songwriter. Soon after, she discovers that another genie, Xavier, is hunting Oliver and plans to kill him. As Margo rushes to find a way to save Oliver's life, the pair begin to fall in love. Although the rules and logic of genies and wish-making are tricky to follow at times, Ribar does a good job of developing realistic and likable characters. The heavy focus on the relationship between Margo and her parents, who have recently rekindled their relationship and remarried, dissipates midway through the novel and, by the end, disappears completely. Rich with romance, magic, and action, this novel will captivate teens while also cautioning them to be careful what they wish for.-Nicole Knott, Watertown High School, CTα(c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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For anyone who thought Disney’s Aladdin was the last word on genies, think again. High-school senior Margo McKenna finds herself in possession of a genie’s ring and the limitless opportunity three wishes offer her. Margo is thoughtful and meticulous—a maker of plans with dreams of songwriting success. She will not make her wishes lightly, especially when her attractive genie, Oliver, reveals that his life is in danger and he wants the final wishes he grants to be truly special. Margo and Oliver are extremely likable, with an easy camaraderie that pulls the reader straight into the story. (Margo’s take on “those girls” who fall in love with otherworldly beings is especially, self-referentially amusing.) They are supported by a strong cast of secondary characters who are closer to magic than they realize. Margo and Oliver’s backstories unfold to set up for a finale that sneaks up on the reader and (hopefully) sets the stage for a sequel. A strong and pleasing debut. Grades 7-10. --Kara Dean

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Series: The Art of Wishing
  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Dial Books (March 21, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803738277
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803738270
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,397,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lindsay Ribar grew up in New Jersey, where the only logical thing to do after high school was to move to New York. She majored in drama and English literature at NYU, and now works in book publishing, where she reads other people's novels by day and writes her own by night. She owns approximately twelve bazillion CD's, attends far too many concerts, and mainlines nerdy television shows like it's going out of style. She is fond of wine, Ireland, musicals, long walks around Manhattan, and the color blue.

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Format: Hardcover
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Quick & Dirty: Not your typical tale of a genie in a bottle. A contemporary tale of magic, music, and wishes.

Opening Sentence: The plan was this: I'd get up on that stage, blow them away with the best damn audition they'd ever seen, and walk out knowing the part I wanted was mine.

The Review:

Genies and kissing. That's what was said to me when I first heard about Lindsay Ribar's The Art of Wishing. In this wonderful story mixed with equal parts fantasy and contemporary, I was first lured to the cover. The font used was whimsical enough to draw me in, allowing me to stay with the sweet images used everywhere else. I really gravitated towards the byline "He can grant all her wishes. But only she can save his life." I detected swoon instantaneously. And let me tell you, Ribar did not disappoint.

Margo McKenna has dreams and plans. First off she plans to have an amazing audition to get the star lead that she wanted. But nothing goes as planned and she finds herself with a genie's ring. With all the wishes in the world, Margo now has the tool to fulfill her dreams and carry out her plans. But Oliver isn't an ordinary genie. The relationship that forms is close and tight-knit, enough so that he reveals he's on the run from someone who will harm him. As Margo and Oliver's relationship grows, she realizes that there aren't enough wishes to save him.

Margo is not your average teenager. She has plans and is serious about carrying them out. Margo is musically talented and writes songs behind her closed bedroom door. Her parents were together, then not, and just recently remarried. She misses her mom and how things were before. Margo is a normal girl who tries to plan her life so she isn't disappointed.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By TC on March 22, 2013
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The Art of Wishing is a fun read and helps bring genies into the the modern age... minus the MC Hammer puffy pants!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Leslie Delisio on March 26, 2013
Format: Hardcover
The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar is different from anything I have previously read. I love that it has a female protagonist with agency, not just some damsel in distress who gets dragged along for the story. The characters are all well-realized and believable, even the secondary characters who don't really drive the plot. It's a pretty quick read, but it's definitely not boring.

I cannot WAIT for the sequels!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stormy(Book.Blog.Bake.) on June 24, 2014
Format: Hardcover
I’m about to say a phrase I vowed never to say. And once I say it, I need you to forgive me for it, okay? Okay. Here it is–The Art of Wishing is totes adorable (I cannot believe I actually said that). It’s true. I sank into this book at once, and read it all in one sitting. I giggled. I smiled. I happy sighed. And the best thing? The Art of Wishing is about 85% ADORABLENESS, 15% adventure & danger. . . just how I like my adorable books(I wouldn’t be the reader I am if it wasn’t for my love of some grand adventures).

I’ve never read a genie book before, but The Art of Wishing took the few things I thought I knew about genies(mainly from Aladdin), and completely turned everything around. Oliver is not a sad, trapped genie who longs to be free. Being freed would kill him, and what’s more than that, he enjoys being a genie. He enjoys using magic, creating illusions, and then creating reality with the wishes. He’s quite happy to be who he is. He’s also really old. . . but also a sixteen-year-old at the same time, completely real. I loved this aspect, since one thing that always bothers me about paranormal books is these century-old creatures falling in love with high school girls. The way Ribar tackles this problem is genius, because Oliver is a sixteen-year-old who likes eighteen-year-old Margo:

"Oh God. I’m one of those girls.”
“What girls?” he asked, perplexed.
“Those girls. The ones in all those books and TV shows. Some dumb high school girl falls in love with some supernatural guy, and he’s all, ‘Behold, I am five million years old!’ and she’s all, ‘Oh my god, how can you ever love pathetic little me!’ and he’s like, ‘Because of destiny!’ or whatever. It’s just so…ew. You know?”

The whole genie story line was fascinating.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Tara Gonzalez on April 10, 2013
Format: Hardcover
Okay, I seriously loved The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar. It was cute and fun, but also engaging and very tense, especially towards the end.

I liked Margo. I really, really liked her. She was exactly the kind of protagonist I hope for when it comes to paranormal YA like this - strong and real. She still had some growth to accomplish, but she was relatable and believable and she didn't swoon over 200 year old vampires.

Freaking Oliver, you guys. All the swoons. I don't know what it was about him - maybe Lindsay Ribar just writes kissing scenes really well (hint, she does) - but I just loved him. So, basically, the romance in this paranormal romance is really well done and there is kissing scenes aplenty.

I haven't read any genie stories, although I do know there's some coming out later this year next, but I loved the way Lindsay Ribar incorporated the mythology into The Art of Wishing. She made it her own very well, but still had that homage to the kinds of genies we always think of.

And you guys, there are some intense moments in the plot of The Art of Wishing. There's bad guys and knife fights and impersonations and it's all pretty awesome. I spent was pretty frustrated because I kept thinking of a billion wishes Margo could have made to solve everyone's problems, but Lindsay Ribar's genies have limitations, so it was pretty cool that they couldn't just wish their problems away so easily.

I didn't realize The Art of Wishing would be a series, but I am totally happy to spend more time with Oliver, so no complaints here!

If you're looking for a paranormal YA that's a breath of fresh air to the genre, I definitely recommend picking up The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar. I was giddy and swoony throughout, but definitely still had those moments of "oh my god what's going to happen" - I just enjoyed The Art of Wishing immensely.

Especially the kissing scenes.
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