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As You Wish Hardcover – August 25, 2009
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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)
Top customer reviews
I kind of have a thing for switching perspectives every chapter as of lately. It has shown up in a lot of YA recently and I enjoy it. I think it enhances the story and can bring out all the characters more.
I read this book in three sittings. It was hard to put it down, but then again I was also jetlagged and trying to get back on a normal sleeping schedule.
I would definitely recommend this novel, especially to anyone who wasn't a part of the snooty popular kids in high school.
As it turns out, As You Wish was not only a fun read. It also made me want to get my hands on Jackson's other books as well, making me very confident that I'll enjoy them just as much, if not more. The poor main character of this novel has dealt with love and loss, like many teenagers her age. The only difference was that her ex boyfriend and now-best-friend turned out to be gay and for some reason, she was the only one that couldn't see it coming. Oh, I'm sure this happens a lot. At one time, I was almost positive that it would happen to me once Lance Bass (the first love of my life) came out of the closet. After all, it did not, yet I still felt that I could relate to Viola.
Like Viola, I spent my high school years feeling broken and as if I didn't quite belong with the people that surrounded me. This constant wishing caused a jinn (or genie) to be summoned to grant her three wishes. At first, she denied the jinn's plea to wish. He didn't care for what she wished for, he only wanted to get back to his home. The more time he spent on this earth, the more he felt himself aging. Eventually, one of the wishes came out of her mouth and it made her happy for a while, until Viola realized that she wanted something completely different.
To me, the story is about making the right choices, not only for you, but for the people that surround you. Jinn's character grew on me from the moment he broke protocol to show himself in front of Viola's best friend. Jackson Pearce really knows how to make you beg Viola not to wish, because as soon as she does, you know that Jinn will disappear from the story.
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