Bye for Now: A Wishers Story Kindle Edition
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What Robin is about to discover is that she's now apart of a secret group called Wishers. She's not the first one, nor will she be the last one who wishes she was someone else and has that wish come true. The key is finding the person who switched places with her and figuring out how to undo the wish. One of the things I really loved about the story is Robin's interaction with the group of other wishers, who like her are trying to not only fit into their new lives how ever long or temporary it may be. They all must work together to solve the mystery on how to undo the wish. In the process a little more about each girl is revealed, and of course not all the girls are nice, and some will do whatever it takes to stay someone else.
I loved that most of the story is set in England and his royal highness, Prince William even makes an appearance! London is one place I've always wanted to visit, and Kathleen does a fantastic job at bringing the setting to life in her debut. I also liked the twist with some of the characters, and how each wisher ends up somewhere different around the world. I really liked Robin. She's a normal tween girl who tries to make the most of the situations she finds herself in. I found her easy to relate to. What eleven year old girl doesn't have some feelings of insecurities, like Robin did. It's a tough age and I really liked the powerful message that Kathleen enfolded into Robin's story about being proud of who you are.
Any eleven year old girl would always find fault with herself, every time. And that same elven year old girl would aslo find perfection in some other girl and wish she was that girl. But no amount of wishing yourself into someone else's life and body would make it better. You'd just keep finding fault with you you were, and somebody else' life would still look better than yours. There was no magic in being somebody else- the true magic was in discover who are you already are. - page 257
Then again on page 261 Robin thinks,
Sure, there were going to be girls who were maybe prettier, more popular, smarter, or even more talented than herself, and sometimes their live might look better than her own. But they weren't. In fact, chances were that girl, whoever she might be, would be comparing herself unfavorably to someone else at the same time.
To be successful at being elven years old, Robin decided, you had to look forward to each change in who you are, where you are, or what you look like. You had to think of each and everyone as a new adventure. Because of of those changes are going to be pretty good. And some will be great.
What an enjoyable read. There's a fun adventure in wishing, a cast of great characters is introduced and the story ends on a fabulously twisted cliff hanger. I'm really looking forward to reading more of Kathleen's books and I hope there's at least one more Wisher's book to come. I want to know which girls learn their lesson and which girls are still out there wishing to stay someone other them who they really are. This is a book I'd highly recommend to tween readers!
They make a club on Facebook to try and find all the girls that are like them and find a way to switch back to their own lives.
One thing I love about this book is that it includes everyday things such as a girl living in Concord, NC with a normal life. And things that could never happen like kids switching lives. It is like a cross between Fantasy and Realistic Fiction! Also there is a wonderful surprise ending!
I can't give any more away about this awesome book so read it for yourself! I guarantee you will love it!
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