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How Not to Make a Wish Paperback – October 1, 2009

3.5 out of 5 stars 20 customer reviews
Book 1 of 3 in the As You Wish Series

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A new job, look and lover are just a wish away in this middling series starter from chick lit fantasy author Klasky (Magic and the Modern Girl). Kira Franklin is about to lose her stage manager job when she discovers a magic lamp in the prop cabinet. Statistic-spouting genie Teel shifts from dominatrix to disco man to schoolgirl while coaxing Kira to make her wishes as quickly as possible. All Kira wants is a new job, so Teel lands her a position as the stage manager for a large regional theater, where she befriends set designer John McRae and lusts after star actor Drew Myers. Klasky's fans will miss her usually engaging characters—everyone other than Kira and John is cardboard-flat—and a series linked by inconsistent, intangible Teel seems unlikely to get very far. (Oct.)
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"Fresh and often hysterically funny, this story also has a solid emotional core. Heroine Kira's first-person perspective keeps it all real for the reader..."  -- RT Book Review
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Mira; Original edition (October 1, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 077832737X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0778327370
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.9 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,318,286 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Kira Franklin was still recovering from her breakup. A whole year after the fact, and thirty extra pounds later, practically jobless and in need of a miracle, she unexpectedly got one in the shape of a genie. That's right, a real rub-the-lamp genie named Teel. Kira's troubles are over!

Or so she thinks. As it turns out, her wishes make her life anything but easier. She wishes for a new job that turns out to be a huge fiasco, and after wishing away her extra thirty pounds, her friends and family start to think she's anorexic.

But Kira doesn't regret her wishes, and besides, it's not like she can take them back...right?

Did I like How Not to Make a Wish? I'm on the fence. I like Mindy Klasky. I'm a huge fan of her Jane Madison series, but How Not to Make a Wish lacked some of the charm that "Sorcery and the Single Girl" and "Girl's Guide to Witchcraft" oozed in excess.

Instead of a fantasy with a love story thrown in as her previous books were, How Not to Make a Wish was more like a love story/coming of age story with a genie thrown in to stir things up. I was really surprised that Mindy Klasky did not reveal more about the character of Teel the genie. The story focused mostly on Kira and her friends, while Teel just popped in every now and then to help move the story along.

Don't get me wrong, I thought Kira had a lot of depth as a character and I related to her in many different ways. I guess I just didn't find her as loveable as Jane Madison. I really wanted to fall in love with How Not to Make a Wish the way I have with Klasky's other novels, I just couldn't force myself to enjoy every page as I had in the past.

Will I read the rest of the "Wish" series? Sure I will. I'm still a fan of Klasky and am curious as to how she's going to shake up the next book (When Good Wishes Go Bad) and make it different from How Not to Make a Wish. Will I be first in line at the bookstore at midnight? Probably not.
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I've read many of Mindy Klasky's books ... all the Glasswright's books and several of the romances ... and liked them all at least reasonably well (some of them extremely well). This one, while pleasant, didn't seem to measure up to her other work.

The arc of the story was more predictable than I usually expect in Klasky's work, and the characters, other than the protagonist, seemed a little thin. The protagonist, however, was enjoyable -- quirky, nuanced, humorous and often quite self aware -- and her character arc was good. I wish we'd gotten a little more interaction between her and the love interest.

I have to confess, the book lost a star in my rating because it happens to be set in the industry in which I work -- and the details are largely wrong. For someone with not familiarity with the realities of professional theatre, those inaccuracies would be irrelevant, but I found them quite jarring. A few examples: The character is stage-managing a show, with a three-month rehearsal period. Never happens... many theatres are happy if they can afford three weeks! Set designers -- outside of community theatre -- don't build scenery, and don't attend rehearsals -- unlike the designer in the book. Set design decisions are made weeks or months before rehearsals begin -- not during rehearsals, as in the book. Director's can't change the date of opening without consulting the producing theatre. You could never open a show weeks before it's scheduled opening -- you wouldn't get the necessary technical rehearsals in! And so on. Trivial inaccuracies for most, I concede.

All that being said -- if the theatre-errors hadn't been a factor, I think I'd have liked this relatively well. I'll certainly buy the other books in the series, and I expect they'll be good fun.
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I enjoyed the way the book caught you up in it and took you for a ride. I read it in about 2 days and enjoyed every morsel. It tied up all the loose ends and you saw the characters grow before your eyes.
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This author must have a hell of a sense of humor in real life, because she can really put it into her books. I've read several already and loved each of them for keeping my mind occupied and in another world. You really will identify with her and her "family of familiars." I howled at one scene in which she barks through her newly found powers. Buy the series, they're romantic, too.
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I think anyone who goes into a chick-lit romance featuring a genie and expects depth is likely to be disappointed.

This is what it is: a light, fluffy romance/coming-of-age novel, with a genie to rev up the action, and to cause as many problems as it solves- in best wish-granted formula.

Kira is a complex and well-drawn heroine (narrative first person singular). Everyone else is less clearly drawn, but they are mostly not cardboard, either.

The plot is fairly predictable, but nicely executed, and allows Kira to grow up in a way she'd avoided before. The world of backstage live theater- and crazy demands- was extremely entertaining! And when I was in college, I saw a version of "Romeo and Juliet" that might have inspired this one... at least slightly!

I thought the resolution worked well, though it goes against genie canon a bit.

And, in terms of freeing the genie? I saw NO hint that the genie wanted to be freed; what it wanted was access to the Garden (Eden? Earthly Delights? or ???), which it could only earn by granting wishes to clients. I think it's fair that Kira didn't free it, under the circumstances; it's only got 2 more clients to go, after all!

Fun fluff, if you like chick-lit at all.
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