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How Not to Make a Wish Paperback – October 1, 2009
"Rebound" by Kwame Alexander
Don't miss best-selling author Kwame Alexander's "Rebound," a new companion novel to his Newbery Award-winner, "The Crossover," illustrated with striking graphic novel panels. Learn more
From Publishers Weekly
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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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.