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I Wish Paperback – November 18, 2014
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From School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—You wouldn't wish Lacey Linden's life on anyone. She races between school, work, home, and the flea market where she hawks her valuables just to pay the bills. While at the market one day, Lacey buys a music box for herself in a rare moment of indulgence. She soon discovers that the music box holds an unexpected surprise: a "Benevolent Supernatural Being" named Grant. The genie offers her one wish per day for a month, but the wishes must be humanly possible. Langston wisely limits the power of wishes, so there can be no easy fixes to complex problems. Lacey cannot simply wish away her debt or her mother's trauma. This allows the story to remain grounded in the everyday struggles and relationships of Lacey, her friends, and her family. It is all the better for it, putting the focus on the compelling and sympathetic characters. Lacey's narration alternates with brief status reports from Grant, a clever device that gives readers insight into the enigmatic being's motivations. While Lacey and Grant's burgeoning romance is predictable at times, the denouement offers enough twists and unresolved questions to have readers wishing the next book was already available.—Tony Hirt, Hennepin County Library, MN
This was my first Elizabeth Langston novel and I absolutely loved it. Her writing style is fantastic and I was gripped right from the start. Right from the beginning of the very first page, the wonderful writing and the fantastical characters and storyline completely grabbed me and I could not put the book down. It was just so amazing...
I Wish is without a doubt one of the most unique and different YA Paranormal books I have ever read. It was incredible. A story about a genie which also hinged on the lead protagonist learning what is really important makes this book a must-read. Lacey goes through such a journey in this book. Her personal growth is absolutely stunning and incredible and it makes this book just such a joy to read and go on this personal discovery with Lacey. I loved it.
I Wish is a fantastic storyline, with a dash of romance that is perfect for any YA fan. I can't recommend it enough. It was utterly fantastic and I loved every single moment of it. A must-read.
This is definitely one of the most beautiful and amazingly written books I’ve ever read. Elizabeth Langston has written a fantastic story that drew me in from the first page.(Sharrice Hewlett Reese's Reviews blog)
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Lacey was definitely a strong character. Her father had died when she was young, her stepfather died a few years later, and her mother fell off the deep end after dealing (or not dealing, I guess) with all that grief. That left Lacey to taking care of her catatonic mother and little brother. She was certainly tough, protective over her family, and determined to do anything to take care of them. My only complaint is that her strength became stubbornness on a couple of occasions, when she was stuck on seeing other people's kindness as pity rather than a friend helping a friend. Other than that, though, I thought she was great.
Grant was good as well. His character was a little more shaky. On one had, he had some great character growth. At the end of each chapter, there was a report on that day's wish that he would send to his boss and I liked how his mindset and tone changed as the book went on. Not to mention how sweet he was and how caring he was of not only Lacey, but her mother and brother. However, at the same time, I didn't feel like we got to fully know his character. Things like his past, his true thoughts of his job. Basically anything about him that didn't pertain specifically to his happenings with Lacey's family was left out and that kept his character from being as deep as he could be. But, overall, I still liked him.
The romance was light, but worked really well. I thought Lacey and Grant were great together, though after that ending I wonder how things will go for them.
The plot was steadily paced. This author really does a great job of drawing the reader into the story with the captivating language and richly emotional world she creates, so that made sure I was kept engaged all the way through. I really liked the story and the ending has me curious to find out what happens next.
I Wish was a lovely YA read that I really enjoyed. With its realistically drawn characters and deep emotions, this book was definitely great. YA lovers, this is a book worth checking out.
*I received a complimentary copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review
When Lacey “accidentally” gets her own genie named Grant, he is hers to provide wishes for an entire month. Between her totally depressed mother, her eight-year-old brother, her job and their lack of finances, Lacey has more than she can handle and would prefer a good old-fashioned miracle. Besides, how do you explain the hunky guy suddenly hanging around your house?
Lacey and her family have quite an adventure over the month of wishes that Grant provides. There are surprises and scares and both Lacey and Grant learn a thing or two.
I liked the way the story was written with each chapter alternating with a short report from Grant to his boss about the activity of the day from his perspective. This allows the reader to get a bit of a view of both Lacey’s and Grant’s view of things.
I liked how Lacey grew as a person through the novel and became able to accept help from others, learning that it is okay to accept help sometimes. But the biggest growth was what happened in Lacey and Grant’s relationship. That took a great deal of maturity.
I Wish was a fun fantasy, clean romance novel to read. It was rapidly paced and enjoyed reading it. I am looking forward to reading the sequel, Wishing For You. If you would like a light, easy book to read, I would recommend I Wish, for all ages. I gave this book a rating of 5 stars out of 5.
Thank you to the publishers via NetGalley for providing a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion is not required. All thoughts are my own.
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