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To Wish or Not to Wish (As You Wish) Paperback – September 21, 2010
About the Author
Mindy Klasky learned to read when her parents shoved a book in her hands and told her that she could travel anywhere in the world through stories. She never forgot that advice. When Mindy isn't "traveling" through writing books, she quilts, cooks and tries to tame the endless to-be-read shelf in her home library. You can visit Mindy at her Web site, www.mindyklasky.com.
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Top Customer Reviews
And then she is given the tarnished lamp containing...a genie! And she has 4 wishes to make! Not 3, like the fairy tales tell, but 4! It's a veritable flood of wishes!
How she uses these wishes is the core of this story, and it's a great fun read. Teel, the genie, is laugh-out-loud hilarious. And Erin herself, a sweet girl with lousy taste in men, decides to 'swear off' romance just before meeting Timothy, who is attractive PLUS.
I needed a good laugh when I picked up this book, and I got it. It's a silly, fun read.
Erin is having a junky past few months. Her dream of being a Broadway star is slowly fading. No significant others and virtually homeless, Erin spills her woes to a friend who needs a house sitter for her fabulous home and offers it to Erin.
In addition to the house, Erin is given a lamp and of course, rubs it. Out pops a genie (and not Barbara Eden) complete with gorgeous body.
The biggest problem is the constant switching of gender/clothes/appearance by the genie. It is confusing to suddenly realize the genie is now a woman. Bam, a few pages later, the genie is back to being a guy.
Once you learn to watch out for those changes, the book is enjoyable.
I really enjoyed this story. Even though it has a wish granting genie in it, I found it more believable than some chick lit stories out there that put their characters in outlandish situations and have NO paranormal plots. The story flowed and pulled me in and kept me hooked to the very end.
What I liked:
1. Erin--She's always had a boyfriend and has molded her life around him. His likes become her likes. His habits become her habits. When her boyfriend walks away because she thinks she might be pregnant, she realizes what a jerk he is and how they don't want the same things at all. But she's never been her own person, so how does she know what she wants? Through all this, Erin is working on discovering herself.
2. The Master Plan--Erin's sister comes up with "The Master Plan" in attempt to turn Erin into a responsible adult capable of a healthy relationship. She must first tend a plant, then care for a fish, then handle a cat. Once she proves she can do all that she will be able to entertain the idea of a relationship with a man. All this should take no longer than 16 months. Erin's attempts to comply with The Master Plan were pretty funny and reminiscent 28 Days (Special Edition). It took Erin a long time to realize that she was once again creating a version of herself according to someone else's ideals.
3. Teel--The gender-bending genie was hilarious. You never knew what form he/she would take and just what he/she would do.
4. Timothy--The restaurateur was a breath of fresh air in Erin's life. He knew what he wanted out of life.
5. Work--Erin understood the difference between being handed something and working hard for it. She also understood the value of each. Once she is lands the role of understudy she continually wonders if she should use a wish to become the star. But would she enjoy knowing that she had to force the bestowal of the role on her? Or would she have greater pleasure if earning it on her own and know the applause wasn't purchased?
Apparently, this is part of series, but it stands on its own. Each book follows one lucky lady and the genie Teel. I haven't read any other of the Wish Series books and didn't feel lost at any point. But I enjoyed this one enough to now seek out it's sisters.
How Not to Make a Wish
When Good Wishes Go Bad
*ARC provided by NetGalley*
Making such important wishes isn't so easy and throughout the book Teel tries to hurry her along so he can complete his mission. He can be quite impatient and crafty. Erin never knows when he will appear or even what form he will be in.
Erin gets a job as understudy to a difficult star in a Broadway play. Her time is also taken up with her sister and small nephew who are having their own difficulties coping because her husband is away in the service.
And then there is Timothy - one of the most romantic, sympathetic and genuine characters in recent memory. But where does he fit into her busy life? Or into the master plan her sister has devised for her which involves a plant, a goldfish and a year?
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It had a good storyline, was funny, Erin was down to earth, Teel was outrageous and Timothy!!
Just pure entertainment.