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I think the book is meant for a younger audience personally, but everyone of all ages can enjoy this book. It talks about abuse, death, friendship, LGBTQ+ life, and love - which makes it relatable to everyone! Being a Cinderella retelling too, I loved the concept of this book and what is has to offer. It's a quick, light read that everyone should give a chance. This book is meant to be read for fun and to be enjoyed. Which I thoroughly did!
Thank you to Cassandra Sage Briskman for giving me the opportunity to read her book. It was a fun ride!
This is a sort of Cinderella story with a modern twist and no fairy Godmother. It is a breath of fresh air. Completely Unique and honestly well worth your time and money.
This is an author I will happily come back time and time again to read her work.
Anyone who can deal with complex issues, add in some awkward moments, and still make you smile along with keeping the book well paced without a single bit of wasted dialogue will always be worth my time to read.If You Wish
However, I found the story to be written through a voice that was trying too hard to compare with the stereotypical teenage language. The narrator's voice did not seem genuine to me, and I had a hard time believing a lot of what she said. The backstory of the main character's circumstances was far fetched and hard to relate to on many levels. It almost seemed to me that the narrator was trying too hard to convince the reader that her life wasn't perfect even though her father was a celebrity. She seemed to expect pity from the reader at times, and it turned me away from her more than once. Her case of being an "ordinary teenager" could have been more believable if she hadn't tried so hard to prove it. The novel could also be wordy at times, and I found myself skipping over sentences that I found weren't necessary to the story.
But with that being said, I found If You Wish to have a promising basis for a story. It dealt with heavy topics, and young adults can relate to some of the events on many levels. Briskman also did an excellent job of including backstories for her characters and the reasonings behind their actions. Her story was well developed, and I didn't finish the novel with any questions remaining, showing me how well Briskman can wrap up a story in a timely manner. Briskman's writing has promise, and I look forward to watching her skill grow as she continues to write.
This cute, sweet, short little novel was not exactly what I was expecting when I picked it up and started reading. Truthfully, I chose to start it because I had a horrible day and I was feeling extremely down and I wanted something quick and light to cheer me up. Well, 145 pages later...
So, the premise of this book is simple: Ella lives together with her stepmother and her two stepsisters who came into her and her father's life a few years after her mother's death. Ella's father is a huge film producer so, naturally, he is away quite a lot which leaves her alone with the other three. In usual Cinderella-style, her stepmother is resentful towards Ella and gives her ridiculous amounts of errands to keep her life too preoccupied for a 16-year-old in order to enjoy her young life. However, Ella doesn't complain. She doesn't talk to her father about it, not wanting to ruin the very short few days they spend together, and she takes all horrid treatment and just goes on with her life. Along the way, she meets Julian, a much-needed friend. However, instead of falling for her as you may normally assume, she instead falls for her stepsister's boyfriend. "And blah, blah, blah".
Truth be told, I did not go into this book expecting to be blown away by the writing, the concept, the characters, etc which, if I did, I think I would have been disappointed. I can name a fair few issues that I found with these things (the writing, the concept, the characters, etc), though I feel that doing so is completely unnecessary. I loved this book for the real fact that it immediately shooed away the dark clouds over my head and took me back to the days where, after having a bad day at school, I would come home and watch Disney Channel Original Movies until I felt better.
The writing: Easy, thoughtful.
The concept: Simple, cute.
The characters: Relatable, real.
I am honestly sad that it ended as quickly as it did and I still find myself curious about the continued life of these characters. I'm keeping my eye on you, Cassandra Sage Briskman.
Rating: 3.5 stars (4 stars on Amazon because "3 stars" suggests it was "okay" and I liked it more than that would suggest.)