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How to Make a Wish af Ashley Herring Blake

How to Make a Wish (udgave 2017)

af Ashley Herring Blake

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"A small town pianist ponders a new life away from her embarassing mother when a beautiful girl shows up and changes everything"--
Titel:How to Make a Wish
Forfattere:Ashley Herring Blake
Info:HMH Books for Young Readers, Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Samlinger:Dit bibliotek

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How to Make a Wish af Ashley Herring Blake


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Can I give a book more than 5 stars??? no, damn - I truly truly felt for the MC in this book - coming from that environment and trying to find yourself along the way - ughhhhhhhhh for real I felt like I was there!!!!! I may have shed a tear or two - I thought her way to make a wish was awesome, always remembering something good in a whole lot of bad is a good thing, although I'm glad at how things ended up - and the lighthouse atmosphere was super cool too never read anything like that before either. ( )
  ashezbookz | Oct 20, 2020 |
This book was gorgeous. Absolutely gorgeous. 100% recommend. RTC. ( )
  irisssssssss | Jun 17, 2020 |
For a long time, when I was a little younger, I thought that was how every girl saw other girls - this mix between beauty and awe and curiosity, a thin layer of lust just underneath.

[white bisexual girl MC / black/white biracial lesbian LI ]

This was a very difficult book.

On the one hand, it's a magical love story between two girls, with beaches, lighthouses, bonfires, penaut butter and music and dancing. I really loved the whole starlit, magical aesthetic of this book, I loved that the word bisexual was used, I loved that the bi main girl had a guy friend that she could have dated but never wanted to.

On the other hand, this is a story about grief, and about one of the most unhealthy mother-daughter relationships I've ever seen. Grace's mother is written as a very complicated woman - in fact, most of the characters in this book are complicated, layered, and well-written. I loved how nobody was really perfect and everyone felt real.

But I didn't enjoy reading this book. I loved the occasional soft scenes between the girls or between friends, but I couldn't handle the constant tension, and honestly, I can't say that I genuinely liked any of the characters. It sucks because when I write down all this, I feel like I should have enjoyed the book, but it was frustrating to read.

I was going to rate it 3 stars but I actually liked the ending, so there's that. I still think this is a very important book, and I hope others will enjoy it more. Idk, maybe I'll reread it someday. ( )
  runtimeregan | Jun 12, 2019 |
Grace has had to grow up too quickly, thanks to her unpredictable mom, Maggie. So when Grace returns from piano camp and realizes that the flighty, alcoholic Maggie has forced her to move in with yet another of her boyfriends, it feels like the last straw. Even worse, his son happens to be Grace's ex--the same ex who posted their sexts all over Tumblr after their breakup--and Maggie has no clue. It feels like the last straw. But then Grace meets Eva, who has moved in with Grace's best friend's family after her own tragedy. Eva and Grace form a fast friendship, and Grace feels her world shift slightly when Eva reveals to her that she's a lesbian. But there's still Maggie to deal with, and her erratic behavior. Grace feels tied to her mother above all, but those ties are preventing her from happiness. Can Grace find the strength to choose herself for once?

Ashley Herring Blake's HOW TO MAKE A WISH was one of the best books I read in 2018. It was gorgeous and heartbreaking and amazing. This book certainly had some echoes of that one; Blake is a wonderful writer, and I will be continuing my quest to track down all of her books.

So Grace is a tough character. I felt for her immensely: she's living the life of adult, basically, trying to care for and worry about her mother, who is a real piece of work. By doing so, she's essentially paralyzed and unable to live her own life. Grace is a talented pianist who dreams of moving to New York to study at a conservatory there, but she lives in fear of living her mom behind. Her mom manipulates this fear, leaning on her daughter at every turn. (She was really a terrible woman; I couldn't make myself feel sorry for her, even though she'd lost her husband when Grace was small.) Still, there were times when I wanted to shake Grace: you have a group of people who do love you and care about you! Go to them, use their support, stop defending your mom, you're not a child anymore! I took this as a sign of Blake's excellent writing abilities, as I was totally immersed in the book to the point that I was frustrated with and in love with her characters.

"I can't leave her. She's my mom; I'm her kid. We belong together."

I really, really loved the Grace/Eva relationship in this book. I mean, what is there not to love? For one thing, Eva is a biracial lesbian. Can we say hurray representation?! I adored this sweet, fragile, yet incredibly tough girl. She was so funny and real to me. And then we have Grace, who was such a realistic bisexual. It's just so heartening to see well-done bisexual relationships portrayed in YA books. Oh my goodness, I wish I had this to read when I was struggling with my bisexuality as a teen. And it makes me so happy to think about teens today reading this and seeing this representation as completely normal.

"But... well, I like who I like. I like the person."

This book definitely sucks you into the characters' lives. It's quite well-written, and I really liked the supporting characters, especially Grace's best friend, Luca and his mom. He's a good friend. These poor kids are dealing with a lot, and your heart goes out to them, watching them struggle. At the same time, Grace and Eva's relationship is so lovely.

"I know a lot of people on this godforsaken waste of space and a lot of people know me. But no one really knows me... I've had a handful of friends here and there, but with the ebb and flow of my existence, it was easier to keep my world as small as possible. Less explaining. Less lying to cover up why I'd moved again. Less worrying about what totally messed-up situation I'd encounter when I brought a friend home."

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. It features intricate characters and a great relationship in Eva and Grace. It's sweet, funny, and heartbreaking at times. 4 stars.

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  justacatandabook | Jan 25, 2019 |
3.5 Stars

Honestly, this book is probably better than a 3.5 rating. I just couldn’t get invested in the story. I love the characters, I laughed at the funny moments, and was wrecked by the sad ones, but I was never hooked. I could have just been in a weird mindset or off, I don’t know. This really is a great book, I just wasn’t as invested as I would have liked to be.

Things I Liked:
The relationships in this story were a highlight for me. I adored Grace and Luca’s friendship. They are the dynamic duo I aspire to be. I thought Grace and her mom’s relationship was really well executed. It was complex and heart breaking. I became emotionally invest in this story because of their relationship. Grave and Eva’s budding romance, while beautiful and everything you could want in a first love/summer love romance, was probably the relationship I cared about the least. All of the relationships felt real and pulled emotion from me and made me care about these characters.

This book is so SUMMERY! It begs to be read during summer. There’s beaches and the ocean and lighthouses. It fits perfectly this time of year.

I LOVED that Grace was upset at her mom. They have a dysfunction relationship at best and Grace has every right to be upset and angry and frustrated at her mom’s antics and how they affect her life. I was so happy that Grace allowed herself to be angry at her mom, while she still loved her deeply.

I also really liked that we got 2 explicit conversations where Grace discusses her bisexuality and actually says she’s bi. It was great to see her openly express herself.

Things I Didn’t Like:
I thought some of the dialogue between Grace and Eva was awkward. Not a cutesy flirty awkward, but this came out of nowhere awkward.

I wanted to see more of the buildup in Eva and Grace’s relationship. After their first night in the lighthouse we do a micro time jump, where they’ve spent every night talking and getting to know each other, but I feel like I missed it. I wanted to see more of their romance developing and more falling in love cuteness dammit.

I totally skimmed over a good 50 pages. Like I said, it wasn’t gripping me and I didn’t feel like I was missing anything so I skimmed because I wanted to get to the ‘more’ I was searching for.

This is a great book and I would definitely recommend it to everyone because this book was made to be read during summer. It’s full of great characters with complex relationships and a lot of heart.

I received a copy of the book from HMH Books for Young Readers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. ( )
  LifeofaLiteraryNerd | Apr 27, 2018 |
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