How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Expected publication: May 2nd, 2017
Genres: Contemporary, Lgbt, YA
* Received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you very much! This doesn’t affect the review in any way. My opinions are, as always, my own.*
All seventeen year-old Grace Glasser wants is her own life. A normal life in which she sleeps in the same bed for longer than three months and doesn’t have to scrounge for spare change to make sure the electric bill is paid. Emotionally trapped by her unreliable mother, Maggie, and the tiny cape on which she lives, she focuses on her best friend, her upcoming audition for a top music school in New York, and surviving Maggie’s latest boyfriend—who happens to be Grace’s own ex-boyfriend’s father.
Her attempts to lay low until she graduates are disrupted when she meets Eva, a girl with her own share of ghosts she’s trying to outrun. Grief-stricken and lonely, Eva pulls Grace into midnight adventures and feelings Grace never planned on. When Eva tells Grace she likes girls, both of their worlds open up. But, united by loss, Eva also shares a connection with Maggie. As Grace’s mother spirals downward, both girls must figure out how to love and how to move on.
This was the first book I ever read by the author and I really liked it! It’s also an LGBT book, which I hadn’t read many before so I was really excited to start this one!
How to Make a Wish is a beautiful story about family, love, and friendship. It’s also about letting go, about following dreams and about loss. It has a lot of emotion and it’s slightly bittersweet. But it sure was beautiful!
This book talks about two girls that fall in love with each other – Eva and Grace. Eva’s mother died. And Grace has a very difficult life; her father died when she was two and her mom lives a completely unpredictable life, where she is the one getting taken care of, instead of the other way around. Her mother is there but she isn’t present as so.
I found their romance the sweetest thing ever! Eva is an extremely sweet girl and it’s impossible not to connect with her. She is warm hearted and she doesn’t mind showing what she feels. And Grace is the complete contrary. She is a lot harder to get to know and a lot more closed. She is an adult in the body of a teenager. She is used to taking care of her mother and trying to fix things. She feels angry, unloved and helpless. But she feels that she can’t ask for help because doing that means showing the reality of her mother. She doesn’t have many people she trusts, until Eva comes along, and gives her the strength to wish for herself, to fight against it, instead of with it.
Even tho Grace’s mother did everything wrong all the time, it’s impossible not to feel compassion because that’s how Grace feels. Through the story, we understand why she is like that, and that, independently of everything she does love Grace.
It’s true that her actions are terrible. She doesn’t think, she doesn’t see reality… She lives in a world apart, inside her head. She drinks her guts out and she goes with anybody who may appear. Always saying that everything is just fine and drowning her daughter with her. But Grace was always there for her. Trying, hoping, wishing.
I felt that this book was really realistic and beautiful, the writing was also very pleasant and fast to read. I think the moral of this story is really important and the romance was just adorable!
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