(Review) How to Make a Wish
How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake
Publication Date: May 2, 2017
Pages: 336 (kindle)
Genre: Young Adult
My Goodreads Rating: 4 Stars
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.
I loved Suffer Love and was pretty eager to get my hands on this one (after I talked the library into buying it). The author has a great way of writing easy love stories with a lot of drama surrounding them.
Grace's life isn't that great. Her mom sucks, she's living with her ex-boyfriend, and she's stuck in a small town with no light at the end of the tunnel. The characters surrounding Grace are lovely. She's got a best friend who knows her in and out, and his mom who treats her like Grace is her own child. It kind of makes up for the fact that her mom is really terrible. Grace is a hard worker and a talented piano player, but her mom hinders a lot of that.
Eva's just lost her mom and has moved in with Emmy, Luca's mom. Emmy is trying to help her deal with her grief and encourages her to continue ballet, but Eva is finding a connection with Maggie, Grace's mom.
As Grace and Eva grow closer things slowly start to come out about each of them, but it isn't really enough. Grade likes Eva, but she hates the time that Eva spends with her mother. They're both testing new waters with their relationship and those around them.
There is definitely some major drama toward the end that made me rage in a way that I do when parents don't do right by their children. It was heartbreaking to read, but really brought the story full circle.
Definitely check this out.