How to Make a Wish - Ashley Herring Blake | ARC Review

Pages: 336
Format: Paperback ARC
Publication Date: May 2, 2017
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
How I got the copy: Raincoast Books
Rating: 5/5


Grace, tough and wise, has nearly given up on wishes, thanks to a childhood spent with her unpredictable, larger-than-life mother. But this summer, Grace meets Eva, a girl who believes in dreams, despite her own difficult circumstances. 

One fateful evening, Eva climbs through a window in Grace’s room, setting off a chain of stolen nights on the beach. When Eva tells Grace that she likes girls, Grace’s world opens up and she begins to believe in happiness again.        How to Make a Wish is an emotionally charged portrait of a mother and daughter’s relationship and a heartfelt story about two girls who find each other at the exact right time.

This book is so much more than I could even imagine. 

How to Make a Wish definitely found a spot on my favourite shelf for so many reasons. What I loved about this book is it’s about relationships. Family relationships, friendships, mother/daughter and mother/son relationship and romantic relationships. It doesn’t sugarcoat relationships, it’s an authentic and emotional portrayal.

How to Make a Wish is about a girl named Grace, who is dealing and trying to cope with her unpredictable mother. Grace is a pianist who is preparing for an upcoming audition for a University scholarship and when she returns home from a summer music program she soon realizes her mother has moved in with her new boyfriend, which happens to be Grace’s ex-boyfriends father and has sold her piano. Obviously, things get complicated living with an ex but Grace stirs clear and tries to focus on what’s important, getting a scholarship, with the help of her best friend, Luca. Luca and his mother are family to Grace and when Eva, grieving from losing her mother, starts living with Luca’s family she soon realizes she’s falling for her. Both girls bond from grieving over their mothers in different way and a beautiful and natural relationship blossoms. Grace and Eva's relationship is spontaneous, natural and they both don't try to label their relationship while so much is happening in their lives.

I absolutely love Grace and Luca’s platonic friendship. I find there aren’t enough platonic relationships in novels and their relationship is done very well! I also loved Grace and Eva’s relationship, it’s realistic, natural and such a beautiful depiction of how a romantic relationship can grow unexpectedly. I couldn’t get enough of this book. I want everyone to read it.


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