Title: How to Make a Wish
Author: Ashley Herring Blake
Genres: YA, Contemporary
‘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 was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book through Netgalley, but this will in no way affect my review.
How to Make a Wish is about a girl named Grace. Grace is a pianist who wants to audition for a top-music school, but her unreliable mother Maggie, who is unable to stay in one place for more than a few months and drinks too much, makes life very difficult for her. It gets even more difficult when Maggie picks Grace up from summer camp, and tells her that they’ll be living with Maggie’s new boyfriend from now on. A boyfriend Grace had never heard of before, and who turns out to be her ex-boyfriend’s dad.
But then Eva appears. She has just moved to town because her mother died, and she soon becomes all Eva can think about.
How to Make a Wish is hauntingly beautiful. The way the author describes the relationship between Grace and her mother is very hard hitting, honest and real. And just like the relationship, the characters feel extremely real too. Every single character has such a distinct voice, and they felt very three-dimensional. Like they were real people, in a real town, dealing with real problems.
The romance between Grace and Eva was easily my favorite thing about the book. I loved them from the moment they first met, and I loved reading about their cute midnight adventures and late night talks. It made me unable to put the book down, which is why I stayed up until 2AM to finish it.
Besides all this, I also loved the bi representation in this book. It was spot-on (at least, to me) and it made me fall in love with the book even more. It also tackles some other topics that aren’t spoken about enough in YA books like female masturbation and the racism in the ballet-world, and I really appreciated that.
But, honestly? Nothing I write will do this book justice. I just really hope you will pick up this book for yourself so you can fall in love with it, like I did.