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How to Make a Wish
by Ashley Herring Blake
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release Date: May 2nd 2017
Genre: Young Adult, GLBT, 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 tobe 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 mid-night 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.
‘How to Make a Wish’ centers on Grace. After her father dies in combat her mother jumps from home to home and boyfriend to boyfriend. Her mother’s erratic behavior pushes Grace to be protective of her mother. She is forced to ‘adult’ by cooking dinner and paying bills.Her talent at planning the piano is the only thing that keeps her grounded.
Grace’s luck seems to be turning a corner when she lands a spot to audition for her dream school. However, when Grace arrives home from a ‘piano camp’ she realizes that her mother has moved them again. This time, however, it’s into the shore’s lighthouse.
Grace soon meets Eva. A girl who has just lost her mother. From there their relationship takes an unexpected turn.
I went into ‘How To Make a Wish’ not knowing much about the plot. I really loved the idea that Grace has this one thing that keeps her stable, piano, when everything around her is a whirlwind. I think it is also fresh idea to have a teenage girl who bisexual.
I really liked the characters. Grace’s mother was easy to dislike but as I dove deeper into the novel I realized that she is kind of searching for who she is too. She desperately wants to love and be loved but just goes about it the wrong way. The plot did drag a little but I flew through most of the book wanting to know how Grace and Eva’s relationships comes out. I also loved how the ending was done. It was very symbolic and sweet.
The one thing that kind of threw me off was just how much of a music prodigy Grace was. It seemed to make her somewhat hard to relate to for the average person and I kept thinking of ‘Etta’ from ‘Passenger’. I also became frustrated with how Grace just went along with whatever her mother wanted.
‘HTMAW’ is a heartstrings pulling read. It shows a unique perspective on teen love with well-developed characters and an endearing plot.
Ashley Herring Blake is a reader, writer, and mom to two boisterous boys. She holds a Master’s degree in teaching and loves coffee, arranging her books by color, and watching Buffy over and over again on Netflix with her friends. She’s the author of the young adult novels SUFFER LOVE and HOW TOMAKE A WISH.
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