Saturday, July 30, 2011

Book Review: Wish by Alexandra Bullen

This was another one of those see-at-the-store-get-at-the-library books. :)

Wish was an amazing novel. I loved it! Olivia and her parents move to San Francisco but Olivia just feels...nothing. No sadness over leaving the town she grew up in, no anger over switching schools halfway through the semester, no excitement at living in a new city and making new friends. She doesn't even feel hungry anymore. But at least she knows why she doesn't feel anything. Nothing seems to matter since her twin sister, Violet, died. So when Olivia gets the chance to make three wishes, of course she wishes to have her sister back. And, BAM, there's Violet sitting on the window sill. It's great having your dead sister back, but it's a bit confusing when you're the only one who can see her, and that leads to a couple of problems. Violet invisibly coaches Olivia on how to make friends and live. Olivia has two more wishes she can use, but she feels like she has everything she needs now that Violet is beside her again. But then the drama starts, and magic can't fix all your problems.

This is Alexandra Bullen's first novel, but I will definitely read anymore she decides to publish. She is a fantastic writer because she was able to make me feel what Olivia felt. She also surprised me by having some pretty insightful lessons to learn; you usually see the lessons as big, flashing lights in YA novels, not subtle so that you have to recognize it on your own. I liked that a lot. I got absorbed in this book. It was stellar (and clean) and I highly recommend it!

P.S. Borders is going out of business (SOB!), so they are having big sales right now. Go check them out and get some cheap books! Happy reading!

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