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How to Make a Wish

By Ashley Herring Blake
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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.

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““it makes me wonder—what does she know about me? What would she say if someone asked her my favourite food or what scares me or about a sure way to get me to laugh? Would she have an answer at all?” How do you begin to pour your thoughts about the story into words when they mostly consist of emotions you find difficult to describe? How do you begin to talk about How To Make a Wish? A book that made me feel a whole range of various emotions and that I genuinely couldn’t put down. Well, I suppose I will try. tw: for parental neglect The narrator of the story is Grace, a teenage girl one year away from college who is rather unlike other kids her age. And no, that is not the i’m-not-like-other-girls trope, Grace was forced to essentially play the part of a caretaker and a parent for her own mother. Maggie, Grace’s mom, is... a mess. The very embodiment of a mess. She’s quite literally and simply just a bad parent, who does love Grace but lives in delusion thinking everything is fine and whatever isn’t, she can fix herself. But the portrayal of this is anything but simple. The author made sure to accurately portray the complexity of such unhealthy mother-daughter relationship and the emotions and dilemmas accompanying it. Like I said, this book made me feel all the dominant emotions the main character was experiencing: anger, irritation, disbelief, sadness and most importantly, disappointment, all of this directed at and prompted by her mother. I wasn’t honestly expecting to get this emotionally invested and so now it makes it impossible for me to talk about his book anyhow objectively. I suppose I can try but admitting that not all the characters in this book were very nuanced, that the plot was, well, wasn’t really much of it there because the plot WAS the characters. But ultimately I don’t even care about these things because this story just... was amazing. There is also a sapphic romantic storyline, which admittedly was really cute although Eva, the love interest, did at one point annoy me so much that I declared to dislike her. She redeemed herself though, realised her mistake and apologised for it, so. All in all, this an excellent book and undoubtedly a five star read for me. Made me so emotional I can’t stop thinking about it and yes I cried over the ending”
“this book is kind of like if radio silence met ginny & georgia…and it made me so sad-happy. love.”

About Ashley Herring Blake

Ashley Herring Blake used to write songs and now she writes books, including Suffer Love and How to Make a Wish. She reads them a lot too and has been known to stare wistfully at her bookshelves. She lives in Nashville, TN with her husband and two sons. www.ashleyherringblake.com
Twitter: @ashleyhblake
Instagram: @ashleyhblake

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