book review, contemporary, romance, young adult

Book Review: How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

9780544815193_p0_v3_s192x300Is there anything better than meeting someone who changes your life for the better? This book made me ponder about friendships for a long time. When you’re young, it seems like you may have a lot of friends–but are they friends of circumstance (ie you go to school together and share a lunch), or are they friends that will stand by you when you need them? Will they be the friends that last beyond high school, beyond college, beyond all of life’s ups and downs?

“If you really want something, the stars won’t help you. You have to reach out and take it.”

Grace is determined to keep her head low and just get through life until graduation. Things are not so great in her life. Things hurt. Her mom is immature (at best). Her mom is not villainous exactly, but she is abusive, and she makes a downward spiral in the book that not many teens are equipped to handle.

So when Grace meets Eva in this book, it warmed my heart. Eva is a game changer for Grace. She is a friend that wants her to have fun and adventure. And she is also a friend who has her own past that she is trying to get away from. They connect on so many levels, that it is no wonder that Eva is willing to share with Grace that she is a girl who likes girls. And Grace discovers that she is a girl who likes girls and boys. I love the bi representation because I believe that you love a person… not their gender, not their race, not their anything. You fall in love with the PERSON. The person that makes you feel something more, something extraordinary, and who, in turn, you want to do the same for.

This book tackles a lot of topics including friendship, family, sexuality, mental health and grief. It also has all the earmarks of a summer read – the season, the setting, the romance. It’s just a really good book! I liked it a lot. Highly recommended for YA romance seekers and those seeking diverse reads.

Thank you to NetGalley and the publisher for this arc in exchange for an honest review.

Blurb:

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.

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