Going into this month, I wasn’t sure what book I wanted to review. After finishing How To Make A Wish in one day, I knew this was it. Even though I’m writing this review on the 2nd of the month, I’m feeling confident that this will be one of my favorite reads.
If you didn’t catch my TBR post, I’ll be reading books featuring characters who are LGBTQIA+ or books by authors who are LGBTQIA+. As far as I know, Ashley Herring Blake is bi-sexual so this book fits both categories.
Let’s get into my review of How To Make A Wish by Ashley Herring Blake. This review is spoiler-free!
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.
What I liked about How To Make A Wish
- The characters. Ashley Herring Blake knows how to write relatable and realistic characters. All of the characters were likable (for the most part) and played such a significant role in the plot. In some ways, this is more of a character-driven story.
- The romance. Obviously, I had to include the romance in my review. There is an f/f romance and it’s so glorious. I really enjoyed Grace and Eva and their dynamic even though I had an issue with one plot point I’ll talk about later.
- The friendships. The friendship between Grace and Luca was so refreshing. It’s so rare to see a well-written male-female friendship that doesn’t result in love. It was obvious the two saw each other as brother and sister, nothing more.
- The setting. I think the setting of the novel was glorious. It really set the mood for this not so light summer contemporary.
- The writing style. Last month, I read another one of Ashley Herring Blake’s book and once again, her writing style captivated me. I couldn’t put the book down after I started it.
- How honest it was. I’ve personally never dealt with an addicted parent, but this book felt so raw and real in its deception. I could feel for Grace and I could picture myself in her situation. It was rough and emotional, but still brutally honest.
What I disliked about How To Make A Wish
- Maggie. Ugh, I hated Maggie so much. I know that was the intent, but she just infuriated me.
- Lack of communication. I hate to rant, but I just have to, okay? I hate in books when characters can just look at each other or kiss or something and boom! Everything’s fine like I understand it’s YA but no one just gets over things? If you’re in a relationship, you usually talk things out and then get over it but like that never happens in books I read?? I’m just so confused and I’m sorry to rant but I just have a lot of feelings about this.
- Everything with Jay. Where do I even start with him? Ugh Jay is the MC’s ex-boyfriend and a complete dickhole. He acts like a complete creep throughout the novel including exacting revenge on the MC in a disgusting way, being a complete perv and just generally being an ass.
Overall, I really enjoyed How To Make A Wish and want to read more from Ashley Herring Blake! I gave it 4/5 stars.
Is it just me or are my reviews all the same? Sigh, maybe I should mix it up but I really enjoy writing my reviews like this. I really don’t know! Am I the only one who thinks writing reviews is tough?
Anyways, I hope someone out there enjoyed this. Personally, I think I suck at writing reviews but we’ll see haha.
Have you read How To Make A Wish?