by Ashley Herring Blake
Release Date: May 2nd 2017
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Genres: Contemporary, Romance
Source: Blog Tour Host
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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.
“We Wish on our fingertips baby, not the stars.”
“Why?” I asked…
“Because, if you really want something baby, the stars won’t help you. You have to reach out and take it.”
Last year I read Suffer Love by Ashley Herring Blake and I absolutely loved it! You can find my review here. When I heard she had a new book coming out, I knew immediately I had to read it! How to Make a Wish is the story of two teenage girls, one who has just lost her Mother and the other how has an absent, neglectful Mother. Both Grace and Eva have endured so much pain and heartache in their young lives, and one Summer fate seemingly brings them together. Summer nights together bring them closer, but with all of the drama with Grace’s Mother it is hard for them to have a relationship and move forward together.
This book is told from Grace’s point of view and we meet Eva a little later on. Grace has just returned from music camp and has her life uprooted once again to live with her Moms newest boyfriend (the latest in a line of many, many men). Grace is a brilliant pianist with a tryout scheduled in New York City to attend school. However, the roller coaster life she lives with her promiscuous, alcoholic Mother threatens that future every single day. Since the loss of her Father in Afghanistan at a young age, Grace’s Mother, Maggie has become an alcoholic who cannot provide for her daughter and Grace has been forced become an adult at a very young age. The relationship between Grace and her Mother ripped me apart, there was only selfishness and addiction for Maggie. What her daughter needed or wanted was never a consideration. It was so real and painful at times that I found my eyes brimming over with tears at all this poor young girl has to deal with.
“Underneath all of that, there’s something else. This pull to Eva. Loneliness to loneliness. Like to like. Missing Mother to Missing Mother. Wish to Wish.”
The only constants in Grace’s life were the town she lived in on the Cape and her best friend Luca and his Mother Emmy. Ever since Grace’s Mom disappeared for a few days when Grace was young there has been a very strained relationship between her and Emmy (Luca’s Mother). However, Emmy and Luca were always a strong support system and safe haven for Grace and I absolutely loved that. Their strong family (including Luca’s brother Macon) gave Grace the love she needed, even if she always had to return to her Mother in the end.
When Eva loses her Mother at the age of 16, there are no relatives or anyone to take her in. She has no idea who her Father is and so she is sent to live with her Mother’s close friend Emmy. Eva is a ballerina, just like her Mom. But since the events of her Mothers illness and death she no longer has the will to dance. Moving to the Cape with Emmy has proven difficult for all parties as Eva tries to cope with the loss of her Mother. Eva turns to Grace for comfort, but also Grace’s Mother and that is where the danger lies. Because Maggie cannot be relied on for anything and is a danger to herself and all those around her.
The relationship between Eva and Emmy was so beautiful, at first curious and then their friendship bloomed until it became something more. They each found something they needed in the other as well as a freedom to be who they were. The innocence and sweetness of it really touched my heart.
How to Make a Wish was so beautiful and full of raw emotion. I found myself hopeful, angry and grief stricken. I cried sad tears and happy tears and felt so much as I read! Once again Ashley Herring Blake has blown me away with her writing. She writes real characters that you can relate to who have difficult things going on in their lives. Some of them are hard to read, but they will all make you FEEL! I will keep coming back for more! You have a fan in me Ashley!
“Can I tell you something?”
“I’m… I’m still a dancer.”
The smile on my face is immediate and huge. “You are.”
“And you’re a pianist.”
“I am. Always.”
“And we’re more than that.”
“You and me” I whisper “we’re sandy spoons and fireworks, lighthouses and wishes and peanut butter.”
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