Sunday, January 23, 2011

Wish by Alexandra Bullen

Genre: teen social issues
Age Group: Young Adult
Series and Book #: no series, book 1
Pages: 336
Synopsis: If you could have anything, what would you wish for? For brokenhearted Olivia Larsen nothing can change the fact that her twin sister, Violet, is gone...until a mysterious, beautiful gown arrives on her doorstep. The dress doesn't just look magical--it is magical. It has the power to grant her one wish, and the only thing Olivia wants is her sister back. With Violet again by her side, both girls get a second change at life. And as the sisters soon discover, they have two more dresses--and two more wishes left. But magic can't solve everything, and Olivia is forced to confront her ghosts to learn how to laugh, love, and live again.


This was an amazing novel. Sure, it took me awhile to read it. It's very descriptive and is slow towards the beginning, but late last night I finished it and, man...this was a breathtaking novel. Bullen hit it spot on in Wish, depicting a struggling girl trying to understand her life without the sister that she loved.

I really loved Olivia. Her name's pretty, and she has a huge heart. She doesn't quite understand life without her sister and comes to conclusions about her life in Willis before she moved to San Francisco. She realizes that she just doesn't know how to live without her sister being gone and I really felt for her throughout the book. Her wishes weren't stupid and I didn't hold her over the last wish, the one she mistakenly made. She was a lovable character that I came to, well, love.

Violet was somewhat annoying. The way she coached Olivia on how to live was nice of her, but when she told Olivia about what she had done to Olivia and Soren's relationship (Soren being Olivia's boyfriend) I was about ready to wish her goodbye. But Violet really loved her sister and she loved her family. She wanted to live again, but couldn't, and you could see that she was having a hard time understanding it all when she saw her parents and Olivia living. Violet struck nerves, but she was a thoughtful character.

Over all, I thought that Wish was a wonderful novel on how to live your life to the very end. Olivia was sweet and kind; Violet was lively for a ghost; and the other characters really sold the book for me. It wasn't just Olivia trying to cope with Violet's death, it was her parents. And the side characters really made the novel in my opinion. Such a beautiful book.

The Cover: This cover is pretty and I love the font they used for the title. The model looks exactly like what I pictured Olivia to look like, and the stars with the dress were really apart of the novel. A very pretty cover that doesn't have too much flash.

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