Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Wishful Thinking by Alexandra Bullen

Genre: teen social issues
Age Group: Young Adult
Series and Book #: no series, book 2*
Pages: 243
Synopsis: A heartbreaking past. Three wishes to change her future. Hazel Snow has always been alone. Adopted as a baby and shuffled from home to home, she's never belonged anywhere and has always yearned to discover where she comes from. So when she receives three stunning, magical dresses--each with the power to grant one wish--Hazel wishes to know her mother. Transported to a time and place she couldn't have imagined, Hazel finds herself living an alternate life--a life with the mother she never knew. Over the course of one amazing, miraculous summer, Hazel finds her home, falls in love, and forms the most unexpected friendship. But will her search to uncover her past forever alter her future? In the heart-pounding, luminous sequel to Wish, Alexandra asks the question: If you could wish for a new life...would you?

*this is the companion novel to Wish by Alexandra Bullen. See my review here.


Maybe I'm just a hopeless romantic. Actually, I know I'm a hopeless romantic. I balled through half of this book! I was crying when I finished it, and it hasn't really cleared from my mind.

Hazel bugged me through practically the entire book. She feels so sorry for herself that I thought she was rather selfish and conceited. When she manages to be transported back in time, she didn't even care about her stepdad Roy. She was more concerned with finding her real mom. And when she finds out who her mom is, she just won't accept it. And she had so many mood swings that I sometimes had to take a step back from her confusing thoughts. But in the end, I grew to like her. Although her decision mostly annoyed me. But that was because of her love life that was gone and I hate when a love life is ruined or destroyed. I believe in happily ever after.

The side characters were so sweet and nice. Rosanna was so sweet to Hazel in the past, and she was just a perpetually good person. Jaime was...temperamental. But you could see her side of things through it all. Luke was, is there anything Luke wasn't? Besides a horrible boyfriend? He was so sweet, and nice, and was willing to take Hazel back even though she ran away from him, like, three times. *Sigh* I love fictional men.

Overall, Wishful Thinking was a warm, heartfelt novel that really delved deeper than Wish into the sacrifices you have to make to really live your life. I was crying through most of the novel. Bullen's writing is so beautiful and she really made me look at things. A great book, just beautiful.

The Cover: GORGEOUS! I can't say it enough. The butterflies (excuse me, las mariposas), the gold, the font, and the model all are so perfectly set together against the black background. It gives it an extra push against the other novels you may see on the shelf.

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