Thursday, March 28, 2013

The Art of Wishing - Book Review

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Things are not going well in Margo's life. She's a super talented singer, but she didn't get the lead in the school musical. Her divorced parents just remarried and are super in love again, but things at home just aren't the same for Margo. And every time Margo tries to write her own songs, they end up sounding stupid.

Then Margo discovers a ring in the girl's bathroom, a ring with a genie named Oliver attached to it. And Oliver is kinda hot!

But suddenly having three wishes doesn't make Margo's life any easier. As she tries to figure out what wishes she wants to make (and come to terms with her feelings for Oliver and his feelings for her), she discovers that another genie is out to kill Oliver! Against Oliver's wishes, Margo tries to figure out a way to save his life. Turns out, the only solution might involve more than three wishes.

The Art of Wishing was a cute book with a familiar supernatural guy/human girl relationship, but it was a relationship that wasn't annoying like the one between a certain sparkly vampire and dum-dum girl. I liked that Margo had a good head on her shoulders, was a good student, had a love of music (even though most kids reading this book have probably never heard of half the bands she talked about), and doesn't need any guy, even a genie, to save her. Tlhe ending kind of surprised me, if only because it wasn't at all what I expected. So good job to author Lindsay Ribar for keeping me on my toes!

The book is age-graded for 12+, but the characters are all in high school. I think that some parts of the story (including a few curse words) would be more appropriate for teenagers in high school than 6th graders.

The Art of Wishing is published by Dial, a division of Penguin Young Readers Group. It is currently available to purchase. I received a review copy of the book for my honest review.

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