How to Make a Wish by Ashley Herring Blake

How to Make a Wish

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...

Title:How to Make a Wish
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Edition Language:English
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Number of Pages:336 pages

How to Make a Wish Reviews

  • Dahlia
    Apr 30, 2017

    I blurbed this book. I love this book. I hope every girl, every person who needs this book finds this book. If you have any -

    - interest in f/f YA and/or bi YA at all, this should be the very top of your to-read list.

    "A beautiful story about love's paradoxical ability to be the most difficult yet most effortless thing in the world. Ashley Herring Blake breaks your heart for these girls and then stitches it back together with starlit magic."

    —Dahlia Adler, author of Under the Lights and Just

    I blurbed this book. I love this book. I hope every girl, every person who needs this book finds this book. If you have any -

    - interest in f/f YA and/or bi YA at all, this should be the very top of your to-read list.

    "A beautiful story about love's paradoxical ability to be the most difficult yet most effortless thing in the world. Ashley Herring Blake breaks your heart for these girls and then stitches it back together with starlit magic."

    —Dahlia Adler, author of Under the Lights and Just Visiting

  • The Bookavid
    Jan 05, 2017

    In HOW TO MAKE A WISH, Grace's mom makes her move in with her ex-boyfriend's dad and meets Eva, who is struggling with her mother's death.

    Biracial and bisexual characters?! YES

    HOW TO MAKE A WISH is one of those very quiet reads that you definitely have to have a thing for and have to be in the right mood for.

    In HOW TO MAKE A WISH, Grace's mom makes her move in with her ex-boyfriend's dad and meets Eva, who is struggling with her mother's death.

    Biracial and bisexual characters?! YES

    HOW TO MAKE A WISH is one of those very quiet reads that you definitely have to have a thing for and have to be in the right mood for.

    This is a

    thing. This has nothing to do with the book. It's skillfully written with a killer voice and with heart. Also #ownvoices by a bisexual author, which clearly, obviously shows in the nuanced way Blake writes her characters. It reads somewhere inbetween books like those by Sarah Dessen and Jenny Han. If you enjoy works by these authors, you'll surely adore this one.

    HOW TO MAKE A WISH will surely hit close to home for many people out there, not only because of the fabulous narration but because it features a bisexual protagonist and a biracial love interest.

    I've got a confession to make here. This is first time that I've read about a biracial character portrayed so accurately that it freaks me out. I'm biracial and usually the representation we get hardly ever is stated on the page, and if it is there are probably a lot of other things wrong with the book.

    Despite HOW TO MAKE A WISH missing the mark for me personally because of totally arbitrary and highly subjective reasons that stand in no relation to the quality of this book, this is an extraordinary book that I wish a lot of success.

    I would've needed this book at 14,15,16 - hell, I still need it now. I really don't know how to handle this. It's weird being represented, but it's also nice. Do me a favor and shove this book into the hands of any black biracials you know, okay? It'll mean the world to them.

    Rating:

    ★★★★★

    So, HOW TO MAKE A WISH apparently is the first book written for people like me. And it feels damn good, you guys. Representation matters. Gift this to your biracial friends.

    live on the blog 03/15/17

  • taryn (sunlitlibrary)
    Jun 17, 2017

    This was a really emotional, beautiful story about love, loss, grief and family. Grace's relationship with her mother was certainly hard and frustrating to read at time, and for about 80% of this book, I found myself feeling so protective of Grace and wanting to shield her from the hurt I know she'd feel because of her mother. I really found myself understanding her feelings towards the situation between her mother and Eva, and let me tell you, I think she was a hell of a

    This was a really emotional, beautiful story about love, loss, grief and family. Grace's relationship with her mother was certainly hard and frustrating to read at time, and for about 80% of this book, I found myself feeling so protective of Grace and wanting to shield her from the hurt I know she'd feel because of her mother. I really found myself understanding her feelings towards the situation between her mother and Eva, and let me tell you, I think she was a hell of a lot nicer than I would've been in that situation. Grace was such a strong, resilient character who just kept pushing through the hard times and I had a lot of respect for her character.

    I really loved how sweet the romance was. Grace and Eva's banter read so naturally and I found myself rooting for them from their very first meeting on the beach. I loved a lot of the discussions they had; about sexuality, especially bisexuality; but also about race and what it was like for Eva to be biracial. I loved that the girls supported each others interests and didn't push each other too far. We also had an on the page f/f sex scene which I don't recall ever reading in a YA book before. I appreciated not only that it wasn't a fade-out type of scene, but also that whilst progressing further sexually, they made sure they were both comfortable with where they were going. The scene before the sex scene was a very emotional scene so I'm very glad that consent was given on the page.

    One thing I would have liked more from this book is for Grace's relationship with both Luca and Emmy to have been more fleshed out. Their relationship seemed to be more telling than showing- and I didn't like the way Grace treated Luca at times. In saying that, I do understand why she responded the way she did at that the times in which I didn't like the way she treated Luca. Apart from that, I did really like their relationship and wished it had been explored a little more.

    The only other thing I would change is the length of the book. I felt like the ending was a little bit rushed- I think I might have liked an epilogue or something to find out how Grace's audition went, how Grace's mother is doing and how Eva's ballet thing went as well. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed this and thought it was a really sweet f/f romance that I would certainly recommend. This was a really emotional, beautiful story about love, loss, grief and family. Grace's relationship with her mother was certainly hard and frustrating to read at time, and for about 80% of this book, I found myself feeling so protective of Grace and wanting to shield her from the hurt I know she'd feel because of her mother. I really found myself understanding her feelings towards the situation between her mother and Eva, and let me tell you, I think she was a hell of a lot nicer than I would've been in that situation. Grace was such a strong, resilient character who just kept pushing through the hard times and I had a lot of respect for her character.

    I really loved how sweet the romance was. Grace and Eva's banter read so naturally and I found myself rooting for them from their very first meeting on the beach. I loved a lot of the discussions they had; about sexuality, especially bisexuality; but also about race and what it was like for Eva to be biracial. I loved that the girls supported each others interests and didn't push each other too far. We also had an on the page f/f sex scene which I don't recall ever reading in a YA book before. I appreciated not only that it wasn't a fade-out type of scene, but also that whilst progressing further sexually, they made sure they were both comfortable with where they were going. The scene before the sex scene was a very emotional scene so I'm very glad that consent was given on the page.

    One thing I would have liked more from this book is for Grace's relationship with both Luca and Emmy to have been more fleshed out. Their relationship seemed to be more telling than showing- and I didn't like the way Grace treated Luca at times. In saying that, I do understand why she responded the way she did at that the times in which I didn't like the way she treated Luca. Apart from that, I did really like their relationship and wished it had been explored a little more.

    The only other thing I would change is the length of the book. I felt like the ending was a little bit rushed- I think I might have liked an epilogue or something to find out how Grace's audition went, how Grace's mother is doing and how Eva's ballet thing went as well. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed this and thought it was a really sweet f/f romance that I would certainly recommend. This was a really emotional, beautiful story about love, loss, grief and family. Grace's relationship with her mother was certainly hard and frustrating to read at time, and for about 80% of this book, I found myself feeling so protective of Grace and wanting to shield her from the hurt I know she'd feel because of her mother. I really found myself understanding her feelings towards the situation between her mother and Eva, and let me tell you, I think she was a hell of a lot nicer than I would've been in that situation. Grace was such a strong, resilient character who just kept pushing through the hard times and I had a lot of respect for her character.

    I really loved how sweet the romance was. Grace and Eva's banter read so naturally and I found myself rooting for them from their very first meeting on the beach. I loved a lot of the discussions they had; about sexuality, especially bisexuality; but also about race and what it was like for Eva to be biracial. I loved that the girls supported each others interests and didn't push each other too far. We also had an on the page f/f sex scene which I don't recall ever reading in a YA book before. I appreciated not only that it wasn't a fade-out type of scene, but also that whilst progressing further sexually, they made sure they were both comfortable with where they were going. The scene before the sex scene was a very emotional scene so I'm very glad that consent was given on the page.

    One thing I would have liked more from this book is for Grace's relationship with both Luca and Emmy to have been more fleshed out. Their relationship seemed to be more telling than showing- and I didn't like the way Grace treated Luca at times. In saying that, I do understand why she responded the way she did at that the times in which I didn't like the way she treated Luca. Apart from that, I did really like their relationship and wished it had been explored a little more.

    The only other thing I would change is the length of the book. I felt like the ending was a little bit rushed- I think I might have liked an epilogue or something to find out how Grace's audition went, how Grace's mother is doing and how Eva's ballet thing went as well. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed this and thought it was a really sweet f/f romance that I would certainly recommend.

  • Lola  Reviewer
    Dec 24, 2016

    3.5 stars.

    It’s very early for me to post my review of this book, seeing that it comes out in May next year, but I couldn’t help but read it the moment I received it. And when I finish a book, I immediately write my review of it.

    So, this book. I enjoyed it a little more than the author’s SUFFER LOVE, which was her debut novel. This new book from her is completely different – one of the differences being it being much more diverse.

    It’s the story of two girls who fall in love with each other at the

    3.5 stars.

    It’s very early for me to post my review of this book, seeing that it comes out in May next year, but I couldn’t help but read it the moment I received it. And when I finish a book, I immediately write my review of it.

    So, this book. I enjoyed it a little more than the author’s SUFFER LOVE, which was her debut novel. This new book from her is completely different – one of the differences being it being much more diverse.

    It’s the story of two girls who fall in love with each other at the right moment. Eva’s mother died, so she needs someone to be there for her. Grace’s mother is unpredictable and very hard at keeping her relationships. Her new conquest? The father of Grace’s ex-boyfriend who humiliated her after she broke up with him.

    I found Grace and Eva’s romance sweet. Unlike it appears to be, HOW TO MAKE A WISH, is not mainly a love story. There is a huge focus on the relationship between Grace and her mother also.

    Eva is a lovely character. I liked her right away. Grace is a strong girl who was forced to grow up too soon, thanks to her mother’s shameful behaviour and her lack of a good mother figure. She’s angry a lot. At her mother, mostly, but also at herself. She feels helpless, because she wants to help her mother but doesn’t know how. If I had to choose, I must say I preferred Eva’s character, because of her sweet nature, but I admired Grace’s strength.

    Strangely, I remember liking this author’s writing a little more in her previous novel. I remember it being more lyrical. Her writing here is good, too, and there truly are some beautiful quotes worth highlighting, but the constant cursing cast a shadow on the writing, or so it seemed.

    I absolutely think this is a book you should read, if you enjoy realistic LGBT books. There are some very adorable scenes. A lot of sadness too. Some characters are surprising – Jay! – and although Grace’s mom is anything but responsible, you can’t help but do your best to understand where she’s coming from, why she is the way she is. It’s clear she loves her daughter, even though her love is imperfect. I kept feeling like Grace had trouble seeing that her mother loves her, which irked me, because I thought Grace was more observant than that.

    She said, towards the END,

    Was her mom included? I had the impression that no, she wasn’t one of those names. I remember her saying something similar earlier in the story, too. It annoyed me, because she literally said that 20 pages before the end. But maybe I'm wrong and her mother's name is one of those names. Let me know what you think if you've read the book.

    Not a perfect book, but an important one nonetheless.

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  • Andrea
    Dec 29, 2016

    is about two girls. Grace is dealing with her upcoming audition to a music school in New York and the fact that she now lives with her ex-boyfriend. And then there’s Eva, a girl who is struggling with her grief over losing her mom.

    F/f romance is so rare in YA, and to have a book that portrays it so beautifully is such a gift. Also it was extremely refreshing to read an LGBT+ YA book that doesn’t deal with “coming-out.” There was never any worry

    is about two girls. Grace is dealing with her upcoming audition to a music school in New York and the fact that she now lives with her ex-boyfriend. And then there’s Eva, a girl who is struggling with her grief over losing her mom.

    F/f romance is so rare in YA, and to have a book that portrays it so beautifully is such a gift. Also it was extremely refreshing to read an LGBT+ YA book that doesn’t deal with “coming-out.” There was never any worry of anyone finding out about their relationship or if they wouldn’t be accepted by their friends and loved ones. (Honestly though this is so much more than a romance story.) And there’s also a biracial love interest, so..!!!!!

    I loved everything about this book, the characters, the setting, the story. All the characters were so three-dimensional, the MC’s and the supporting ones. This is an extremely character-driven novel, each one complex and well-rounded. So don’t really expect a lot to happen plot wise, as it’s the relationships between all the characters that makes this book so amazing. Not only Grace and Eva (though they were too cute), but also Grace and Luca, Grace and her mom, and much more.

    This book captured my attention from the first chapter. Grace’s story with her mom felt so real. Her anger, sadness, and feelings of helplessness, the way she described how she realized she was bisexual, felt so authentic, honestly it hit a little too close to home. It’s actually kind of creepy how much I related to this. And I know there will be a lot of people out there who will be able to relate to Eva as well.

    I feel like this review is kind of a mess. The only thing that matters is:

    It’s skillfully written, raw, and amazing.

  • Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
    Apr 09, 2017

    There are aspects of this book that read like your average summer contemporary book. Not average in terms of quality, but in the vibe and setting and style. This book is summery. There are lighthouses and boat rides on the 4th of July and nighttime parties on the beach. And, of course, we can't forget the love story. These familiar elements of the book really helped me to fall into the world and the story and honestly? Just made me want to fast forward to the summer time.

    BUT let me talk about a

    There are aspects of this book that read like your average summer contemporary book. Not average in terms of quality, but in the vibe and setting and style. This book is summery. There are lighthouses and boat rides on the 4th of July and nighttime parties on the beach. And, of course, we can't forget the love story. These familiar elements of the book really helped me to fall into the world and the story and honestly? Just made me want to fast forward to the summer time.

    BUT let me talk about all the stuff in this book that is beyond the usual YA contemporary and how it did all of those things very right.

    What intrigued me enough about this book that it was one of my most anticipated releases of the year? Well, a f/f romance for one. I'm obviously falling for those constantly. But more than that, the MC is bisexual (#ownvoices) and the love interest is a biracial lesbian. And them falling for each other was just so lovely?? They were snarky and doubtful and tender and I loved them. Grace, the MC, has a couple of really fantastic conversations about bisexuality and what it means to her that I thought were incredibly well done. And honestly, as a f/f romance, there was a lot to like. This hit all my ladies loving ladies notes, and that made my heart glow. Grace and Eva fit in a really fantastic way together and I loved their scenes where they could just flirt and tease and make me grin.

    One of the central parts of this book is the relationship Grace has with her mother. That is, their not-so-great relationship in which Maggie is the one acting like a child and Grace is constantly forced to take responsibility. It is a really heartbreaking relationship to read. It is done in an honest and up-close way that makes it difficult to stomach at times, as you see this person constantly doing exactly what you, as a reader, know will hurt Grace the most. It's hard to read, but it is done incredibly well in terms of exploring an unhealthy parent-child relationship, and in terms of seeing how the child in these situations thinks. The way Grace rationalizes things at times is so frustrating, because you're on the outside as a reader, but also it allows you to see how she has been forced to reach this way of rationalizing.

    There was some stuff here that was a bit tropey for me. Like, the love interest coming in through a window in the middle of the night. Or some of the little conversations that happen between Grace and her best friend, Luca. It only happened occasionally, and really only at the beginning rather than the end, but those moments would frustrate me. Obviously these aren't terrible, but they would pull me out of the story when they happened a bit.

    This was a really lovely contemporary. It hit all the right notes with a romance. It did a lot right in talking about unhealthy parent-child relationships. The external support system Grace had was excellent and I really loved them all. They all felt like real characters that exist out there in the world. And even though we didn't see as much of it, I thought Eva's grief was shown and discussed perfectly. It also leads to her having a whole conversation with Grace about how the ballet world is incredibly white??? Excellent. More of that, please.

    In fact, to summarize my feelings, I want more of all of this.

  • prag ⚓
    Jan 07, 2017

    I may or may not be in love with this book and it's characters.

    Not the encompassing love I have for

    or

    , sure. But it comes pretty damn close.

    It’s not a very good or original story, per se: but I wanted a cute contemporary. And I got more than that. I got a cute contemporary that I finished in one sitting.

    I may or may not be in love with this book and it's characters.

    Not the encompassing love I have for

    or

    , sure. But it comes pretty damn close.

    It’s not a very good or original story, per se: but I wanted a cute contemporary. And I got more than that. I got a cute contemporary that I finished in one sitting.

    It gave me butterflies in my belly and a smile on my face. Yes, it’s

    cute.

    Although this is more or less advertised as a romance, the protagonist’s relationship with her mother is a huge part of the book. I won’t say much about this because it goes into the direction of

    take it from me, it has some of the best character development I’ve ever read.

    : I’m sorry, did I mention I love him? Honestly, #bestfriendgoals

    ● It’s honestly so good you need to read it

    ● I don't have much to say about it?? but it's an important book and you should check it out when it releases

  • Kaylin
    May 01, 2017

    I just

    this in a few hours and I’m

    impressed.

    I came here for the bi rep and was captivated by this mother/daughter story. Honestly, I wasn't expecting much. Both the cover and the synopsis

    typical summer contemporary.

    And in some ways it was… but it also was

    much more?

    Focusing on Grace’s summer on the Atlantic coast, this story covers her relationship with her

    I just

    this in a few hours and I’m

    impressed.

    I came here for the bi rep and was captivated by this mother/daughter story. Honestly, I wasn't expecting much. Both the cover and the synopsis

    typical summer contemporary.

    And in some ways it was… but it also was

    much more?

    Focusing on Grace’s summer on the Atlantic coast, this story covers her relationship with her immature mother, her friends and the new girl, Eva. Especially when her mother moves them in with her ex-boyfriend’s family.

    I received an ARC of this in exchange for an honest review. Thanks to HMH Books for the opportunity!

    The main character is a bisexual girl, and it’s not

    She shuts down threesome jokes and takes her relationships seriously. It’s honestly so rare to see bisexual representation, especially one done

    Grace doesn’t feel compelled to ‘choose’ or have some crisis of sexuality, she’s secure in her identity and it’s great.

    Not to say there’s no sex, because there is. One scene in particular sets this firmly on the more ‘mature’ side of YA. But it was one of the healthiest depictions of a sex I’ve read about.

    Both characters continually communicate with their partner.

    The love interest is a biracial lesbian who isn’t wholly defined by either of these traits. She was a free-spirit who’d suffered a great loss and I loved her character and the representation.

    While there is a romance (and I really loved the romance) I would argue this story predominantly focused on the relationship between Grace and her mom. And I found it to be extremely well-written.

    Grace’s mother is not a cartoon villain. She’s not vindictive. She doesn’t call her daughter names and swing her fists. She honestly loves her daughter. But she

    abusive. There was such a strong undercurrent about agency a

    FRIENDSHIP. YES. F/M friendship

    a forced romance!

    Lucas is Grace’s best friend, who didn’t exist just to motivate her. Their friendship was treated seriously and I loved their banter

    Something about this was just

    captivating to me. I don’t know if it was the writing, the characters, or the story itself—but I was completely sucked in. I read this in one sitting, completely immersed and sad when it was over.

    Grace’s mother begins dating Grace’s ex-boyfriend’s father. Which is crazy and totally should have impacted the plot more than it actually did.

    Instead of being treated as real character, Julian instead is set up your stereotypical douchebag ex-boyfriend. He has rare moments of humanity, but his character was never as developed as others.

    There are several elements of this that still match your typical summer contemporary—the beachy location, summer setting and hazy romance. But there’s also a really important and complex discussion of family and friendship here.


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