Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar

The Art of Wishing
Good Reads Summary
The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar

He can grant her wishes, but only she can save his life.

Margo McKenna has a plan for just about everything, from landing the lead in her high school play to getting into a good college. So when she finds herself in possession of a genie's ring and the chance to make three wishes, she doesn't know what to do. Why should she put her life into someone else's hands?

But Oliver is more than just a genie -- he's also a sophomore at Margo's high school, and he's on the run from a murderer. As he and Margo grow closer, she discovers that it will take more than three wishes to save him.

A whole lot more.

My Thoughts
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

What immediately came to mind as I was reading this was The Catastrophic History of You and Me. Don’t ask me why, but that’s was the first read’s like impression that I had. Like the latter, this was funny without trying too hard. And it never lost that funny feel either.

Now, from the get, we’ve a girl who knows what she wants and does what she has to. Later reveals have that that’s not quite the case, because there’s a sad bit to her, a sadness that’s reluctantly shared. But what’s good about this story is how that sad bit doesn’t drown the fun out. Of course there’s the magical aspect and how it comes into her life: that was funny. I like the doubt she expressed over certain things, and how she had to talk herself through and out of things. Then that bit about her not getting what she wanted, it’s not easy all the time in this one. I  liked more, the earnest way Oliver came across. The boy felt like a boy; not an older dude, all suave and worldly-wise.

Sure, there’s the inevitable love thing and how it developed, but it’s a sweet development here. Now, the thing I loved about this is how it’s not too serious. I mean, genies and wishes, then best friends and goals and crushes and kissing, right? It’s sweet fluffy fun.

Anyway, the characters. See, I love how she compares herself to all those other YA leads, how she doesn’t want to be that girl going all swoony and weak kneed for the age old dude in a lot of YA’s. And like her, he’s not a standard YA character either… not broody, nor mysterious because he lays everything out there for her. And while the love development is not unexpected, it’s a sweet one… because it makes sense. They fit, she plans things, sets goals and lays things out things; and he tries to get things done and is upfront about what can and cannot be done.

Then complications of the magical sort arise and I liked that bit too if only because it offered some more about who Oliver is and what he could do.


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