WISH by Alexandra Bullen


Age Range: 14 & up
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Following the death of her twin, Olivia and her parents relocate to San Francisco to rebuild their lives, but for Olivia, who was always most comfortable in her sister Violet’s shadow, the transition isn’t easy until she discovers a dressmaker with supernatural talents. In addition to creating three perfect dresses for Olivia, the dressmaker embeds three wishes into her creations. Unsurprisingly, Olivia first conjures Violet, who, as a semi-solid spirit, coaches Olivia through her additional wishes and her new school’s social strata. Olivia’s quick climb to popularity is out of character, and her awkwardness with it is painfully realistic and endearing, especially as she clumsily partners with her crush. Despite the text’s supernatural elements, which in some spots wear thin, the detailed descriptions of San Francisco and above all the sisters’ relationship provide solid grounding for a touching, enjoyable read that will have readers rooting for Olivia to find her own voice and step into the sun. (Fiction. YA)

Pub Date: Jan. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-0-545-13905-2
Page count: 336pp
Publisher: Point/Scholastic
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Dec. 1st, 2009