How to Make A Wish

How to Make A Wish

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"A small town pianist ponders a new life away from her embarassing mother when a beautiful girl shows up and changes everything"-- Provided by publisher.
Grace, tough and wise, has nearly given up on wishes, thanks to a childhood spent with her unpredictable, drinks-too-much mother Maggie. Then Grace meets Eva, a girl who believes in dreams despite her own difficult circumstances. One fateful evening Eva climbs through a window in Grace's room, setting off a chain of stolen nights on the beach. When Eva tells Grace that she likes girls, Grace's world opens up and she begins to believe in happiness again. When Grace must choose between Maggie and Eva, will she give up the future for the life she has?
Publisher: Boston ; New York : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, [2017]
ISBN: 9780544815193
054481519X
Branch Call Number: YA
Characteristics: 328 pages ; 22 cm

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This is a quiet, powerful book about grief and parental abuse. Grace is holding back so much anger and fear that she lashes out at the people who love her. She is falling for the new girl in town, Eva. Eva’s mother has just died, and she finds comfort in Grace’s mother, leading Grace to boil over... Read More »

This is a quiet, powerful book about grief and parental abuse. Grace is holding back so much anger and fear that she lashes out at the people who love her. She is falling for the new girl in town, Eva. Eva’s mother has just died, and she finds comfort in Grace’s mother, leading Grace to boil over... Read More »


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emilyc2017
Nov 28, 2017

There was so much drama poured out no Gray by her mother, Maggie, so much feelings that were left hidden for far too long. I can only imagine how very different Gracie's life would have been if Maggie had sought grief counseling after her husband died. Instead all that burden was unleashed on her innocent daughter who because of her loyalty to Maggie let it hurt her over and over again. However I really loved Ms. Ashely Herring Blake's commitment to showing the importance of a mother and daughters bond. So while Maggie's bond with Grace was flawed it was still there as evidenced by the end of the story.

There was also that of Eva and her mom whom she lost but whose enduring legacy helped Eva forge new bonds with her guardian Emmy. And of course I can't neglect to mention the force of nature that was Emmaline who by shear will remained a steady rock for Grace who wasn't her daughter, for Eva who wasn't her daughter either and for her two own sons. Even though she herself lost her own husband to infidelity. What a remarkable woman, truly an inspiration and a role model.

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