Sunday Book Review: How To Make A Wish by Ashley Herring Blake
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How to Make a Wish was a sad and ridiculously sweet look at two girls falling in love and finding themselves after the impact of their mothers on their lives. With all the positive reviews, there was a high expectation for this novel – and it met every one. Ashley Herring Blake’s writing is so easy to read and impossible to put down. Blake understands her characters well and continuously plays with the idea of outward perception and reality – who Grace’s mother appears to be and who she really is, who Grace is, who Eva is. Grace is a great protagonist; witty and relatable in all her loyalty and fears, which play such a strong role in this novel. Her passion for music is wonderful to see. Her love of her mother and need to protect her as if she isn’t the child in need of protection is something to make even the harshest person feel a twinge of heartache. Her openness about her sexuality and the fact that she doesn’t shy away from the word ‘bisexual’ is something so impossibly powerful – there isn’t enough queer literature with characters so sure about who they are. The depiction of sexuality was brilliant in this book. Both Eva and Grace are open and proud of their love, what they identify as themselves, and even about the issues that come along with that sexuality in their own lives. Also, if you were fearful that these two girls would be faced with horrifically aggressive homophobia at any point in this story – as this is a common issue that is brought up in books about gay characters – but rest assured, the relationship between Eva and Grace is approached with only positivity. There is a small moment which can arguably be considered passive aggressive in its dismissal of sexuality but it’s more to do with how the character interacts with Grace than anything else. Eva and Graces' relationship was just straight up adorable. They’re both in a tough place, trying to figure out their futures after the death of a mother and with a mother who never really acted like one, and they have this genuine connection and understanding of each other. Their first encounter on the beach just a few chapters in sold me on the beauty that would be their relationship.
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