Wishful Thinking (Wish #2)
Three Wishes to change her future
Hazel Snow has always been alone. Adopted as a baby and shuffled from home to home, she's never belonged anywhere and has always yearned to discover where she comes from. So when she receives three stunning, magical dresses-each with the power to grant one wish-Hazel wishes to know her mother.
Transported to a time and place she couldn't have imagined, Hazel finds herself living an alternate life-a life with the mother she never knew. Over the course of one amazing, miraculous summer, Hazel finds her home, falls in love, and forms the most unexpected friendship. But will her search to uncover her past forever alter her future? Inside Cover of Wishful Thinking
Hazel's story just breaks my heart. I cannot even imagine growing up in foster care and then on top of that never even knowing who my real parents are. I was very intrigued with her story and could not wait to read more about her. When Hazel tries on the first dress and finds out that her plans to meet her mother are at a stand still, she wishes she could have known her mother. The dress then takes her on an incredible journey she never could have dreamed of! While reading the book, I was very intrigued as to how Hazel's decisions in the past would effect her future. Would she be able to help change her mother's mind and actually be raised by her real parents?
I thought the story was well written and I didn't even realize it was a sequel. So, if you have not read 'Wish', that's okay, you will never even know. I'm not too big on the time travel aspect, but I thought it flowed really well in this book. Ms. Bullen keeps the reader guessing all the way up until the end.
I gave this book 3.5/5 because as I mentioned before I am just not big into time travel, but I think most readers will really enjoy it!
I was really surprised by Wishful Thinking. It had way more depth than I had expected. Admittedly, I knew very little about it before I began reading, but I did know that Bullen has another book called Wish, so I thought maybe she just wrote the same plot over and over. I still don't know about that, but I am impressed enough by this book that I am not super concerned.
Hazel is a likable heroine. She struggles with selfishness and self-doubt, but who doesn't? Despite all the things she has always wanted, she does not waste her wishes or use them swiftly. In fact, it takes almost half the book until she uses her second wish. Not many people would show such restraint.
Bullen also used the time travel plot (caused by her first wish) well. She acknowledged the awkwardness inherent in falling in love with someone in the past. She also covers issues associated with teen pregnancy without preaching for one side of the debate or another. The best part was the way she conveyed the message that view, both in photography and of one's life, is incredibly important. There may be wonderful things in your life that you're missing, because you cannot see the best in yourself and are not open to others.
This is a sweet, well done YA story. Recommended!