Saturday, May 15, 2010

As You Wish by Jackson Pearce

Ever since Viola's boyfriend broke up with her, she has spent her days silently wishing—to have someone love her again and, more importantly, to belong again—until one day she inadvertently summons a young genie out of his world and into her own. He will remain until she makes three wishes.

Jinn is anxious to return home, but Viola is terrified of wishing, afraid she will not wish for the right thing, the thing that will make her truly happy. As the two spend time together, the lines between master and servant begin to blur, and soon Jinn can't deny that he's falling for Viola. But it's only after Viola makes her first wish that she realizes she's in love with Jinn as well . . . and that if she wishes twice more, he will disappear from her life—and her world—forever.

Jackson Pearce spins a magical tale about star-crossed lovers, what it means to belong . . . and how important it is to be careful what you wish for.

I don't think I've ever read a story with a genie love interest! This was a unique twist on the-human-falling-in-love-with-an-immortal and refreshing change.
Viola has a devoted boyfriend, Lawrence, but when she confesses her love for him he has to tell her he's gay. Suddenly, the boyfriend is popular (everyone wants a gay guy at their party!) and Viola becomes invisible. She wishes she belonged again. She wishes she felt whole like she did with Lawrence.
Her wishing brings her own personal genie. But Viola is unlike most teenagers; she doesn't wish for clothes or fame or popularity. She actually doesn't know what to wish for which presents a problem for Jinn, the genie. He needs to grant the wishes as fast as possible and get back to his own immortal land.
Viola accidental makes her first wish and sees first hand that not all the popular kids, or Royal Family, are happy or whole.
Soon, Jinn and Viola find themselves drawn to each other which can't possibly work because "A bird may love a fish, but where will they live?"

Jackson Pearce develops strong characters each with their own personality and voice. It's not heard to want Viola as a BFF or Lawrence (the boyfriend) either. And who wouldn't want a hot genie?
Jackson also shows the underbelly of high school; drinking, make out sessions, cookie cutter blonds, and parties and absent parents.
He also shows loyalty, love and relying on yourself.

Rating- PG 14
S: sexual tension, lots of kissing, one of the main characters is gay
L: some swearing, 'F' bomb
V: a couple of punches

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