The Compulsive Reader: Wishful Thinking by Alexandra Bullen

Monday, January 17, 2011

Wishful Thinking by Alexandra Bullen

This book is the companion to Wish!

Hazel has been shuffled around from home to home ever since she was a baby, when her adoptive mother died in an accident. When she turns eighteen, she discovers the identity of her birth mother, and she sets out to find her, wearing a magical dress from Mariposa of the Mission. Hazel is devastated to find that her mother has passed away, and wishes that she could have known her. Her dress whisks her eighteen years back in time, to Martha's Vineyard. There, she experiences one lovely, perfect summer full of romance and surprises with her birth mother and the people closest to her. But Hazel still has two wishes left...can she use them to change her future?

Wishful Thinking is a lovely, sweet coming-of-age novel about finding the truth and discovering the strength and courage to face your future. Readers will really be able to sympathize with Hazel as she struggles to find her mother and understand where she comes from, and the concept of her wish taking her back in time is a enthralling. Bullen does an excellent job at putting her eighteen years in the past without pinning down any specific dates. The Martha's Vineyard setting makes this summery read seem relaxing and timeless, as Hazel gets to know a group of strangers who treat her with kindness and love. The experience causes Hazel to open up and develop the confidence she needs figure out her life after she gets to know her birth mother. Bullen inserts a few little twists throughout Wishful Thinking, some of which you'll see coming, but the ending is unexpected and bittersweet as Hazel leaves behind the people she comes to love and it lacks the confrontation many readers will expect. Still, Wishful Thinking ends on an optimistic note, and is a poignant, beautiful novel with a lovable heroine you'll be sad to bid farewell to.

Cover Comments: This cover doesn't match its companion's, but that's okay--I love the dress and the black and gold is really striking! I like this cover and how it incorporates las mariposas!

Review copy provided by publisher.

You still have time to enter this contest to win a copy of Wishful Thinking, and read an exclusive interview with Alexandra Bullen!


Andrea said...

This sounds like an interesting book! I like the idea of her dress taking her back in time, I've definitely never heard of that before. Thanks for the great review :)

Rachel said...

I am really looking forward to reading this book! I've heard great things about it, so I'll definitely have to pick it up. Great review!

Anonymous said...

Ahh! I seriously need to bump Wish up in my reading list!!! This one sounds terrific but I tend to read in order :P

Thanks for the review!

Jessica Lawlor said...

Just bought this one this weekend! Can't wait to read it.

Unknown said...

I'm intrigued by the setting being on Martha's Vineyard...