The Compulsive Reader: As You Wish by Jackson Pearce

Saturday, April 2, 2011

As You Wish by Jackson Pearce

Ever since her best friend and boyfriend Lawrence turned out to be gay, Viola has withdrawn from life. She observes everyone from the sidelines, but she doesn't feel like she belongs. She spends her entire day wishing and wishing for something to change, but nothing ever does...until Jinn shows up. Jinn is a genie, and he's sent to grant Viola three wishes before he can go back to his peaceful life in another dimension. But despite all of Viola's idle wishing, she can't seem to actually bring herself to make an official wish, which drives Jinn crazy. As Viola continues to weigh her options, Jinn becomes accustomed to life on Earth with her, so much so that he can't help wonder if maybe his life is less peaceful and more boring without Viola in it.

As You Wish is a fun, fun novel with a lot of great emotion and drama. Viola feels an intense yearning to belong, but at the same time is paralyzed by fear and indecision. Lawrence insists that the only way she can feel like she belongs is if she just stops moping and lives life. The real source of conflict, however, is the continuing tension and unresolved feelings between the two over their break-up, which Jinn exposes when he gets involved in Viola's life. He helps her and Lawrence mend their relationship, and inadvertently gives her a reason and the confidence to go and get what she has been wishing for, make new friends, and showcase her artwork. Viola isn't perfect, or the best artist or friend; she makes mistakes and learns from them with grace and humor, making her an engaging and lovable heroine. Pearce has written an imaginative and unique book that will especially appeal to girls who want a funny romance novel that isn't insubstantial.

Cover Comments: I have to admit, I wasn't crazy about this cover at first--the colors don't seem to mesh real well, and it didn't have that wow factor. It's grown on me a bit, but I think there are better ones out there.

Digital copy purchased.


Vicky Alvear Shecter said...

I enjoyed this book very much! Good review.

Alex (A Girl, Books, OtherThings) said...

The book sounds really nice, but I don't like the cover, it sort of reminds me of a book by Gail Carson Levine (The Wish?), so I'm not crazy about it either, but I like the sound of the story, so I'll check it out

SC said...

This book was really fun to read! It was just a simple, enjoyable little romance, if not very cliche and predictable. And yes, the cover was a tad boring...