Saturday, April 2, 2011
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.