How to Make A Wish

How to Make A Wish

eBook - 2017
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"A small town pianist ponders a new life away from her embarassing mother when a beautiful girl shows up and changes everything"-- Provided by publisher.
Grace, a pianist with ambitions of playing Carnegie Hall, has a difficult time separating from her mother until she meets Eva, a girl who still believes in dreams.
Publisher: Boston ;, New York :, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt,, [2017]
ISBN: 9781328698957
1328698955
Characteristics: 1 online resource (328 pages)
Alternative Title: Axis 360 eBooks

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twhitehead24
Jul 03, 2018

Grace has hopes and dreams as many high school students. She wishes to play the beloved piano at Carnegie Hall, to quit moving when her mother gets a whim, and for her mother to quit drinking. Grace has had to help her mother out of many situations in which she should not have had to deal and yet she still does not want to leave her mother as there would be no one there to give her help. Eva lost her mother and now lives with a guardian. She also has wishes and dreams but her tragic circumstances have stymied those dreams. Grace likes boys and girls, Eva likes girls. Both are hoping their wishes will come true. There were some explicit scenes which may cause problems for some readers.

AshleyF2008 Jul 02, 2018

This book made me a little angry on behalf of our protagonist, which is a good thing for the book itself. I loved that it was a little more sex-positive (or more sex-neutral) and that Grace had a support system, even if it didn't originate with her mother. The characters also just made sense and sometimes that's hard to come by. I may not have liked Grace's mother, but there was no denying that we knew where she was coming from. Grace's actions felt that way as well. Sometimes she was destructive, but the author made sure we understood that those actions made sense for the character.

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emilyc2017
Nov 28, 2017

There was so much drama poured out no Gray by her mother, Maggie, so much feelings that were left hidden for far too long. I can only imagine how very different Gracie's life would have been if Maggie had sought grief counseling after her husband died. Instead all that burden was unleashed on her innocent daughter who because of her loyalty to Maggie let it hurt her over and over again. However I really loved Ms. Ashely Herring Blake's commitment to showing the importance of a mother and daughters bond. So while Maggie's bond with Grace was flawed it was still there as evidenced by the end of the story.

There was also that of Eva and her mom whom she lost but whose enduring legacy helped Eva forge new bonds with her guardian Emmy. And of course I can't neglect to mention the force of nature that was Emmaline who by shear will remained a steady rock for Grace who wasn't her daughter, for Eva who wasn't her daughter either and for her two own sons. Even though she herself lost her own husband to infidelity. What a remarkable woman, truly an inspiration and a role model.

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branwenaoife
Jul 15, 2017

Excellent read! The characters were all very well-developed and realistic, and I was very invested in wanting them to be ok.

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