The Art Of Wishing

The Art Of Wishing

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When eighteen-year-old Margo learns she lost the lead in her high school musical to a sophomore because of a modern-day genie, she falls in love with Oliver, the genie, while deciding what her own wishes should be and trying to rescue him from an old foe.
Publisher: New York :, Dial Books,, [2013].
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780803738270
Characteristics: 312 pages ;,22 cm.

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FindingJane Apr 06, 2015

YA romances have teamed girls up with all sorts of otherworldly lovers and most of these have worn out their welcome. Vampires? (Yawn.) Werewolves? (Just guys with hairier chests.) Zombies? (Ew, really?) Demons? (The ultimate bad boys!) But gals getting together with genies? It’s been done but not that often.

This one delves into the difficulties of such romances—how to maintain an affair with a guy who might be summoned away at any moment, e.g. It also explores the nuts and bolts of romancing someone who has become such a myriad of people that you’re unsure if you’re dealing with his real personality or just the latest façade that he’s donned. Couple that with the fact that this apparently 16-year-old boy is in actually over 200 years old and a girl can feel a little insecure.

Ms. Ribar doesn’t shy away from these thorny issues nor brush them under the rug for the sake of obligatory love scenes. There are other characters in Margo McKenna’s life and they all have an impact on her time spent with or without Oliver Parish. Margo’s parents are the typical sort you find in stories like this: caught up in their own personal drama—reuniting in marriage after divorce—they are largely clueless about what’s happening in Margo’s life or the true nature of Oliver Parish’s nature.

Thus, the story centers on Margo’s problems and the writer makes them entirely credible. Margo is flawed but in the way that all people are and her wrestling with the problem of being with a genie make this a sweet story with likeable characters. There is a villain here but Ms. Ribar manages to imbue him with enough melancholy to make him somewhat sympathetic.

This is a fine take on fantasy YA romance and promises to get even better in the sequel.

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Jun 19, 2013

Amazing read!!!!! The characters had a real feeling to them, especially the high school emotions. I highly recommend this book to anyone -although it is probably more of a chick book than one a guy would read.

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