Author: Alexandra Bullen
Publisher: New York : Point, 2010.
Olivia didn’t always feel so alone. But after her twin sister dies, and her parents move her across the country, she can’t seem to find her footing again. Until she goes to get one of her sister’s dresses fixed. And the seamstress gives her back not the dress she dropped off, but a new one entirely. A dress that gives her one wish. What she unwittingly ends up wishing for helps her realize not only what she’s been missing in her life, but helps her reshape what her family has become.
While definitely written for an older audience, Wish has a fairy tale aspect which appeals to older tweens. The book centers on a tragic loss, one which, as Olivia says, makes everyone feel both bad for her and happy that they have never had something so horrible happen to them. It’s a book which, while it talks about underage drinking and has several parties where this happens, really is focused on how one girl and her family survive a terrible tragedy. It’s about remembering to appreciate what you have, and how to adjust when things change.
Genre: Fantasy Fiction
Reading level: 9th Grade
Similar Books: Unearthly, Twilight
Personal thoughts- Touching
Subjects/themes- High School, Loss, Sisters, Family, Wishing, Magic
Olivia- shy girl who is still coping with the loss of her sister
Violet- Olivia’s twin who died, was the more outgoing of the two
Calla- the most popular girl at Olivia’s new school who befriends her
Soren- Calla’s ex-boyfriend, and Olivia’s new love interest
Mariposa- Seamstress who gives Olivia a magical dress
Annotation: What would you wish for if you could have anything?