Sixteen-year-old Macy Queen is looking forward to a long, boring summer. Her boyfriend is going away. She's stuck with a dull-as-dishwater job at the library. And she'll spend all of her free time studying for the SATs or grieving silently with her mother over her father's recent unexpected death. But everything changes when Macy is corralled into helping out at one of her mother's open house events, and she meets the chaotic Wish Catering crew. Before long, Macy joins the Wish team. She loves everything about, the work and the people. But the best thing about Wish is Wes—artistic, insightful, and understanding Wes—who gets Macy to look at life in a whole new way, and really start living it.
I really enjoyed this book, much more than I was expecting to! The last Sarah Dessen book I read (Keeping the Moon) was a bit of a dud (read my review here), so I was a little hesitant to read more from Sarah, but she did not disappoint!
First things first (I'm the realest), the characters were pretty great. There was one character that I really did not like and that was Monica. I don't know what was up with her, if she had some sort of condition or what but she would not say anything. In the whole book she maybe said 5 things which was ridiculous. Macy was a nice character although she was so... I don't know how to explain it but she just was not the sort of person to speak her mind and it really bugged me because she would get pushed around a lot and not say a word. I really liked Wes, he was just really fun to read and I liked how he was very honest and open about (mostly) everything. I didn't feel like they were juvenile at all which was good :)
With the plot, not much really happened but considering it's a Sarah Dessen book I'm not too surprised. If you've read any of Dessen's books you will know they sort of have a layout of "family/friend drama -> meet boy -> have a big revelation about something -> some complication with the love interest -> everything works out and they live happily ever after". So, not much happened but I liked the message behind it and it really touches on the different ways people deal with grief.
I feel like my favourite thing about the book was the connection between Macy and Wes. I loved how honest they were with each other (mainly from playing Truth). My issue though is that they never spent time together with other people. It was almost like it was a secret but no one actually came out and said it was a secret.
Overall I did enjoy this book. Slightly boring at times but all in all it was a quick, easy read and it has a nice overall message. That's all I have to say about that.
Published: May 2008
Format: Paperback, 391 pages
Genre: YA Contemporary
Acquired from: Local Book Fair
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