As You Wish by Jackson Pearce

Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Ever since Viola's boyfriend broke up with her, she has spent her days silently wishing—to have someone love her again and, more importantly, to belong again—until one day she inadvertently summons a young genie out of his world and into her own. He will remain until she makes three wishes.
Jinn is anxious to return home, but Viola is terrified of wishing, afraid she will not wish for the right thing, the thing that will make her truly happy. As the two spend time together, the lines between master and servant begin to blur, and soon Jinn can't deny that he's falling for Viola. But it's only after Viola makes her first wish that she realizes she's in love with Jinn as well . . . and that if she wishes twice more, he will disappear from her life—and her world—forever.

This is a charming novel with a wistful, fairytale-like feel to it. I read this book in one day and felt like I lost a companion when it was through. I found myself relating to Viola and I really liked her, which is surprising for me since I do not bond well with female protagonists. I could remember feeling what Viola was, about being invisible and really wanting to fit in.

While this story is a love story, it's also about self acceptance, learning about yourself, and really knowing what is important in life. I think the most important lesson was it isn't the quantity but the quality of friends you keep is what makes life worth living. This one is definitely a favorite and one of the sweetest love stories I'd read in a long time. Please get it if you get a chance.



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