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Wishful Thinking (Wish #2)

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If you could wish for a different life, would you? What if that life changed everything you thought was real? Adopted as a baby, Hazel Hayes has always been alone. She's never belonged anywhere--and has always yearned to know the truth about where she comes from. So when she receives three stunning, enchanted dresses--each with the power to grant one wish--Hazel wishes to...more
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Published January 1st 2011 by Point
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Oksana  *Bookaholic*
NOOOO!!! Wish was one of my all-time favorites. When I saw this book, I was like "Yup, Imma go get my money!". I was a bit disappointed.

I was agreeable with the ending. I didn't hate Hazel (a big plus). The romance was kinda rushed and ehh, but I didn't complain. The writing style was fantastic, no surprise there.

I hated the fact that the time-travel thing was very sloppy. So, (and I don't know why other time-traveling books didn't throw themselves at me like this), I was painfully aware throu...more
Lauren
Last year's Wish was bittersweet and hopeful, albeit with a few flaws, and with Alexandra Bullen's sophomore attempt Wishful Thinking she's back and better than ever before, because quite simply Wishful Thinking rocked my socks. It was heartbreaking as well as heartwarming, the characters were ones that had layers to them that made them out to be relelatable and easy to love, and best of all, Alexandra Bullen's writing improved greatly, making this one novel I couldn't put down, not even for a s...more
Nafiza
Wishful Thinking is the companion novel to Bullen’s debut novel Wish and it continues in the same vein as the first book. Ms. Bullen writes a beautiful story. She takes magical elements and weds them to very real conflicts with an expertise that has the reader charmed. I loved the complex relationships in the novel. The depth of the protagonist’s desire for a family was exquisitely portrayed. The characters in the novel came to life on the island setting and, in the most empathetic of ways, the...more
Kristi
Wishful Thinking is a companion novel to Wish. You do NOT need to read Wish to fully enjoy Wishful Thinking. If you read Wish (which I did before and should have my review up sometime next week) you'll just have a little bit more insight in a few things. Like you'll know that Hazel bought a discarded dress at a school fundraiser, that happened to be a dress that was in the first novel... but since I just told you, know you know!

Anyway, I've read both Wish and Wishful Thinking and the latter was...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo.com

When Hazel turns 18, her stepfather hands her an envelope. It doesn't contain a birthday card, though, but instead includes the name of her birth mother. More than anything, Hazel wants to belong somewhere. After her adoptive mother died when she was just a baby, she's either been with her stepfather or in foster care.

After doing some research, Hazel realizes that her birth mother lives in the same city. And she's having an art opening - tonight. H...more
Sara Grochowski
I started WISHFUL THINKING with no expectations, except for the hope that it would be a relatively light and quick read, as I wasn't in the mood for something that would require deep thinking or tear my heart to pieces. Thankfully, Bullen's sophomore offering did neither.

Even though I wasn't expecting to not like it, I was still surprised at how much I enjoyed it. It was an exceptionally fast read, but I didn't feel like the story was missing anything and the characters were all well developed.

U...more
Sarah BT
Wishful Thinking is a lovely magical book. The story has the feel of a fairy tale and it's a quick read-perfect for a blustery winter day when you want to curl up with a magic tale. It's a quite book-there's not a ton of action, but there's magic and a sweet romance and readers are sure to enjoy it.

Hazel is a character that you can easily like-she could be a depressing character who is down on herself, but instead she remains positive and maybe sometimes a bit naive. The story moves very quickl...more
Tiffany
Even though I didn't absolutely love this book I have to give it 5 stars for it's meaning. This was a very touching and heartbreaking story. Hazel has had a hard life and through a magical wish gets to fulfil her biggest wish. In the process she learns a lot about herself and the person she is. I don't want to give anything away but I have to share a quote I loved from the book. Hazel takes photo's with her old polaroid. The photo's she takes are not the average photo's. She takes them of obscur...more
Kelsey
Having never read the prequel/companion novel, Wish, I wasn't sure what to expect with Wishful Thinking. I was pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed it and am definitely looking forward to reading Wish now more than ever.

Hazel Snow (isn't that such a great name?) was a main character I immediately connected with, even though I couldn't really relate to her, and wanted the best for. Her life had not been easy so far and things only become more complicated when she is presented with her birth...more
Ashley
I really liked this book!!!! It's about a girl who's mother gave her up (for some reason she didn't know) right after she was born, and then her adoptive mother died when she was still really little. Her "dad" (who also adopted her) tries, but really misses his wife and the main character, Hazel, is sad. She had one dress, that she got in a thrift store, that was gorgeous, but had a hole in it. For her 18th birthday she gets her birth certificate with her real mother's name on it. She finds out...more
Kerra
At first I didn't like this book because I thought to myself, oh gosh here is another story about a girl who was adopted by an alcoholic dad and a mother who died when she was young. She dresses all in black and hates life because of how she was raised. However, the further the book got the more dramatically this story changed. On her 18th birthday her dad gives her an envelope which contains her real birth mother. Then she buys a dress with a rip in it to wear to meet her real mother for the fi...more
Kari Ramirez
This book is heartbreaking. A companion novel to Wish it's easily a stand alone since there's no character cross over except for Posey (I wish Alexandra Bullen would give us a book just about Posey!).

Hazel has spent her whole life feeling unwanted. Adopted as a baby then shuffled around from foster family to foster family the only thing Hazel's ever wanted is to know where she came from. Enter Posey. But does getting what you want necessarily equal happiness?

I've read a lot of reviews calling t...more
Cleverly
You will never read another book like Wishful Thinking. Here's just a few reasons why....Magical Dresses, Time Travel & Star Crossed Love. Hazel went on an amazing journey. Not just a physical one either. If you could go into the past to find out what your biological mother was like would you? Hazel didn't have much choice. Once she was there she seemed to make the best of it. The emotions seemed real. You really felt like you were on the journey with her. The ending was perfect in my opinio...more
Laura
I thought it was much better than the first. The writing was better and more interesting, plus I couldn't guess the end. I'm usually predicting the patterns in book, and guessing what will happen. But I was off, a lot... I truly enjoyed this one. I kept thinking; "What's going to happen?" "She twisted it again. I didn't see that coming." Though, sometimes the plot was veryyyyy predictable, only the main character didn't want to see it, sooooo that doesn't count! Overall, get through the first to...more
John Clark
This story starts with somewhat the same premise as the author's book Wish. In each, a likable girl who is full of sadness takes a dress to a little shop in San Francisco to get it repaired. Each one gets three new dresses instead, with an admonition that there is a wish attached to each dress. They must be used wisely, can't be global and the same wish can't be used twice. I'm amazed that the same plot element can morph into two very different books that are warm, intriguing and endearing.

Eight...more
Frances
4.5 STARS!

AWESOME! That's all I could say!
This book made my heart-wretch a lot and I cried a little. The story is just so... Ah... Perfect! But why did I put 4.5 stars you asked? The ending wasn't what I expected. It ended with Hazel accepting what's meant to be and moved on with her life. I wasn't happy with it. Who cares?! Overall, I love it!

The reason why I love it is because I really like Alexandra Bullen's writing style. It's easy to follow and read. And the way she described how Hazel got...more
Nida
it was a really good book but sometimes i find it a little confusing but i still really like the book
Vernieda
A quick, very bittersweet read.
Alissa Bach
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Sarah
I hadn't planned on picking up this Uncorrected Proof to read first (out of the tons I received at ALA Midwinter this week in San Diego), but I was waiting for my ride to the airport and this was sitting on the coffee table in the Hotel Solamar lobby. I was bored and too lazy to get out one of my books from my bag, so I picked up this book with an attractive cover.

Hazel isn't happy with her life--she's been passed around foster homes since her birth mother gave her up as a baby. On her 18th birt...more
Madison
The one word I would use to describe this novel is: bittersweet. This was just such a heart-wrenching story of a girl who gets a second chance, and has to decide if she wants it.

This book, in my opinion, was better than Wish. I think Hazel Snow was a more realistic and relateable character for me. Plus, I liked the story line of this one better, I liked that she got to go back to the past and try and create her life for the future. And I just loved the setting of Martha's Vineyard.

All of the c...more
Christina (A Reader of Fictions)
I was really surprised by Wishful Thinking. It had way more depth than I had expected. Admittedly, I knew very little about it before I began reading, but I did know that Bullen has another book called Wish, so I thought maybe she just wrote the same plot over and over. I still don't know about that, but I am impressed enough by this book that I am not super concerned.

Hazel is a likable heroine. She struggles with selfishness and self-doubt, but who doesn't? Despite all the things she has always...more
Kelly
From the author of Wish comes the next installment where dresses have the power to change an unhappy young woman’s life in Wishful Thinking by Alexandra Bullen

Hazel has never belonged anywhere in her life; she was adopted as a baby, and then shuffled around in foster care after the death of her adopted mother. On her eighteenth birthday she is given a valuable piece of information, the name of her birth mother. Fueled with the possibility of meeting the woman on the paper, Hazel brings a dress...more
Jennifer Jensen (Literally Jen)
If you were given 3 wishes, what would you wish for?

When Hazel Snow is given 3 dresses that can grant her any 3 wishes that come from her heart, she wishes to meet her birth mother. She's never felt like she belonged to anyone or anywhere, and she needs answers. But she didn't know that after 18 years, it would be too late. She thinks her birth mother is dead, and her first wish sends her back in time to Martha's Vineyard, where she encounters artistic Rosanna Scott, who takes her in under her w...more
P.E.
Wishful Thinking is all about a girl named Hazel who had a terrible childhood without a family so when she gets the opportunity to meet her birth mother, she's ecstatic. Sadly for Hazel, the reunion turns out completely different from what she expected. With three dresses and wishes, Hazel can change her past and future. The question is what will she wish for?

Hazel is a good character. She's independent, kind, but has issues letting people in. She's insecure sometimes, but a realistic character....more
Katie
4.5 stars.

I read Wish sometime last summer, and while I wasn't that impressed, it was alright. But Wishful Thinking was awesome! It was totally different from Wish and I was sucked into the world.

I found myself loving all the characters in this one. They all felt so realistic to me. I was especially empathetic with Hazel, she was going through a super rough time and I felt like making those 3 wishes gave her a little sunshine in her life.

Hazel's adventures with all the people she meets at Martha...more
Jessica Saylor
QUICK OVERVIEW:
Bullen is back again with a fun and inspirational read, but this time she has thrown a few more elements into the mix to give Wishful Thinking a feeling of substance and reality.

REVIEW:
Wishful Thinking was a pleasing improvement from the first book in the series, Wish. While both books were enjoyable, Wishful Thinking held a lot more quality and substance. Even though you don't need to read Wish to understand or even enjoy Wishful Thinking, I still recommend reading it first, ju...more
Sabrina *The REAL Princess*
Having never read "Wish', I did not know what to expect of the author. I have heard good praise about her previous novel and when I saw this in the library, I thought, "Why not?" Being only 240 pages long, I finished in one weekend. It was light, funny, romantic and sweet. This book could have been developed more but I did like it and I loved the feel of the book, that I'm-reading-a-fairytale-but-it-seems-pretty-modern feel that still makes you go "awww" in all the right moments. Plus, it has th...more
Jessica Lawlor
Hazel Snow longs to know what it’s like to have a real family. Adopted as a child, she’s never had the pleasure of knowing her real mom. She doesn’t feel like she fits in at school, and she’s not sure what her future holds.

But on her 18th birthday, Hazel is given a copy of her birth certificate, and learns the name of her birth mother: Rosanna Scott. After doing research, she learns that her mother will be hosting a local benefit. Hazel digs out the one nice dress she owns from her closet, but n...more
Carol
This book is out of the usual genres that I read. I just had a hunch when I saw the beautiful cover that I would enjoy it. I was not disappointed. This is sort of a fairy tale without fairies but with golden butterflies instead. Hazel is young adult who has had a miserable life from the beginning of her childhood. She was taken in by a very loving woman only to have the old woman to die. This book is the sequel to 'Wish' but it is also a stand alone book. I had not read 'Wish' but I never felt l...more
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Oh, hello.

I’m Alexandra, and I write books for teenagers.

My first book, WISH, was published by Scholastic in January of 2010!

My second book, WISHFUL THINKING, also published by Scholastic, will be out in January of 2011!

I really hope you like them.

Here is my not-so-official official bio, the one that’s in the books I really hope you like:

“Alexandra Bullen has been a playwright, waitress, barista,
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