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Wishful Thinking (Wish #2)

3.74  ·  Rating Details ·  1,036 Ratings  ·  123 Reviews
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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Oct 19, 2015 Kristi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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, now you know!

Anyway, I've read both Wish and Wishful Thinking and the latter was
Jan 15, 2011 Lauren rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
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
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
Jennifer Wardrip
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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
Jul 06, 2011 Nafiza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2011
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
Feb 01, 2011 Kelsey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arcs, 2011
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
Sarah BT
Mar 09, 2011 Sarah BT rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sara Grochowski
Mar 05, 2011 Sara Grochowski rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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.

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
Jan 16, 2011 Tiffany rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 31, 2011 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
Jun 15, 2013 Jaya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The first few pages dragged and dragged and kept on dragging. I was like WTH am I reading..and should I even continue reading? I clutched onto this book only because my friend who recommended this said, "I sacrificed 2 night's sleep to finish this book. It was THAT awesome. You won't keep it down! "

After the first few pages I found myself sacrificing everything that came in the way to finishing this book. I was so busy with school attending extra classes but little did I concentrate on class. I
Mar 02, 2011 quinnster rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 21, 2011 Cleverly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 16, 2011 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 30, 2011 Nida rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
it was a really good book but sometimes i find it a little confusing but i still really like the book
Oct 27, 2014 ray rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a very sweet and pretty sad story.....loved the writing though...
Feb 03, 2011 Vernieda rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
A quick, very bittersweet read.
Myriam Pernier
Jun 29, 2015 Myriam Pernier rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
une jolie suite, un plaisir a lire, une jolie et douce évasion...
Nov 14, 2016 Cyn rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
By Alexandra Bullen the novel Wishful Thinking is about main character Hazel. Put up for adoption as a baby and with the only constant in her life being change, it's no wonder Hazel wishes for things to have been different. On her 18th birthday, she finally gets her chance, three wishes that are all hers for better or worse.

I gave this book a three star rating for a few reasons. It was a well written book I really like how the plot line evolved; with turns both expected and unexpected. The chara
Pratiti Majumder
A very very beautiful story, warmed my heart
Jessica Lawlor
Feb 27, 2011 Jessica Lawlor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
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
Sep 17, 2013 Cemeread rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Hazel has a pretty dreary life. She was adopted as an infant, her Mom passed away when she was young, she's lived in foster homes ,and she now lives with a man, Roy, who's relationship to her is unclear other than he loved her Mom. It seems taking pictures with an old camera that belonged to her Mom is the only thing that gives her any happiness. Then on her eighteenth birthday Roy hands her an envelope with her birth certificate inside.

After researching her mother's name Hazel discovers she wil
Jan 10, 2011 Rachael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ever since she was a baby, Hazel Snow has always been alone. Offered up for adoption by her birth mother and shuffled between homes ever since, Hazel has never really had a family, but she desperately yearns for one. So when by chance she receives three magical dresses, each that will grant her a single wish, Hazel wishes to know her mother. To her surprise, she is transported across the country and into the past, a place where her mother is alive and well. This strange new life isn’t perfect, b ...more
Sep 02, 2013 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: young-adult
Wishful thinking is a companion to the novel Wish. What if you had three wishes to change your future? Would you wish to change your life? Well, that's exactly what Hazel did. Hazel was given up to foster home & never knew who her mother was. She lives in San Rafael with the parents who adopted her, Roy and his wife (who is now deceased). She receives three dresses which allows her to grant three wishes from a dress maker named Posey. One of the wishes she made was to meet her real mother w ...more
John Clark
Jan 19, 2014 John Clark rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.

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
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
Jessica Saylor
Jan 19, 2011 Jessica Saylor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
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.

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
I really enjoyed the story of Hazel and her three wishes. This is the second book in this series, but you don't have to read the first book, Wish by Alexandra Bullen, in order to understand this one. Hazel Snow grows up in foster care after her adoptive mom passes away and her adoptive dad is in and out of rehab. Because of this Hazel pretty much has no high expectations for life and she's always had to deal with temporary situations. On her 18th birthday she finds out her birth mother's name (h ...more
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 03, 2015 06:22PM  
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  • Eyes in the Mirror
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  • The Return Part II & The Last Story (Remember Me, #2-3)
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  • Riding the Universe
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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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