As You Wish by Jackson Pearce was just what I expected to be. I really love Jackson Pearce. I think she’s an amazing person, and I do follow her on YoAs You Wish by Jackson Pearce was just what I expected to be. I really love Jackson Pearce. I think she’s an amazing person, and I do follow her on Youtube. However when I read the back of this book, I knew exactly where it was going.
I really like the characters. Viola was a little annoying, but she was just a person who makes mistakes and has flaws just like any other human. She was very relatable. I really could feel her desire to belong and how she didn’t know what it means to be empy or whole. I think everyone feel that way in some point of their lives. You don’t know where you belong in this world and you don’t feel that being yourself is good enough.
I also liked Jinn. He was a fun character and unique in his own way. He also adds this question that what if your life wasn’t as perfect as you thought it is, that it is okay to just be normal and flawed. Although Jinn were the supernatural creature, he was the most human of all.
I liked the rest of the characters as well, and I’m so sad that we didn’t get to see more of them. The writing had its flaw, but it’s one of the reasons why I enjoyed the book so much. I was never bored while reading it. The pacing is very good and it felt so quick. And I love Pearce's portrayal of teenagers. It felt so real with the way they talk and act.
The first thing I didn't like about this book is the cover. I really, really, really hate the cover! Reasons: It doesn’t hold any significance to the plot what so ever, it doesn’t do the book’s justice, and it’s the reason why it took me so long to buy the book!
The second thing, like I said before, I knew where the story was going. It was very predictable in my opinion. Although it had a unique premise, it didn't add anything special to it. I wished it focused more on the jinn’s world and added more conflict into the story. It instead focused more on the love story between Jinn and Viola, and the ending didn’t really satisfy me because it felt like an open ending. Not all my questions were answered.
My biggest complaint is the love story itself. I do think it was adorable, but it wasn’t believable. I thought they fall in love too deep, too fast. I just didn’t buy it that this girl whom Jinn has known for only few days made him question his own life the way it happened in the story, especially considering that they didn’t spend much time together. As for Viola, it was even more unconvincing on her part. She was deeply in love with Lawrence that it seemed impossible for her to let go. Yet after Jinn showed up, it seemed so easy. What she couldn’t give up on for 2 years seemed to be easily forgotten because of someone she has known for only few days.
I honestly would have preferred it if it was a friendship story instead of a love story. Even after I reached half way through the book, Viola and Jinn didn’t seem more than friends to me. The love connection, though I knew it was coming, happened so suddenly. I imagined the love connection would happen slowly as Viola gets over her issues, gets to know more about the jinn world, even goes into the jinn world, and then falls in love with Jinn. The book would have been longer that way, maybe 400 pages or so.
Overall, it was a quick and entertaining read with some significant themes to it. ...more
I’m probably one of the very few who would say this, but I hated My Sister’s Keeper!
The reason why I say this is because it made me very hesitant to rI’m probably one of the very few who would say this, but I hated My Sister’s Keeper!
The reason why I say this is because it made me very hesitant to read other books by Jodi Picoult. Finally after 2 years, I decided to try A Change of Heart by her and all I can say is: Wow. I was hooked from the very first chapter!
I loved everything about this book.
I’m not really a fan of having multiple narrators, but I became genuinely interested in these characters. It was really interesting to see how they play out in a story that wasn’t really about them. Sure you get to see June (the mother)’s perspective sometimes in the story, but the real storytellers are Sean’s spiritual advisor Michael, his lawyer Maggie and his friend and cellmate Lucius . I remember getting really excited whenever the narrators interact. That’s how I was into these characters.
Jodi Picoult does a great job in giving each character a distinctive voice. Each of them responds to things differently and they have their own perspectives on life and faith. These characters felt really real. You can feel their emotions. I specially felt very sad whenever I read June’s perspective because it really shows how the people you loved and lost never go away.
Remember when I said the story isn’t really about the narrators? Well, it’s because it’s not. The story is really about Sean who killed a father and a daughter. And it’s also about the mother who deals with the pain of losing them while also trying to save her other daughter. However, as I said, I’ve become so invested with the narrators that it didn’t bother me who was telling the story. Some people may get annoyed of the sudden shift between the narrators, but I didn’t find a problem with it.
The story is amazing. It’s about loss, faith, forgiveness, and injustice. Sometimes the world is unfair, but it’s okay as long as you have something to fight for.
I highly recommend this book especially if you are a Jodi Picoult fan. ...more