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Wish

(Indigo Dreams #1)

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3.94  ·  Rating details ·  47 ratings  ·  31 reviews
If you love ballet fiction...

For Indigo Stevens, ballet classes at Miss Roberta’s ballet studio offer the stability and structure that are missing from her crazy home life. At almost 16, she hopes this is the year she will be accepted into the New York School of Ballet so she can begin her ballet dance career. First she must prove she’s ready, and that means ignoring Jes

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ebook, 200 pages
Published December 2nd 2014 by Dancing Poodle Press
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Irena BookDustMagic
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Ever since I was a little girl, I looked upon ballet dancers, admiring them and dreaming about becoming a ballerina when I grow up. Their beauty and the way they could use their body in such a wonderful, almost unhuman way made me appreciate them ever since I remember.

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Unfortunately, I grew up in town where there were no ballet classes and my dream about becoming a ballet dancer stayed just a dre
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Paula  Phillips
Dec 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the topics that I have always loved reading and watching is dance especially Ballet as it is something that I wish I could have done or had the ability at least to try. For Indigo Stevens, Ballet is the only thing that she has that is hers and she is amazing at it , the thing is though she has to learn to compartmentalise her life otherwise her personal life will fall into her ballet world and she may end up losing both. When Indigo is on the dance floor, her whole life drifts away and s ...more
Nanette
Oct 29, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story of Indigo, who's life is about to change in good ways and bad, "Wish" captures the moment when a girl transforms into a young woman. Hard choices must be made. Bravery is required. The descriptions of how it feels to dance and to perform are especially well done, detailed and compelling. The pacing moves along gracefully, as the book builds momentum moving into its dramatic final chapters. After finishing "Wish," I look forward to reading more about Indigo, her family, her ballet and h ...more
Erin Lynn
Nov 19, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In accordance to FTC guidelines, I must disclose that I received a free copy of this book through Xpresso Book Tours and the author in exchange for an honest review.

Originally reviewed on The Hardcover Lover.

I don't think many of my readers may know this about me, but like Indigo, I once had dreams of being a ballerina with some of the best companies. Unfortunately for me, I was never able to attend any elite studios, and eventually my bullying teachers hurt me so emotionally that I quit. I stil
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Jennifer
*A review copy was provided by the author for the Blog Tour*

Amazon Link--->> Wish (Indigo Dreams Series Book 1)

~ 3.5 stars ~

Wish is the first book in Grier Cooper's Indigo Dreams Series. This is YA book about a 16 year old girl who has dreamt of going to New York to be a part of the New York School of Ballet and becoming a professional Ballerina. This is a coming of age book and a journey for Indigo as she finds the correct path to her dreams.

I don't know what I really expected when I chose
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Fizza
Mar 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"There's always hope for more in the future."
I'm not a fan of ballet but I enjoyed reading this book. It has been a long time since I read YA. I think I'll start again. ;) It's quite interesting, full of angst, teenage drama, and in this case also some adult drama because of Indigo's mom.
Life in her family is not a good one. Her brothers and Indigo herself face their mother's moodiness every day. It is hard to tell what the next day will bring. She wants to leave home as soon as possible. Ballet
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Brandi
Dec 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Loved this story about a teen girl striving to become a professional dancer while dealing with a stressful and chaotic family situation. For anyone who's family felt out of control and dysfunctional, particularly readers who have family/friends who are alcoholics, I think this will really resonate. This book was engaging and funny, despite the intense subject matter. I also enjoyed being behind the scenes in the ballet world and watching Indigo develop her skills and confidence as a dancer. ...more
Katherine Rothschild
Wish (Indigo Dreams #1) deals with difficult family issues beautifully and it has a sidebar of hot romance (which everyone knows I love). The description throughout is beautiful and will take you into the ballet studio (somewhere I spent the majority of my youth) very accurately. If you want to dive into a dance book, this is a great one.
Karin
This review can also be found on my blog schakarin.

I don't really know what to think of Wish. While I liked the story overall, I also had some problems with it. But let's start with the positive aspects. I loved that the dancing was such a big part of this book. I'm not a dancer myself but I've always ben fascinated with it and I really liked getting to know a little more about ballet.

Indigo was a great main character; she felt real and I liked hearing the story from her point of view. As alway
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Cristina (Girl in the Pages)
***Actual Rating 3.5 Stars***

I spent a good 7 years of my adolescence dancing. The performing, the athleticism, the costumes, the music- I loved it all. Though ballet wasn't my main focus, I took enough classes to appreciate the extreme talent and dedication it breeds, and how it becomes a lifestyle for many. My dance background, along with the stunningly gorgeous cover is what drew me to Wish, although aside from that I had no idea what to expect, having never read a dance based book. What Wish
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Gabs
Jan 01, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read more of my reviews at My Full Bookshelf Reviews

I recieved a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

I jumped at the chance to read this because...ballet. I love ballet; I've been in classes since I was three. So a book about ballet would be combining my two favorite hobbies, and what could go wrong with that?

Not much, it seems, because this was a pretty darn good book. And the author definitely knows what she's doing when it comes to ballet; it feels authentic.

First, there
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Kathleen
Feb 24, 2015 rated it really liked it
Wish is a wonderful YA novel that follows sixteen year old Indigo Roberts' journey to balance her dream of pursuing a ballet career with a dysfunctional family dynamic surrounding her mother's spiraling descent into alcoholism.

Author Grier Cooper calls upon her personal experience as a ballerina to weave a beautiful story set in Darien, Connecticut, and told in the first person narrative by Indigo Roberts, as she struggles to pursue her life long dream of studying ballet with the New York School
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Jessica
Wish gives us a look at the life of a young girl who is struggling to hold it all together. Indigo has a lot on her plate. School and dance. Friends, boys and a family that's feeling a little frayed along the edges. All of that set against the backdrop of her big dream: to get into the New York School of Ballet. How do you balance everything, all alone? That's what Grier Cooper aims to share with the reader, and I think overall it came through pretty well.

As main characters go, Indigo was enjoy
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Kathy Wideman
Apr 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: series, emotional, ya
This is a YA book and I really enjoyed reading it. Indigo is a ballerina and longs to get into the New York School of Ballet. But there are other things that she has to worry about as well. Ms. Roberta is Indigo’s ballet teacher and she has a list of things to stay away from and boys are on that list. Indigo is trying to follow Ms. Roberta’s rules and stay away from Jesse but Jesse is the least of Indigo’s worries. Indigo realizes that her mother is an alcoholic. Things are difficult at home. In ...more
Jennifer
Note: I received a free copy by Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. Full review to come 1/12.

Wish is a young adult contemporary novel about 15 year-old Indigo Stevens who is also a ballet student at Miss Roberta's ballet studio and is the first book in a new trilogy. I was immediately drawn into this book simply for the beauty and descriptions of ballet. Dancing is one thing that I always wish I had some level of talent in but never have. Not only are the depictions of dance bea
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Bee

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2.5 stars


I feel like this book missed a lot of pieces. Like parts of it were cut out. It feels incomplete in a way. I can't really explain it. I wish I'd loved this more, but sadly, this book was only meh...

Wish is about Indigo, who's ballet classes with Miss Roberta offer her an escape from her crazy home life. This is the year she hopes to be accepted into the New York School of Ballet but first she has to prove she's ready. That means ignoring J
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Piper Gee
Dec 06, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
The author kindly gifted me an ebook of Wish to read and review. As always, these are my honest opinions.

Overall, this is a quick, easy to read book. Even though I gave it three stars, I think that people who are or know someone who is learning to deal with a loved one being an alcoholic and their recovery would enjoy this more. Especially if they are older teens, like the main character. It isn't something I have had to deal with thankfully, but even so, many of the emotions Indy experiences re
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Kirsty Bicknell
In Wish the reader is confronted with angst, family drama, ballet and romance. At the point where these combine is Indigo, our heroine. Indigo is not strong in the way that Katniss or Tris Prior are, but still she endures hours of ballet practice, takes care of her younger brothers and tries to find support for her mother.
Alcoholism is probably more prevalent in today's society, perhaps because it is now recognized as such a debilitating illness. Grier Cooper deals with the issue well, revealing
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Lynda Dickson
Jan 11, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Ages 13+
Shelves: young-adult
Fifteen year old Indigo lives in Connecticut with a mother who is emotionally abusive and drinks too much, a father who never comes home, and two little brothers she constantly has to take care of. Her wish is to attend the New York School of Ballet. As Indigo declares, "I've cast my wish out into the world and forces are at work, even now, to make that dream come true." But, between her hectic home life, a crush on the be-dimpled Jesse Sanders, and a nemesis in the form of fellow ballerina Marl ...more
Merissa (Archaeolibrarian)
I received this book from Xpresso Book Tours in return for a fair and honest review.

This is the story of Indigo, a sixteen-year-old girl who dreams of being a ballet dancer. Having taken ballet lessons for years, she understands that it isn't something that will just happen without a lot of hard work. However, she is struggling at the present due to family circumstances. Wish tells her story, about the circumstances and decisions made that set her on the path to her future.

This was very well-wri
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Dagmar Bancroft
Feb 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
WISH by Grier Cooper

Independent reviewer for Paranormal Romance and Authors That Rock.
I was lucky enough to get a free copy of this book for an honest Review.
Indigo Stevens is a 16 year old girl that will make it far in the ballet world as she has a lot of talent. But her home life couldn't be much further from that if she tries. Haven got and alcoholic Mum and you never know what you can expect when you get home or wake up too. Her friends are all getting boyfriends and falling in love and eve
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Stephanie  Mae
Indigo had a lot of really sucky things thrown her way. Between her mom's issues that became her issues she had a lot more responsibility than someone on the track she is should have. With a strong chance at a real career as a ballerina her family should be behind her, trying to ease her worries so she can focus and that's not what happened. She was the glue that kept them together really and it was sad that she had to do that. It was cool seeing all of the people that supported her and the her ...more
Michelle Morgan
Oct 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: edited
Grier Cooper's debut novel, WISH, is a beautiful story that will resonate with readers everywhere - not just young women, professional dancers, or those who have had to deal with a loved one's substance abuse problem - but anyone whose bravery and resilience has led them to overcome odds and achieve amazing success. Ms. Cooper's characters are stunningly defined and realistically portrayed. 17-year-old Indigo Stevens is smart and talented; she's also compassionate and a great friend. Her dance p ...more
Victoria
Dec 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: for-review
Such a heart wrenching story of strength, perseverance, and love. I have to first say that though I loved the story it was hard for me to read and that's only because it hit real close to home as far as personal experiences go. Beyond that I felt like this story is the perfect example of a person who lives a hard life yet overcomes it by pursuing a passion which in this case is ballet. I am not a dancer and do not like the idea of being in front of a large crowd of people to perform but this boo ...more
Jo
Jan 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although this book is centred around Indigo’s ballet and the escape it gives her, this was not, to me at least, a book just about dance. The author’s dance experience shines through in the detail of that part of Indigo’s life, but the way she writes about the other issues in her life is what makes this story stand out.

The author skilfully involves the reader in Indigo’s life – you will get butterflies at Jesse’s attention, you will feel the frustration and hopelessness of Indigo’s attempts to re
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Amanda (awesome)
Some can dance. Others, like me, definitively cannot, but still find ourselves enchanted by stories about people who can. For those ballet aficionados, WISH is a must. It's got what you're looking for: family drama, a stern but fair instructor, a HOT romantic lead, and a cool protagonist you can get behind.

If you've just blazed through four seasons of Dance Academy and are looking to fill your fix, read WISH immediately.

Also, whoever did that cover is amazing. SO PRETTY.
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Corina Vacco
Nov 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was great. Everything from the lush, gorgeous cover to the satisfying ending, just great! I loved the romance, the family drama, the intoxicating ballet scenes, and Cooper's gorgeous way with words. You will love this book too, especially if you're a fan of contemporary YA books that have a soul. ...more
Beth
Feb 09, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a refreshing ballet novel

While the book focuses on a dancer and her goals, we are not forced to endure endless class descriptions, mean dance girls, mean dance moms, and so forth. A great read for a younger girl with ambitions. Warning: does discuss family alcoholism.
Shelley
Feb 13, 2015 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Candy
Apr 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have been in the mood for ballerina books lately so the cover of Wish by Grier Cooper really pulled me in and made me want to read it. What I ended up finding was a hidden, priceless gem. Wish is a book that so perfectly bridges the gap between young adult and new adult, truly reminding readers what the definition of these genres entails.

“I give myself to the music. My lings sing feelings into shapes. My heart pumps a rhythm; I live for this. I love it. Live. Love. I feel so powerful, I
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Grier began ballet lessons at age five and left home at fourteen to study at the School of American Ballet in New York. She has performed on three out of seven continents with companies such as San Francisco Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet, totaling more than thirty years of experience as a dancer, teacher and performer.

Her work has been praised as “poignant and honest” wit
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