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How to Make a Wish

4.2  ·  Rating details ·  1,524 Ratings  ·  437 Reviews
All seventeen year-old Grace Glasser wants is her own life. A normal life in which she sleeps in the same bed for longer than three months and doesn't have to scrounge for spare change to make sure the electric bill is paid. Emotionally trapped by her unreliable mother, Maggie, and the tiny cape on which she lives, she focuses on her best friend, her upcoming audition for ...more
Kindle Edition, 336 pages
Published May 2nd 2017 by HMH Books for Young Readers
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Lola  Reviewer
3.5 stars.

It’s very early for me to post my review of this book, seeing that it comes out in May next year, but I couldn’t help but read it the moment I received it. And when I finish a book, I immediately write my review of it.

So, this book. I enjoyed it a little more than the author’s SUFFER LOVE, which was her debut novel. This new book from her is completely different – one of the differences being it being much more diverse.

It’s the story of two girls who fall in love with each other at the
Elise (TheBookishActress)
“Why do you keep doing that?” she asks, her voice small and low.
“What . . . calling you Mom?”
She nods.
“Because that’s who I need you to be.”

How To Make A Wish is one of the most personal books I have read this year. Everything about this book depends on your emotional connection to this story - primarily, your ability to connect with narrative around having a useless parent.

And… I did.

Guys, I’m going to have a hard time reviewing this objectively: this book was almost overwhelmingly emotiona
4.5 stars.

TRIGGER WARNINGS: Parental neglect and verbal abuse

You guys, I finally found a contemporary that I didn't shred and roast to pieces! And I'm literally so happy right now. This book is a gem. It's so diverse and precious, my god, I can't stop hugging my copy of this book!! It's so beautiful and I have the biggest smile on my face and akshajsdhjd I'm so emotional right now. I fucking binged this in less than 2 hours. And god, I want to read it all over again.

This book is so much more
Cece (ProblemsOfaBookNerd)
There are aspects of this book that read like your average summer contemporary book. Not average in terms of quality, but in the vibe and setting and style. This book is summery. There are lighthouses and boat rides on the 4th of July and nighttime parties on the beach. And, of course, we can't forget the love story. These familiar elements of the book really helped me to fall into the world and the story and honestly? Just made me want to fast forward to the summer time.

BUT let me talk about a
Kaylin (The Hiatus Queen)
4.5 Stars


“If you really want something, the stars won’t help you. You have to reach out and take it.

I just inhaled this in a few hours and I’m so impressed.

I came here for the bi rep and was captivated by this mother/daughter story. Honestly, I wasn't expecting much. Both the cover and the synopsis scream typical summer contemporary.

And in some ways it was… but it also was so much more?

Focusing on Grace’s summer on the Atlantic coast, this story covers her relationship with her
Can someone hand me some tissues? Because wow this book wrecked me.
I've read this book in 19 hours - and during these 19 hours I slept 7 hours, cooked lunch/dinner/breakfast in this order and ate. Basically I've read this book pretty quickly because I just couldn't put it down. It was nearly impossible to say ‘Now is time to stop.’

Everything about this book felt so real it was like someone was driving a knife through my chest. Both Eva and Grace were me, I connected with them. They made me cry,
destiny ☠ howling libraries
"I thought that was how every girl saw other girls - this mix between beauty and awe and curiosity, a thin layer of lust just underneath. Took until I was fourteen to realize that no, the way I thought about other girls was a little different."

Let me begin by saying that I am a total sucker for diverse reads, but especially those involving queer women. Being a member of the LGBTQ+ community who did not come to accept myself until far later in life than ideal, these coming-out stories resonate ha
How to Make a Wish is about two girls. Grace is dealing with her upcoming audition to a music school in New York and the fact that she now lives with her ex-boyfriend. And then there’s Eva, a girl who is struggling with her grief over losing her mom.

I am so glad this book exists. F/f romance is so rare in YA, and to have a book that portrays it so beautifully is such a gift. Also it was extremely refreshing to read an LGBT+ YA book that doesn’t deal with “coming-out.” There was never any worry
For a long time, when I was a little younger, I thought that was how every girl saw other girls— this mix between beauty and awe and curiosity, a thin layer of lust just underneath. Took until I was fourteen to realize that no, the way I thought about other girls was a little different.

I know this is usually recommended as an f/f romance, but I want emphasize that How to Make a Wish is primarily centered around the main character, Grace, and her relationship with her mother, Maggie. Over the c
prag ✨
No one really expects a wish to come true.
Do they?
I may or may not be in love with this book and it's characters. (read: Luca) (WHERE’S MY LUCA MICHAELSON??)

Not the encompassing love I have for Becky Albertalli or Victoria Schwab, sure. But it comes pretty damn close.

It’s not a very good or original story, per se: but I wanted a cute contemporary. And I got more than that. I got a cute contemporary that I finished in one sitting. I got a cute contemporary that made me feel, that made me think
Maggie ☘ (Reader in Wonderland)
*3.8/5 stars*

“Why do you keep doing that?” she asks, her voice small and low.
“What . . . calling you Mom?”
She nods.
“Because that’s who I need you to be.”

This was such an amazing and important book! It's also my first book featuring bisexual main heroine with f/f ship that is not just on the sidelines of the book. We need more f/f romances in books, honestly. Am I the only one who noticed most famous books (both fantasy and contemporary) feature more m/m ships? I love them, don't get me wrong (
I blurbed this book. I love this book. I hope every girl, every person who needs this book finds this book. If you have any - any - interest in f/f YA and/or bi YA at all, this should be the very top of your to-read list.

"A beautiful story about love's paradoxical ability to be the most difficult yet most effortless thing in the world. Ashley Herring Blake breaks your heart for these girls and then stitches it back together with starlit magic."
—Dahlia Adler, author of Under the Lights and Just
Nov 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Everyone must read this book. The bi rep is the most beautiful thing I've ever read, and the story as a whole is wonderful.

Do you like:

- complicated mother/daughter relationships
- gorgeous writing
- stories about family, friendship, and romance
- fantastic bi rep
- excellently written characters
- the! best! romance! ever!
- on-page f/f sex

If you like any of the above things, read How To Make A Wish. PLEASE.
"And that's the funny thing about wishes - only when one comes true do you realize the full scope of that wish. What you really wanted. The beauty of it. The complexity. The cost."

4.5 stars
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The Writing
I feel like I say this in every review, but the writing just fit, you know? It clicked. And it added so much to Grace's character. Like we didn't need people to tell us she liked to swear to know that she liked to s
Amber Robertson
Jul 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
TRIGGER WARNINGS: parental neglect & alcoholism.

Another book shooting straight to my favourites?

You bet.

I'm crying. My heart has been ripped out my chest and stomped on. I can't believe just how incredible this novel is.

I'm not sure I can ever write a full review to this. So many scenes I can't speak about and I, overall, can't speak about how much you need to read this book. Just wow.
4.5 stars
My precious bi-soul is so happy. This was beautiful.
Laurie –A Court of Books–
"And that's the funny thing about wishes - only when one comes true do you realize the full scope of that wish. What you really wanted. The beauty of it. The complexity. The cost."

How to Make a Wish surprised me. It surprised me by its simplicity among all the difficulties, by its fluffiness among its harshness. I was expecting an easy summer read, but as life isn’t easy, this book wasn’t either. This book is the story of two girls falling while both living the worst time of their lives and so
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: diverse-reads
Buckle up, children, because this is gonna be a long one. HOW TO MAKE A WISH is the best thing I've read in months. It's a wonderful, addictive novel, with characters that are both realistic and super likable, and just the right ratio of conflict & drama to romance.

Summary: Eva's a ballet dancer who doesn't dance anymore; Grace is a pianist who wants nothing more than to spend the rest of her life making music. Eva's mother died suddenly and tragically; Grace is struggling to cope with a mo
Sep 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: f-f-contemp-ya
I was lucky enough to read an early copy of this, and let me tell you: it's one you're going to want on your 2017 radar ASAP, particularly if you're a fan of contemp F/F (or even if you aren't.) Ashley does an absolutely extraordinary job with Grace and Eva and the nuances of their relationship, which she writes with honesty and respect and heart. I honestly believe this is one of the best F/F contemp books I've read in a long time, and I'm so glad it exists.
Silvana [The Book Voyagers]
Excuse me but How to Make a Wish was freaking beautiful.


I fell in love with Grace and Eva very quickly. But Grace's story with her mom is raw and it's complicated and it's so real it hurts. Because you feel it inside, in your bones and in your blood. // I also really loved Luca and his mom so much.

*Also I love that there is a masturbation scene BECAUSE THERE AREN'T A LOT OF THEM IN YOUNG ADULT LITERATURE AND THAT NEEDS TO CHANGE. Because maybe sometimes this topic is sort-of "taboo-ish" in the
Elke (BEroyal)
"I thought that was how every girl saw other girls - this mix between beauty and awe and curiosity, a thin layer of lust just underneath. Took until I was fourteen to realize that no, the way I thought about other girls was a little different."

This was so beautiful and heartbreaking. I know, everybody told me so and I'm late to the party, but holy shit. This book is a piece of art and I am so glad I finally read it.
My first official buddy read with Mina and Emma from The Sapphic Squad. Thanks gi
juan carlos
May 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Debo decir que este libro supero mis expectativas. Ya que trae un aire fresco a la literatura juvenil y al tema bisexual y lésbico.
¿Para qué leer como pedir un deseo?

1. En un principio por la personalidad de los personajes. Cada uno esta bien definido desde la mamá egoísta y enferma que todo a los actos afectan a su hija. Hasta las chicas enamoradas que se están reconociendo y superando dolores de la vida. También encontramos a la familia extraordinaria y al amigo ocurrente que siempre nos apoy
Ann Elise Monte
I received an e-ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

This book is incredible for so many reasons. I don't even know where to begin, so I guess I'll start with the rep. Grace, the protagonist, is bisexual and falls in love with Eva, a biracial lesbian grieving for the loss of her mother. Eva and Grace, especially Eva, both talk about the issues they face in these identities. The fetishisation of mixed-race people is torn down and Eva also touches on the racism in ballet that she an
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When even a big part of the queer community tells you that your bisexuality isn't valid, you start really reflecting on it. Am I valid? Is my sexuality real? Books like HOW TO MAKE A WISH remind me that I do exist because of how well bisexuality is represented, this is why own voices books are important and need to be on top.

CHARACTERS. I totally saw myself in Grace, she is a quiet girl but not afraid to show her emotions when she thinks something is wrong. On the other hand, Eva is the one who
This book is about many things; it’s about a toxic mother-daughter relationship, a beautiful teenager romance, missing mothers, friendship, and a lot of angst. I love it because I love how the author writes this beautiful and painful story. I love how she put the characters in the worst misery to later lift them up to a better life. This book is about a mix of first love, angst and guilt.
Laura (bbliophile)
(Review originally posted on

I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this book through Netgalley, but this will in no way affect my review.

How to Make a Wish is about a girl named Grace. Grace is a pianist who wants to audition for a top-music school, but her unreliable mother Maggie, who is unable to stay in one place for more than a few months and drinks too much, makes life very difficult for her. It gets even more difficult when Maggie picks Grace up from summer camp
yeva 🐢
Nov 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: lgbtq
Bloody fricken hell, you guys don't know how much you NEED this book!!!!

Give me a bisexual mc and a lesbian mc with a cute ass ff romance + real, relatable problems and I AM SOLD.

•we have a black (or biracial, I'm sorry it's been a week, I forgot!!) lesbian character who is the sweetest baby in the world!
•a bisexual mc who doesn't let her sexuality define her and describes her sexuality like it's the most natural and normal thing ever. books don't need "coming
Fadwa (Word Wonders)
Full review originally posted on my blog: Word Wonders

I received a copy of this book from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange of an honest review

How to Make a Wish rendered me speechless, let’s start with that, it is so beautiful and honest that I couldn’t help feel every emotion it conveyed, every one of them. It is just the kind of book that takes a hold on your heart with no intent of ever letting it go, not like you would mind, you really don’t want it to go away.

First of all
I finished this book at 2:11am this morning. The time I guess doesn't really add anything to the review but eh it's whatever. Well, now that I think more about it, it does. Finishing a book late at night is a weird thing. You're in this headspace of reeling back from finishing this book and almost crying over the ending and not being able to discuss it with anyone because they're all asleep. But yeah. I just sat on my couch staring off into space, clutching the book and holding it close for what ...more
Vee S
Jan 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: queer-ya-tbr
Not to be rude but this book was incredible
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Ashley Herring Blake is a reader, writer, and mom to two boisterous boys. She holds a Master’s degree in teaching and loves coffee, arranging her books by color, and watching Buffy over and over again on Netflix with her friends. She's the author of the young adult novels SUFFER LOVE, HOW TO MAKE A WISH, and GIRL MADE OF STARS, as well as the middle grade novel, IVY ABERDEEN'S LETTER TO THE WORLD.
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“For a long time, when I was a little younger, I thought that was how every girl saw other girls— this mix between beauty and awe and curiosity, a thin layer of lust just underneath. Took until I was fourteen to realize that no, the way I thought about other girls was a little different.” 8 likes
“Sadness is awkward. Grief is awkward. A missing mother is awkward, no matter what form that missing takes. And no one likes awkward. No one knows what to do with it unless you’re the person used to receiving all those averted gazes.” 2 likes
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