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How to Make a Wish

4.11  ·  Rating details ·  4,551 ratings  ·  880 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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Elle (ellexamines)
“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 emotio
Drcong O '
EDIT: it’s been a year and i’m still crying over this book. it doesn’t deserve anything less than five stars which is why i changed my writing from four to five 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 a
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
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
may ➹
me with the books I read for Pride: I probably won’t cry over them
me: [cries over them*]

me, with this book: I probably will cry over it
me: [does not cry over it]

I’m confused but I also don’t care because this was beautiful and gay and everything I expected from Ashley Herring Blake. it didn’t hit me as much as I thought it would, most likely because I have luckily never experienced what Grace had to and I know this book was written for the people who had, but I’m so glad this book exists

*this is
Kaylin (The Re-Read 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
Lucy Tonks
Jun 10, 2021 rated it did not like it
I haven't been this mad at a book in quite a bit. I recently read another book by this author, Girl Made of Stars, which I really liked and I rated it 4 stars so I was expecting to actually like this. But in the end I was disappointed. A lot of people seem to love this book. I have seen so many
great reviews and that makes this book even more disappointing.

Seventeen year old Grace Glasser just wants a normal life. A normal life in which she sleeps in the same bed for more than once and doesn't h
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,
Whitney Atkinson
4.5 stars

damn, this book made me miss being a teenager.

i didn't anticipate i would read and finish this all in one night, but i just could not put it down. it contains smart, palpable characters. the relationships, both between friends, lovers, and family, were so well written. the vibes of this book in general had the perfect summery, beachy setting. it balanced the serious themes gorgeously with light and airy moments, and now i just really want to eat peanut butter from a spoon on top of a l
chan ☆
Oct 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
break my fucking neck

now that i have your attention, this book was good. fun back story time: i have way too many books but i was craving something new so i finally got a library card and grabbed 5 books that i knew little about and went home and immediately started this one.

i knew that this had a f/f relationship but pretty much nothing else. and it took me by surprise. it's about a girl named grace with an irresponsible & alcoholic mother who is just trying to get through her senior year. a ne
Jul 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
u know when a character resonates with u so much and u weren’t expecting it and it’s overwhelming and u just burst into tears? yeah.
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
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 thi
Mar 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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
Maggie ☘
*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
“How to Make a Wish” is a reminder to myself that young adult fiction is sometimes so much better than books written for adults.

The character depths, interactions, and rich, tightly written storylines. ::Chef’s kiss:: This author knows what she’s doing.

From the very first paragraphs, I was hooked.

“SHE WAITS UNTIL WE’RE DRIVING OVER THE BRIDGE TO TELL ME. This is a strategic move. Wait until your temperamental daughter is suspended over the Atlantic Ocean to drop the bomb, thereby decreasing the
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.
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.

enqi ♡
Sep 17, 2019 rated it liked it
it's the dreaded "what do i say for a 3 star review" time again 😭 i feel like i'm the only person who didn't enjoy this book. all my gr friends kept talking about it, giving it stellar 5-star ratings and raving reviews, and you know i don't really read books when they're in the hype because it might influence my thoughts. but after reading this one i really, really thought it was mediocre at best and i don't see what the hype around it is all about :-/

to clarify: i didn't think it was terrible.
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.
Grace has had to grow up too quickly, thanks to her unpredictable mom, Maggie. So when Grace returns from piano camp and realizes that the flighty, alcoholic Maggie has forced her to move in with yet another of her boyfriends, it feels like the last straw. Even worse, his son happens to be Grace's ex--the same ex who posted their sexts all over Tumblr after their breakup--and Maggie has no clue. It feels like the last straw. But then Grace meets Eva, who has moved in with Grace's best friend's f ...more
4.5 stars
My precious bi-soul is so happy. This was beautiful.
Laurie –Read Between The Skylines–
"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
"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
I received an arc from the publisher via netgalley in exchange for an honest review

I don't know how to express myself in this review other than typing 'I loved it' until I run out of room.

There's a lot of themes explored in How to Make a Wish. The first one is obviously Grace's relationship with another girl, subsequently falling in love with her. It's a very believable romance whilst also being a very sweet romance. It's a romance between a bisexual girl and a biracial lesbian and is one of th
b. t.
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 mother
Jul 12, 2021 rated it liked it
3.5/5 Stars

I was very looking forward to read another book by Ashley Herring Blake and overall it was indeed an enjoyable read.
I enjoyed reading about these characters and the interactions we got to see on the page were well-done, but I would have loved to see more of them, especially between Grace and Luca since they are best friends.
The book touches upon a lot of difficult topics but I think it managed to handle all of them pretty well.
The ending left something to be desired in my opinion but
Mar 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
"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
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
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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 cold weather. She is the author of the young adult novels Suffer Love, How to Make a Wish, and Girl Made of Stars (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt), the middle grade novels Ivy Aberdeen’s Letter to the World, The Mighty Heart of Sunny St. J ...more

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