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417 pages, Hardcover
First published January 2, 2018
Wishing never gets you anywhere. Except, of course, in Madison, it does. If you're lucky,
that is. Wishing either gets you everything or nothing. And it's a gamble everyone is willing to take.
When someone dies, it doesn't just take them. It takes a piece of everyone who ever loved them and everyone they ever loved.
Why can't I come up with things I care about? What's wrong with me?
What I'm saying is, these days, I'm nothing special. And that messes with you, you know? Makes you think maybe you weren't that special to begin with. Makes you wonder what you're actually good at. These days, I walk around with a big question mark over my head.
"How many other people you think keep quiet about their wishes?" Merrill asks.
I'm wondering the same thing. The residents of Madison are so focused on keeping secrets from outsiders, I never stopped to consider what we've been keeping from each other.
Maybe dissatisfaction is human nature. Maybe there's no running from it.
"Accomplishment comes from toil," Othello says. "Growth is a result of sacrifice."
1. You can’t tell anyone outside of Madison about the wishing cave.
2. You can’t wish for anything that impacts the entire world.
3. Your wish will only be in effect in Madison (mostly).
Stop taking your anger out on people who don’t deserve it. It’s an unhealthy coping mechanism.
You can’t see something you’re not looking for.
Helping people is good, but it’s also a two-way street. You can’t save someone who doesn’t want to be saved.
“The sky is mostly dark now. Stars replace the sunset. Out in the desert, creatures creep out of their daytime hiding places. In the hills, the wish cave is dormant, waiting for the next birthday. Waiting to change someone’s life.”
“The school, the town, the world is full of wishes. Why don’t people stop wishing and start doing? Why is everyone so willing to wish away their lives? I want to scream at them to stop. There’s more to life than wished. Wishing never gets you anywhere.
Except, of course, In Madison, it does.”
"'That will be your downfall. You're looking for someone else to save you, when really, we can only ever save ourselves.'"