As You Wish by Jackson Pearce
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Viola is desperate to get back that sense of belonging she had when she was with her boyfriend Lawrence. Although they have stayed good friends after their break-up Viola now feels that she is only on the fringes of her high school group, and hating feeling like "invisible girl" Viola inadvertently summons a genie who will grant her 3 wishes. But Viola is determined not to waste her wishes and stalls wishing until she is positive that she knows exactly what will make her happy- leading to one frustrated and impatient genie! Genies age while they are on earth and every minute that Viola wastes stalling Jinn can feel himself aging and hates it.
This was such a fun, sweet story. Even though I could guess exactly what would happen at the end of the book by the time I was 20 pages in- it didn't matter- I liked that feeling of knowing what to expect and seeing the funny trail of events that got them there. I also loved the shifting persepective from Viola to Jinn's point of view which let us see what both of them were thinking and feeling in different situations, and showed us how their friendship developed.
What happens when you get what you wish for and it turns out that it isn't what you want? If you want a cutesy funny love story that does exactly what it says on the tin- this book is for you.
Synopsis from Goodreads:
Ever since Viola's boyfriend broke up with her, she has spent her days silently wishing—for someone to love her again and, most important, to belong again—until her wishes inadvertently summon a genie named Jinn out of his world and into her own. He will remain until she makes three wishes. But it's only after Viola makes her first wish that she realizes she's in love with Jinn . . . and that if she wishes twice more, he will disappear from her life—and her world—forever.
Jackson Pearce spins a magical tale about star-crossed lovers, what it means to belong . . . and how important it is to be careful what you wish for.