Publishing Date: October 13th, 2015
Page Count: 268
Source: Sent for review
Description from Goodreads.com:
She’s a girl who can’t remember. He’s the guy she can’t forget…
It’s her final semester of high school, and Kimberley Rey is curious to discover what will come next. She needs to pick a college, but her memory disability complicates the choice. Will her struggles to remember make it impossible to leave home? Help arrives through an unexpected and supernatural gift. Grant is a “genie” with rules. He can give her thirty wishes (one per day for a month) as long as the tasks are humanly possible. Kimberley knows just what to ask for--lessons in how to live on her own. But her wishes change when a friend receives a devastating diagnosis. As she joins forces with Grant to help her friend, Kimberley learns that the ability to live in the moment--to forget--may be more valuable than she ever knew.
I loved Wishing For You in a whole entire different way from how I loved the first book, I Wish. The first book was mostly about Lacey and Grant, with her family and small amount of friends thrown in the mix. Wishing For You focuses on an entirely different character, but also focuses on almost everyone around her as well. We get to learn more about all the other characters we've met before, plus new ones. I have to say that I think I enjoyed this book a lot more than the first. I still give book one 5 stars, but I feel like this one should get 6 stars!
In the second book, we get to be in Kimberley's head. Kimberley is Lacey's friend who had cancer when she only 6, and due to the treatments she has lost most of her short-term memory. Kimberley has to rely on her family, friends, and special electronics to help her with her daily life. Due to this, Lacey decides to give Grant to Kimberley when her month is up. Like Lacey, Kimberley needs help surviving her day-to-day life, but what Kimberley wishes for is not help each day, but help for the future. Kimberley decides that she doesn't want to have to rely on friends and family for the rest of her life. She doesn't want to be a burden. She wants to rely on herself. This means she needs to wish for Grant to teach her things in order to be a "normal" adult.
What I absolutely loved about this book is how much we learn about Kimberley's daily struggle. Seeing things from Kimberley's perspective is COMPLETELY different from what we saw in Lacey's perspective. It was so interesting and heart breaking at the same time. Not only are we seeing Kimberley's struggle, but we also witness another character's struggle it is extremely intense! We watch Kimberley grow while we also watch another character fall. It was so raw, real, and heart shattering. I definitely cried like a baby at the end of this book.
Elizabeth Langston did some amazing research in order to get this book right, and I know it couldn't have been easy. It was as simple as reading articles and googling things, but she had to actually interview people on a topic that is not easy to talk about what so ever. In the end, though, it definitely paid off and I commend her for her dedication. This book turned out absolutely amazing.
I feel like I can't say much more, because I don't want to spoil anything in this story for anyone. What I will say is that this book was phenomenal! Normally series have a book two slump, but I felt this was better than the first one! I cannot wait to read book three and see what more is in store for us!
This book was absolutely amazing! I was worried this series would have the dreaded book two slump, but I honestly enjoyed this one dramatically more than the first. It was so fascinating to learn what Kimberley actually goes through everyday and it was even more heartbreaking to get to the end of this book. I don't want to say much more than that, because I don't want to spoil anything but just know that this book will bring you to tears. I cannot wait for book three to come out!
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ 5/5
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