Ever since viola's boyfriend broke up with her, she has spent her days silently wishing—to have someone love her again and, more importantly, to belong again—until one day she inadvertently summons a young genie out of his world and into her own. He will remain until she makes three wishes.
Jinn is anxious to return home, but Viola is terrified of wishing, afraid she will not wish for the right thing, the thing that will make her truly happy. As the two spend time together, the lines between master and servant begin to blur, and soon Jinn can't deny that he's falling for Viola. But it's only after Viola makes her first wish that she realizes she's in love with Jinn as well . . . 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.
As You Wish was a great mix of things; romance, friendship, magic, finding yourself and many other things. I found the premise very interesting, a girl finds out her best friend and boyfriend is actually gay. I mean man that must really take away your confidence and break you. And it sure breaks Viola who never realized anything was missing in her life until this happened. And now she finds herself trying to fill the hole that Lawrence left went he went back to being her friend instead of her boyfriend.
And it's through her silent wishes that a jinn comes into her life determined to grant her 3 wishes so he can get back to Caliban and take as few hours and days off his life as possible. Viola takes these wishes very seriously and comes to see Jinn as she calls him (instead of a jinn) as a friend. He doesn't really understand her because he's never been treated like this before. While Viola figures out what she would most want to use her wishes for, what would make her happy their friendship evolves into something more, something closer.
As You Wish was a great story of a girl finding herself, her confidence and maybe even a bit of love. I loved that she was an artist and also found herself a new path via her painting style. My ears perk up anytime art enters the picture!
While Viola made a great lead character I also loved her friend and ex-boyfriend Lawrence. He really had her back and tried to help her pick up the pieces of her life, boy does he feel guilty for coming out to her and changing their relationship. And Jinn, oh Jinn. What a sweetheart. He has this internal struggle that is really interesting. He loves his life back home but realizes maybe there is something more and maybe he's brave enough to go for it, maybe not.
Overall a clever and funny magical story of love, friendship and finding yourself!
Genre: Young Adult
ARC provided by author for blog tour