Book Review: Saving Wishes

Pageflex Persona [document: PRS0000040_00007]Book: Saving Wishes by G.J. Walker-Smith

Self-Published In February 2013 by G.J. Walker-Smith|Pages: 218

Series: Wishes #1

Genre: New Adult Contemporary

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Goodreads Summary: For Charli Blake, being seventeen is a tough gig.

She’s been branded a troublemaker, her reputation is in tatters and she’s stuck in Pipers Cove, a speck of a town on the coast of Tasmania.

Thankfully, it’s temporary. Her lifelong dream of travelling the world is just months away from becoming reality. All she has to do is ride out the last few months of high school, which is easier said than done thanks to a trio of mean girls known as The Beautifuls.

When Adam Décarie arrives in town, all the way from New York, life takes an unexpected turn. His arrival sets off a chain of events that alters her life forever, convincing her of one thing. Fate brought him to her.

Saving Wishes is the story of a girl who doesn’t quite fit the life she’s living, and the boy who helps her realise why.

I really liked Saving Wishes.  There’s something really heart-warming about it, and I really liked the relationship that Charli had with Alex.  I can honestly say that I wasn’t expecting the family secret that came out regarding their relationship, but looking back, it’s something I probably should have figured out.

There was a lot of humor but there were a lot of heart-felt moments, and there was a really good balance of the two.  I also liked her friendship with Nicole.  Well, for most of the book, anyway.  There’s a point towards the end where I was so angry at Nicole, and I really felt for Charli at that point.  I mean, I really felt for her for pretty much the entire book, but there were a couple times when I really felt for her.

I love Adam and Charli together, and I was heartbroken when Adam left Piper’s Cove.  I so want them to be together and happy, because they both deserve.  Same for Alex and Gabrielle.  And I love Adam’s arrival in town changed so many things in Charli’s life.

I so love Charli.  She’s a special character, and you can’t help but love her.  I loved Alex just as much as Charli, and they have a unique brother-sister bond…until you learn the family secret that changes things.  That secret just made me love their relationship even more.  I cannot gush about them enough.  I really can’t.

Final Thoughts:

Initially, I didn’t like Saving Wishes, but once I got into it, I really liked it.  The ending is a little sad, but I can’t wait to read the next book.  Saving Wishes gets 4 stars.

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