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Publisher's Note:

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…

As You Wish

by Jackson Pearce

Overall Book Review:

Viola is a refreshingly unselfish teenager who happens upon a genie but doesn’t know what to wish for. As You Wish is not your typical genie story. Jackson Pearce took a subject that frequently brings out the greediness in most people and surprises us with an altruistic protagonist. The character development was done well and really pulled one into the story. Dual narration allowed the reader to see two sides of the story, which added a depth to the plot that the reader wouldn’t otherwise have. It was fun to see the twists Pearce included to make the novel unique. With heart-wrenching relationships and unyielding friendships, this feel-good read will appeal to those who enjoy a modern day fairy tale.

Content Analysis:

Profanity/Language:  1 religious exclamation; 5 mild obscenities; 1 anatomical term; 1 f-word derivative.

Violence/Gore:  Few (7) brief incidents including character jokes about punching another; character makes reference to potentially dying; murders and torture in movies mentioned; character punching resulting in non-life threatening injuries; graffiti occurring.

Sex/Nudity:  Many (44) brief incidents including kissing; dancing; arms around; holding hands; playing with hair; rubbing shoulders; cuddling; touching face and arm; character is homosexual; male character jokes about asking girls to undress; reference to talking about sex in school; character feels like someone has sexual thoughts while looking at her; mention of sex and teen pregnancy in a play; reference to reproduction; character’s mother asks if she wants to talk about sex.

Mature Subject Matter:

Homosexuality, teenage drinking and smoking, reference to teen pregnancy (in a play).

Alcohol / Drug Use:

Druggies mentioned as reference to a group of teenagers; teenagers smoking and drinking; reference to smoking in a play; high school football team sponsored by a beer company; character says parents probably drank wine and drove home; character’s mom asks if she wants to talk about drinking.

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About the Reviewer

I love being able to help busy parents who just don’t have the time to pre-screen all their children’s books and know how much I appreciate it as my sons have gotten older. I feel very blessed that my amazing husband makes it possible for me to be a stay-at-home mother to four amazing boys. When not reading or enjoying time with my family, I like baking, especially trying new recipes, and the occasional sewing project.