Book Name: Saving Wishes
Author: G.J. Walker-Smith
Genre: Young Adult Fiction
My Rating: 4 out of 5
Format: eBook on iBooksGoodreads’ Words: 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 realize why.
La la land!!!! Reading this book and exploring Charli’s la-la land was like cruising into a familiar territory with just a different route.
Saving Wishes is excellently delivered, has incredibly interesting characters, fluid twists, and a heartfelt story. Charlotte ‘Charli’ is and has always been a little bit of a rebel. Making trouble for herself is all there really is to do in a small town on the coast of Tasmania, Australia in a place called Piper’s Cove.She is straight forward, smart, sarcastic and brave in her own way. She is witty, hilarious and has this unique personality that I just loved. I loved how she had made herself tough to put up with her bullies. If someone was being rude she always stood up for herself and others or she just took action instead, lol. And yet she has stayed connected to the little girl in her who believes in fairy tales and fate who desperately wanted to spread her wings and fly. She believed that a certain handsome French/American Adam was in town just to find her, and maybe he was. And yet she puts finding her safe place in the world ahead of her place with Adam. I can in some way understand her thirst to get out of the small town of Piper’s Cove. She is a girl with no mother and even though she could not have asked for a better father, there are things and people in Piper’s Cove that even Alex can’t save her from. Sixteen years of getting bullied by the Beautifuls, getting judged by her so-called best friend’s mother, dealing with small town rumours and harsh assessments of her character can make anyone want to get out of the place. Also, she feels that her leaving will free her brother of her responsibility and he will be free to make a life of his own. That is just too sweet!
She has a weird yet adorable relationship with her father-figure brother, Alex. I love how they understand each other and push each other’s buttons. Charli and Alex loved to surf and usually headed to the waves early each morning, before school and work. Alex had looked after Charli since she was three years old, when her mother passed away. The way that Alex has brought her up single-handedly while dealing with her tomboyish tantrums and yet inculcating a sense of hope in her while still keeping her connected to her girly side is amazing! The unique way in which he has explained the various lil things in the world to her in the form of made-up fairy tales is absolutely adorable! Just goes to show that he has tried his best to make up for the absence of a mother in her life. My heart went out for Alex after the huge twist in the tale that wrenched my gut!
Adam was just as hilarious as Charli. He’s super rich over in New York. He is brought into Piper’s Cove by a photograph, his cousin sends to him, and he is simply entranced with the image. The photograph no doubt has been clicked by the hands of none other than our heroine! Fate, Serendipity and all that crap??? Yupp! He’s charming, kind, funny, witty and he sees the best in Charli. It takes a non-judgemental person to see beyond how things look in plain view. He sees beyond Charli’s bratty image and also manages to get her sensitive side out in the open for him to see. He gets to know his ‘Coccinelle’ – Charli, and he understands her. And yet, they remain star-crossed as each has a different vision of his/her own future.
Oh and there’s also a french ‘parisienne witch’ in the tale who makes life difficult and somehow easy too for Charli.
The story has quite a bit of drama but nothing over-the-top or unrealistic, a lot of cute moments, and some sad ones as well. It has just the right amount of everything to make it a great, and irresistible read. G.J. Walker-Smith has a way of beautifully describing any location and making you feel like you yourself are there. I now have the urge to see Tasmania, Australia in person. Also, G.J. Walker-Smith has weaved all the fairy tales in the story like no other can! I totally fell in love with all the fairy tales in this and all the next books in the series! Overall I’d recommend Saving Wishes for how well done, elegantly written, and beautifully told it is. I give this story 4 out of 5 rating.
My favourite quotes from the book:
“Charlotte has a high tolerance for risk, she’s a slave to the sea and she takes pictures of time.”
“Every picture ever taken is a fraction of a second, frozen in time forever.”
“Give every opportunity five minutes. If that’s all it’s good for, so be it. But I’m not going to miss out on something amazing because I was too scared to take a chance.”
“I’d rather have five minutes of something amazing than a lifetime of nothing special”
“I don’t think you’re going to need me when you jump this time.” Alex looked straight at me. “This time, I think you’re going to fly.”