Thursday, 22 August 2013

Saving Wishes (The Wishes Series #1) by G.J. Walker-Smith

Saving Wishes (The Wishes Series #1)
Blurb (from Goodreads):
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 D├ęcarie 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.

Saving Wishes by G.J. Walker-Smith

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

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17-year-old Charli wants to do nothing other than go traveling as soon as she graduates high school with her best friend Nicole.
Charli has always been a risk taker, and she’s always been special – the way she believed in faeries so fiercely, and took pictures because they were little frozen snippets of time. When she took a risk on her friend Mitch previously, he used her and threw her away though, so when she meets Adam, even though she likes him, she maintains her spikey exterior.

Adam works on her though, and soon they both know that they are in love. Adam’s plans are very different from Charli’s though. Adam wants to go to Law school in his home city of New York, whilst Charli wants to leave Tasmania and find her true place in the world, which will be somewhere where she can surf.
Can Charli and Adam ever truly be together and both be happy? Can Charli break Adam’s heart and send him back to New York alone? And what if Charli’s place in the world is wherever Adam is?

This was an emotional and thought provoking YA contemporary, that made me want to travel, find true love, and find my place in the world.

Charli was an interesting character, I didn’t quite get why she was so standoffish at first, but once her history was revealed, it all made a bit more sense. I loved how she had made herself tough to put up with her bullies though, and I loved how desperately she wanted to spread her wings and fly. I didn’t quite get why she wanted to leave her home town and never come back, but it was obviously something that she felt really strongly about.
I liked some of the characters in this book more than others, and I think Charli was really lucky to have the support of Alex, as well as Adam and Gabrielle. If I ever come across her best friend Nicole though there will be trouble, because she is quite possibly the worst best friend ever, and Charli really didn’t deserve the way Nicole treated her.

I liked the storyline in this book, and there were quite a few twists in the tale that I didn’t see coming. There were moments when I wondered where the story was going to take us, and also things that made me really angry, but it all came together in a quite emotional book, and I liked the romance, even though it wasn’t your typical ‘happy ever after’ kind of story.
I did get a bit upset with some of the events in this book, and although we were left with a sense of hope in the end, I didn’t really like the way things were left between Charli and Adam, and I really want to read the next book now to work out what happens next.
Overall; a good YA contemporary romance, that makes you want to travel, find true love, and find your place in the world, and in someone’s heart.
7.5 out of 10.


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