*Copy provided by the author in exchange for an honest review
The start for I Wish for You almost dissuaded me from continuing the story because it was so descriptive, the story moved so slowly that I just wanted to give up. But I forged on ahead, and thankfully I did because it became a story whose ending I couldn't stop thinking about days after I finished it.
But then again, I was able to relate to it -- you know, being hung up over the ex, the "One who Got Away". That, and because she gets five wishes. Five! Why couldn't this happen in real life? Thanks to Aladdin, I've already planned my 3 wishes a long time ago.
Ally is one of those typical (by now) chick lit character -- almost 30 and going nowhere career-wise. It's almost a stereotype. Her ex gets engaged to one of her officemates, and Ally receives an ancient box who has a genie inside. And so the fun begins.
But along the way, she finds out the truth why her ex broke up with her, and unlike her friends, I totally agree with her ex's reasons. For me, those are very valid.
Arthur, the genie, seemed like a dark character although I was expecting a more darker past. But then again, the tone of the novel was so light, so when he retold his story, it didn't feel heavy for me at all.
In the end, there was a moment where I felt like I've been slapped by a story. I know it's just a story, but god, did I relate to it!
The ending to I Wish for you was something I didn't imagine, not because it's impossible but because it seemed so easy, and I wonder why it hasn't happened before. But I liked it anyway, and in the end, isn't enjoyment of a story reason enough? I did find some spelling errors here and there (three, at the last count) but nothing too glaring.
I recommend this to those looking for a light-hearted chick lit-lover looking to get over The One. I Wish for You is not a unique take of the trope, but it does give you a reality check!
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