Hi there everyone!
So, I’ve let a few weeks fly by with no book reviews…but hey it is what it is.
And now I’m back with a review for The Art of Wishing, a debut by author Lindsay Ribar.
Guys. This was a DNF book for me. I did not finish it.
So, those of you who’ve been following BookTasty for a little while probably know that I absolutely HATE not finishing a book. I’ve finished some pretty poorly written stuff in the name of finishing. But I had an epiphany recently and I just made up my mind to not finish this one.
Margo McKenna has a plan for just about everything, from landing the lead in her high school play to getting into a good college. So when she finds herself in possession of a genie’s ring and the chance to make three wishes, she doesn’t know what to do. Why should she put her life into someone else’s hands?
But Oliver is more than just a genie — he’s also a sophomore at Margo’s high school, and he’s on the run from a murderer. As he and Margo grow closer, she discovers that it will take more than three wishes to save him. A whole lot more.
I had been really excited for The Art of Wishing since I first signed up for the 2013 Debut Authors Challenge. The book’s summary sounded fun and it seemed to have a lot of potential – “A genie! Cool! I haven’t read a book about a genie before!” Plus I thought the cover was adorable.
But in the end (well actually around 70% of the way through) I just realized that I wasn’t enjoying this book. The writing felt somewhat disjointed and I had a difficult time keeping my attention on the story. I’d start reading only to find myself putting my Kindle down after only two or three pages because something else seemed more interesting. I just wasn’t invested in any of the characters and there wasn’t anything captivating about the story that made me want to keep reading.
I did like Margo at first. I thought she was interesting because she wasn’t your average YA female character who hasn’t yet realized her strengths. Margo knows she an awesome singer and actress. She is very aware of her strengths in an almost cocky way. This made her fascinating for a while, but then she slowly began to lose the interest factor for me.
The romantic relationship between Oliver and Margo also seemed too easy. These two fall in love almost overnight, which was pretty hard to believe. I also don’t understand why a smart, talented girl like Margo fell so quickly for a guy who continues to keep information from her. I mean come on! It’s not until more than halfway through the story when Oliver decided to tell Margo about a significantly important piece of information that she could have used A LOT sooner. She already knows you’re a genie dude…nothing else is going to shock her. Just fill her in!
So, although I was so sad to add another book to my small DNF pile, I had to do so with The Art of Wishing. I just realized that it was taking me forever to read and that there were other books I’d like to spend my time on. There was a lot of potential with not a lot of follow through.
All in all, I know for a fact that my students would enjoy this book, but it just wasn’t for me at all.