The Art of Wishing by Lindsay Ribar
Dial Books for Young Readers
March 21, 2013
Margo McKenna is a planner and her plan for senior year is to land the lead in the school musical. When the coveted part goes to an unknown sophomore, Margo is stunned. Little does she know, that is just the first of many surprises heading her way. The biggest shock of all is the discovery that the ring she found in the girl’s bathroom comes with a genie. You know, the magical, wish-granting kind. Despite her natural skepticism, the evidence seems to support the crazy story coming from the totally normal looking teenaged guy. The guy who wants to grant her three wishes. As if picking three wishes wasn’t hard enough, her genie informs her that she has to make her choices quickly because he is on the run (from a psycho murderer) and needs to split as soon as his work is done. Talk about stressful! Wishing is a huge responsibility and should be planned thoughtfully, but the longer she delays, the greater the danger for her and her magical wish grantor.
Margo McKenna and her genie are a refreshing departure from the insta-love paranormal romances that seem to be standard fare these days. I loved that Margo is a well-developed and strong character who has the sense to be skeptical about the whole genie thing. She has totally normal reactions of fear and mistrust and it takes time and effort to build the relationship. Dreamy or not, that boy’s story sounds crazy and Margo doesn’t buy it the first time he pitches it. I loved that. I also enjoyed the author’s take on genie lore and her willingness to add a touch of darkness. There is still plenty of humor and sweet romance, but this story isn’t a fluff piece. The story is well-paced and suspenseful and while the ending is obviously not the end of Margo’s story, it is not a rage-inducing cliffhanger. I totally appreciate that. Thank you, Ms. Ribar. I will certainly be watching for more!
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