My rating: 4 of 5 stars
ARC kindly provided by FictionEtc Press via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
‘Wishing for You’ was an excellent sequel to the first novel ‘I Wish’; it was even better written than the last! If you haven’t read ‘I Wish’, please do! This time round, the story follows Kimberley and let me tell you she is one interesting character to read about. What I loved just as much in the previous novel as I did in this one is the novel confronts real life problems/issues: in this case it centres on disabilities and one more serious one: cancer. ‘Wishing for You’ was also a lot more intense due to the complexity and seriousness of these problems, which was also what made this novel so much better than the previous. P.S. be prepared to cry hard and blow your nose often in this novel.
To begin with, let us continue with my warning above. This was a real tear-jerker. As this novel had cancer in its context, be prepared those who:
a) were/are a cancer survivor
b) had/have somebody who died of cancer
c) or you have/had lost a loved one in your life.
Elizabeth Langston really manipulated the reader’s emotions in this novel. There were many times I just wanted to put the book down because it made me so teary and reading whilst crying is not a pretty picture and often invokes the concern of loved ones – we bookworms know this first hand.
Furthermore, as in the last book, the two characters I wanted to get together DID NOT. This made me upset as the two would have made a great couple and frequently I felt as if they would get together or a spark would set off or they would kiss or come to the realisation that they’re in love or SOMETHING! There was mostly friendly love and little romantic love but the book did not suffer from it, I felt. Somehow, these two characters friend-loving relationship made the novel work.
A let down in the book was my lack of understanding of the relationship between Kimberley and her mum. They seemed so close in the first novel, ‘I Wish’, yet very distant in this novel. There were many times they would speak to each other like extremely polite and friendly people who cared deeply about each other but did not love, confusing right? That was not all that was confusing, their reactions were, too. At times Kimberley would say something that was completely normal and her mum would take offence when in fact Kimberley said nothing bad.
Yet on top of that, there were lots of dynamic characters who made the book flow and evolve. Kimberley, for example, learns to do something about her illness and does not let hard or sad times pull her down. She learns to cope with changes and new things in her life and becomes more adaptive to circumstances that would normally put her under stress. She is funny, smart, wise and very intelligent. Grant also changes in this novel. Like he said so himself, her learned new things about life through Kimberley and now he is a much better person than he was in the first novel, in my opinion. Many characters from the previous return in this novel, which was nice to see as well.
There were no spelling, grammar or typing mistakes that I could see. The novel also followed the previous novel’s structure but this time it did include only Kimberley’s and Grant’s perspectives, it also had one other surprising character’s view.
This was a great sequel that did not suffer from second-book syndrome and was a really gentle yet evocative novel. Congratulations to Elizabeth Langston on a great sequel to the ‘I Wish’ series! Can’t wait for more.
1 star : Strongly did not like the book, writing and plot was bad. Idea of the book was against my liking.
2 star : Didn’t like it, didn’t find it interesting or gripping. Seemed to drag on to me.
3 star : An average book. Wasn’t bad or good. Everything else was well done. Original idea.
4 star : Like a 3 star but has potential to it as a series or the book grew on me as it progressed and certain scenes captured me. I Enjoyed it and read it in one sitting.
5 star : I LOVED IT! I stayed up late until 3 am. Author is a genius, characters, plot, idea, development, EVERYTHING was EXCELLENT. Nothing else can possibly be said except that its 5 STAR!