Wishful Thinking by Alexandra Bullen
Hazel has always felt alone. As a babe she was given up for adoption, and a nice lady adopted her only to die in a fire a few years later. On her 18th birthday, she receives a letter with her mother's name, and she prepares to meet her when she gets some awesome dresses which apparently grant wishes.
The dresses were actually a pretty neat mechanism for granting wishes, but this may be because I like gorgeous dresses (although really what girl doesn't?). Hazel's background sob story is laid on pretty thick, but it does set the reader up to feel sorry for her especially since the book is really short so I guess the information needs to be more potent?
The story itself is pretty heartwarming and has a definite undertone of a moral of the story kind of deal. Lo and behold there is some romance, but it's not really the focus. Happily, though, it doesn't feel like an afterthought, and is a natural progression of the story even if there isn't much to it.
Despite the tug at your heart-strings moments, the story is pretty light weight even as it deals with some issues which readers may find controversial. It is a story based on magical dresses which grant wishes after all.
Star Rating: 3.0/5.0
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