Hello and happy Wednesday. Remember how I told you I had a new book blogging idea you’d find out about soon? Well, welcome to the first edition of “First Impressions.” This is an idea I’ve had for quite a while now, and which I tried to execute several months ago, but I sort of left it hanging.
Basically my idea was to read excerpts from different books and tell you my impressions, and obviously share with you whether I’d like to read the whole book or not. I did this with an excerpt from an audiobook I got in an OwlCrate a long time ago, but I left it at that post.
Now, fortunately, there’s this site called BookishFirst in which reviewers can get sneak peeks of new releases to review. I say “fortunately” because for me this means I get to read excerpts of new books, and share my thoughts both in the BookishFirst platform and with you. This means that I welcome you to a new series called First Impressions.
My First Impressions posts will be reviews, but I’ll also tell you what chapters of the story I read and whether I’d like to read the whole thing or not. After this super long introduction, I’d like to share my thoughts on the first three chapters of As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti. Let’s get started, shall we?
This book won me over from the first page because of its originality. I loved the fact that we get a male main character (which I think is still uncommon in YA novels), who works pumping gas. That is clearly the opposite of a cliché and it made me find out more about the story.
The first chapter is all about building this anticipation towards something the reader will find out in the future, and then the “secret” that people in Madison, the town where the story takes place, get to make a wish when they turn 18 and that it comes true for every wisher.
I really liked the direction the story was going, and the sci-fi/fantasy vibe it’s got. I think that makes the novel all the more appealing for different audiences because it combines elements from different sub-genres within the YA category.
It is a fast read, and I think that’s because it catches your attention and makes you want to keep reading to find out what happens next. The chapters are short and they are written in this countdown sort of way, so I’m assuming each chapter is the narration of a different day.
There is family drama, and throughout the first three chapters we get glimpses of it, although not everything is revealed. This is obviously part of the appeal of the novel, and I’m sure once the reader progresses in the story, more information about this drama will be revealed.
I liked the fact that this is “not your typical” story, and I could see that judging by the characters’ names and by their lifestyle. I don’t know much about how people in the States live other than what I’ve read, seen, and the few weeks I experienced when I was a teenager, so it’s cool to read about the small-town life of people near (or in) the Arizona desert.
I will definitely be picking up this book in the future, so expect a review one of these days. And because this story is about wishes, I’d like to know, if you could make any sort of wish and were guaranteed it’d come true, what would you wish for and why?
Love, Miss Camila