Dad of Divas' Reviews: Book Review - Secondhand Wishes

Sunday, February 3, 2019

Book Review - Secondhand Wishes

Secondhand Wishes

About the Book
Lexi has to keep the universe in balance. If she does enough good things, like being on time, then the bad things, like her little brother needing more surgery, won't happen. It doesn't always work, but she has to keep trying. Just in case. On an extra bad day, Lexi finds a bag of four wishing stones in the antique shop in town, and wishes that her BFF Cassa and the new girl would stop talking to each other. That night, Cassa calls Lexi, crying over the end of her friendship with Marina. The wishes work!

Sort of. When she wishes on the Success stone for the courage to try out for dance club, Lexi wows the entire auditorium with. . .singing? And when she wishes on the Health stone, her little brother starts squeaking like a hamster. This isn't the first time those wishing stones have been wished on--and secondhand wishes come with unexpected consequences!

This sweet and funny story from Anna Staniszewski is perfect for anyone who's wished for a dash of magic in their day!

My Take on the Book
This is a book that brings together a bit of fantasy and a bit of reality. You even get some aspects of a fairy tale and even a happy ending as well. The book is funny but also has messages that surround the book that will make the reader think deeper about the topics such as bullying, divorce, stress and peer pressure.  This was a great book that has some powerful messages that my middle school daughter really connected with. A great book for a middle school aged tween.

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