E.C. Moore’s young adult novel, Every Big and Little Wish, opens in late spring 1970. Sixteen-year-old Jacy Wilbert’s Mom got promoted, so her parents sold their Victorian home in California and moved to a townhouse in Oregon.
Torn away from the only home she's ever known, forced to leave her beloved German shepherd behind, Jacy feels misplaced. Exacerbating an already terrible situation, her dad runs off with the bombshell real estate agent who sold them their townhouse. And, just when it seems things can’t get any worse, her mom loses the stupid job they left California for in the first place and begins to drown her sorrows with pink wine, night after night. Jacy’s caught in the middle, struggling to maintain a relationship with her AWOL dad while tolerating his annoying, much-younger girlfriend.
Missing old friends back in California, and feeling like an outsider, Jacy needs to build a new social life in a new school. Not the sort of girl to wait around for what she wants to come her way, she sets her sights on Neil Wilder, the best-looking boy around.
Everything changes when Jacy Wilbert knocks on the wrong door.
This book was most certainly not what I was expecting, not that that's a bad thing. This book was an interesting coming of age story with an odd backdrop of a thriller. I had some misgivings with this book, but I liked this one.
This book is about a girl, Jacy, who comes from a currently broken family. Her mom lost her job, the only reason why they moved from California. And her dad went off to be with his new girlfriend, who isn't that much older than Jacy. Jacy wants and friend and she gets one, from Neil Wilder, a boy who comes from an even more messed up home.
The pacing in this book, though, is awfully slow. Many more realistic reads, especially coming of age stories, are slower pace, so it makes sense. But I kept expecting something to happen, maybe a twist. Part of it was the line in the synopsis "Everything changes when Jacy Wilbert knocks on the wrong door" and the addition of Casper's actions throughout the book. I was kind of disappointed when nothing big happened, until I guess the end. I kind of felt like I spent most of the book waiting.
But the setting, characters, and friendship were great. This book takes place in the early 1970s and the setting was very vivid. As for characters, there was a very wide cast, many from broken homes and I thought that all the characters were wonderfully represented. I also liked seeing Jacy grow and the friendships she formed, both with Neil and other characters throughout the book.
I did have issues with the very very end, as I thought that the events in the end happened very quickly and was a bit of an abrupt ending.
Despite some of my issues with the pacing and ending, I liked this book. It was a very interesting coming of age story dealing with broken families and I recommend this book to fans of coming of age books.
I hereby give this book
Meaning: I liked it.
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