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Wishful Thinking

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  • Posted December 31, 2010

    Awesome, awesome read!

    Tomorrow, January 1st, 2011, is the realease date of Alexandra Bullen's "Wishful Thinking."

    This follow up to her debut novel, "Wish," is the story of a girl who says, "When every day finds new and exciting ways to let you down, you start to expect disappointment." This is the story of Hazel, who found a torn up dress from a thrift store attached to a fancy school in the Haight and when she had an occasion to wear it, she located the seamstress whose card was attached: MARIPOSA OF THE MISSION.

    When this occasion arrives and Hazel goes to put on the dress, she is amazed to find another dress in its place. It is stunning and fits her perfectly, but belies the activities of the evening ahead. Our main character is about to meet her birth mother for the very first time in 18 years. Her adopted mother died from a horrible fire before her first birthday, and then she was shuffled from home to home, always wondering who she was and where she belonged. This one evening was her moment of truth, and in this stunning dress, she would be ready.

    But life had other plans for her, and when she boarded the ferry to go home for the evening, her heart was breaking. What she didn't expect was the wish she uttered out loud to free a golden butterfly from the hem of her dress. It is then that she is sure her grief is making her crazy, but in fact Bullen has woven a story of magic and wishes and dreams come true without being overly sweet or compromising her character.

    Where this wishful thinking leads the reader is a story not to be missed. Some sequels can't quite stand up to the strength of a first novel, but that's not the case here. Bullen's character development, description of a new unknown world, and the consequences that her character faces with every decision and every wish she makes is spellbinding.

    Start the new year right by picking up a copy of "Wishful Thinking" by Alexandra Bullen.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 28, 2012

    A must read for hopeless romantics and a person in need of a good read

    I just finished this book and i loved it all the way through reading it. I could not put it down. If you are in need of a good book to read i say you must read this. I can not wait to get the book Wish. I *wish* Alexandra would write another maybe from poseys point of view?

    This book deserves 10 stars instead of just 5.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 14, 2011

    Love it!

    Awesome book. If you liked the first book wish you will love this. Such a sweet story it will make you realize just how much you have to be thankful for. A must read!

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  • Posted August 4, 2011

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    Reviewed by Jennifer Rummel for TeensReadToo

    When Hazel turns 18, her stepfather hands her an envelope. It doesn't contain a birthday card, though, but instead includes the name of her birth mother. More than anything, Hazel wants to belong somewhere. After her adoptive mother died when she was just a baby, she's either been with her stepfather or in foster care. After doing some research, Hazel realizes that her birth mother lives in the same city. And she's having an art opening - tonight. Hazel knows that she has the perfect opportunity to meet her. She takes her only dress to a seamstress to fix the gaping hole in order to wear it to the opening. The seamstress, although gruff at first, tells her to come back in a few hours. When Hazel returns, she rushes off to the event, bringing along her dress to change in the bathroom. But she's shocked to realize that the dress she pulls out of the garment bag isn't the same one she dropped off. Without time to rectify the situation, Hazel immediately puts on the dress. And when she arrives at the party, she uncovers devastating news. Hazel doesn't realize that any wish she makes while wearing the dress will be granted. More than anything, she wants the chance to meet her mother. Will her wishes work in her favor? As the companion novel to WISH, WISHFUL THINKING takes another girl dealing with heartache and tries to make her dreams come true. I love the idea of three different gorgeous dresses for each wish granted, and I enjoyed watching Hazel attempt to uncover clues to her past while hiding her own secret. This is a wonderful book about one magical summer and a girl discovering herself.

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  • Posted April 3, 2011

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    AMAZING, AMAZING, AMAZING....!!!!!!

    i fell in love with Wishful Thinking from the start. This book is enchanting and to be honest, I cried at least three times while reading it; that's how powerful Alexandra Bullen's writing is. This is an awesome book to read right before summer, maybe in March or April, which will make you so excited for summer!! I LOVED THIS BOOK AND AM OVERJOYED THAT I HAVE IT IN MY HOUSE SO I CAN READ IT OVER AND OVER AGAIN- ESPECIALLY IF I'M IN THE MOOD FOR A GOOD ROMANCE.
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  • Posted February 3, 2011

    Great Book, Highly Appreciated

    This is such a great book, in fact one of my favories. The story of how a girl tries to see again or finally meet each other for the first time( the latter in this book) of a loved ine truley captures me. These two books (Wish and Wishful Thinking) capture on the first page. I love Alexandra Bullen's work and am hopefull to a third book in the series, or a new one( series). If you liked the first book, you'll surely loce this one.

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