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Saving Wishes
     

Saving Wishes

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by GJ Walker-Smith
 

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*** Au & NZ iBooks Best of 2013 Breakout Book Of The Year ***
For Charli Blake, being seventeen is a tough gig.
She's been branded a troublemaker, her reputation is in tatters and she's stuck in Pipers Cove, a speck of a town on the coast of Tasmania.
Thankfully, it's temporary. Her lifelong dream of travelling the world is just months away from becoming

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*** Au & NZ iBooks Best of 2013 Breakout Book Of The Year ***
For Charli Blake, being seventeen is a tough gig.
She's been branded a troublemaker, her reputation is in tatters and she's stuck in Pipers Cove, a speck of a town on the coast of Tasmania.
Thankfully, it's temporary. Her lifelong dream of travelling the world is just months away from becoming reality. All she has to do is ride out the last few months of high school, which is easier said than done thanks to a trio of mean girls known as The Beautifuls.
When Adam Décarie arrives in town, all the way from New York, life takes an unexpected turn. His arrival sets off a chain of events that alters her life forever, convincing her of one thing. Fate brought him to her.
Saving Wishes is the story of a girl who doesn't quite fit the life she's living, and the boy who helps her realise why.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940044528925
Publisher:
GJ Walker-Smith
Publication date:
05/10/2013
Series:
Wishes Series , #1
Sold by:
Smashwords
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
26,178
File size:
389 KB
Age Range:
13 Years

Meet the Author

Wife, mother, writer, wanderer. Lives near the beach in Western Australia. Author of YA novels The Wishes Series. Saving Wishes (book 1) iBooks Best Of 2013 Breakout Book Of The Year AU & NZ.

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Saving Wishes 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 71 reviews.
bkwrm29 More than 1 year ago
I loved the story line because it tells the story of an almost broken girl and a boy who tries to get her to see her for who she is. I felt that the setting helped explained some of the characters and their actions, thought, and feelings. I loved how the author set up the book and felt that the author did a pretty good job in introducing all the twisting and turning that went on in the book. In some parts of the book I felt that I was disconnected with the characters, but that was one of the only problems. Charli Blake was an interesting character to say the least. Her reactions and decisions continued to surprise me and I liked that about her character. The author wrote her with a strong personality that anyone can connect with and appreciate. I liked that she didn’t always make the right choices and wasn’t the perfect lead character that always did things right. Adam was an character that really changed Charli’s opinions.  I liked how his presence affected Charli and how she responded to him and the many situations they were put in. I felt that sometimes Charli wanted to go way to fast for a guy she just met, but luckily Adam managed to slow her down most of the time.  Overall the book was a pretty good read and I look forward to the next book in the series. I will be reading more books by this author and publisher in the nearby future.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I have not quite finished the book but so far it has been amazing. The author put so much deepth in Charlie and the other characters. There are so many twists and turns- I almost cried and I never cry-. It was an amazing book worth $7-10 but its free which just made it that much better!! Great book, must read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once i got into the book and learn the characters i had trouble putting it down. I read book 2 and ordered book 3. Easy reading , no fowl language, and the love scenes were just that , not obscene. Just the type of story i like to read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Fantastic and well written book. It goes beyond a typical romance novel in the depth and richness of the storyline
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
So love readind this book!! Beautifuly written.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can honestly say not much thrills me in reading these days. The stories all seem the same after reading so many of the same type of book. This series however, was quite different. There are literary errors of course, and not everything was a shocking surprise, but it was whimsical, fun, and the characters were well structured. I don't think I've enjoyed a character as much as I did Charli in quite some time. Very glad I took the time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I couldn't put this book down.
StarryEyedHeart More than 1 year ago
What a pleasant surprise! I was not expecting to enjoy Saving Wishes as much as I did. This contemporary romance will slowly creep up on you, when you least expect it.  Charli, short for Charlotte, lives in the small town that never seems to have enough to offer her. She has plans to travel after she turns eighteen, and release her only guardian -- her brother – of her extra weight.  She however meets with Adam and doesn’t know how to react, when he is being so persistent in getting to know her. Charli loves to run away – she is known to cause trouble. But what happens when this very attractive French-American insists in getting her to open up? How is she to handle him without screwing everything up? Saving Wishes takes on real-life excesses. Touching points on black humor and how horrid rumors can affect someone’s life. Charli is living with a title – one that was created due to a few words being tossed around by some immature-no-compassion teen. It is no wonder she decides to live her life on the edge. Her insecurities are so real, it is inevitable, but to feel sympathy for the things she must have had to endure – that might have caused it. Nobody has to go through that nightmare, it sucks that this is not just a fictional problem, but one that occurs every minute and every second in our daily lives. Charli is a lucky girl though; she has people that will be there to pick her up. Who knows, maybe that boy with the American accent will be one of them … Adam is the person everyone wants to have in their life. He charms, naturally. I mean, come on, cute, and can speak French? I say, can someone wrap him up and deliver him to my door, please? The reason most readers are crushing hard on Adam right now, is not because he is good looking – that is just Vanilla Butter-cream frosting on a delicious cupcake. It’s his capacity to see Charli for who she is, that is what makes him so damn alluring. What he sees in her is everything she is beyond the bad-girl exterior and he enjoys being with her, which allows Charli to open up to him. He gives her hope that, perhaps, she is really capable of being important to someone.  Enough fantasizing about how wonderful Adam is. The relationship with her brother Alex is waay to beautiful to pass up. He was not only her brother, but her mother and her father. All they had was one another, and I thought it was lovely for G.J. Walker-Smith to no just focus on the romance, but Charli and Alex’s relationship. Usually families are only a minor detail in the books I have read, but here Alex plays a major part in her life’s decision, path, and direction. As member of the same family, the choices they have made in the past and the present, affects one another. Tear-jerker. Be prepared – you’ll be needed a tissue box nearby.  Overall smooth plot and spirited characters. Recommend. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I get what charlie wants, to be carefree. who doesnt? I love this book! If i wasnt planing on going to school i would probably travel to anywere i could go.
Lei More than 1 year ago
This was the first story I read that got me into reading as an adult and Saving Wishes by GJ Walker-Smith is still one of my favorite books. I often go back and re-read it after an ugly cry or a very suspenseful book. It's sweet and charming and it has quite a colorful heroine. Charli Blake is a handful! I loved this Aussie girl from the very first sentence: "Alex, my brother, sometimes calls me wicked. Sometimes I am." I just knew right away this girl was going to be fun to read about. Always rebellious, quick witted and a little devious, Charli also has this sweet innocent part of her that lives in LaLa Land and believes in fate and miracles. Adam Décarie is your good looking All American New Yorker in law school. Raised by strict parents, everything about his life is planned in precise detail. So it's completely out of character when he takes off to visit his cousin in Australia. When Charli meets Adam the connection is instant. Charli being the indecisive girl she is, doesn't give in right away, and I loved the banter between the two of them. Their exchanges are sweet and funny but the way Charli opens this man's eyes to the magic of LaLa Land is enchanting. There's nothing logical about how they met and fell in love. They're from two different ends of the world, with completely different upbringings, but their love knows no bounds. But is it enough? Adam is only visiting. This story was complete perfection to me. I fell in love with ALL of the characters and was really rooting for a happily ever after. Whether or not they get it is for you to find out!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. Love the characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best books I ever read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not a bad book. Better than I expected. Kept my interest well, but the story continues in the next book -a little bit of a cliffhangrr.
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I don't usually write reviews, but the saving wishes series has been an unexpected gem. The author did an amazing job of creating diverse and interesting characters, some are likeable and others not so much. I felt like I was transported into another world. I laughed, I cried, I was sometimes angry at the decisions the characters made. Overall the story is fresh and witty. This is not a stand-alone book. I have read most of the series and if you are like me you might get annoyed at the characters and want to give it up at times, but I implore you to keep reading, the story will only get better. This series is definitely worth the investment.
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Am not normally one to like romancy type novels, but i found this one to be bit cute. There is a true plot besifed the romance between Charli and Adam, and Charli's story is really uniqye from other ones. Would recommend. There are even some pretty surprising twists.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Was really good made me laugh and cry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book it was very heart warming and cute.
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Marluvspooh More than 1 year ago
Wow, this writer actually moves me I can't get enough.  I actually love Charli. I feel a connection with all the characters.  My  recommendations  would be give this a chance.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really liked this series. A lot of things I didn't see coming... and I enjoyed the light moments.
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