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If you could have anything, what would you wish for? The impossible...or a real chance at being happy?

Olivia Larsen's twin sister, Violet, is dead. Olivia knows nothing that can change that . . . until the day she receives a beautiful dress. The dress doesn't just look magical: it has the power to grant wishes. And all Olivia wants is her sister back.

But Violet's return isn't what Olivia expected. As love, ...

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Overview


If you could have anything, what would you wish for? The impossible...or a real chance at being happy?

Olivia Larsen's twin sister, Violet, is dead. Olivia knows nothing that can change that . . . until the day she receives a beautiful dress. The dress doesn't just look magical: it has the power to grant wishes. And all Olivia wants is her sister back.

But Violet's return isn't what Olivia expected. As love, secrets, betrayal, and a haunted past collide, Olivia begins to wonder what a wish is worth . . . and if her life will ever look the same.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Bullen delivers an enticing first novel about twin sisters—one alive and one dead. Grief-stricken high school junior Olivia moves with her parents to San Francisco to pick up the pieces after Violet's unexpected death. One night, while wearing a beautiful dress—a gift from a mysterious seamstress—Olivia wishes to have her sister back. She wakes up to find Violet's ghost waiting for her. Olivia is both shocked and overjoyed, and soon finds out that her seamstress is a cross between a fairy godmother and a genie—and that she has two more wishes (and new dresses) to come. The sisterly dynamic will draw readers in as Violet offers Olivia everything from fashion advice to counsel about boys, and Olivia gradually re-enters the world of the living, making new friends and finding romance. As Olivia's life becomes fuller it gets more complicated, too, but the story never surrenders to melodrama or gloom. Bullen's prose is solid, her head-to-toe descriptions of clothing are lavish, and she makes the sights of San Francisco come alive in this sweet story of siblings determined to remain inseparable. Ages 14–up. (Jan.)
Children's Literature - Lauri Berkenkamp
Olivia Larsen's life has fallen apart. Her identical twin sister is dead; her family has moved to San Francisco from her hometown outside Boston; her mother is a workaholic but her father does not work enough; and her parents fight all the time. Nothing can bring Olivia's sister Violet back and make Olivia's life normal again—nothing, that is, but a magical dress that makes wishes come true. Olivia wanders into a mysterious dress shop and meets Posey, aka Mariposa, a seamstress with the power to make magical dresses. Posey secretly makes Olivia her first magic dress and Olivia accidentally wishes for her sister to come back. The next morning Violet appears in Olivia's bedroom as a happy, smarty-pants ghost. Violet and Olivia discover the secret of Mariposa's magic dress shop: Olivia has been granted three dresses and three wishes, all courtesy of Mariposa, the magical seamstress. In this sweet, formulaic novel, Olivia adjusts to a new life after tragedy with the help of her ghostly sister. Violet gives Olivia the confidence to meet new friends, take risks, and fall in love. At the end of the novel, Olivia accidentally wishes her sister away, and then uses her final wish to say goodbye to Violet and live her new life on her own. There is nothing really new in Bullen's debut novel, set in the toniest areas of San Francisco and Marin County. It is very much a new girl meets boy and a new best friend, complications arise, new girl briefly loses both boy and best friend, girl gets boy in the end. But Olivia's and her parents' grief at the death of her sister, and Olivia's re-blossoming are rendered lovingly, and the idea that a magical dress could bring back a loved one, howeverbriefly, is very appealing. Reviewer: Lauri Berkenkamp
School Library Journal
Gr 9 Up—Olivia looks up from the wreckage of many months following the death of her twin to find herself uprooted across the country to San Francisco by her grieving attorney-mother and inconsolable contractor-father. Without Violet as a social and emotional crutch, Olivia doesn't know how she can face Golden Gate Prep. The touch of magic is subtle as the teen stumbles upon a hole-in-the-wall seamstress who agrees to mend an old dress of Violet's for a gathering at her mother's new firm. Instead, Olivia finds herself wearing a beautiful custom creation with a butterfly that bursts from fabric into life as Violet is wished back into Olivia's life. No one else can see or hear her, but Olivia's confidence is bolstered enough that she soon becomes friendly with Calla, the most popular girl in school, and catches the eye of skater cutie Soren. Complications ensue when Soren breaks up with Calla, and Olivia launches a clandestine romance, with a couple of dresses left to wear and wishes left to spend. This first-time novelist has produced an enjoyable variation on the three magical wishes scenario with nicely executed and believable characters, not so much fairy tale as realistic story—with some teen drinking. Olivia works through the wishes to realize her strengths and learn to face the world on her own.—Suzanne Gordon, Peachtree Ridge High School, Suwanee, GA
Kirkus Reviews
Following the death of her twin, Olivia and her parents relocate to San Francisco to rebuild their lives, but for Olivia, who was always most comfortable in her sister Violet's shadow, the transition isn't easy until she discovers a dressmaker with supernatural talents. In addition to creating three perfect dresses for Olivia, the dressmaker embeds three wishes into her creations. Unsurprisingly, Olivia first conjures Violet, who, as a semi-solid spirit, coaches Olivia through her additional wishes and her new school's social strata. Olivia's quick climb to popularity is out of character, and her awkwardness with it is painfully realistic and endearing, especially as she clumsily partners with her crush. Despite the text's supernatural elements, which in some spots wear thin, the detailed descriptions of San Francisco and above all the sisters' relationship provide solid grounding for a touching, enjoyable read that will have readers rooting for Olivia to find her own voice and step into the sun. (Fiction. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545139069
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2010
  • Pages: 336
  • Sales rank: 706,308
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author


Alexandra Bullen has been a playwright, waitress, barista, gardener, script reader, yoga instructor, and personal assistant. She grew up in Massachusetts, went to college in New York City, and lives most of the year on Martha's Vineyard (except when she's visiting San Francisco). www.akbullen.wordpress.com.
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted November 29, 2009

    I don't mean to make a bad pun, but I "wish" this book never ended.

    I was given this book by a friend who is a fan of young adult fiction and told me this is the best book she read all year. I am not usually a fan of this genre and was hesitant to read it, but then...I spent the next four hours lost in the world of the book in what was a moving magical story of love and loss and coming of age that actually made me laugh out loud several times, and I am sad to admit, cried at least twice. I highly recommend this book to any one who likes young adult novels, magical realism, romance or stories about families coming back together. I have never written a review for a book before, and this one was the first to ever compel me to do so. Enjoy it.

    15 out of 15 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    Good book

    Ijust wanted to know two things when i was done with bookhow did the sister die and why is not with Miles. Ita good book as long a us dont look @ thoes two facts. And thank u my lend me friend

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 8, 2011

    Really really good

    Ive had this book for awhile and for some reason just kept over looking it. Got it as a free book when i first got my nook. After reading it i cant believe i waited so long. Really a great read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 12, 2010

    FAB debut novel!

    This is a story that transcends reality and makes the reader feel as if they are personally involved with the characters. We are not separated by pages and words in a book. We are engaged and vested in the fate of our character. This is the book that you stay in bed to read a bit longer, and this is the book that you clear your schedule to treat yourself to a quiet afternoon.

    I am giving this book 5 stars because Bullen's writing is clear and articulate, and it is a story well-told. I think that she could have written sappier, but she didn't. She respects her readers enough to make this a real story with a magical element. Bonus: I was pleasantly surprised to find out this was set in San Francisco, with the ability to make this book a travelogue for a newbie in town.

    Regarding the teen drinking in the story, I thought Bullen hit the nail on the head with her description of the children of wealthy parents who attend an exclusive school in a very open city. Teenagers experiment and when they have their own cars, keys to the summer home, and free reign, they are going to emulate adult behavior. It's what they've seen, and it's what they know. These are cues teens pick up from the adults in their lives. Does that mean Bullen is encouraging underage drinking? No. She is simply an observer who is writing about teen behavior. That's what makes this a real story. There is no sugar-coating here. Teens who want to experiment are going to do so.

    Onto the story itself:

    As the story unfolds, we learn that Olivia has been uprooted from all that she knows to find herself in a new school, in a new state, and without her fearless twin sister to help navigate the social mores. Her parents are distant. Her first friend at school exists only because their two moms work together, and - worse than that - he wears squishy mushroom-colored loafers. And then she sees a boy. One who meets her eyes and smiles like he knows her. But, of course, he is dating the prettiest and most popular girl at school.

    In her complete and utter loss, Olivia does the very best she can with what she has. She finds a tailor, Posey, who can fix dresses to suit the wearer in a way that is unexpected. In fact, Olivia has no idea that her bad night had a purpose, and her wish to see her sister again is about to come true. It is only in re-tracing steps and asking questions that Olivia realizes what a gift she has been given.

    So, if you had just one wish.what would you wish for?

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2010

    If you could have anything in the world, what would you wish for?

    This is a good book about grief, love, magic, sisterly affection, and many other things. The main character Olivia has recently gone through the loss of her twin sister Violet when she comes across a dress shop and receives a dress that will grant her one wish, and she wishes for her sister back. Throughout the book Olivia and Violet have many adventures while using Olivia's remaining two wishes. And all this time she has a huge crush on the skater boy Soren. This is a very god book and deals with a lot of real problems one might go through in their life, though i don't think anyone will ever have magical wish granting dresses. :) I highly recommend this book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2013

    Best book ever!

    Ive just finished this book and i must sat....AWESOME!!! I love how Olivia is finally moving on without her sister Voilet to help her. This book has even me to look for shooting stars.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2013

    A must read

    Awesome!

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2013

    More than 5 stars

    You cannot find a book simlar to this one because Wish is so unique. You can try to predict what happens but you are probably incorrect. It is filled with many wonderful twists and turns. I totally recommend this book to anyone with a love for adventure and romance!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 11, 2013

    Amazing

    This was the best book ive read all year! It is full of excitment and fun! And now that theres a second book, i need to read it. Keep up the good work Alexandra Bullen!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 21, 2012

    Great

    I read this book A long time back. I lent itas paperback and the person nver gave it back. But i remeber being hooked. I love it and think anyone should read it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2012

    Jhjhjj

    Simply amazing

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 9, 2012

    Good read

    Enjoyed the book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2012

    I wonder...

    Is this book worth it?

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2011

    Lost

    I lost my identical twin in april...we were both 22.... im hoping this book is just what i need!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 18, 2011

    LOVED IT!!!

    Great! Fun! FunnY! Sad! and so much more.

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  • Posted September 18, 2011

    LOVE

    AMAZING BOOK. i loved every second of it!! You have to read it, you won't be sorry.... :)

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  • Posted August 31, 2011

    Not bad

    It wasnt exactly what i expected when i read the summary about this book, but it turned out to be a really good book. Im not usually the type to read books about magic but im glad i kept reading because it had a great message and a good ending. Well worth the price......FREE lol

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 30, 2011

    Good book- read now!

    I thought this book was great. The romance issues, being able to see the growth of the character in your head while reading is amazing! Once you read this book you will most likely want to read it again.

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  • Posted July 10, 2011

    recommend for different age

    I did not finish this book...athough I think It was well written, it really was written for a teenager or young adult due to the setting of the book. I would recommend it certainly for that age group.

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  • Posted July 1, 2011

    Beautiful

    This book made me want to cry , but in a good way. I wish that she hadnt gave everything that was her sisters. She should have kept something that her sister loved very much ..like the red dress. I wonder what happened to the girl who bought violets dress.

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