Here's the summary from Goodreads: He can grant her wishes, but only she can save his life. Margo McKenna has a plan for just about everything, from landing the lead in her high school play to getting into a good college. So when she finds herself in possession of a genie's ring and the chance to make three wishes, she doesn't know what to do. Why should she put her life into someone else's hands? But Oliver is more than just a genie -- he's also a sophomore at Margo's high school, and he's on the run from a murderer. As he and Margo grow closer, she discovers that it will take more than three wishes to save him. A whole lot more.
What I Liked: 1) Margo. Margo was a pretty real character. Real as in, real emotions, real feelings, real thoughts. At one point she's trying to convince herself not to hate someone just because they got something she wanted and it struck me as both funny and genuine, because how many of us have had someone in our lives that we've thought, okay, it's not their fault I didn't get that part, or they got the higher grade, or whatever? It just made me laugh and enjoy her all the more because she did become a very real and genuine person. 2) Oliver. Who exactly is Oliver? Well, I'm not sure anyone really knows, but Margo got a pretty good idea. He was veeeeeeeery smooth, and any girl in her right mind would be a little wary of a guy who is that smooth. Not to mention the magic and other various things that I don't want to give away. But despite all of that, I still thought he was a sweetheart and could see exactly how someone could fall for him. 3) Genies. Okay, since genies are few and far between in the (my) lit world, I was super excited to see how this would play out, how similar it would be to genies in other stories (ahem, Aladdin) and what kind of wishes Margo would ultimately make. 4) The ending. Wow, didn't see that one coming. Although, in hindsight, it was the only way it could play out and leave it truly satisfying. I am glad to see where it ended, and to see that there is going to be a follow up, because after that sneaky little twist, there are a ton of things I am curious about now!
What I Didn't Like: The Art of Wishing was a little...shallow in some parts, toeing the light and fluffy line a little to much in some places. But overall it held it's ground.
Overall Thoughts: So many paranormal or fantasy stories out there cross the line into dark places, and The Art of Wishing doesn't do that at all. With it's almost comical view of a magical world, this story was very light and a little fluffy. Margo is a great and genuine character, and Oliver is...well, he's hard to describe but loveable all the same. If you're looking for something to add to your summer reading list that will leave you surprised and pleased without getting too dark for poolside, I'd definitely recommend Lindsay Ribar's The Art of Wishing. Also, isn't that a fun guitar on the cover? I applaud anyone with the talent to play, because I had my first lesson last weekend and my fingertips are KILLING ME! :)
My Rating: 3.5 shots