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September 14, 2008

Review: If Wishing Made it So by Lucy Finn

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If Wishing Made It So by Lucy Finn

I took “If Wishing Made It So” by Lucy Finn with me on a recent trip, and it was the perfect book for that weekend getaway.  I tend to think of books like this as the literary equivalent of buttered popcorn – nothing too substantial, but you can get a lot of enjoyment out of it!

Hildy Caldwell is a teacher who decides to spend her summer vacation at the Jersey Shore while she decides what to do with her life.  After all, she’s almost 30 and still comparing every guy she meets to her high school boyfriend, Mike Amante.  While at the casino, Hildy picks up an empty bottle, intending to bring it to the Lost & Found.  However, that bottle turns out to contain a genie who wants to give Hildy her standard three wishes.

This story adapts the genie mythology somewhat by allowing the genie (whose name is Tony G) to grant three “big” wishes, and lets him do minor magic (such as winning the slots or creating designer outfits) for without it impacting the number of wishes.  Also, it’s typical genie behavior in most stories to grant wishes with a “catch” (such as wishing for money, and receiving it because somebody died), but Tony grants wishes without the usual chicanery.

Tony arranges for Hildy and Mike to meet up again, where they discover their old relationship chemistry still exists.  Unfortunately, he is engaged to a beautiful and successful photographer.  When Mike is unsure about his feelings between the two women, Tony concocts a few situations designed to peak Mike’s interest in Hildy and cause jealously.

There were a few parts in the book that made me roll my eyes.  The villains in this book are the mob which I found too stereotypical for a story that takes place in Jersey.  And despite the fact that the genie’s name is Tony, he still is often impersonally referred to as “the genie” late in the book.  Additionally, a hurricane comes to New Jersey and Mike and Hildy decide the safest place for them to go is the very top part of a lighthouse.  I’ll admit to having zero first-hand hurricane experience (that’s what living in a land-locked state will do for you), but there are plenty of tornados where I come from.  I would imagine that hurricane safety is relatively similar to tornado safety – with those high winds the last place I’d want to be would be the upper part of a tower surrounded by windows.

The feminist in me is somewhat irritated at a plotline where the heroine has sat around mooning about the hero for 10 years while he’s been living it up.  But in the spirit of a weekend vacation read, I just can’t get too worked up about it.  If you’re in the mood for something light, fun, and not too serious, give “If Wishing Made It So” by Lucy Finn a try.


Reviewed by Kristina


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