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Review: WISH by GRIER COOPER

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Title: Wish
Author: Grier Cooper
Series: Indigo Dreams #1
Release Date: December 2nd 2014
Age Group: Young Adult
Genre: Romance

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For Indigo Stevens, ballet classes at Miss Roberta’s ballet studio offer the stability and structure that are missing from her crazy home life. At almost 16, she hopes this is the year she will be accepted into the New York School of Ballet. First she must prove she’s ready, and that means ignoring Jesse Sanders – the cute boy with dimples who is definitely at the top of Miss Roberta’s List of Forbidden Things for Dancers.
But Jesse is the least of Indigo’s concerns. When she discovers her mom is an alcoholic, it simultaneously explains everything and heaps more worry on Indigo’s shoulders. As her mom’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic, Indigo fights to maintain balance, protect her younger brothers from abuse, and keep her mother from going over the edge. When the violence at home escalates, Indigo realizes she can no longer dance around the issue. At the risk of losing everything, she must take matters into her own hands before it’s too late.

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Review
In Wish the reader is confronted with angst, family drama, ballet and romance. At the point where these combine is Indigo, our heroine. Indigo is not strong in the way that Katniss or Tris Prior are, but still she endures hours of ballet practice, takes care of her younger brothers and tries to find support for her mother.
Alcoholism is probably more prevalent in today’s society, perhaps because it is now recognized as such a debilitating illness. Grier Cooper deals with the issue well, revealing the demise of Indigo’s mum; the anger, abuse, and resulting intervention. However, the author is also careful to accommodate her teen/YA audience and this subject is dealt with sensitively and without overwhelming the reader.
Throughout the story, we understand how important ballet is to Indigo. Not only is it her escape from home, but her dream is to study at the New York School of Ballet. We are aware that despite her commitment she is distracted during her training because of events at home and this means she might miss out on the opportunity to fulfill her dream.
Wish is a clean romance, but the way Jesse and Indigo connect is sweet and although she knows there is a possibility of her leaving she allows her feelings for him to provide her with a release from everything else in her life.
Grier Cooper’s story is a quick read and I really enjoyed the fact that Indigo’s ‘voice’ is consistent, meaning our attachment to her lasts and we become eager to discover how her journey will continue, even in the sequel. Wish is an engaging read!

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