Kira Franklin was still recovering from her breakup. A whole year after the fact, and thirty extra pounds later, practically jobless and in need of a miracle, she unexpectedly got one in the shape of a genie. That's right, a real rub-the-lamp genie named Teel. Kira's troubles are over!
Or so she thinks. As it turns out, her wishes make her life anything but easier. She wishes for a new job that turns out to be a huge fiasco, and after wishing away her extra thirty pounds, her friends and family start to think she's anorexic.
But Kira doesn't regret her wishes, and besides, it's not like she can take them back...right?
Did I like How Not to Make a Wish? I'm on the fence. I like Mindy Klasky. I'm a huge fan of her Jane Madison series, but How Not to Make a Wish lacked some of the charm that "Sorcery and the Single Girl" and "Girl's Guide to Witchcraft" oozed in excess.
Instead of a fantasy with a love story thrown in as her previous books were, How Not to Make a Wish was more like a love story/coming of age story with a genie thrown in to stir things up. I was really surprised that Mindy Klasky did not reveal more about the character of Teel the genie. The story focused mostly on Kira and her friends, while Teel just popped in every now and then to help move the story along.
Don't get me wrong, I thought Kira had a lot of depth as a character and I related to her in many different ways. I guess I just didn't find her as loveable as Jane Madison. I really wanted to fall in love with How Not to Make a Wish the way I have with Klasky's other novels, I just couldn't force myself to enjoy every page as I had in the past.
Will I read the rest of the "Wish" series? Sure I will. I'm still a fan of Klasky and am curious as to how she's going to shake up the next book (When Good Wishes Go Bad) and make it different from How Not to Make a Wish. Will I be first in line at the bookstore at midnight? Probably not.
This book seemed far too long. The day-to-day details were just overkill. Definitely more Chick Lit than Paranormal Romance.
That said, it was interesting enough to keep me reading a chapter at a time until I finished it, even though it dragged. The last 50 pages were a whirlwind, compared to the rest of the book, with a cute twist I have to admit I didn't guess.