Sabrina’s Book Corner: The Heart’s Desire

Hello, and welcome back to Sabrina’s Book Corner! This week we are going to be discussing As You Wish by Jackson Pearce.

When Viola’s boyfriend breaks up with her, she’s left feeling unloved and without a place to belong. Viola wishes so badly to belong again that she accidentally summons a genie. At first, all Viola notices is that someone seems to be following her.

It isn’t until she points out the stranger, and her best friend and ex-boyfriend — yes, that ex-boyfriend — say they can’t see anyone that she begins to worry. Viola decides to ignore the stranger that only she can see, and it works until she gets home. The stranger is standing in Viola’s bedroom demanding that she make her wish.

All Jinn wants is to return home. When a jinn is assigned to a human master, the master has three wishes, and the jinn must remain on earth until the three wishes have been used. While jinn are on earth, they age as humans do, and if Jinn hates anything, it’s aging. Jinn is hoping that his new master will wish quickly so that he may return home, but Viola does not want to use her wishes.

As Viola and Jinn spend more time together, their friendship grows, but both know that eventually Viola has to wish. Humans and jinn were not meant to co-exist or be friends.

As You Wish is a magical read that shows that companionship and acceptance can be found in unexpected places. Pearce weaves an enchanting tale of camaraderie and belonging that you don’t want to miss.

Happy reading!

— Sabrina Parr, Poetry Editor