Thursday, 15 January 2015

Blog Tour: Wish by Grier Cooper

Firstly I would like to apologise for the lack of links and images, we're having some big problems with our Internet.  I'll add in links as soon as I can!

I received a copy of Wish in exchange fot my review.

Indigo wants nothing more than to dance, so much so that she'll avoid all the things she shouldn't do, like boys, ice skating or anything else that could injure her. Except then there's Jesse, a boy in her year that she can't take her eyes off. And her mother, who has been getting steadily less managable as time goes on, only for Indigo to discover that she is an alcoholic. Not knowing what else to do, Indigo throws herself into her ballet, coping the only way she can.

Wish was actually quite an emotional read, mainly I think because of what Indigo went through with her mother.  I thought that the author did a good job of capturing the mother-teenager relationship but then made it go that route one step further and giving it the alcoholic twist.  It put a strain not only on the relationship between Indigo and her mother, but on the relationships with her brothers too. There were a few scenes that shocked me because of the events though.

I really liked how the ballet was written into the book. Rather than making it over complicated with all the various ballet terms, most of the time the ballet was described by feeling and emotion. I thought it worked well, particularly for none ballet dancers who may not understand the technical terms. It was particularly important because of how central to the story ballet was.

I also really liked the friendships that were in the book. Indigo was 16 (a younger protagonist than I'm used to) and she had a group of friends.  Sounds silly but a lot of YA characters seem to be loners. So for Indigo to have a group eas great. I liked the dynamic between them, and ultimately I could remember that they were 16 without much trouble. They all seemed realistic, down to the bitchy comments and everything!

I enjoyed Wish it was an emotional journey but worked well and the ending was just what was needed.

Wish counts towards Winter COYER

Book & Author details:

Wish by Grier Cooper
(Indigo Dreams #1)
Publication date: December 2nd 2014
Genres: Contemporary, Young Adult

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.


Grier began ballet lessons at age five and left home at fourteen to study at the School of American Ballet in New York. She has performed on three out of seven continents with companies such as San Francisco Ballet, Miami City Ballet, and Pacific Northwest Ballet, totaling more than thirty years of experience as a dancer, teacher and performer.

Her work has been praised as “poignant and honest” with “emotional hooks that penetrate deeply.” She writes and blogs about dance in the San Francisco Bay Area and has interviewed and photographed a diverse collection dancers and performers including Clive Owen, Nicole Kidman, Glen Allen Sims and Jessica Sutta. She is the author of Build a Ballerina Body and The Daily Book of Photography.

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