Published by Booktrope Publishing on October 20th 2015
Source: Xpresso Book Tours
I received this book for free from Xpresso Book Tours in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Goodreads
E.C. Moore’s young adult novel, Every Big and Little Wish, opens in late spring 1970. Sixteen-year-old Jacy Wilbert’s Mom got promoted, so her parents sold their Victorian home in California and moved to a townhouse in Oregon.
Torn away from the only home she's ever known, forced to leave her beloved German shepherd behind, Jacy feels misplaced. Exacerbating an already terrible situation, her dad runs off with the bombshell real estate agent who sold them their townhouse. And, just when it seems things can’t get any worse, her mom loses the stupid job they left California for in the first place and begins to drown her sorrows with pink wine, night after night. Jacy’s caught in the middle, struggling to maintain a relationship with her AWOL dad while tolerating his annoying, much-younger girlfriend.
Missing old friends back in California, and feeling like an outsider, Jacy needs to build a new social life in a new school. Not the sort of girl to wait around for what she wants to come her way, she sets her sights on Neil Wilder, the best-looking boy around.
Everything changes when Jacy Wilbert knocks on the wrong door.
Jacy Wilbert is feeling the pain of having to leave her hometown in California, to Oregon for her mom’s new job. Things get even worse when her dad leaves her mom for a younger woman and her mom loses that job. The story takes us through Jacy’s life as she makes new friends, and even some enemies. This coming of age tale leaves you with a surprise ending.
In an Oyster Shell – This coming of age tale ends up being really interesting for being set in the late 70’s.
The Pearls – This was as surprising coming of age tale. I am not even sure what intrigued me about this book. It’s not one I would typically read, but I was eventually swept into the story.
The conflict of this story was surprising. It kept the story going at a very steady pace. It was even a bit scary at times. The writing was well done. I was pleased with the accuracy of pop culture references. Given that I am from the area I am pleased that she was accurate to local landmarks.
The ending was astounding. This is a book that I will be recommending in the future.
The Sand – This book was hard for me to relate to in the beginning because I am used to reading more contemporary stories, but it wasn’t bad in the end.