Ever since Viola's boyfriend broke up with her, she has spent her days silently wishing—to have someone love her again and, more importantly, to belong again—until one day she inadvertently summons a young genie out of his world and into her own. He will remain until she makes three wishes.
Jinn is anxious to return home, but Viola is terrified of wishing, afraid she will not wish for the right thing, the thing that will make her truly happy. As the two spend time together, the lines between master and servant begin to blur, and soon Jinn can't deny that he's falling for Viola. But it's only after Viola makes her first wish that she realizes she's in love with Jinn as well . . . and that if she wishes twice more, he will disappear from her life—and her world—forever.
For such a light-hearted and fun idea, As You Wish was surprisingly deep and heartfelt. This isn’t your predictable Aladdin-with-rubbing-lamps-for-an-oversized-blue-genie kind of story. Mixing real teenage emotions and real teenage voices with a touch of subtle magic, this is anything but your average young adult chicklit.
Viola is easy to relate to. Her fears and feelings of being invisible and out of place were so easy for me to understand. Jinn was a bit more elusive and stony, but his chemistry with Viola breaks both his walls and his hard personality with time. It’s a beautiful example of great character progression.
Jackson wrote the magical sense of this story so seriously that it didn’t even feel as if the magic existed. Jinn and his world of genies, Caliban, became so natural. The wishes and presses and existence of Caliban came second to Viola’s self-discovering story.
Overall, Jackson’s wonderful writing and perfectly voiced characters make for an enthralling story of teenage angst, humor, love, magic and everything in between. I definitely recommend checking it out!