Get to Know How to Make a Wish's Grace Glasser

How to Make a Wish

by Ashley Herring Blake
Publisher: HMH Books for Young Readers
Release Date: May 2nd 2017
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All seventeen year-old Grace Glasser wants is her own life. A normal life in which she sleeps in the same bed for longer than three months and doesn't have to scrounge for spare change to make sure the electric bill is paid. Emotionally trapped by her unreliable mother, Maggie, and the tiny cape on which she lives, she focuses on her best friend, her upcoming audition for a top music school in New York, and surviving Maggie’s latest boyfriend—who happens to be Grace’s own ex-boyfriend’s father.

Her attempts to lay low until she graduates are disrupted when she meets Eva, a girl with her own share of ghosts she’s trying to outrun. Grief-stricken and lonely, Eva pulls Grace into midnight adventures and feelings Grace never planned on. When Eva tells Grace she likes girls, both of their worlds open up. But, united by loss, Eva also shares a connection with Maggie. As Grace's mother spirals downward, both girls must figure out how to love and how to move on.
Three Things to Know about How to Make a Wish's Grace Glasser

Hey, I’m Grace Glasser and I’m a character that this lady named Ashley Blake made up in her head and stuck me in a book. It’s lots of fun, let me tell you. Now, there are a few things you should know about me, so I’m just going to get right to it.

Number one: It’s…complicated. And that’s the truth. See, I have a really interesting relationship with my mom. When I was two, my dad died and it’s just been her and me ever since. Maggie, that’s her name, is an amazing woman. She’s fun, creative, beautiful. She could be the world’s greatest mom. But she’s not. Because she also drinks a lot and she can’t seem to hold down a job and, generally, she puts herself before me. Every time. I’ve cleaned up more of her messes than I can count. Probably more than she’s ever cleaned up for me and I’m including my food-throwing, potty-training toddler days here. But, I love her. She’s my mom. At the end of the day, she’s all I really have. A lot of people probably want me to write her off, leave and never look back. But again…she’s my mom. And it’s…complicated.

Number two: I’m bisexual. Now, don’t get all giggly and wide-eyed. It’s a thing. If you’re a dude reading this, it doesn’t mean I want to jump into bed with you and another girl. If you’re, well, anyone reading this, It doesn’t mean that I’m obsessed with sex. It doesn’t mean that I can’t make up my mind. It simply means I’m attracted to and could possibly fall in love with more than one gender. That’s it. I’ve had boyfriends. And good lord, I’m really hoping for a girlfriend, one girl in particular, a gorgeous, sad-eyed ballet dancer named Eva. You’ll meet her. Read Ashley’s book. But, anyway, yeah, I’m bisexual. I know it. I’m proud of it. Moving on.

Number three: Luca is my best friend and I would take a bullet for him. And he’d take one for me. Now, before you ask, no, I’ve never kissed him. He’s never kissed me. We’ve never even tried it or thought about it, ew, gross, no. It is possible for a guy and a girl to be best friends without anything sexual ever happening between them. Are you attracted to every [insert whatever gender or genders or non genders it is that you’re attracted to] you see on the street? Doubt it. I’ve never been attracted to Luca that way and vice versa. BUT, he is my person. He will always be my person and I think he’s pretty damn delightful. Again, you’ll meet him. In Ashley’s book. Go read it.

Ashley Herring Blake isa reader, writer, and mom to two boisterous boys. She holds a Master’s degree in teaching and loves coffee, arranging her books by color, and watching Buffy over and over again on Netflix with her friends. She's the author of the young adult novels SUFFER LOVE and HOW TO MAKE A WISH.


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1 comment:

  1. I love this guest post!! And that mother-daughter relationship sounds SO heartbreaking. It would be really tough to grow up with a mom who put herself above you every single time. I can't wait to read this book now!! Thanks for being on the tour Christy!


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