Free Reading Project Pt 2

Free Reading Project Pt 2
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  • Characterization
  • "'Was I? Do you know how many nasty guys hit on me? Tried to buy me drinks? Handed me drinks already made? Did you know some asshole followed me to the bathroom one time? I had to pretend I was about to puke just to get him to leave me alone"' (273).
  • "'You were always fine"' (273).
  • Imagery
  • "I uncap my own bottle and blow out a colony of tiny bubbles just as a gold and silver willow-shaped firework ignites. My bubbles fill and multiply the image, popping lazily, blinking out the firework one at a time" (207).
  • "I can't leave her. She's my mom; I'm her kid. We belong together. I start to tell him this... but even in my head, it sounds like an excuse" (27).
  • Theme
  • "I'm left staring at a dark house - my house, for all intents and purposes - and it feels just like coming home" (307).
  • When she was growing up, Grace had to handle everything her mom unknowingly threw on her. This caused Grace to become tough and grow up too fast. She was acting like an adult when she was only 16.
  • Flashback
  • "I sat at the bar, sipping ginger ale, while she danced and drank.... But it got later and later, she got drunker and drunker, dudes got handsier and handsier.... I couldn't find her. She was covered in a wall of men... I elbowed my way in, enduring a few ass grabs along the way, and pulled her out" (93).
  • When the fireworks begin, Eva brings out bubbles because it was something she used to do with her mom before she died. Grace describes the bubbles expertly as they reflect the fireworks that are exploding in the sky and pop.
  • Symbolism
  • One of the main themes I found in How to Make a Wish is that even though you might be related to someone doesn't necessarily mean that they have to be your family; you can pick your own family. Luca and Emmy are family to Grace even though they aren't related. They act more family-like than Grace's mom does with her own daughter. 
  • Works Cited
  • After saving Eva from a mass of boys at a party, Grace is reminded of a time that she had to save her drunken mom from a mass of men at a bar when she was dragged along. 
  • Ever since she was young, purple has always been the one constant thing that Grace and her mother shared. Once she's done dealing with everything she's had to do for her mom, Grace realizes that the purple has always been something that she's held on to. It symbolizes all the unspoken wishes that she's made. (i.g.: her mother will get better, she'll become a successful pianist, her mother will realize what she's done)
  • "For years I wrapped myself in this purple, made my silly wishes, telling myself it was what linked Mom and me, and I was so desperate for that connection, it was enough.... These fingers, these nails wrapped in color, they were my way out. My hope. My wishes for who Mom should be, who I'll be for her, for myself" (291).
  • Blake, Ashley Herring. How to Make a Wish. Hmh Books for Young Readers, 2018.
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