What I Read Wednesday – Twenty-Eight and a Half Wishes by Denise Grover Swank


This was another free ebook, found in the iBook store.

Rose Gardner is 24 and has always lived under her mother’s thumb. When her mother dies, she decides to start living and makes a list of 28 things she’s never done. She’s also thrown in the middle of a huge mystery involving a guy at the DMV and her mysterious next-door neighbor.

The premise is good. It has a great hook, including the very first powerful sentence: “It all started when I saw myself dead.” Rose has unexplained visions, usually mundane, of things that happen. One day at work, she gets the first one of herself, dead.

The book went somewhat downhill from there. It was pretty predictable and what wasn’t predictable was downright strange. The characterization was all over the place. Overall, it could have used another pass or two by an experienced editor. I found a glaring grammatical error where ‘you’re’ was used when they meant ‘your’, and a sentence with a completely missing verb.

Despite all that, it was a fun read. Everything gets tied up neatly in a bow at the end. It has its funny moments, especially when she finds herself in possession of a farting dog. I was however surprised to find out that not only is there a sequel, there are at minimum 5 more books in the series. Some books should really be left as a standalone novel.

I will not be reading the other books in the series, but this was a fun first book that doesn’t make you think too hard. Plus it was free, can’t really complain about that.

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