Feb 9, 2014

~REVIEW~ Chasing Wishes by Nadia Simonenko

Chasing WishesSynopsis

"I wish I didn't have to go home. I wish I was someone else—someone with a future..."

For sixteen-year-old Nina Torres, it feels as if life is nothing but a dead end. Despised by her rich classmates and afraid that she'll become just like her drug-addicted mother, Nina's future seems to get dimmer every day.

There is one bright spot in her life though...

Sitting beside her one night, the only person in the world who cares about her makes a promise. No matter what happens—no matter how much Isaac's wealthy family disapproves—he and his girlfriend Nina will be together forever.

Fate plays a cruel trick on Nina, though, and a visit from Child Protective Services the next morning turns Nina Torres into Irene Hartley, a woman with a future but who will never see her beloved Isaac again.

Nine years later, a blind and incredibly handsome young entrepreneur hires Irene to be his personal assistant. Terrence Radcliffe reminds her so much of Isaac that she can hardly believe her eyes, and she's falling for him fast. Irene knows that fairy tales don't come true, but she allows herself one last wish. She wishes that she could finally say goodbye to Isaac and let herself take a chance on Terrence.

What she doesn't know is that Terrence is also searching for someone: a shooting star who streaked through his life nine years ago, and he won't give up until he finds her...

Chasing Wishes is a powerful contemporary tale of lost love and wishes come true, recommended for ages 17+ due to adult content.


Nina has lived in pure hell every since she lost her father. Everyday is another day in which she has to deal with her coked out mother and the terrible kids are her high school. She is bullied because of her clothes and her lack of money until the point where it is just sickening. Then Isaac walks into her life and he becomes her only friend. He is sweet, caring and protective over Nina like no one is.

When life takes a turn for the worse for Nina she is taken away from her home....but most importantly, from Isaac.

Years later Nina is now Irene and life pretty much consist of her working at a crappy job and that's about it. She is trying to become a voice over artist and nothing seems to be working out for her. Irene is still just like Nina and still in love with her best friend. The problem is that she doesn't know where Issac is. Eventually she realizes that she must make a life for herself. So when she is offered to be Terrence Radcliffe's personal assistant she takes a step towards her new future. Being a personal assistant to a blind man is not easy at first but with his sweet and patient disposition she quickly learns her way around. She does for him what no one else has ever done. She paints a picture for him of the world he cannot see.

But in order for Irene (Nina) to let Terrence in she has to let go of Isaac. Or maybe not....

This story was cute and quick. My biggest problem was that the characters where pretty bland and the story was predictable. I didn't connect with the characters at all and was pretty much bored 50% in and wanted to get to the end. There were also alot of grammatical issues which sometimes confused the heck out of me.

It wasn't all too bad because of the cute romance but it lacked character. Overall, not something I will read again but it is a nice read. 


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