E.C. Moore’s young adult novel, Every Big and Little Wish, opens in late spring 1970. Sixteen-year-old Jacy Wilbert’s Mom got promoted, so her parents sold their Victorian home in California and moved to a townhouse in Oregon.
Torn away from the only home she’s ever known, forced to leave her beloved German shepherd behind, Jacy feels misplaced. Exacerbating an already terrible situation, her dad runs off with the bombshell real estate agent who sold them their townhouse. And, just when it seems things can’t get any worse, her mom loses the stupid job they left California for in the first place and begins to drown her sorrows with pink wine, night after night. Jacy’s caught in the middle, struggling to maintain a relationship with her AWOL dad while tolerating his annoying, much-younger girlfriend.
Missing old friends back in California, and feeling like an outsider, Jacy needs to build a new social life in a new school. Not the sort of girl to wait around for what she wants to come her way, she sets her sights on Neil Wilder, the best-looking boy around.
Everything changes when Jacy Wilbert knocks on the wrong door.
I was excited to review this book because the description really drew me in. A book about a gawky teenage girl set in the 70’s is like heaven to a fan of Judy Blume’s YA books.
I have to say that this book did not disappoint me. I fell in love with Jacy and was eager to know where her life would take her. I did feel mostly bad for her as she seemed to have a lot of bad luck but not like she would never have good luck. I was a little sad at the end because although everything turned out okay, it was not the way I was hoping it to go. I really enjoyed reading about the Pacific Coast; the author did an excellent job describing all of the scenery, so much so that I want to go now!
I do think there are some weak points to the book. Without spoiling too much, very important parts involving some very stressful things are very briefly talked about and then barely mentioned again. Or we don’t really know the reason behind things, and the reason given seems kind of weak. I also felt like we meandered along a path through Jacy’s life without really having a plot, though I can’t say this honestly upset me that much.
This is a clean YA book. There’s very little sex mentioned, and it’s mostly talked about in the third person. Jacy has very little intimate contact. As such, I feel like this would be good for a pretty wide age range. That also includes adults – the author writes to all ages. As I said before, it was a bit more grown up version of a Judy Blume classic, but with the 1970’s references to make you feel like you were there.
When Elizabeth’s not writing feverishly, you will find her out walking or sightseeing. She’s crazy about coffee, books, cooking, good wine, cairn terriers, miniature ponies, historical houses, tapas, and witty people.
She resides in a fifties bungalow in Southern California, with her creative-director, hubba-hubba husband, a yappy blonde dog, and one feisty Chihuahua.