Every Big & Little Wish by E.C. Moore

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I received the book mentioned below in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own.

Every Big & Little Wish by E.C. Moore 
Published by: Booktrope Publishing
Publication date: October 20th 2015
Genres: Romance, Young Adult


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.


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My review:

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.

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  1. 21
    • Diane Elizabeth on January 30, 2016 at 10:08 am
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    I love the Judy Blume YA books I read back in the 70’s and early 80’s. I’ll have to check this out, thanks for the review.

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    • Katherine Riley on January 27, 2016 at 5:20 am
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    This books sounds so good!

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    • Debbie Bray on January 24, 2016 at 3:10 am
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    Sounds like a great book…would love to win.

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    • Sally Wilsey on January 22, 2016 at 7:30 pm
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    This sounds like a really good read. In my era and moving like I did in the 70’s. I will be very interested to read this book.

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    • Dani H on January 21, 2016 at 8:31 pm
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    Having had to move from Arizona to Iowa on my sixteenth birthday, I can relate to this book though I certainly didn’t have as much bad luck as Jacy.

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    • Jennifer Lessard on January 21, 2016 at 4:28 pm
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    This is a new author for me and I am looking forward to learning more and also read her work. Wish you a very Blessed New Year!

  7. 15
    • Melissa Crisp on January 21, 2016 at 3:01 am
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    Thanks for sharing and everything you do for us and the authors.

  8. 14
    • danielle hammelef on January 20, 2016 at 12:18 pm
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    I love this genre! I never would have heard about this book or author without your post. thank you!

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    • Nikolina on January 20, 2016 at 8:09 am
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    Really enjoyed reading the entire post today. This is a new author for me but I would love to learn more! Thank you for the reveal!

  10. 12
    • Darlene Cruz on January 19, 2016 at 12:52 pm
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    Knocks on the wrong door, ooh the mystery begins.

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    • gloria on January 19, 2016 at 6:45 am
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    this sounds like a good read and thanks for the contest by the way.

  12. 10
    • Connie Lee on January 18, 2016 at 7:48 pm
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    I would enjoy reading this book, sounds good!

  13. 9
    • Amber Ludwig on January 18, 2016 at 5:01 pm
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    Oooh what a great premise! Can’t wait to check it out!!

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    • Kathleen on January 18, 2016 at 4:45 pm
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    Definitely going to give this book a try.

  15. 7

    Not my kind of book–just the thought that they left a dog behind turns me right off!! I’m sure there will be a lot of people who would enjoy this book-but I fear I am not one of them.

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    • Lo Infinito on January 18, 2016 at 12:21 pm
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    want one giveaway inter 😀 good luck !

  17. 5
    • Marcy Meyer on January 18, 2016 at 11:54 am
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    Interesting book. Sounds different from anything I’ve read before.

  18. 4

    Great review, Maggie! This sounds like a great read and very character driven, Jacy sounds like an easy to like character! Glad you liked it! 🙂

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    • Renee Rousseau on January 18, 2016 at 10:59 am
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    A clean YA book-bonus! Set in 70’s-bonus! Set in Oregon-bonus!

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    This book sounds like it be a great read

  21. 1

    this sounds like a cute book. i’m looking forward to seeing what happens when she knocks on the wrong door.

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