Three Wishes


Book: Three Wishes
Author: Liane Moriarty
Publisher and Publication Date: Harper Perennial, 2003
Pages: 356
Genre: Chick-Lit, Contemporary, Fiction
Rating: 3-star

 My Review in a Nutshell:

Number one rule of book reviewing: do not talk about book reviewing. Just kidding. In all seriousness, my number one rule is to not compare a book to another book. I suck at this rule. But it’s irrelevant when comparing books written by the same author, right? With that said, I LOVE Big Little Lies, I like Three Wishes. There’s less humor, less drama, but plenty of twists- Moriarty style. And the feelings. I felt the feelings. It hurt times THREE.

What’s It All About? 

Three Wishes rotates between the triplets’ perspectives, with snippets between the chapters of anecdotes from strangers who have observed the triplets while out and about. All three sisters are at different stages in life: Cat learns an awful secret about her marriage that nearly destroys her. Gemma jumps from guy to guy, unable to commit for unknown reasons. And last but not least, Lyn, a mother and wife who has “organized her life into one big checklist”. Read as they work through their life changing moments together and apart. They each have polar opposite personalities, so expect chaos to ensue while they’re together.

My Thoughts? 

After every Moriarty novel, I want to sing “it’s a small world after all”. The fusion of characters’ stories always leaves me speechless, one day I will guess correctly about how each person’s dilemma is somehow directly correlated to the other person. Until then, I’ll just visit Australia and get drunk, her books always inspire me to do this- in a good way! Even with amazingly well-written characters and plot twists, the book was semi-boring until it came close to the end; at that point it was too close to the ending for it to be wrapped up properly. It felt unfinished, and I don’t like to take a long book trip to feel as though I did not arrive anywhere. You can’t write these bombtastic characters and not give them a proper send off, or welcoming, or whatever.

I walked away from Three Wishes with more clarity on how to deal with tough situations, realizing that it is okay to break down, sometimes. I rooted for all three women the entire time, I just wish the bulk of the book was more intriguing. But not all books have to have oodles of angst, so if you want something laid back and relaxed but still has underlying meaning, this is the book for you!

My Favorite Quotes: 

“It was always like that. They never said sorry. They just threw down their still-loaded weapons, ready for next time.”

“You’re having one of those days of accumulating misery when you argue violently with someone in a position of power: a bank teller, a dry cleaner, a three-year-old.”

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