Writer’s Digest Review: I Wish

Judge 99, 2nd Annual Writer’s Digest eBook Awards

Entry Title I Wish
Author: Susan Tatby
Judge Number: 99
Entry Category: Middle-Grade/Young Adult books

Books are evaluated on a scale of 1 to 5, with 1 meaning “needs improvement” and 5 meaning “outstanding”.

Structure, Organization, and Pacing: 5
Spelling, Punctuation, and Grammar: 5
Production Quality and Cover Design: 5
Plot and Story Appeal: 5
Character Appeal and Development: 5
Voice and Writing Style: 5 

Judge’s Commentary:
Great sensory opening – reader gets an immediate sensation and is drawn into the book beautifully. Well done. Gorgeous description of the spirit. We get a great image of her, without getting too many details. Excellent painting of her.

Love Kenza’s name (main character) – very unique and memorable, and author has created a beautifully multi-layered character with different facets of her life, a rich emotional life and youthful questioning and acceptance. Nicely done. Love the exotic elements of her father’s stories and how the author drops in the Moroccan elements. Very transporting, authentic and original.

Love how Kenza starts off as sarcastic and unappreciative with her Dad’s story, even though she asked for one, and her relationship with him evolves over the course of the book when she GETS it. Lovely expansion of her.

Very moving and fun.

Author does a great job of showing, not telling, the plot expansions and the settings. Great use of scenery description, great dialogue throughout. Beautiful work in getting the reader emotionally invested, and we wonder who she is looking for in her kindred spirit. Author places good hooks throughout, keeping us engaged, especially through that 2/3 point where things can drag. They don’t here. That’s good story-building and pacing.

The kiss sensations are terrific for YA, very unique and authentic.

Good element of surprise. Author is always a step ahead of the reader, which is terrific.

Interesting that a teen who typically wants more power is finding out she has tremendous power.

The camp is a neat twist, bringing her into the orbit of other teens and revving up the action. Reader is suspicious the whole time, which is great.

Author gives her interspersed real teen moments, which is fantastic and gives the reader excellent breathers between those action points.

Great ending. We hope there is another book to come, and author has left it enticingly open that there could be. Very satisfying and very original. Kenza is a terrific character, and this book is visual and unique enough to reach a second life as a movie.


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