I’m not usually into “girl” books like this one, but I enjoyed The Wishing Pearl more than I thought I would. Olivia was an engaging character and I needed to find out what happened to her! While Olivia’s recovery and healing seemed to happen too fast to be realistic, her emotions and reactions to her situation felt very real. At times she was an absolute brat, but I found myself wanting to defend her rather than knock some sense into her which is my usual response. Highly recommended!
On a side note, teen fiction has a really “angsty” reputation. That reputation has shifted some in recent years, but books that deal with difficult topics such as substance abuse, emotional and sexual abuse, and other issues are still important for teens. Many parents realize this but reluctant to expose their kids to “issues” books that address controversial topics due to concerns about graphic or amoral content. There are “issues” books out there that Christian parents can feel good about. Nicole O’Dell’s The Wishing Pearl is one of them. It contains heavy content, including substance abuse, death, and sexual abuse. Olivia’s problems are serious and heartbreaking and are portrayed as such, but The Wishing Pearl isn’t graphic or inappropriate for younger teen readers. I’m looking forward to more Diamond Estates novels.
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