by Faith Harkey
Clarion Books/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015
Fiction, 277 pgs.
I have to admit that this isn't the most well-written book ever published. That being said, my 10-yr-old sister absolutely loved it. And, just as the title indicates, it is pretty sweet.
Genuine Sweet lives in a small, worn-down town in Georgia. Life is hard for everyone, but Genuine feels pretty sure her life is the toughest. With her mama dead and her dad the town drunk, Genuine and her grandma are barely getting along. Then, one day her grandma shares a secret with her, a secret passed from mother to daughter for generations: how to call down wishes from the stars. There's only one rule to this wish catching magic: you can't use it for yourself. This new found power is going to make Genuine's little town a lot cheerier, but along the way Genuine is going to have to learn about love, sacrifice, and that life is what you make it, not what you wish for.