Wild Wishes and Windswept Kisses

Disney-Hyperion. Oct. 2023. 480p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9781368081245.
Gr 7 Up–The Singh sisters return for a magical day of adventures, obstacles, and, of course, romance in this sequel to Drizzle, Dreams, and Lovestruck Things. A lot has happened since the summer—Nidhi’s study abroad in India has been amazing, and she’s back in Washington for a short time to meet with her advisor about extending her stay...if she can ever make it to Seattle amid a host of travel obstacles. Things between Avani and Fernando have been a bit rocky, but she’s hopeful that a full-day dance workshop will help them reconnect; of course, she doesn’t plan on an unexpected interruption that will force them to talk things out. Sirisha has been going through the motions since her breakup with Brie, but a friend’s murder mystery party brings new opportunities, and maybe even new love. Rani’s plans to memorialize her own epic love story in a short film are going awry—fate seems to have other plans for her love life and creative vision. Chapters alternate among the sisters and are interspersed with poetry, script excerpts, dialogue from the murder mystery party, and text messages. Despite the short time frame, all the sisters’ stories feel complete, and the alternating perspectives allow each girl’s personality to shine through. Much of the first book took place at the Songbird Inn, and a bit of the magic of that setting is missing here. All of the sisters’ stories have satisfying, if somewhat open, resolutions, perhaps leaving the door open for further titles.
VERDICT A solid follow-up and worthwhile purchase for those who enjoyed the first book and readers who like stories set in one day like Blackout by Dhonielle Clayton and others or The Statistical Probability of Love at First Sight by Jennifer E. Smith.

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