Glimpsed by G.F. Miller
Perfect for fans of Geekerella and Jenn Bennett, this charming, sparkly rom-com follows a wish-granting teen forced to question if she’s really doing good—and if she has the power to make her own dreams come true.
Charity is a fairy godmother. She doesn’t wear a poofy dress or go around waving a wand, but she does make sure the deepest desires of the student population at Jack London High School come true. And she knows what they want even better than they do because she can glimpse their perfect futures.
But when Charity fulfills a glimpse that gets Vibha crowned homecoming queen, it ends in disaster. Suddenly, every wish Charity has ever granted is called into question. Has she really been helping people? Where do these glimpses come from, anyway? What if she’s not getting the whole picture?
Making this existential crisis way worse is Noah—the adorkable and (in Charity’s opinion) diabolical ex of one of her past clients—who blames her for sabotaging his prom plans and claims her interventions are doing more harm than good. He demands that she stop granting wishes and help him get his girl back. At first, Charity has no choice but to play along. But soon, Noah becomes an unexpected ally in getting to the bottom of the glimpses. Before long, Charity dares to call him her friend…and even starts to wish he were something more. But can the fairy godmother ever get the happily ever after?
This was a quick, fun read.
Charity is a fairy godmother and sees glimpses of what people want. They become her Cindys and she works to make their wishes come true. Some wishes take longer than others. Her one rule is that she and her Cindy part ways after the wish comes true. They’re not friends and won’t be seen together. Charity is on poms and is really popular. But her home life is a mess. Her parents are divorced and her mom is almost always out of town. Her sister is across the world, so Charity only has her grandma. Memom is also a fairy godmother and teaches Charity how it works.
Noah is a bit of a nerd. He’s got a great family, but he’s not popular. He seems ok with it, but there is one thing he wants. Noah figures out that Charity is involved in changing lives. She changed the life of his best friend and crush. He wants her back and he’s blackmailing Charity to make it happen. Noah wants Charity to stop granting wishes, but it makes her seriously ill. She looks into the lives of her past Cindys and she finds that not everyone is happy. Certain Cindys give her headaches. Charity and Noah start trying to figure out how glimpses work and if they can be controlled. Charity starts to like Noah, but she pushes him (and everyone else) away. Fairy godmothers don’t get the happily ever afters. Those are for her Cindys only. I kind of wanted to smack both characters at times, but I also really adored both of them.
This was super cute. There’s a hate to love and fake dating romance. There are some harder topics like being alone all the time. Charity should be super happy, but she’s not. She and Noah had great banter and I loved their friendship as it progressed.
I gave this book 4 stars. Thank you to Simon and Schuster for my review copy.
Warnings for divorce, parental abandonment, drinking, stalkerish behavior.
Have you read this yet? Is it on your TBR?