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Stealing Wishes By Shannon Yarbrough,

  • Title: Stealing Wishes
  • Author: Shannon Yarbrough
  • ISBN: 9780615213613
  • Page: 456
  • Format: Paperback
  • What s important A perfect cup of coffee or a perfect date Blaine a photo taking, obsessive compulsive, coffee barista steals money out of fountains and can t find a date Obsessed with the number 32, Blaine blames his lack in love as the reason for his habits Everyday is timed and in sync to Blaine s magic number When his friend Sallie sets him up on a date, BlaiWhat s important A perfect cup of coffee or a perfect date Blaine a photo taking, obsessive compulsive, coffee barista steals money out of fountains and can t find a date Obsessed with the number 32, Blaine blames his lack in love as the reason for his habits Everyday is timed and in sync to Blaine s magic number When his friend Sallie sets him up on a date, Blaine is convinced that Edward, the new love interest, will cure his compulsions But when Blaine discovers they have nothing in common, complications ensue Auden, an artsy tattooed coworker, tells Blaine about a local photo contest, so Blaine sets out to capture a winning snapshot Just as Blaine thinks he has his illness beat, his unvarying world spirals out of control when he skips part of his daily routine, ultimately making Blaine realize that Mr Right has been in front of him the whole time STEALING WISHES is a caffeinated romantic comedy with cream and sugar Every reader will relate to Blaine s obsessive outlook on life.
    Stealing Wishes What s important A perfect cup of coffee or a perfect date Blaine a photo taking obsessive compulsive coffee barista steals money out of fountains and can t find a date Obsessed with the number

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    1. Really not sure how to rate or review this one There were places that were a 4 star and then places I would of given maybe a 2 star, so splitting the difference over all with a 3 star While I enjoyed Blaine s story I found the telling a bit to long winded at times The whole story is told through Blaine s eyes and so we get to hear his thoughts in detail While I don t mind books told from this point of view, I found I got rather bored at times with Blaine s thinking.This is not a love story as su [...]

    2. Blaine is a very likeable and unique individual I was a little apprehensive about how his obsessive compulsive side would be portrayed but this book perfectly captures his OCD, showing how important numbers and rituals are to him I loved his relationship with Sallie and the support they provide for each other It was enlightening to watch how Blaine uses his photography to help him interact with the outside world This book was refreshingly different and I enjoyed it a great deal.

    3. I agree with the blurb I liked Blaine instantly Blaine, a self proclaimed man of no opinion, a man searching for life s great metaphor only to find a thousand clich d similes, and his slapped by reality philosophy made me throw my hands in the air and want to be his fag hag I really do hate that term, but you get the point I felt comfortable with him straight away and have probably uttered of few of the same words in my day He is bit insecure and than a bit obsessive, very melodramatic, and the [...]

    4. Most of us have things in our lives that we can obsess on In fact, ask any teenage girl and she ll immediately tell you that her nose it too big or too small, she has too many freckles or not enough, that her eyebrows are too thin or too bushy the possible list is endless We can spend hours agonizing and obsessing over features that the rest of the world doesn t even notice.In Stealing Wishes, Shannon Yarbrough takes us inside the mind of 32 year old, self diagnosed, obsessive compulsive, Blaine [...]

    5. Shannon Yarbrough s Stealing Wishes is a romance with serious concerns beneath a light comic surface The novel explores themes of artistic talent and accomplishment, ambition and personal identity within the context of a Midwestern man s search for love.The novel s narrator, Blaine, is a barista at The Latte Da, a coffeehouse run by his best friend Sallie As the novel opens, he and Sallie spend their days grinding beans, pining for romance and commiserating on their lousy romantic luck But not f [...]

    6. I d previously read Shannon Yarbrough s novel Are You Sitting Down , which I was terribly impressed by.This book is a lighter read However, it s charming and real throughout, and the paradoxically fascinating thing about it is that Yarbrough is not afraid to make his main character look dull Blaine is a St Louis resident who at 32 hasn t done very much He s not adventurous, he has his routines, and he s rather stuck How many of us are like this Not all writers have the courage to really stay wit [...]

    7. In Stealing Wishes, obsessive compulsive barista, Blaine, allows us to delve into his secret passions For one thing, he s a furtive photographer Not only does he use a camera, he IS a camera, cataloguing the quiet details of people s lives In this diary like chronicle, he s a recorder of life his and others The details are minute and mundane, though not mediocre.Most modern fiction I seem to read these days is about people who aspire, rise, strive, aim to fulfil and conquer But this book is abou [...]

    8. This wasn t a love story in the traditional sense although there was some loving involved It was a story about Blaine finding himself, and learning to love and accept himself.In the beginning Blaine is a lonely even though he has his best friend Sallie barista and hobby photographer He suffer s from OCD and is obsessed with the number 32 He s a bit ashamed of this, and just want to be loved, and there starts his journey of self discovery view spoiler In the beginning he believes finding love wi [...]

    9. I really tried with this one.This novel has received raving reviews but, despite looking for what seems to have escaped my attention, I cannot see why.A warning to readers with a similar set of mind might be in order.The POV is that of the lead, in first person.At least it is up to the point where I dropped it.Our lead is an obsessive compulsive man Mr Yarbrough sets in motion an obsessive compulsive stream of consciousness by which the lead describes first his daily routine and then what happen [...]

    10. This novel, the second for author Shannon Yarbrough, tells the story of Blaine just as described above However, what the back cover fails to mention is the poignancy with which this man lives his life his insights, his hopes, his internal musings The book is worth reading for this alone Blaine thinks and says things that many of us do as well we generally, however, don t admit it It s a sweet story too, and Yarbrough gives us glimpses of characters that we might not normally see in a typical nov [...]

    11. Oh my I understand the main character is obsessive Man is he ever However, it goes on and on about each little area Going to the park and what the park is like Cameras and the difference between the 35mm cameras and digital ones How crappy the digital ones can be Taking photos of anything and everything Different areas are discussed to the nth degree.Sorry no can do

    12. Although this seems like a well intentioned piece of writing, it s ludicrously sentimental At the end of it I realised I had no sense of what city it was supposed to be set in, as if it was some kind of children s picture book.

    13. it was ok I m surprise I finished it At my age I really have a hard time with people who have a title for all their problems It s what we call life.

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