G J Walker-Smith
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For Charli Blake, being seventeen is a tough gig.
She's been branded a troublemaker, her reputation is in tatters and she's stuck in Pipers Cove, a speck of a town on the coast of Tasmania. Thankfully, it's temporary. Her lifelong dream of travelling the world is just months away from becoming reality. All she has to do is ride out the last few months of high school, which is easier said than done thanks to a trio of mean girls known as The Beautifuls.
When Adam Décarie arrives in town, all the way from New York, life takes an unexpected turn. His arrival sets off a chain of events that alters her life forever, convincing her of one thing: fate brought him to her.
Saving Wishes is the story of a girl who doesn't quite fit the life she's living, and the boy who helps her realise why.
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words against my throat. I touched his face with the hand that held the necklace. The fine silver chain tangled around my fingers as I pressed them to his cheek. He leaned forward to kiss me again but I gently held him back, needing to see his eyes. “You are the best person I know,” I whispered. A sweet, perfect smile swept across his face and I wondered how I’d got so lucky. I didn’t want to move. I could have stayed there forever and never moved again but the hold he had on me lasted only a
rumours start.” The biggest secret in the Cove was out and judging by the Machiavellian look on his face, he didn’t care one bit. “Ugh!” she growled, throwing her carroty hands in the air in defeat. “You all deserve each other!” Her eyes flitted between the three of us. None of us spoke. She tugged on her gloves and stamped out. Alex’s smile disappeared along with her, and an eerie silence set in. It was as if we’d all witnessed a terrible train crash and were too shocked to speak. I could
yesterday’s newspaper while he ate. I sat down and he slid a box of cereal and a carton of milk towards me. “I thought you were never going to get out of bed.” The blistering look I gave him was wasted. “It’s seven o’clock.” I huffed. “I know. The day is practically over.” He was serious. Alex’s day started at the crack of dawn, because he was a slave to the sea. Surfing was his bliss, and rain, hail or shine, his morning started at the beach as if he had no choice in life. I wasn’t quite as
showering, worried that the cheap metal would make my skin turn green. I needed to sit down. I was mortified by my own naivety, but mostly I was angry. Since when has jewellery worth thousands of dollars been an appropriate gift for me? I didn’t deserve it. I hardly felt that I deserved him most of the time. I was beginning to realise that Alex was right. I knew nothing important about Adam Décarie and it was time I started asking questions. The minute Floss was out of sight, I took the
wouldn’t know if I hadn’t noticed her sneaking out of the party.” His hard expression softened. “Are you upset with her?” Alex wasn’t stupid. He knew the repercussions of Nicole leaving town were huge. Without her, my travel plans were sunk. I shrugged, faking indifference. “I forgive her. I’ll work something out.” “You can come to Marseille with me and Gabs.” He said it like he’d just solved all my problems. Never, I promised myself, determined to resort to plan B. I shuddered, wondering