Stealing Wishes

Blaine took me longer to warm up to maybe because he was more flawed and felt like a darker character so I needed to get to know more about him to let him deeper in.


I never really liked Edward or Randy and Charlie was the one from the group I didn't feel I really got to know. This book captivated me and as I said it almost stole my heart. Thank you Shannon for writing this story. I really tried with this one.

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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 happens in his life. I suppose the idea was to make the reader understand and enter the lead's psychology, to have the reader identify with him and see life as he does.

If that was the aim our author achieves it. It is not ill written, it simply fails to interest.


I could find no humour in what I read, just a steady flow of well described obsessions. I could not identify with the character, I could not sympathize with him, I could not care for him or for any other character. I ended by asking myself "What's the use? This is a beautiful novel. The main character is instantly engaging, speaking directly to the reader with heartbreaking honesty about his life.

The supporting characters are very real, people that don't have to be described in detail because Blaine knows them so well that we feel that we know them, too.

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Better stop talking out loud tae this fountain. A warning to readers with a similar set of mind might be in order. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. A couple of times every month Make-A-Wish hears about thieves targeting their donation bins in Omaha. So what if some of ma wishes were unrealistic; at least ah was ambitious before the world crushed me.

The story is everyman's story, a struggle to make sense of things, not of the world, but simply of our own small part of it. Blaine is a man who has deliberately shrunk his world down to a manageable size, and yet can still not entirely manage it. The language is exquisite, lyrical, haunting, but always very concrete. Like Blaine's here, Christopher Isherwood, Shannon Yarbrough has a gift for describing everyday things in a way that makes us realize that we've never really looked at them before.

Stealing Wishes

I was drawn into the author's world and very sad to leave it when the book ended. One person found this helpful. It was definitely an interesting experience to get to look into the mind of someone who actually has OCD. People say it all the time, and maybe we all have it to a certain degree, but Blaine's OCD is real and it plays a major role in his life.

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The OCD isn't the only thing that makes him who he is--he's also quirky and has some odd habits that are explained throughout his recount of his life. I also thought his obsession with Isherwood was fascinating, and I'd always wanted to read his books but ended up simply watching the movie remake. As far as characters go, they all had their strengths and weaknesses which made them seem very human. No one was perfect, though I must say Auden was my favorite, though thinking about him is sort of sad.

While I would certainly recommend the book based on the writing style and the development, the book is very realistic and it's not a fairytale, so just keep that in mind when purchasing. See all 28 reviews.


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