The Forgetting Spell
By Lauren Myracle
Hi! Have you ever done something you wish you could have undone? Well, Dayra’s mom has. She’s wished to win first place in a competition that her best friend, Emily, got first place in. So, she won first place and Emily was never seen again. The crazy thing is that Emily was Mama’s soon-to-be sister-in-law. And nobody remembered except for Mama.
Dayra goes to school every day like a normal kid. She plays with her friends, she works on her art projects and stuff like that. But on her first day back to school, she meets a new girl. Her name is Tally. Dayra has an angry outburst because they mention her mother and how crazy she was. So, Tally has a bad impression at school. But somehow they end up at the library at the same time. They make up something called “The Missing Daughters Club.” It’s about daughters who are missing their mothers. Dayra’s mother has run away and she doesn’t know if she’ll ever come back. Tally barely gets to see her mother because she’s in a mental hospital. Her mother claims she doesn’t remember any of her family.
When Dayra goes home, Natasha acts weird at the dinner table. Then she asks Dayra and Ava to go for a little walk. There, she tells them that their mother is back. Dayra asks when she can see her. Natasha says soon and that she’s too nervous to see her right now. She also tells Natasha about her wishing letter that she was supposed to get on the day that she wished her wishes. But she wanted to get it right then and there because her wishing day was in 2 days.
Dayra got her letter but hadn’t opened it. She asked Tally to go with her to the coffee shop. They went there together, but Dayra didn’t have the guts to read the letter. She went to the bathroom and set it down on the table. When she came back, the letter was gone; Tally was gone, too. She looked everywhere for the letter and couldn’t find it. The next day at school, she realized that Tally had stolen her letter. She said she didn’t know why she did it, but she did.
Later, Dayra read the letter. She felt happy inside because it had complimented her. Then she got to go visit Mama, but Mama wasn’t anything like she expected her to be. Her mom smoked and she wanted her to use one of her wishes on wishing Emily back! But Dayra didn’t think that was a good idea so she ran away from her mother back to her house.
Soon, it was her wishing day. For the first impossible wish, she wished to know what really happened to Emily. For her second wish, the wish she could make come true herself, she wished to have nothing to do with Mama. And for her third wish, she wished that her Papa would be happy again.
Will Dayra’s wishes come true? Will she ever know who Emily is and where she is? What will Mama’s reaction be when she figures out that Dayra wasted her wishes on knowing about Emily and not Emily coming back? As I always say, read the book to find out!
I recommend this book to readers who love adventure and excitement and getting to know two sides of the story. I really loved this book because I had already read the first book and I got to see the way Natasha described her sister and the way Dayra actually was. So, if you are reading this review first, please go ahead and read Wishing Day, because this review will not make sense without the first one.
A few helpful things I like to say about the books I read:
“Run and Get Mom” (how I describe the scariness factor):
There were no real scary parts in the book.
“Yucky-Lovey Stuff” (how I describe the romance factor):
There was a bit of yucky-lovey stuff between somebody, but other than that - Zero. None. Nada. Nil.
I give this book 5 wands.
I loved it just as much as I loved the first one! It was so good! It was a story of how a girl was so different from her mother, how she likes changes but doesn’t like them all at the same time, and how she can tackle mysteries with only the clues that she’s been given.