Book & Author Details:
Every Big & Little Wish by E.C. Moore
Published by: Booktrope Publishing
Publication date: October 20th 2015
Genres: Romance, Young Adult
E.C. Moore’s young adult novel, Every Big and Little Wish, opens in late spring 1970. Sixteen-year-old Jacy Wilbert’s Mom got promoted, so her parents sold their Victorian home in California and moved to a townhouse in Oregon.
Torn away from the only home she’s ever known, forced to leave her beloved German shepherd behind, Jacy feels misplaced. Exacerbating an already terrible situation, her dad runs off with the bombshell real estate agent who sold them their townhouse. And, just when it seems things can’t get any worse, her mom loses the stupid job they left California for in the first place and begins to drown her sorrows with pink wine, night after night. Jacy’s caught in the middle, struggling to maintain a relationship with her AWOL dad while tolerating his annoying, much-younger girlfriend.
Missing old friends back in California, and feeling like an outsider, Jacy needs to build a new social life in a new school. Not the sort of girl to wait around for what she wants to come her way, she sets her sights on Neil Wilder, the best-looking boy around.
Everything changes when Jacy Wilbert knocks on the wrong door.
From New Girl, page 10, Every Big & Little Wish by E.C. Moore, 241 word count
Being the only giant in my family didn’t help matters. The top of my father’s head barely reached my nose, and my mother was ridiculously short. I don’t slouch like some tall girls do because Mom saw to my perfect posture. I learned how to carry myself properly during Genevieve Cunningham’s etiquette course. Mom intended for me to be proud and to hold my head high. So every summer for two years running, I hung out in that stuffy classroom. I am grateful for my good posture. If you’re wondering, because everyone always asks, yes, we had to place an encyclopedia atop our pointy heads and walk around without letting it fall off. A feat harder to accomplish than you might imagine.
But, I could’ve done without the lessons on how to set a proper table with way too much cutlery and crystal. I zoned out when we had to waltz with the geeky boys from the chess club across the hall. I most certainly didn’t buy into the notion that a proper young lady should never cross her legs. And forget taking the backseat and always letting males lead the way in conversation. I could never be so submissive. Women’s lib is not alive and well in Genevieve Cunningham’s classroom. Her curriculum is a throwback to the repressive ‘50’s. If that teacher had her way, all her students would grow up to be as coy and demure as Doris Day.
When Elizabeth’s not writing feverishly, you will find her out walking or sightseeing. She’s crazy about coffee, books, cooking, good wine, cairn terriers, miniature ponies, historical houses, tapas, and witty people.
She resides in a fifties bungalow in Southern California, with her creative-director, hubba-hubba husband, a yappy blonde dog, and one feisty Chihuahua.
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