I Wish You Happy is a rather strange book. Rae prefers animals to people, but really she likes rescuing and fixing things. When she runs over Kat, a woman who tries to commit suicide by riding her bike in front of a moving car, she gets tangled up in her recovery. She takes Kat in, and she becomes involved with her crisis worker.
This book is quite dark, but it also has some magical elements. Rae is described as an Empath. She feels the emotions of others very deeply, as if they are her own. This reason is given for her withdrawal from people, but she also has some issues with her parents as well. There was quite a lot of description in this book, but I felt like some key elements of the character building were left out. Why did Rae go by “Rae” when that name did not derive at all from her given names? What exactly were her issues with her parents?
Rae is told several times that she is codependent, but yet she continues her unhealthy behavior for most of the book. At the end she does something rather extreme, and she’s questioning her decision until someone else tells her she made the right choice, and then suddenly all is well. I don’t know.
I just couldn’t get into this story. The initial premise intrigued me, and I love the cover design, but the whole thing was too out there for my taste. This book was kind of a character-driven, plot-less book, but without enough character-building, if that makes any sense. Can you tell I didn’t enjoy this one?
Rating: 2 Stars
Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This fact does not in any way impact my thoughts/feelings about the book.