Careful what you wish for. It just might come true.
In the forbidden West Woods, Ava stumbles on the secret fountain that has granted wishes to St. Augustus students for generations. Unknowingly, she watches the coin she tosses disappear and with it the world around her as she knows it.
In a quest to undo the damage she’s done, she and alumni kid Ethan break every campus rule unravelling a tangled web of history. Ava discovers that what’s right isn’t always clear and finds herself torn between a love she’s always known and one she has yet to explore.
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The Fountain is a story about wishes coming true. So, obviously, this book is already great in my eyes. Because, hey! Don’t we all want all our wishes to come true? I know I do. This makes it pretty easy and quick for the reader to connect with the book and the story because it talks about wishes coming true and about how if you wish for something with all your heart, it does come true.
The basic plot of the story is absolutely gripping and it teaches us to be careful what we wish for because sometimes, wishes do come true. But, each wish comes with a price and at the end of the day, if you’re not strong enough to pay the price, your world will crumble and you will not know how to save it.
The story centers Ava, a teenage girl who moves away from home to go to school to St. Augustus, where her mother met her father. Her father doesn’t approve of her decision, but Ava is determined. She needs to feel closer to her mother and her father hates talking about her. So, she goes for the next best thing, the school where her mother went to. The school where she met her father, fell in love and got married.
Apart from going to the same school, another thing that Ava shares in common with her mother is swimming. Ava has always loved swimming and is an absolutely brilliant swimmer. So, it’s only natural that she be a part of the swim team at her new high school. She’s a great swimmer, so it should be easy to get on the team, right? Wrong. Courtney Wallis has been the star of the swim team for a long time and she isn’t ready to relinquish her position on the team to anybody else, much less the new girl. So, she does everything in her power to stop Ava from being on the team.
Frustrated with Courtney’s bullying and all the trouble she’s got into because of Courtney, Ava wishes for something drastic to change so that her life can be peaceful. Of course, her life changes when she realizes that the wish she made before throwing a coin in the fountain she used to play with along with her mother actually, for real came true.
Ava is not ready for the changes and wants to undo her wish. Only problem is that she can’t seem to find the Fountain where she first made the wish. Enter, Ethan Roth. He is the only one who Ava can open up to regarding everything from her father to swimming and everything that Courtney did to her. On listening to her story, Ethan agrees to help her and undo her wish.
But, as they both spend more time together, trying to discover the secret of the Fountain, they grow closer and closer and Ava forgets about her boyfriend, Lucas, who’s waiting for her back home. For the time being anyway. There’s also the fact that she hasn’t told Lucas anything about making a wish and it coming true nor about all the time she’s been spending with Ethan.
So, when it’s time, who will Ava chose? Lucas, who she’s loved for as long as she can remember? Or Ethan, who makes her feel things she’s never felt before?
The story is absolutely beautifully written with great characters and a fast paced and interesting plot. There’s never a moment where you’re bored while reading this. The development of characters throughout the story is nice. The plot twists are effing amazing. Seriously, if there’s one thing that’s brilliant about this book, it’s the plot twists. They keep you on edge from the start till the end and give a satisfying conclusion.
The Fountain is a beautiful coming of age story with lots of laughs, tears, love and heartbreak. A definite must read for those of you who believe in the magic of wishes.
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