Author: Risa Green
Published: September 2010 by Sourcebooks Fire
Source: copy from Publisher
Description: In a world where nothing is certain, a little magic couldn't hurt...right? When Erin Channing's favorite aunt dies, Erin is bequeathed a pink crystal ball and a set of weird instructions. Granted, Aunt Kiki (aka Aunt Kooky) always lived "outside the box." But now Erin and her two best friends are convinced that the pink crystal ball holds the key to their future-or at least the key to getting dates... Consider Your Fate to Be Sealed . . .Absolute knowledge is not unlimited; let the planets be your guide to the number.There are sixteen ways to die, but four of them you will never see. The future belongs to you alone. Other voices will be disappointed. One rotation is as far as you can see. Only uncertainty lies beyond.
I was happy to discover this book wasn't as shallow as I initially feared. 3 teenagers and the power to make even their silliest dream come true can make for a pretty frivolous story. But, they learn the hard way that things aren't always what they seem, and some things are better left that way they are.
I actually really liked Erin. She seems the most level headed of her friends, but gives into the pressure (which I almost would have be more disappointed if she hadn't). She's dealing with the death of aunt who walked out of her life for unknown reasons. A mother who is dealing with her sister's death the only way she knows how. Plus, that mysterious pink crystal ball that she doesn't believe can do what her friends think it can (at first). It's fun watching what the ball can do and how it can twist around what Erin asks for. Erin learns what she thinks should happen isn't always how it plays out. I also liked how she was able to learn about her aunt and help her mom deal with her death.
I think the book touches on many different issues in a teens world without making any of them the sole subject of the book. It deals with death, peer pressure, family issues, appearances, bullying, and first loves. I thought it was all very well done.