Monday, March 14, 2011

You Wish by Mandy Hubbard

Summary: (from back of book) 1 wish, 2 girls who love the same boy, 14 days to stop the madness. Kayla McHenry is having the worst sweet sixteenth birthday ever! And it's not just because she's cynical. It's hard to have a good time when your secretly in love with your best friend's boyfriend. Just before Kayla blows out her candles, she thinks: I wish all my birthday wishes actually came true. Because they never freakin' do. The next morning Kayla wakes up and sees a life sized, bright pink My Little Pony outside her window. The following day, a year's supply of gumballs arrives. Then, an oddly plastic- looking boy named Ken shows up in a convertible and starts following her around everywhere. Each day, another wish from her childhood comes true. But...they MUST STOP. Because when she was 15? Kayla wished Ben Mackenzie would kiss her. And Ben is her best friend's boyfriend.
Review: This book was a cute and light read. I liked the premise of the story and once I got into the story I really liked it. The first 50 or so pages are just build up and introducing the characters and their lives, which is a lot for a book that's less than 300 pages. However, once things got going they didn't slow down until the end. There were a few inconsistent things throughout the book that kind of bugged me. Each new wish would be such a big deal and then it would just kind of go away so she could deal with the next problem. I like the overall message of people changing as they get older which is the main theme in many aspects of the story.
  I didn't necessarily love any of the characters. Kayla was probably my favorite though because she seemed to have changed a lot by the end of the novel. Ben and Nicole were pretty cool characters as well. They both were a big part of the plot and I also changed by the end of the book. They all came across as average teenagers with realistic problems (apart from all the wishes).
  Overall, I think anyone who wants a cute, light and fun book to read should pick this one up. As long as you don't over analyze the details it's a really great  read. I think it can be enjoyed by teens and younger kids as well.

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