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Product Details

  • Age Range: 12 and up
  • Grade Level: 7 and up
  • Lexile Measure: 840L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Razorbill; 1 edition (August 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1595142924
  • ISBN-13: 978-1595142924
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.5 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #400,026 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 6-10-Kayla McHenry's 16th birthday is not going well. It's bad enough that her mother, a professional event planner, is throwing a party that she does not want, including pink frills and a cake with four layers. And her best friend, Nicole, is dating the boy Kayla's madly in love with, Ben Mackenzie, and they arrive three hours late to the celebration. When it's time to blow out the candles on her cake, Kayla wishes that for once her wishes would come true. The next morning she awakens to a bright pink pony in her yard, and the following day to an endless supply of gumballs. Then a live Raggedy Ann appears in her closet, and after that she encounters a boy named Ken with a disturbing resemblance to the doll of the same name. Now Kayla wonders what else will happen and how, more importantly, she can stop the wish she made on her 15th birthday from coming true-that Ben would kiss her. Although the story has a few plot holes and unanswered questions, such as what made the cake magical in the first place, they will not detract from its appeal. With slapstick high jinks, a likable protagonist, and some snappy dialogue, this novel will be a hit with girls who enjoy light, comedic stories with a little romance mixed in.-Jessica Marie, Renton Public Library, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

From Booklist

Kayla is an angsty outsider, growing distant from her suddenly beautiful best friend, Nicole, and doing her best to subvert the status quo. When she wakes up from her sixteenth birthday party, Kayla’s wishes from years gone by start coming true. She scrambles to hide the bizarre evidence (a life-size My Little Pony, a million gumballs, giant breasts) and stop the wishes before last year’s materializes with a kiss from her best friend’s now boyfriend, Ben. As she is visited by the wishes of her past, she begins to soften and glimpse the joy that can be found in small things, thanks in great part to Raggedy Ann, who has come to life. Kayla and Ann’s relationship is the most developed in the book, as she spends much of her time avoiding Ben and trying to connect with Nicole. By the book’s end, Kayla’s transformation is significant, but many questions remain. Even so, this is an entertaining romance enlivened by the fantasy spin and deepened by Kayla’s renewed appreciation for the world around her. Grades 6-9. --Heather Booth

More About the Author

Mandy Hubbard is the author of PRADA & PREJUDICE, YOU WISH, and RIPPLE, as well as BUT I LOVE HIM (written under the psuedonym Amanda Grace). In 2012, her releases include IN TOO DEEP (February, written as Amanda Grace) and DANGEROUS BOY (August). She lives in Tacoma, Washington, with her husband and daughter.

Customer Reviews

If your a YA lover then I definitely recommend this one for you!
Jess @ From Me to You ... Book Reviews
I originally thought this novel would be a cute, fun little story that I'd read, enjoy, and promptly forget about.
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I knew I had to read it and it would be one of my most anticipated books of 2010.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Shelley Watters on August 17, 2010
Format: Paperback
I won a signed copy of YOU WISH by Mandy Hubbard through @CA_Marshall's contest on her blog. When my husband got home with the mail yesterday afternoon, I snatched the little bubble wrap envelope from his hand. I couldn't wait to tear into YOU WISH. I had heard great things and wanted to see if YOU WISH lived up to the hype. As soon as the kids went down for the night, I cracked it open. After a page I was hooked. I couldn't put it down. Four hours later (even thought my kids would be up at the crack of dawn, I couldn't put the book down) I finished it with a sigh. What a great way to spend four hours!

I blushed, cringed, laughed and cried along with Kayla as her wishes led her on an adventure through high school. My teenage self totally identified with Kayla. All of her wishes reminded me of similar wishes I had when I was a kid. For each character in the book, I could picture in my head who in my childhood matched the character. And they matched them to a T.

I don't want to give away too much of the plot beyond what the blurb above shows - but believe me. You will not regret reading this book. So run to your local bookstore and pick up a copy of Mandy Hubbard's YOU WISH!

Mandy Hubbard is the author of PRADA & PREJUDICE, YOU WISH and the upcoming titles BUT I LOVE HIM and RIPPLE.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R on August 5, 2010
Format: Paperback
YOU WISH is an extraordinary book. On Kayla's sixteenth birthday, she wishes that all her birthday wishes would come true, "because they never freaking do". And then they start coming true, starting with the life-size My Little Pony she wished for many years ago. She knows she needs to stop it, because on her 15th birthday, she wished she would kiss her best friend's boyfriend! This book is completely captivating and charming, and readers will keep flipping the pages to find out what her other wishes were. You really can't "wish" for a better and more entertaining read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brandi Breathes Books on October 17, 2010
Format: Paperback
You wish is a funny, cute and quick read! It is light but there are underlying themes that make it more than just a fluffy read (not that there is anything wrong with that!) I love it when books make me laugh and this one made me laugh throughout- Kayla's responses to things, what is actually going on in the plot, and her snarky comments.
Kayla is an "outcast" and makes quirps at the popular crowd throughout, and I can totally relate- I was that girl in high school! I like the growth that we see in her especially toward the end, she realizes that she can be herself, instead of the self imposed image she put on herself of being everything that "they" are not.
Her friendship with Nicole and Ann are great, and both had something to teach Kayla and to contribute to the novel. Ben, the love interest of the semi-triangle, is cute and quirky himself, and it is fun to watch him and Kayla interact. Kayla does somewhat fall under the absentee parent trend in YA, but I like that there is at least acknowledgement of this and some resolution to it.
The wishes are all great in their own aspects, and I was kept wondering what would come next! It really makes you think about the things you wish for and how it could effect you if it came true later in life.
I would definitely recommend this one!
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By Galleysmith VINE VOICE on September 4, 2010
Format: Paperback
I really enjoyed this book. It was a super duper fast read (I finished it in just about two hours which is pretty much unheard of for me) filled with the cutest scenarios. A fabulous read for tweens and teens this book spans ages all the way up to adults longing to relive some of their fondest childhood memories.

Now, let me tell you, most of the plot of the book is given away in the jacket flap. There isn't a whole lot to the plot outside of the wish scenario and there isn't super in depth character development and analysis. But you know what? It doesn't need it. It works perfectly just the way it is.

You Wish is seriously just a nice dose of good old fashioned fun. Don't get me wrong, there is a fair share of angst -- Kayla's got some pretty heavy family issues and her life-long best friend is starting to move in a different direction socially. How these are dealt with is where the power of the story resides. How Kayla works through these issues are focused on through this unique idea where Kayla is suddenly granted all of her birthday wishes. Every day something new happens -- a real life My Little Pony wagging it's blue and pink tail in the yard, a room full of gumballs, a real life Ken doll to date, and worst of all great big giant knockers that grow from A to D cup over night! All of these different childhood hopes and dreams just magically appear to her and start wreaking havoc and changing the direction of her life.

Tremendously witty and filled with humor and fun You Wish also has the requisite cute boy crush going on. Of course said cute boy is the aforementioned distance creating best friend's boyfriend. This could be a problem but the way Hubbard has handled it is respectful and mature.
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By princess bookie on August 28, 2010
Format: Paperback
My Thoughts: I first saw this book months ago. Probably the moment it was put up on amazon. I knew I had to read it and it would be one of my most anticipated books of 2010. We meet Kayla who is just a normal girl, not popular and not unpopular, just like most teenage girls; they are just themselves and fit in a little bit of everywhere. I could instantly identify with her. She has a best friend since forever and than there is the super dreamy guy named Ben she's madly in love with. Of course he also happened to start dating her best friend. Nobody but Kayla knows about her feelings for him. Nothing can just be easy for her. Her dad left, her mom's always busy, her brother is annoying, her best friend is acting weird, and the guy she has her eyes on is dating someone else! On her 16th birthday her mom throws her a party and she blows out the candles. She wishes that her wishes actually came true ,because whats the point of wishing it nothing ever happens? Her party is basically a disaster. She wakes up the next day to find a teenage girl named Raggedy Ann in her closet. One by one her wishes start coming true! This book was so much fun! I couldn't put it down, I even took it to Dairy Queen with me. I loved every second of this! I laughed so hard at some of the wishes. This book could have been written about me (and every other teenage girl who has ever been alive)! I felt as though I could relate to it 100%, no doubts in my mind! I think it relates to every girl who has ever wished her doll came to life or for a hot pink pony (yes that was me as a kid) or for that hot boy to kiss her. She tries desperately to remember all the wishes she could have made growing up so she'd at least know what to expect but how can you remember what you wished for on your birthday when you were 8 or 9?Read more ›
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