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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.

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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
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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: 5.4 x 0.8 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #569,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Mandy Hubbard is the author of PRADA & PREJUDICE, YOU WISH, and FOOL ME TWICE, as well as BUT I LOVE HIM (written under the psuedonym Amanda Grace). She lives in Enumclaw Washington, with her husband and daughter.

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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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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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By LAS Reviewer on March 14, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
Sweet sixteenth birthdays are supposed to be special, memorable. Most girls start daydreaming about their sixteenth birthday long before they even become a teen. Do you remember your sixteenth? Didn't you want all of your wishes to come true? To have just a few magical moments before reality hits and everything is normal again? Sure, who doesn't, right? The heroine in You Wish is turning sixteen, and let me tell you, her wishes don't go quite as planned.

For Kayla McHenry, high school isn't all that great. She's beginning to have a a sarcastic and cynical attitude towards life. She doesn't try hard to fit in and be popular, in fact, she snubs the popular crowd. I felt a lot of Kayla's pain. High school can be tough, especially when you don't know where you belong. There are so many cliques and if you're not quite there in any of them, it's going to be a long four years.

One little harmless birthday wish changes things in a big way. Strange things are occurring, beyond Kayla's understanding. Until it dawns on her what's actually happening.

You Wish is a comical, lighthearted book about typical teen issues. Looking for love, falling for someone you can't have, trying to belong, and needing to be noticed by family. With each passing day, a new birthday wish from Kayla's past comes true, and between juggling with those real life wishes, new complications arise. Kayla all of a sudden has a lot to balance.

Written in the first person, Ms. Hubbard has created a charming character in Kayla. It was fascinating to read her journey towards being a better person and understanding life. The witty dialogue and funny situations had me laughing out loud and made for a pleasant read. Even though I wanted to know how the story ended, I was sad to see it go.
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By Jasmine Baggenstos on February 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
This book was absolutely adorable. Not adorable in the puppies-rainbows-cupcakes kind of way, but the antics that occur are crazy and I found Kayla to be pretty likable. Yes, she was quite cynical, but it's not in a way that's incredibly obnoxious. Maybe I didn't find it obnoxious because I was just like her. I hated pep rallies and cheerleaders and pink. I wanted to be the "black sheep" and wear the crazy clothes nobody else was wearing. It's almost like Hubbard shoved my life and personality into Kayla. I did find her to be a little overly cynical at times, but since I've been there it really didn't bother me for the most part.

However, though Kayla thinks she's the good guy, she could be a total witch to the people around her. She was really mean to Ann. I mean, she shoved the poor thing right back into the closet! It made me sad to see how badly she treated everyone. I'm glad to say though, I was quite happy with the outcome and loved to see the change that happened.

The setting just so happens to take place in my home state too! Of course, this makes me love this book even more. It's not exactly close to home, but everything on the West side of Washington kind of feels like home anyway. I could totally relate to everything in the setting from the weather to the dirt bike. (I don't ride, but I know a ton of people who do.)

My one main question I was left with was this: why did Kayla find it someone important to keep all the wishes a secret? I understand mermaids and mythical creatures keep their secret because they don't want to get dissected. Times such as that, it's acceptable to keep the crazy things in your life to yourself.
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