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  • 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: 5.6 x 0.8 x 8.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #525,956 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!
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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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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 freshbakedmama on February 2, 2011
Format: Kindle Edition
The clever, original premise of this book was what persuaded me to pick it up, despite the fact that the author's previous book limped badly on a tired, gimpy plot and weak characterizations. That, and the sprinkled cupcake on the bubblegum pink cover. I'm glad I gave it a chance. "You Wish" was fun to read, despite the careless editing. The author is improving her craft.

There were plenty of genuinely comic moments. The scene where Kayla reluctantly leads an outing to the mall with her magically wished-into-existence live versions of Barbie's Ken and Raggedy Ann, and is joined by none other than Ben, the boy she's secretly in love with, is hilarious. I read the scene out loud to my fifteen year-old daughter, and she was intrigued enough to pick up the book after I finished it. She read it right through in a day.

Although "You Wish" is a formulaic light romance with the usual evil cheerleader-princess antagonist, Mandy Hubbard did attempt to turn some of the stereotypes on their heads. By the end of the book, I felt she had succeeded to a certain degree, with the main character, Kayla, discovering that maybe she wasn't the undisputed heroine of her own story, and some of the "mean girl" cheerleaders turning out to be just people, after all.

Also, I consider it a bonus that Ms. Hubbard didn't apparently feel it necessary to have Kayla spend a quarter of the book obsessing about whether to have sex with Ben, which seems to be an increasingly mandatory ingredient of most teen romance in recent years.

Such a large part of the narrative is dedicated to portraying the dysfunction within Kayla's family that it's dissapointing that there isn't more space given to resolving, or at least dealing with it.
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By Tara Gonzalez on December 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
Oh, this book! I adored You Wish. It was such a perfect combination of cute and hilarious, while being serious and realistic at the same time.

Granted, You Wish is mostly hilariously unrealistic. I mean - my little ponies and dolls coming to life, as well as endless gumballs popping out of every corner and pocket? Not likely to happen, no matter what age you're turning. But Kayla's past birthday wishes definitely made for a hilarious story. I especially liked her wish for Ken to come to life.

But, as I said - total serious side as well. It dealt with a lot of issues that most teenage girls go through, ie liking the best friend's boyfriend. Not to mention boyfriends, friend drama, family drama, and the issue of allowing the people we love to change without us. See? I experienced a lot of that sort of stuff in high school, and even still today. Mandy Hubbard may have put a funny spin on it all, but it's still very relevant.

I liked Kayla as a protagonist, although she was a little hardheaded at times and that drove me crazy. She had a tough family life, and I thought she reacted accordingly to all the crap that she got dealt. I was very snarky and sarcastic in high school, so I related a lot with Kayla. It was interesting that Ben was so well developed to me, because even though he was the focus of the story, at the same time, he wasn't really the focus at all. But we were able to get a good look at who he is and what his interests are, and I liked that a lot.

You Wish got a little preachy at the end, but overall, I really enjoyed reading it. It was definitely the right book to get me out of the reading slump I was in. If you're looking for a book with lot of hysterical situations, but one that also has a relatable side, definitely check out You Wish.
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