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You Wish Paperback – August 5, 2010
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The part that ruined this book was the main character. She was just awkward.
You know that freaky girl in your school who seems to have a mental issue and is always saying things that there is no appropriate response to? Yep, that's her.
She walks around bleating like a goat and telling people she's on steroids. She kind of creeped me out to the point of hating this book.
The extra star? Ken was exactly the way I imagined he would be if he suddenly came to life. He was creepy and awkward in a more enjoyable laughable way that got me through the book without having to skip pages.
Kayla' was a little hurt when Nicole said she was going to be late to Kayla's Sweet 16 party (she and Ben were going out to dinner to celebrate their three-month anniversary), but whatever. It's not like she ever wanted the stupid party in the first place. In fact, she told her mother - repeatedly - that she did NOT want a party. But her Mom couldn't resist turning Kayla's birthday into a chance to promote her event/party planning business, so Kayla got a Sweet 16, whether she wanted it or not. Without Nicole there, Kayla had no one hang out with, since most of the people her mother invited were strangers. So Kayla was in a pretty sucky mood, which is probably what led to her wish: "I wish my birthday wishes actually came true. Because they never freakin' do." What's the worry. That wish isn't going to come true either, right?
And yet, when Kayla woke up the next morning she was greeted by the sight of an atomic pink, life-sized My Little Pony romping through her back yard. The morning after that, it's a seemingly endless supply of gum-balls . Kayla is horrified when she realizes that all of the birthday wishes she has ever made are coming true, one every day.Read more ›
Review By: From Me to You ... Book Reviews
(read more of this review and a teaser on my blog)
Hubbard was raised on a dairy farm according to her blogspot, Mandy Hubbard. You may also know her by her pen name, Amanda Grace, with which she wrote the novel But I Love Him. Or, perhaps you are more familiar with her first novel, entitled, Prada and Prejudice. This young adult novelist has always loved horses and reading. No wonder once when assigned to write a two page story, she wound up writing a twenty page story on a bubble-gum-chewing horse!
Hubbard really has the talent to capture the spirit of a rebellious skull-and-cross-bone-loving teenage girl. In fact, Kayla tries her hardest in the novel to be unlike the other “sheep” at her school. She even bleats at them when they go by. She says, “On occasions when I’m feeling particularly brave, I even bleat at them like a sheep, though none of them seem to understand what I’m doing.” If this isn’t the sign of a rebellious, sarcastic character, nothing is.Read more ›
I originally thought this novel would be a cute, fun little story that I'd read, enjoy, and promptly forget about. It was a lot more than that! It was so creative and unique, plus the overall message was wonderful. The characters were well defined and seemed to jump off the page-especially the non-human ones!
It was fun seeing what Kayla wished for at different stages of her life, and then figuring out why she would have wanted that wish at that exact moment. Some of the wishes were more of a nuisance to her than anything, like the unlimited supply of gumballs. Others were ridiculously funny, like having a life-size Ken stalking her every move.
I definitely recommend this book if you're looking for a funny, quick read. There's definitely more substance to it than I first thought, but it was still light-hearted. Sort of like Prada and Prejudice, also written by Mandy Hubbard. I suppose I should stop underestimating this author's work, and I'll definitely keep my eye out for more by her.
I give You Wish 5/5 stars. It was amazing, and definitely memorable!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book was hilarious to me. I love the characters sense of humor, and the way the wishes never let Kayla relax.Published 1 month ago by zoo
I love this book! It's so funny and well written. I can't put it down.Published 8 months ago by Romi
this book IS MY FAVORITE BOOK EVER!! I recommend you to get this, you can probably read it in 1 day because it's so intresting!Published 14 months ago by David Saya
I thought this was a great story. I love slightly farcical events and reactions. I thought this also had some food for thought, believe it or not.Published 21 months ago by Patricia B.
I was scanning the teen shelves at our local library for some good books to read this summer and I saw this book. Read morePublished on May 29, 2014 by A Student
I choose this rating because this was such a good book. this was such a magical book and I wish this happens in teal life ans 's happy everything came out right!!Published on December 13, 2013 by gingrrmint
A fun summer read wish it was longer though finished it in one day loved it a lot!!!!!!!
Really good book!!!