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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 (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,162,430 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Let me just say this book would have been a one star had it not had Ken.

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.
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Kayla McHenry isn't part of her high school's in-crowd and she's okay with that. Really, she is. She has her best friend Nicole and she doesn't actually need anyone else. Not her workaholic mother, who spends more quality time with her Blackberry than she does with Kayla. And certainly not with her father, who walked away from the family seven years ago and never looked back. No. Nicole is enough. Even though she has a boyfriend now and doesn't spend nearly as much time with Kayla as she once did. And even though that boyfriend is none other than Ben Mackenzie, the boy Kayla has been crushing on for the last three years.

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.
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This book was super cute, and such a fun idea. I had a great time reading through it, waiting to see which wish would come next, and how its complications would affect the MC. The writing is smooth and effortless, and the character relationships are nicely portrayed.
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4 out of 5 stars! Kayla is hilarious, you just can't help but route for her. It definitely made me think about my previous wishes that I've made over the years ... and in truth I am a little scared now if they actually came true. =0) This story is cute, funny, and drama filled!! If your a YA lover then I definitely recommend this one for you!

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A fluorescent pink My Little Pony, a life supply of gumballs and a real life Ken Doll are only three of the eleven other wishes that will come true in Kayla’s life. On Kayla’s horrendous sixteenth birthday, she looks at her pink cake and wishes that all of her previous wishes come true. Little does she know, that this is the wish that will come true. Thrust into an unexpected adventure, Kayla is whisked into her childhood world where everything is gumballs and My Little Ponies. The only problem is, Kayla has outgrown this world. All of these wishes has her going out of her mind and to make it worse, she wished for something positively awful for her fifteenth birthday: to kiss Ben, her best friend, Nicole’s, boyfriend. In the outstanding book, You Wish, Mandy Hubbard weaves a fantastical, whimsical tale. This gut-wrenching yet hysterical novel is simply too hard to put down!
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.
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I've been looking forward to reading You Wish for a while-and not only because the main character has an awesome name. The idea of getting everything you ever wished for seemed so interesting, and hilarious! This book had me guessing what the next wish might be while rolling on the floor laughing about the current wish.

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!
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