You Wish by Mandy Hubbard
Genre: Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (284 pages)
Age Recommendation: 14+
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Sunflower
Kayla McHenry’s sweet sixteen sucks! Her dad left, her grades dropped, and her BFF is dating the boy Kayla’s secretly loved for years. Blowing out her candles, Kayla thinks: I wish my birthday wishes actually came true. Because they never freakin’ do.
Kayla wakes the next day to a life-sized, bright pink My Little Pony outside her window. Then a year’s supply of gumballs arrives. A boy named Ken with a disturbing resemblance to the doll of the same name stalks her. As the ghosts of Kayla’s wishes-past appear, they take her on a wild ride . . . but they MUST STOP. Because when she was fifteen? She wished Ben Mackenzie would kiss her. And Ben is her best friend’s boyfriend.
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. Readers young and old can easily enjoy this wonderful book. If you like to read contemporary young adult novels, I recommend putting You Wish on your list of books to read!