Title: You Wish
Author: Mandy Hubbard
Pages: 272 (paperback)
Publication Date: August 5, 2010
Charming and cute, You Wish will appeal readers with it’s laugh out loud moments and endearing romance. Ponies, gumballs, birthdays, and wishes... How fun!
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.
The premise and the concept of the novel is definitely interesting and entertaining… birthday wishes actually coming true is a really cool concept because that doesn’t actually happen in real life! I was always eager to see what wishes would come true… there were many surprises too. The wishes were very amusing and led to bizarre and crazy situations, which were either funny or sad.
Being a normal high school and down to earth creates Kayla. She’s extremely grounded and she’s just herself. She never cared about what people thought of her and she did what she wanted to. Not just that, but, she has a great personality as well and had a great young adult voice that becomes memorable. I really wanted Ben to like Kayla… I was always eyeing both of them! He’s sweet, caring, and the relationship between both was just so lovable and fun.
This may be a ‘light’ read about wishes… it seems to be, but, Hubbard dives into levels of friendship, family, and most importantly, realizing and getting to know yourself. Hubbard didn’t go too much on the ‘magic’ concept, but instead created a message through Kayla’s personality and actions. Kayla just steadily grows until the end, every time a wish of hers comes true.
Hubbard has woven a delightful novel with a cute concept, funny moments, down to earth characters, and a powerful message. You Wish you read this!