Title: You Wish
Author: Mandy Hubbard
Release Date: August 2010
Published By: Razorbill
Goodreads Rating: 3.80 stars
Review: Kayla's sweet sixteen sucks. After all, her dad left, her grades fell, and her best friend's dating Ben, the boy she's liked since forever. So when she gets her cake, she wishes for her birthday wishes to come true because they never do. The next day, she wakes up to a bright pink pony in her backyard. Then a life time supply of gumballs. One by one, her old wishes come true, but they have to stop. Because on her fifteenth birthday? She wished she could kiss Ben.
YOU WISH is exactly the kind of perfect book to sit back and relax with. It's pure fun fluff, but in an intelligent enough way to perhaps even satisfy those who prefer books with meaningful themes. There are some good messages conveyed through this story while definitely staying far away from preaching, and although the storyline is a bit predictable, that comes with the territory of light-hearted YA contemporary.
The book is sprinkled with deliciously snarky commentary, but not only is Kayla's narration funny, some events that occur here are absolutely hilarious. This is not something you'll want to read in public if you're prone to laughter, because this is definitely something that'll have you cracking up. If I had to complain about one thing, though, I would say that the ending was rather abrupt and a little too convenient.
This novel is something you could easily read in one sitting, and though circumstances didn't allow me to do so, I found myself itching to pick YOU WISH up whenever I got a chance. I had my complaints about the ending, but other than that, this was a perfectly enjoyable read. Light, breezy, and hilarious while still with a meaningful message, this is the perfect book to just lie back and read when you need a break from a stressful day.