One Wish

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Overweight Wrenn Scott desperately wants to be popular and snag a hot boyfriend.
Living with her single mom and younger sister, Karly, she lands a lead role in the high school musical, her voice for once overshadowing her weight. Pushing to get thinner by opening night, Wrenn's waistline shrinks as she learns all the wrong ways to lose weight from a new "it-girl" friend in the show. Meanwhile, her mom is falling for Phil, "a balding Channel 8 News-nerd," her sister is wrapped ...
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Overview

Overweight Wrenn Scott desperately wants to be popular and snag a hot boyfriend.
Living with her single mom and younger sister, Karly, she lands a lead role in the high school musical, her voice for once overshadowing her weight. Pushing to get thinner by opening night, Wrenn's waistline shrinks as she learns all the wrong ways to lose weight from a new "it-girl" friend in the show. Meanwhile, her mom is falling for Phil, "a balding Channel 8 News-nerd," her sister is wrapped up in her own share of middle school drama, and Wrenn's best friend has fallen for a guy she met online-but hasn't even seen yet!

Topping it off, geeky stage manager Steven has a crush on her. But Wrenn doesn't want to be seen with him—she's holding out for the trophy boyfriend everyone will envy. By opening night, the old Wrenn has almost disappeared. After a crisis reveals her weight-loss tricks, Wrenn realizes there are much more important things than being thin, popular, or even dating a hottie.

One Wish is a 70k-word/300 page novel for young adults (ages 12 and up).


"The characters are well developed and three-dimensional .... This engrossing novel lets readers see this issue up close without being completely pessimistic." --School Library Journal

"Brescia tackles important issues ... and Wrenn's thoughts and the characters' dialogue feel honest .... Wrenn show[s] growth and depth when she is undergoing therapy for anorexia, and begins to reflect on the choices she's made." --Publishers Weekly

“Moving and heartfelt, One Wish is an engaging story of one girl’s bittersweet journey from ‘nobody’ to ‘noticed.’ Leigh Brescia perfectly captures what it’s like to long for something that’s just out of reach—and the sometimes surprising reality that comes from actually attaining it.”
--Alyson Noel
New York Times Bestselling author of Evermore and Saving Zoe
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Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up

When Wrenn, a slightly overweight sophomore, is convinced by her friend Zoe to try out for the school musical, Grease , she decides to go after what she has always wanted: popularity. She is cast as Rizzo and begins a strict diet and exercise regime that gets way out of control when she starts using laxatives. When the in-crowd accepts her, Wrenn spends less time with Zoe, and as her eating disorder consumes her, she begins to lose herself. When she passes out at the cast party, her family and friends take action. Her mother enrolls her in a rehab program, where Wrenn works on feeling good about herself and learning to do things in moderation. This is perhaps a less-stark view of eating disorders than Robin Friedman's Nothing (Flux, 2008) or Madeleine George's Looks (Viking, 2008), but it is still realistic enough, and there is no happily-ever-after ending. The characters are well developed and three-dimensional, even the adults. This engrossing novel lets readers see this issue up close without being completely pessimistic.-Robin Henry, Wakeland High School, Frisco, TX

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781934813058
  • Publisher: Westside Books
  • Publication date: 4/1/2009
  • Pages: 312
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.30 (h) x 1.10 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2011

    Highly Recommended for teens going through their High school year -it's a treat!

    *This book was amazing teaching Wrenn to feel comfortable in the skin she's in and not worry about being popular and noticed by everyone else. This book brought tears to my eyes like no other book before as Wrenn discovers that to gain something in life you have to lose something else to learn the hard way. You guys have to check this book out you won't regret it ,truly remarkable.

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  • Posted December 7, 2010

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    One Wish is a realistic novel that deals with important issues. I am always drawn to "issue" books and especially dealing with eating disorders as I have some personal experience.
    Wrenn, the main character, is realistic, and I can relate with her struggles and self esteem issues. She has a wonderful best friend Zoe, who I would love to have for a friend. Her interactions with her family are well written too, and they are pretty spot on. Her mom isn't conveniently absent, and although she notices and tries to address the weight loss, these things can really fall under the radar much easier than people like to think.
    My absolute favorite character is Steven. I absolutely love nerds in real life, and this fictional character made me remember that not all men have to be dark mysterious and drop dead handsome. The cute and nerdy ones have a lot of heart and character.
    I did have a few issues with the ending and some of the resolution with the characters, but I liked this book and would still recommend to pick it up. It deals realistically with body image, eating disorders, popularity and healing.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 23, 2010

    I recommend this.

    I enjoyed this book and was glad I chose it. Found that the main character was engaging and had a realistic relationship with her single mom and sis. She is an interesting girl who finds out about herself by taking a bold step (with BF's prodding) into the school musical. I laughed at the reactions and embarrassment of how girls try to be very casual about relationships with boys and how sometimes it is hard to concentrate on other things when relationships with friend and family have some problems to work out. I would like to read other books by this author. Seems like the author did some research for this one. i would even read this again in the future.

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  • Posted February 24, 2009

    I Also Recommend:

    The fat girl sings and diets

    This girl has a good voice and they put her in Grease, but she's fat so she does everything bad to lose weight. And this guy likes her but he's like too geeky. Then she starts liking him, but she makes herself sick from not eating and ends up in a hospital. I know somebody at my school who had this happen and she was out a long time. Anyway, this book is really good.

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    Posted September 25, 2009

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