You Wish

You Wish

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by Mandy Hubbard
     
 

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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

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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.

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VOYA - Juli Zimmerman
Sixteen-year-old Kayla McHenry must be dreaming. There is no way a prancing, living, breathing, pink My Pretty Pony can be following her around—no way all her wishes up to her sixteenth birthday are suddenly coming true. Kayla is an intelligent, but cynical and sarcastic, teen who put all of these childish dreams behind her. But remaining cool and aloof proves harder than she planned when she finds Ann in her closet, full-sized and ready to play. Mandy Hubbard does a remarkable job of capturing the spirit of a sullen teen who wants nothing more than to mock the popular kids at school. This coming-of-age book will appeal to young adult readers with its humor, likeable characters, and smooth reading style. Kayla, her best friend, Nicole, and Nicole's boyfriend, Ben, are in a tangled triangle of friendship, loyalty, and honesty, where everything is tested. Readers will eagerly tag along with Kayla as she discovers that who she is may not be who she wants to be. And while she may have outgrown things from her childhood, she may just learn it's not childish to want what you had when you were young. Readers will love this fantastically funny, heart-warming book about getting much more than you wish for. Reviewer: Juli Zimmerman
Children's Literature - Jeannine Stickle
Kayla McHenry is a sarcastic social outcast whose social life has hit a new low since her best friend, Nicole, started spending most of her free time with her new boyfriend, Ben, who Kayla has been in love with herself for three years. After Ben and Nicole miss most of the painful sixteenth birthday party Kayla's mom throws for her, she wishes on her birthday cake that all of her birthday wishes come true. As a result, Kayla has a different birthday wish granted each day and the wishes include growing enormous breasts and her Raggedy Ann doll coming to life. She also realizes that she wished on her fifteenth birthday that Ben would kiss her, and she must work to prevent this as it would be the nail in the coffin for her already strained friendship her best friend. At the end of the novel, Raggedy Ann and Nicole are able to show Kayla that her sarcastic demeanor has been covering up her true self and preventing her from pursuing her interests, which the wishes have served to remind her about. She also gains permission from Nicole, who has recently broken up with Ben, to date him and she does get the kiss she once wished for. Kayla is a fully developed character and her problems with Nicole and with her mother are realistic. However, the story contains several plot holes and leaves some questions unanswered at the end, including leaving the reader skeptical about the strength of Nicole and Kayla's friendship in the future. However, this is a fun and funny read with a good heart and it is sure to be enjoyed by young teenage girls. Reviewer: Jeannine Stickle
School Library Journal
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

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781101458884
Publisher:
Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
08/05/2010
Sold by:
Penguin Group
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
304
Sales rank:
924,194
File size:
303 KB
Age Range:
12 Years

Meet the Author

Mandy Hubbard is the author of Prada&Prejudice. A cowgirl at heart, she likes riding horses and four-wheelers and singing horribly to the latest country tune. She lives in Enumclaw, Washington.

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