You Wish

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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 ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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: 9781595142924
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/5/2010
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 461,872
  • Age range: 12 years
  • Lexile: 840L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 11.28 (h) x 0.79 (d)

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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  • Posted November 8, 2010

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    You Wish by Mandy Hubbard

    You Wish was just the kind of book I needed. Its a fun, light read, and I laughed throughout the whole thing. Kayla isn't a very likable character and only had me laughing once or twice. However, the others are much more likable and entertaining. The settings confused me at times, Kayla lives in a small town yet it has two malls and the high school has hundreds of students.Other than that, You Wish surprised me by how strongly it was written, and I will definitely be looking for more by Many Hubbard.
    Would I recomend this book? Yes, everyone needs a light read like this one sometimes.
    For more reviews, visit thehardcoverreader(dot)blogspot(dot)com

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 19, 2010

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    Reviewed by Andrea for TeensReadToo.com

    In YOU WISH by Mandy Hubbard, Kayla is not excited about her sixteenth birthday - at all. Life is not happy right now: her dad has left, her best friend is dating the boy she secretly likes, and her grades are not good.

    So when it's time to blow out her birthday candles, she made an impossible wish - for all her past birthday wishes to come true.

    Little did she know that the impossible was about to happen! She had to stop the wishes before they all came true, because the one that she made last year was for a certain boy to kiss her. And that boy is now her best friend's boyfriend!

    This is a cute contemporary fantasy story. It got me thinking about what would happen if I got all of my birthday wishes. I know that the ones during my teenage years were definitely boy related, but I have no idea what I wished for as a kid.

    I really liked Kayla. Reading the back cover, I thought "Oh no - another book about a girl stealing her best friend's boyfriend." But this plot actually worked for me. I also liked the secondary characters of Nicole and Ann. I felt that Kayla and Nicole both grew throughout the story and Ann was just a fun character!

    This book was light and fluffy, and I look forward to reading more by Mandy Hubbard.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 24, 2010

    Awesome book from AMAZING author!

    I devoured her first book PRADA & PREJUDICE in just over two days. It was that good.

    This one? Let's just say I read it twice in less than 24 hours!

    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.

    Mandy's way with words makes you really feel like you're going through all the same emotions as Kayla when she has to hide her feelings from Ben so as not to ruin her friendship with Nicole. That gaze Kayla and Ben share when Kayla nearly kills herself on a motorbike? My heart seriously hurt. I'm talking pangs and quivers and that achingly gutted feeling all over the place.

    But there's other bits when I laughed out loud, like when Kayla's wish for her Raggedy Ann doll to be a real person actually happens, she thinks, "She needs to get out of my closet. Now. What does she think this is, Narnia?"

    Or when her florescent pink My Little Pony shows up at the dirtbike track; "And then it scrambles down the hillside and lopes across the track, it's bright pink mane and blue tail flapping happily in the breeze. it's loping straight to me, like I'm its long-lost best friend. The peanut butter to its jelly."

    YOU WISH is PERFECT for teens dealing with changing friends and big-time crushes or anyone of any age that has ever wished for their own wishes to come true.

    I give this one five ginormous stars!

    GET IT!

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Just amazing!!!!!!!!!

    I read this book in 6th grade i literally could not put it down i ran over it in the nook store and i had to write a review. Kayla a girl who wishes her birthday wishes would come true, actually has her wishes come true. From the time she was young, to present day. A wonderfull cant put down hilarious book. I hope you read this book becauseei lovvveeedd it(:

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 27, 2011

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    Must have, One of my favorite books now.

    I am a teenage girl, just got a Nook Color for christmas, and decided to buy some books to read. Read this book in 5 hours, maybe a little more [ including breaks]. All in one day, its an amazing book! I totes recommend it,and worth the money. About a teenage girl who has a Sweet 16, and makes a wish... that wish soon comes true, and so does 15 others, each morning one comes true.. from when she was younger and then to the present. Including Ken, a Pony, and Raggedy Ann.. Read to find out more.So worth it! I loved it! 5/5!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 20, 2011

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    She's cheer captain, and I'm in the bleachers

    I loved the concept of you wish - who hasn't dreamed of birthday wishes coming true? Granted I don't recall wishing for gumballs and dating my Ken doll, but to each their own. While the wishes sounded like fun and a tad scandalous (*gasp* best friend's boyfriend?!), I couldn't really fall in love with you wish as much as I had hoped. I think I expected more snap-crackle-pop, but didn't really think it gave as much as it could have. I thought the wishes could have been more wackier and extreme - not saying that they weren't, but I thought the earlier wishes would be a little out-of-this-world. For me, you wish was not everything I had hoped for - bits and pieces were delightful, but in the end, not 100% satisfying. I wanted more excitement, more sizzle. Yet I can see how you wish may be perfect if one was in the mood for something light-hearted and fluffy to keep you company on a rainy day or a long plane trip.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    Best book ever

    It is one of the best books I've ever read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 29, 2012

    Awesome.

    Finish this book today . I didnt sleep because i was reading it all might. If u like stories that have a little bit of everything. Romance,drama,comedy,etc.. Everything u can hope for. I really liked it. Especially Ann shess funny to me.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 8, 2012

    GREATTT

    All I can say is GREAT GREAT GREAT GREAT BOOK! LOVED IT!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 27, 2011

    Loved it!!!

    I loved reading this book. It was exciting to read what Kayla's next wish would be. I also loved the bond you formed with the main chracter Kayla. But I think the ending just left me hanging. Maybe just two more pages would make the book worth wild. I would recommend this book to any of my close friend.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2013

    Sooo good

    This was a really good book. I reccomend this to girls in middle school.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2013

    You wish

    Very entertainig

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2012

    OMJizzles!

    This book is sooo good oh and btw i think that everyone who likes1D sucks their so annyoning and those british accents are soooo fake catch you later losers ( well all1D fans but JB fans are awesome!)

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2012

    @Sarah7498:

    Enumclaw doesn't hhave two malls! The first mall, where Kayla and Nicole look at costumes, is in Puyallup. The second mall, the super mall, where Kayla, Ann, and the pony go to, is in Tacoma.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2012

    Loved it

    Amazing it was sooo funny u wil be laughin on how ridicolous kaylas life gets haha

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 9, 2012

    Cool

    I. Love. It.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 25, 2012

    You wish

    This book is just great. It was the perfect mix of realistic fiction and fantasy. I loved it. Every tween girl would love this book.

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  • Posted May 9, 2012

    great book

    great book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 7, 2012

    You wish

    One if my favorite books and it made me laugh:)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 19, 2012

    Goodbook

    I thought it was good but strange

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