As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti

As You WishAs You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

In the small desert town, Madison Nevada everything seems normal, even boring on the surface. Tourists are never encouraged to stay longer than the time it takes to fill up their gas tanks. If outsiders stay longer, the residents of Madison risk their dark secret coming out. You see, every person born in Madison gets one chance to dramatically change their lives forever on their 18th birthday, with a single wish.

Eldon Wilkes will have his chance in less than a month and he has no idea what to wish for because he already lost everything and everyone that was important to him, and no magic wish will bring any of it back. As the clock ticks down to his wish day, Eldon has to decide not only what to wish for, but whether or not he is willing to expose the entire town of Madison to the outsiders they have protected themselves against for decades.

I really enjoyed this book. It presents the reader with some very deep philosophical questions. For example, what really is the meaning of life? How much is it really worth being able to choose anything you want? The book presents it’s deep thinking with sarcasm and humor. Our protagonist Eldon is constantly told by everyone around him that he is arrogant and self-centered. He is on the surface, but in the end, he is just a teenager struggling to find meaning and prepare himself for adulthood which is conveniently marked by wish on his eighteenth birthday.

This book crams so much teenage angst in it that any reader will connect with the story at some point. Although, I would never call this book a thriller it does have a fast-paced ending that was a bit of a surprise. I highly recommend this book to any YA reader.

Note: I was given this book by the publisher for review, in no way did that affect my opinions.


Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & ParkEleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Elenanor Park by Rainbow Rowell is a novel about two teenagers who feel out of place and alone until they meet each other. Over the course of a school year they come to realize how important they are to each other. Even though they both know that their love probably will not last they desperately hang onto the idea that … It is possible.

This book is devastatingly beautiful. Rowell really knows how to create characters you feel for, those you just want to have happy endings because they deserved it. But they never seem to get the happy ending you hope. Their ending is real, somewhat satisfying to the reader but always the characters come out better in the end. Read this book, but be warned emotional turmoil lies in these pages. Once you start this book you will not want to say goodbye, not even with those last three words.

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