Monday, May 17, 2010
You Wish by Mandy Hubbard
ARC Source: Around the World Tours
Summary from Goodreads:
Kayla McHenry’s sweet sixteenth 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. And a boy named Ken with a disturbing resemblance to the doll of 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 15? She wished Ben Mackenzie would kiss her.
And Ben is her best friend's boyfriend.
My Two Cents:
What a funny light read! How can you read about a pink pony, real life Ken doll and even more outrageous things that a little girl with an imagination could hope for and not crack up? As Kayla's wishes come true, you'll laugh out loud, and sometimes feel your heart ache for the little girl in her. Yes, this is funny and light but it also deals with some deeper issues. She doesn't have the best relationship with her family. All she's ever had was her best friend. However, if her wish that her best friend's boyfriend Ben kisses her comes true, she could lose her as well.
Kayla also has issues within herself where she goes out of her way to not be in the in crowd. There's always the case of where the popular kids make fun of the not-so-popular. Kayla actually makes fun of the popular! She's definitely unlike any character I've ever come across and I really loved her humor in it all. From chasing after the pony to trying to stuff huge gumballs in her garage she was a good sport lol.
Sidebar: Am I the only one just dying to see what that life size Ken looked like?? Whew!