- “As You Wish” by Chelsea Sedoti
- Young Adult Contemporary
- Read as an ebook, thanks to Sourcebooks Fire for providing the copy in exchange for a free review!
- 4/5 stars
- Finished on October 31, 2017
What if you could ask for anything- and get it?
In the sandy Mojave Desert, Madison is a small town on the road between nothing and nowhere. But Eldon wouldn’t want to live anywhere else, because in Madison, everyone gets one wish—and that wish always comes true.
Some people wish for money, some people wish for love, but Eldon has seen how wishes have broken the people around him. And with the lives of his family and friends in chaos, he’s left with more questions than answers. Can he make their lives better? How can he be happy if the people around him aren’t? And what hope is there for any of them if happiness isn’t an achievable dream? Doubts build, leading Eldon to a more outlandish and scary thought: maybe you can’t wish for happiness…maybe, just maybe, you have to make it for yourself.
When I first got my hands on this galley, I really wasn’t sure what I was going to think. A lot of people really didn’t like Eldon, and I could see why he would say that. He isn’t your typical YA male protagonist. Most of them seem to be nerdy, loveable boys and that’s not Eldon. He’s kind of a jerk, but to be honest, most teenage boys are. Eldon is the all-American-boy who plays football for the small town football team. But Madison is different than your traditional town. Everyone in Madison gets to make a wish when they turn 18, and the pressure of that on Eldon is a lot.
One of the things I really loved about this book is how realistic a lot of this felt. The amount of pressure put on a kid for their wish is huge, and the town tends to judge people for the wish they make intentionally or made on accident. Sedoti follows Eldon’s life counting down the days until his “Wish Day” and interspersed with memories from the townspeople and their wishes. The town is small, so rumors seem to abound regarding what people wished for and why.
I really enjoyed this book, way more than I expected, and found that the story played out well in timing. I liked to see Eldon move through his emotions and figure out exactly what he was going to do in regards to his wish. The cast of characters in this small town are very memorable and interesting and really add to the color of this book. I would highly recommend this book as a fun read that you could easily finish in a day. I really loved and look forward to reading anything else Sedoti puts out.
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