You Wish- Mandy Hubbard
Rating: 4/5 stars
Sweet sixteen birthdays are supposed to be special. But Kayla's is turning out to be anything but. Her mother insists on throwing a party she doesn't want, featuring a theme she hates and people she doesn't know (or wishes she didn't). Things keep piling up until by the time she blows out her candles, she's angry enough to think, "I wish my birthday wishes actually came true. Because they never freakin' do."
The next morning, a pink pony shows up in her yard. Gumballs cover her floor when she wakes up another day. Things keep getting stranger and stranger until she realises that all the birthday wishes she's made in the past are now coming true.
And it has to stop.
Because last year, she wished that she could kiss the boy she's still in love with: Ben Mackenzie, her best friend's boyfriend.
This book is a huge hit at my school library, and I can well understand why. Mandy Hubbard keeps you on a fast ride through this teenage girl's nightmare-come-true. With relatable characters, stalking dolls, reappearing gumballs, a pony that just won't quit and the ever-present risk that she'll eventually destroy the only friendship she has, it's a quick, fun read that's easy to love.
*Review originally posted to blogspot on 9 January, 2014.