As You Wish – Chelsea Sedoti

   As You Wish – Chelsea Sedoti, Sourcebooks Fire, (9781492642312), out January 2018

Format: paperback ARC

Rating: 1-5 (5 is an excellent or a Starred review) 4

Genre: science fiction

What did you like about the book? Eldon lives in the town of Madison, Nevada, which is unremarkable…or at least that’s what they want visitors to believe. In fact, it is unremarkable in many ways–football is revered, many people live there their entire lives, etc–except that every resident gets a wish from a wish cave on their eighteenth birthday and their wishes always come true. Some people wish for money, some wish for love and others wish for power or influence. As Eldon approaches his eighteenth birthday, he is conflicted about his own wish. His mother wants him to wish to help his sister who is on life support in Las Vegas. He doesn’t know what he wants, but he knows that he doesn’t want to regret his wish like so many others do. He’s not even sure he believes wishing is a good thing for the citizens of Madison. How can he make lives better with his wish? Is happiness a worthy goal?

I love the concept of this book! It’s fascinating to see how the each resident of Madison used their own wish; small interludes in the text show the history of each person’s wish and how they feel about it now. Eldon is a complicated character; he’s not completely likable, but he is relatable.

Anything you didn’t like about it? It dragged a little in the middle. I also found some of the names strange (Othello, Barnabas, Merrill); I think the names were a distraction from the story.

To whom would you recommend this book? High school students who enjoyed books like Savvy and Wishing Day when they were in middle school would love this book.

Who should buy this book? Most high school libraries

Where would you shelve it? science fiction

Should we (librarians/readers) put this on the top of our “to read” piles? no

Reviewer’s Name, Library (or school), City: Laura Gardner, Dartmouth Middle School, Dartmouth, MA

Date of review: October 2, 2017

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