Hey you guys! I just finished reading As You Wish, an awesome new YA novel that’s coming out on January 2nd, 2018. And I’m here to tell you, this book is a pretty good reason to be excited for 2018. It tells the story of Eldon, a senior living in the town of Madison, Nevada. To outsiders, Madison looks like a thoroughly unremarkable town. One bar, one gas station, one high school, and a whole lot of desert. But to those who live there, Madison is a whole lot more remarkable. You see, everyone in Madison gets one wish on their 18th birthday. One wish that will always come true. And Eldon’s birthday is in a month.
This book had such an original concept! I’ve always loved the idea of wishing. Did anybody else play that game when you were little where you would have to think of three wishes? I would always play that with my friends at recess. We would have to try and perfect the wording until it was just right. Because, as everyone knows, half of what makes wishing so interesting is the fact that so often it goes wrong.
In Madison, wishes almost always go wrong. For starters, eighteen-year-olds don’t always have the best decision-making skills. I say that, being an eighteen-year-old surrounded by other teens. We aren’t quite finished developing the decision-making parts of our brains. So of course, a town where teenagers’ wishes come true is just set up for some messy situations. On top of that, wishes in general are finicky things. I’m sure anybody else who watches Once Upon A Time can attest to this fact. Or really anyone who’s read a fairy tale. That is precisely why I think this book was so genius. I love it when an author will take a what if, something that’s interesting to think about, and just roll with it.
This book, despite the obvious elements of magic and fantasy, also felt very real. The main character is grappling with the fact that his younger sister was in an accident that changed their family forever. I think YA books that can accurately handle subjects like grief, loss, and healing are truly incredible, and we need more of them. This book managed to do all that, and more. In Eldon’s family, there isn’t just the normal family drama, or even just the family drama relating to trauma. There’s also the complication of a wish gone wrong.
While grappling with all of that Eldon must try and decide what his one wish will be. And as his life keeps changing, he gets less and less sure about what he wants, and how he sees his future. Ultimately, this is a story about friendship, family, and being true to yourself, no matter what the consequences.
Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. Eldon and Merrill had a friendship that reminded me of Colin and Hassan from An Abundance of Katherines, and the concept was fun and interesting. Ultimately, this is a story about friendship, family, and being true to yourself, no matter what the consequences, and I would recommend it to all of you. You can get it here (also the Harcover is on presale for $12 y’all): As You Wish
Final rating- 5/5
Thanks for reading my review, and until next time, happy reading 🙂