From bestselling author Chelsea Sedoti comes a thought-provoking contemporary young adult book about a small desert town filled with Mojave magic where everyone gets to make a wish on their eighteenth birthday. If you could make one wish that was guaranteed to come true—what would you wish for?
Rules for Wishing:Never let an outsider find out about wishing. (Zip your lips and throw away the key.)
•Wishes that would impact the world are off limits (i.e. no bringing back the dinosaurs).
•Do no harm. (Murder = no bueno.)
•No time travel. (What's done is done, pal.)
•No bringing back the dead. (Come on. You've seen what happens in THE WALKING DEAD.)
•NEVER BREAK THE RULES. (Seriously. We mean it. See Rule #7.)
•There are always consequences.Most of Eldon's classmates have had their wishes picked out for months, even years. Not Eldon. He's seen how wishing has hurt the people around him. His parents' marriage is strained, his sister is a virtual ghost in their house, his ex-girlfriend is dating his ex-friend...where does he even begin?
One thing is for sure: Eldon has only twenty-six days to figure it out—and the rest of his life to live with the consequences.
•Readers who like magical realism YA
•Fans of John Green, Jandy Nelson, and The Sun is Also a Star
•Educators and parents who want to start conversations about consequences
•People looking for young adult books best sellers
Also by Chelsea Sedoti:
It Came from the Sky
The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett
Praise for As You Wish:
"Heartbreaking, other times hilarious, but always thought-provoking. An unexpectedly affecting book that will have readers pondering what they would wish for if given the chance."—Booklist
"Poignant… Will inspire readers to explore the question: if you could have one wish, what would it be?"—Kirkus
"An engrossing read, fantastical and believable at the same time."—Horn Book Magazine
"Depending on the reader, this novel offers different levels of intensity, starting with the everyday sort of teen troubles, progressing to difficult family dynamics, and reaching up to the ethical dilemmas wishing can create—all while being easy to read and hard to put down."—VOYA
For 17-year-old Eldon, his windblown hometown in the Mojave Desert is "the kind of place you wanna leave as quick as you can." What it isn't, however, is ordinary: the town's residents are able to make a wish on their 18th birthday, which comes true. Eldon has 25 days to figure out what matters most to him, and everyone has an opinion (his mother pressures him to wish for the money they desperately need to save his sister, who is on life support). Eldon decides to research past wishes and their outcomes; third-person interludes appear between Eldon's first-person chapters, detailing various citizens' wishes. He discovers that most wishes have made the wishers' lives worse, and that a perfect wish may not exist. The countdown structure creates a natural hook, and Sedoti (The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett) makes good use of her what-if premise to give readers much to consider. She successfully captures the feelings of uncertainty that come with nascent adulthood, the desire to leave home, and waiting for one's life to begin. Ages 14 up.