Title – As You Wish
Author – Chelsea Sedoti
Publisher – Sourcebooks Fire
Genre – Young Adult, Magical Realism
My Rating – 4/5
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.
I received an e-ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
As You Wish is centered around Eldon who lives in the magical town of Madison where every citizen gets one wish at the age of 18. What every man wishes could change the course of their life and the life of the people around him.
As one could see from the description of the book itself, the story line of As You Wish is fairly predictable. The fact that their are consequences to wishful thinking has been the basis of many a novel. However, I really did enjoy the book and here’s why –
- Eldon to a large extent is an unlikeable character. He’s self-centered and doesn’t seem to be quite concerned with the lives of the people around him. This somehow made the book even more interesting. The author made no efforts to portray him as a good guy, instead calling him out for his faults and yet he makes the decisions that he did. After all, nobody is perfect.
- I really related to the concept of how your decisions at a young age set the course for your life. Being a college student myself its just occurring to me how many of my decisions have been made for me, just because I was to young to know what is right.
- The book was light-hearted, easy to read through and quite interesting if you wanted to know how each person was affected by the wish (which I guess I was).
All in all, I probably enjoyed this book a lot more than others because I related to the townspeople so much. As You Wish gets 4 stars from me!