Book Review – As You Wish

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. ~via Goodreads

As You Wish
Chelsea Sedoti
Sourcebooks Fire
Publication Date: January 2nd 2018

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As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti is a must read for early 2018!

I absolutely enjoyed this book and at moments couldn’t even put it down. “Just one more chapter” turned into 2 or 3 or even more because, yes… I was so drawn in by the characters, the writing, and the storyline itself.

Mostly told from a 17 year old male’s point of view, the reader gets a glimpse of what goes on in the small, desert town of Madison. And even though this small town is quiet, Madison still holds a very magical secret – every resident gets one wish on their 18th birthday. Now, these birthday wishes are for townsfolk only and outsiders must be kept in the dark about this special place and these magical occurrences. Protecting the town’s secret is just as important as choosing the right wish, and you only get one shot at that.

Eldon, our storyteller, is going to turn 18 very soon and must decide how he wants to spend his only wish. The problem is, he doesn’t know what to do with his wish and he doesn’t have much more time to figure it out.

Eldon’s story is a bit of heartbreak and triumph. As he tells his story, you learn to love Eldon just as much as you get frustrated with him because even though Eldon can be difficult – a jerk even – there is a very vulnerable, honest side of him that is painfully real. Basically, give him a fair chance to prove himself… he may surprise you in the end.

One element of As You Wish, probably my favorite, was reading the histories of the wishes of the people of Madison. The way these brief stories were written and woven in were fantastic. As the reader, you truly get a sense for the town of Madison and the uniqueness of each wish. Nothing really is as it seems.

As mentioned, I very much enjoyed As You Wish. It was quick, fun, yet full of depth. I was left feeling inspired and moved.

I gave As You Wish 4/5 stars
★★★★

 

Thank you Netgalley and Sourcebooks Fire for a copy of As You Wish in exchange for my honest feedback and review.  

 

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