Tuesday, January 9, 2018

As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti - OPTIONAL

Sedoti, Chelsea As You Wish, 432 pages.  Sourcebooks Fire, 2017.  $18.  Language: R (100+ swears, 28 ‘f’), Violence: PG-13 (fighting); Mature Content: PG (chaste homosexual relationship).

In Eldon’s town every person gets one wish on their 18th birthday.  In fact, wishing has replaced religion in their tiny Nevada town near Area 51.  Eldon has 26 days until his wish and he has no clue what he wants.  His parents want him to wish for money - mostly because their wishes turned out to be disasters and they want him to make their family rich.  But only Eldon can make his wish.  Now he is on a quest to talk to other wishers and find out whether wishing is a benefit to the wisher or if it’s a disaster.  Because Eldon hates his town

Good premise and interesting topic.  I think my favorite part is that one girl in town does believe in God and she wants to be a Mormon - in fact, they even visit the Las Vegas Mormon temple and she has a CTR ring.  It’s probably the first time that I have seen a mention of Mormons (yes, I am Mormon) where it is just part of the story and not meant to be the plot nor to be derogatory.  Hats off to the author for that.  I just don’t love it enough (like I did Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe) to champion it despite the language. 

HS - OPTIONAL.  Cindy, Library Teacher

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