As You Wish by Chelsea SedotiAs You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti

As You Wish

byChelsea Sedoti

Picture Books | January 2, 2018

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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.
Madison is a small town in the Mojave desert on the road between nothing and nowhere. It's an unremarkable speck on the map, which is perfect for protecting the town's secret. Because in Madison, everyone can make one wish on their eighteenth birthday-and that wish always comes true.
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-five days to figure it out-and the rest of his life to live with the consequences.
Chelsea Sedoti fell in love with writing at a young age after discovering that making up stories was more fun than doing her schoolwork. (Her teachers didn't always appreciate this.) She now focuses that passion by writing about flawed teenagers who are also afraid of growing up, like in her novels, The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett ...
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Title:As You WishFormat:Picture BooksProduct dimensions:432 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 1.37 inShipping dimensions:8.25 × 5.5 × 1.37 inPublished:January 2, 2018Publisher:SourcebooksLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1492642312

ISBN - 13:9781492642312

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing read with such an interesting premise! Last year, I read and adored Chelsea Sedoti's debut novel, The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett. With its outstanding mystery and interesting storyline, I couldn't get enough. Finding her sophomore novel on Netgalley made me even happier, as the storyline looked yet even more interesting than that of her previous novel. And it turned out to be that I was right! I adored pretty much every tiny thing about As You Wish. From its 3-dimensional characters to the beautiful way of words that Sedoti has, you honestly can't go wrong with this book. To sum up the plot, it follows Eldon, who lives in a small town named Madison in which people are able to make wishes on their 18th birthday. The small catch is that these wishes cannot leave the town, and outsiders can't know about them. Eldon is about to turn 18, but as he watches all of his friends turn of age and make their wishes, he senses something very wrong with the picture and decides to take action. I had mixed feelings about Eldon while reading. At first, he was quite judgmental and arrogant as he often gave out mean remarks and got into physical and verbal fights with others. As the story continued on and as Eldon looked more and more into the realm of the wishes, I was able to see what a selfless, brave, wise person he really was. All he wanted was to do some good for his community, and I could tell that he would have done whatever it took to get there. The intriguing premise, which is what initially pulled me into the story, was pulled off AMAZINGLY! I was always eager to read and never, ever eager to set my iPad down. The details and events were smooth, and this story always had something interesting going on. For the cherry on top, I also loved how this book ended- I won't spoil anything, but let's just say that something that should have happened so long ago in their world finally happened. Overall, As You Wish has become one of my new favourite books as it is one of the best books I've read in a while. It gave out so many life lessons, had extravagant character growth, and a riveting storyline. If you love magical realism books and are looking for a unique one, I would definitely recommend As You Wish! *I received a digital ARC of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.*
Date published: 2019-01-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from If you could wish for anything what would it be? Obligatory Statement: I received this e-ARC from the publisher through Edelweiss and this in no affected my opinion of the book. Sedoti's story took on the question of: If you could wish for anything what would it be? Now in Madison, of course, you can't wish for just anything there are rules and regulations. This helped greatly with the story building of the little town. For example, you could wish for money but you could only have that money in the town as your wish cannot affect the world. Like you can't ask to be the best football player in the world but the best in Madison, go for it. Eldon also did these cool Wish History chapters that talk about past wishes and how they turned out. In the similar vein of The Monkey's Paw, As You Wish shows how the wording of wishes is everything and even though we think that is what we want then it might not turn out for the best. Now in my WOW post I did have a couple of questions about how wishing in Madison works. Now some of my questions got answered in Wish Class, yep these poor kids need to take a class on Saturday morning. The rest of us just spent it in SAT class. However, a big question that I really wanted to be answered and they almost did was: Can outsiders wish as well? Other questions, that I had where: Can you wish multiple times? Why do you have to be 18 to wish? Can you wish at any other age other than 18? Are there other Wishing Caves? If you wish for money, why can you only access it in Madison? This might have been explained in the book, I don't remember, but why did they have to use candles in the Wish Cave? And finally, who first figured out that you could wish? This is another large question that I am surprised that Sedoti did not answer as wishing is basically Madison's religion so wouldn't they want to remember who first discovered that you could wish there? However, I will give Sedoti credit that she did have the characters discuss these questions. Eldon's best friend, Merrill, was a bit of a conspiracy theorist when it came to wishing and he had many ideas as to wishing. Some were correct, some were definitely out there. And to look at it from a writer's perspective that is a lot of complex details to include that would have taken some of the wonders out of the book? Since we are the on the topic of characters, this is a coming of age novel as well as one about coping with your mental illness. Though it is not specifically stated, Eldon does have depression and that comes out in his anger, his inability to express what he loves, and his "self-absorbed" moments. And because no one was saying "Hey, man, you have depression", everyone just thinks that he is a major jerk. I also am advising a trigger warning for suicide as one of the characters attempts suicide about halfway through the book. I did enjoy the characters and through their wish histories we got to see how they think and it did push the fact that they were all human and though they think that they made their choices for certain reasons. I really did feel for Eldon because his sister was dying and he could not save her. Do I support his wish? Yes, I do as his reasoning was sound. And unlike some of the other wishes it was not selfish even though the town might have viewed it that way. One character that I own hated it was the Mayor for reasons that I am not going to go into, but he is definitely one of my most hated characters I have yet to read. And one of the joy's of reading As You Wish is it allows the reader to reflect what we would wish for. I, to be honest, have no clue what to even wish for. Of course, money would be nice. I could buy a beach house and open up my bookstore. But would that really make me happy? I mean probably; I would be opening up a bookstore that I have wanted since I was about 14. Or I could wish to always be happy or to do the right thing or to have everything work out? As you can see there are so many things that one could wish for and like Eldon says in the book, how can an 18-year-old be expected to make this decision that will affect their whole life? And there are no do-overs, so if you make a wish and if does not end up the way you want then sorry. This is also why this book is a coming of age novel. Eldon and his peers must grow up to decide what they want their wishes to be like. Overall, I did enjoy this novel as it was not super intense but it was thought-provoking. If you could make one wish what would it be?
Date published: 2018-11-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fascinating magical realist tale What really drew me in to As You Wish was the premise, because mysterious small desert towns have such a surreal setting. As You Wishis set in a small, middle-of-nowhere town called Madison, where nothing ever happens - except for that everyone, on their eighteenth birthday, gets to make one wish, and one wish only. And everyone always regrets their wish. Eldon's eighteenth birthday is coming up, and so is his wish. I was very frustrated with Eldon a lot of the time during this book, because he just was very self-centred. Which is totally a flaw that was brought up, but he doesn't really change in that aspect even though he does change in other ways. Even though I could emphasize with him, I kind of wanted him to notice more things that were going on around him and that even though he was going through some pretty tough events, other people were as well. As for plot and pacing, I felt like it was pretty slow, and not too much happened. However, the magical realism elements were fairly good - I don't usually like magical realism, and it was one of the more fascinating parts of this book. My favourite part of this book was the setting, because I feel like Sedoti got the aesthetic and mood of the mysterious desert town down pat. Everyone knows each other, and each other's secrets, and all the secondary characters were a lot more interesting than the main characters, honestly. For me, Fletcher and Penelope were the most interesting characters because it brought up the question: What happens when your wishes interfere with someone else's life? There were a lot of philosophical questions brought up in As You Wish and it was quite thought-provoking. If you like magical realism and Welcome to Night Vale, definitely check out As You Wish.
Date published: 2018-04-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Interesting Take on Morals This was a surprisingly compelling and morally interesting book. Chelsea Sedoti has taken the idea of having one wish and applied it to so many different outcomes. Both good and bad. This young adult book is a version of a coming of age novel but it doesn't read like any I've read before. The Wish Stories Without a doubt the best part of As You Wish are the stories that are told by town members about what they wished for and why. Each of them is like a fable. There is a reason, a justification, an outcome and ultimately emotion that lingers long after. These are the cornerstone of the moral issues that Sedoti is focusing on throughout the book. Characters Here's where Sedoti falls down a bit. The characters are fairly cliche. Mostly only defined by what they wished for, or plan to wish for (in the case of the students). At the High School we have the jock, the pretty girl, the nerd, the social justice warrior, etc. Then there's also townsfolk that are even more cliche (if possible): the arrogant mayor, the compassionate doctor, the drunk, the town recluse, the odd older lady, etc. While I understand that there are a fair number of characters that Sedoti wants our main guy to encounter (so he can collect their wish stories) the reality was that they felt just a bit too boxed in. Definitely room for improvement here. The Setting It will be clear to you from the opening 10% of As You Wish that our small town setting is intentional and critical to the logic (if we can call it that) and rules of the wishing/magic to work. This couldn't be a story told in any other setting due to it's focus on keeping secrets. Interestingly the setting asks it's own moral question to the reader. At what point are you hiding and hoarding something in order to protect it versus not share it? I don't know if Madison is a real town in Nevada or not; but having been at and spent a lot of time in the small town my grandparents live I've long learned that small towns have a personality and mind of their own and Sedoti has set-up Madison to be no different, and yet extraordinarily different, from any other town. The Ending While there was perhaps too many pages after the ultimate climax; I still loved the ending of this book. From about the 40% read mark I knew what I thought would be the best (and most interesting) outcome for the story. However as we experience life alongside our main guy there is cause for concern that we were going to have a very different ending. I'm thankful that it was the ending I was hoping for. This doesn't happen often so it's nice to read a story from someone who thinks of the world the way I do. Any number of endings could have been impactful here; but I think Sedoti chose perfectly. It even brought almost tears to my eyes (which is quite the feat)! Overall I would definitely recommend this book for anyone that wants to read about moral issues (young or old). Ultimately I'd say this is more of a 3.5 stars read but I'm willing to round up just because I loved the ending. You'll find yourself asking some of the big questions in life: what is selfish, what is righteous, what is right or wrong to wish for and ultimately ask yourself what would you wish for? Please note: I received an eARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. This is an honest and unbiased review.
Date published: 2018-03-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eerie and thought-provoking This fast-paced story of a small town hiding a big secret had me blasting through all 400 pages in a single day! The tension of Eldon's struggle to decide what to wish for is increased not only by pressure from other characters, but by chapter headers that ominously count down to his Wish Day. I thought he was a believable protagonist, if not necessarily a lovable one. The small town lack of privacy, combined with seeing the results of his classmates' wishes, puts Eldon's temper in a pressure cooker. His family dynamics were heart-wrenching, as were the stories of other people's wishes, which are gradually revealed in small excerpt chapters. The drama of the town's proximity to Area 51 only adds to the electrifying vibes of mystery created in As You Wish. This book will have you puzzling over whether you agree with the characters' wishes, what you personally would wish for, or if you should risk wishing at all.
Date published: 2017-11-21