When You Wish
Author: Kristin Harmel
When You Wish by Kristin Harmel tells the story of Star Beck, a 16 year old pop star. Star is gorgeous, talented and extremely famous. She has it all, or does she?
Even though Star appreciates her lavish lifestyle, she longs to be normal. Her relationship with her mother is rocky and her father abandoned her when she was very young.
After her mother stages another publicity stunt, Star has had enough. She chops off her hair, dyes it, puts on glasses and a baseball cap and grabs the next bus to Florida to find her estranged father. On her journey, she meets some unlikely friends and learns a lot about what it really means to be “normal.”
This was a very cute young adult novel. The book interested me because I’ve recently read a lot of Kristin Harmel and I knew I needed to pick this one up especially because this was one of her first YA books that I’ve read.
I really enjoyed the storyline. I love the idea of being a famous teenager and it must have been fun for Harmel to get in Star’s head to write this novel. I think Star was definitely a relateable character (even though she was famous) and reminded me of any normal teenage girl going through problems.
I loved the unlikely romance (don’t want to give anything away!) but I’ll tell you this- it’s good!
The message in the story about how all families are different and all families have their own problems is so true and a good reminder to us all. No one has the “perfect” life or the “perfect” family, no matter how perfect it looks from the outside.
This book was a quick and easy read and I never wanted to put it down!