Book Review: When You Wish by Kristin Harmel

When You Wish
Author: Kristin Harmel
ISBN: 9780385734752

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!


  • Jan von Harz

    Love your review. Not sure I would like this one but I think I may give it a try based on your review.

  • Leah

    This sounds so cute! Thanks for the great review!

  • Bookalicious Ramblings

    Thanks for the review! I have a copy of this and really should read it, it sounds so cute!

  • Meg

    Sounds like I definitely need to get on the Harmel bandwagon — and I had no idea she'd written YA. Too fun! I'll look for this one!

  • Jennifer

    What a lovely review. This sounds like a wonderful read – one I'll have to check out in the future.

  • Lea (YA Book Queen)

    This sounds so cute! Yet another book I'm adding to my TBR list,

    Great review!

  • Anonymous

    Hello, I've read the book and it was AMAZING, but I can't quite remember Star's boyfriend's name. If you remember, can you please reply to me. I need to write a summary for this book, please & thank-you [: