As You Wish by Chelsea Sedoti

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 l...


Details As You Wish

TitleAs You Wish
ISBN9781492642312
Author
Release DateJan 2nd, 2018
PublisherSourcebooks Fire
GenreYoung Adult, Fantasy, Contemporary, Magical Realism
Rating

Reviews As You Wish

  • Fidan Lurin
    2017-07-11
    As You Wish takes place in an idle and depressing small town called Madison on the outskirts of Las Vegas. It’s buried deep in the Mojave Desert and its residents keep a magical secret which causes them to discourage visitors and newcomers to the town - not that anyone would want to enter that hot, dust, and tainted town anyhow. On the day of their eighteenth birthday each resident, upon having their wish formally approved by the towns mayor vi...
  • ilsa ➹
    2017-10-23
    Omigosh I literally hate this book so much. It's boring and slow and there is a HORRIBLE JERKISH MAIN CHARACTEr who wins the award for best jerk of 2k17. OKAY?I was literally DYING reading this book. And not in a good way. It took me over 2 WEEKS to read this! TWO WEEKs? The writing was so, so, SO DRY. and Boring. AND BLESS THE UNIVERSE THAT THIS BOOK IS OVER. I didn't DNF just because I DON'T DNF.And can we talk about the freaking protagonist, E...
  • Sheila Goicea
    2017-06-26
    See the FULL review of this book on my blog at: shesgoingbookcrazy.comI received this copy from the publisher via NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Thank you!Content Warning: Underaged drinking, drug abuse, attempted suicide, premarital sex.Have you ever thought about how much you said, "I wish..."?It's funny because I hadn't; not until just a few weeks before I read this book. Coincidence? Maybe. Either way, whether you think about ho...
  • Jenny Baker
    2017-05-17
    3.5 starsAs You Wish was a quick, fun read! I’m actually surprised by how much I enjoyed it. Everyone in Madison, Nevada gets one wish that comes true. That’s an interesting premise and I was interested to see how this played out. On their eighteenth birthday, Mayor Fontaine walks the wishers to the wishing cave and it’s quite a hike. You wish alone, although it wasn’t always the rule. The rule changed due to an accidental wish. It was so...
  • Stacee
    2017-12-24
    I was alllll over this synopsis. I love the idea of a small town with a secret like wishes...sadly it was quite disappointing. Eldon was a hard character to like and I’m not sure I ever really did. He acts before he thinks and often his actions are harsh words and punching. There are some other characters who had promise, but Eldon doesn’t let them get close enough to be helpful. Plot wise, it was sloooooooooow. I did like Eldon going around ...
  • Krysti
    2017-07-22
    I really love the premise and setting of this story. The idea of an off-the-map, small town that is hiding this magical, and at times dark, secret is absolutely fascinating. The characters in this story are in this unique situation of getting to wish for just one thing and being guaranteed that that one thing will actually come true. The crux of the situation though, is that the wish has to be made at age 18 and the wishers are forced to live wit...
  • Cody | codysbookshelf
    2017-07-14
    Release date: 01.02.18DNF at 32% (Though I did skip to the final chapter to see how things ended.) Jesus Christ, this was the worst book I've tried to read in a long time. Maybe young adult fiction is not for me anymore? I don't know. This book is set in a small town in the desert, near Area 51. Nothing much goes on in said town, except for the occasional tourist on his or her way to find aliens. Oh, and everyone in town can make one wish that co...
  • Danielle (Life of a Literary Nerd)
    2017-11-02
    “The sky is mostly dark now. Stars replace the sunset. Out in the desert, creatures creep out of their daytime hiding places. In the hills, the wish cave is dormant, waiting for the next birthday. Waiting to change someone’s life.” I really loved this story a lot, which was fantastic because I’ve heard some very mixed reviews. Specifically about how everyone hates Eldon, but I am happy to say that I really liked Eldon, and I really liked...
  • Reading.Between.Wines
    2017-10-17
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐💫 / 5My reviews and (maybe) some other random thoughts can also be seen at https://readingbetweenwinessite.wordp... ____________________________________________________________The premise of As You Wish is very simple. In a small (fictitious) town named Madison in Nevada, when you turn 18 you get 1 wish. What will you wish for?That's exactly what Eldon, the narrator of our story, needs to figure out. His mom is pressuring him hardc...
  • Dani - Perspective of a Writer
    2017-12-04
    Check out more reviews @ Perspective of a Writer...It's rare that a book makes me as hot and bothered as this book did... I thought it was rather a strong premise so that is why I sought a copy of the book. I really loved the original cover with the beautiful purple night sky and the shadowed house and person peering up into the stars. It felt like Nevada and really made me excited for the tone of the book! After I had received word I would get a...
  • Cesar
    2018-06-17
    3 stars.As You Wish caught me by surprise when I first started reading it. Before, I knew about the book and didn't have much interest in reading it. Then after some thought, and seeing mixed reviews, I decided to pick it up just to see why it got such a mixed reception. Now that I'm done with it, I can understand why some people liked it or hated it.As You Wish centers around Eldon and his upcoming birthday. He lives in a small town in the middl...
  • Courtney
    2017-05-18
    On the outskirts of Las Vegas, in the Mojave desert, there lays a small town called Madison - where almost nothing exciting ever happens. Everyone knows everyone else's business, there's one park that's usually left empty, there aren't any churches since the people of Madison really only follow their own religion and everyone always seems to get 'stuck' living there; its a small, dusty, hot and desolate place located in the middle of no where. Bu...
  • Angelica
    2017-12-30
    Have you ever seen a premise for a story and thought, wow, this is so amazing it can’t possibly go wrong? Yeah, me too. This was one such case. Sadly, while the idea was pretty cool, the delivery was not.This is a book that I was really looking forward to after reading the synopsis. Could you just imagine, living in a place where your greatest wish could be granted, no matter what it was? How amazing would that be? Also, I was really excited to...
  • Anna Priemaza
    2017-04-04
    If you need your books to have loveable narrators and happy endings and justice being served and unicorns and picture perfect humans, then Chelsea Sedoti’s books probably aren’t for you.If, on the other hand, you love flawed narrators, cynicism, people who make mistakes, and storylines that leave you thinking about right and wrong for days, all tied up in absolutely brilliant narrative voice, then you need to read every book Chelsea Sedoti wr...
  • ~ Althea ~ ☾
    2017-07-08
    // Received an advance readers copy in exchange for a fair review // "Wishing made it a sure thing though.""But who wants a sure thing? Life is about gambles," well that felt like a really long read. . . this book !!!!!!!!it had such a unique plot, a unique world, and I am in love with the writing style of the whole book. The history narrations of some characters was a creative addition to this already wonderful story, it made everything much ea...
  • Laura
    2017-05-20
    The problem with an obnoxious narrator is that his is the only voice you can hear through the whole book, and in this case, he was even called out for being an asshole by his friends, so it wasn't just me that didn't like him.Other than that, this was an interesting take on the getting the one wish and getting it right. It seemed to stretch on quite an bit, which is why the three stars. The concept was cool. Imagine if you could have one wish whe...
  • Vicky Who Reads
    2017-08-25
    5 starsBy the end of the first chapter, I was almost certain this book was going to be five stars. And, this definitely came true.Chelsea Sedoti's As You Wish is a profound coming-of-age novel about self-discovery, wishing, and finding your path in life. Set in a small desert town called Madison in the Mojave Desert, As You Wish tells the story of a teenage boy named Eldon.Madison isn't just any ordinary town, despite what they might want you to ...
  • - ̗̀ jess ̖́-
    2018-04-05
    What really drew me in to As You Wish was the premise, because mysterious small desert towns have such a surreal setting. As You Wish is 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 El...
  • Kira Simion
    2017-07-28
    "Everyone gets a wish..."I wish to read this finished book now!Edit: 7-28-17MY WISH CAME TRUE! YESSSSSS!Edit: 9-15-17"Everyone gets a wish..."I wish to read this finished book now!------------------MY WISH CAME TRUE! YESSSSSS!3 intrigued fizzle stars.While I absolutely adore the premise, the beginning narrator, and the torment of magic in wishes, I felt that flame slowly dwindle down to a spark then to ash.The protagonist, Eldon, is truly unique....
  • Kayla (Kayla's Book Nook)
    2017-05-26
    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 charac...
  • Amber (ItsJustAmbr)
    2017-05-29
    "It’s kind of sad. After you make your wish, your birthday stops mattering. Nothing is ever going to top the year you turned eighteen. So everyone stops celebrating, and it becomes just another day."Eldon's 18th birthday is coming up and he doesn't know what to wish for. In the town of Madison, Nevada, on every child's 18th birthday they have to make a wish that can change their life forever. Whether it be to become rich , have someone fall in ...
  • Mel (Epic Reading)
    2018-03-19
    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 StoriesWithout 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 li...
  • Samantha (WLABB)
    2017-04-07
    I love books with magical realism and was really intrigued by this premise. I was curious to see where Sedoti would go with this idea, and while I was not disappointed, I was not blown away either.•Pro: I was immediately pulled in this story. I thought Eldon had a great voice, which was perfect for this story, and I liked being in his head. •Con: I don't exactly know why, but the middle of the book seemed to drag a little. Maybe the book was ...
  • Allie
    2017-06-14
    This felt like a very smartly done allegory about the all the pain and suffering that can come from never forgiving; oneself or each other. What would you wish for, if given the opportunity on your 18th birthday? What happens when that wish is permanent, can never be undone, even if you regret it terribly and it hurts other people? Wishing is a magic, cultural rite of passage in Madison, Nevada. Everyone gets one wish--with only a few restriction...
  • Greg Andree
    2017-06-17
    I love the concept of this story, and I can feel this town existing out in the desert. The idea of getting one wish that will come true, especially when you're so young, is scary. The wish I would've made when I was 18 would not have ended well for me. And seeing teens making these choices that determine their entire lives, choices many will live to regret, is so realistic. Of course it mirrors the fact that in reality teens do make big choices t...
  • Sarah Louise
    2018-02-13
    After reading chapter one, I was instantly in love with this story. In the town of Madison, an unexplained phenomenon in the form of a wish takes place on your eighteen birthday. Money? Love? Success? It will be granted. Sure, Eldon is a bit of an insufferable jerk as he navigates this mystical town, but he knows it, and I enjoyed his impulsiveness. With a grudge against wishing, he begins the task of learning the ways wishing has benefited, or p...
  • Jenny Bravo
    2017-07-31
    I absolutely LOVED this book. Eldon is a selfish, conceited, jock and takes every opportunity to show what a horrible person he is. But the growth that he goes through and everything that he learns and changes, just makes this book so rewarding. I couldn't put it down. I really enjoyed the chapters that were written explaining the wishes of other townspeople. The writing style was thoroughly Eldon. Spoken like a 17 year old, I related to some of ...