Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers on December 13th 2016
From New York Times bestselling author Alyson Noel comes a fun, adventure-filled, contemporary novel that poses the question what would you do if your dream life became reality?
A dream is a wish your heart makes...when your life is in desperate need of a makeover. Nick Dashaway would know. Either he makes it big this year in seventh grade or he risks being a nobody forever.
Enter the Greentree Middle School Talent Show, hosted by teen sensation Josh Frost. The show might just be Nick's ticket out of loserville. But popularity doesn't come easy, and when Nick is forcibly ejected from the stage, he feels like he's out of options. Desperate to avoid a permanent seat at the geek table and continued inattention from the love of his life, Nick chooses the only option he has left: he makes a wish.
Be careful what you wish for, the old saying goes - and Nick's about to find out why.
Nick thought he was going to hit it big at the Talent Show. Nick thinks he is bound for a life of fame, fortune and finally the attention of a popular girl. He’s ready to leave his old boring life behind, but it’s not meant to be. He has a good singing voice but they end up choosing the most popular boy to join teen heartthrob Josh Frost on stage to sing with him at the end of the show. Crushed, Nick cannot seem to think of anything but how he missed his chance.
But one snowy stormy night, he finds himself being transported on a trolley to another world, one in which he is a big teen heartthrob sensation. The only problem is… it’s not all he thought it would be. He finds his family is detached from him, the girl of his dreams is using him and being a celebrity is a lot of work.
Before Nick is left in this new strange world, he’s told he has 5 days to decide whether to stay or go back. At first, he cannot believe his lucky and there’s no way he would give up his new life. But after 5 days, betrayals and a realization about who he has become really opens his eyes up.
At first, I have to say I was a little annoyed with Nick, he was obsessed and ready to cast aside his best friend for fame. He seems a bit mean and self centered with his thoughts on how he could finally become popular and also his analysis of his friends being uncool and keeping him from truly realizing his coolness. I was glad that Nick had this opportunity to see what the other side looks like and realize that maybe being cool and famous isn’t all that he wanted.
I also love that it is set during Christmas time and Nick’s birthday is on Christmas. I felt like it was a great read for this time of year, showing readers to be thankful for what they have and no linger on what they could have.
A fun and entertaining middle grade novel with a great message and a Christmas setting that will really make you appreciate your family and friends.