When I got ready to go to Ireland I grabbed a few books that were on the bargain bin at my local bookstore to read while I was traveling and When You Wish was one of them and it was an unexpected treat.
General Summary: Super star Star Beck has had her fill of fame and fortune. After hearing some news about her long lost father, she decides to give it up and with a bad hair cut, a little hair dye, some Clark Kent glasses, and a cool ride, she finds herself leaving her Hollywood life goodbye and saying hello to the average life of a teenage girl. Of course, mayhap occurs.
Review: This was a cute little book. It was nothing extraordinarily special, but it definietly made my train ride to Waterford go by faster. I should just say that this wasn’t the first book that I read by Kristen Harmel, but it’s the first YA book I’ve read of hers. Harmel has a very relatable and likable voice that translates into YA lit very nicely.
Best Feature: Hollywood with substance. There are lots of Hollywood-ish YA books out there. And I have to admit I’m sort of a junky for them. I blame it on all the Entertainment Tonight viewing I did as a kid. That and People Magazine– which Ms. Harmel just happens to work at. However, unlike a lot of the YA Hollywood themed books today, this one has substance and isn’t pure fluff. At the heart of it, Star is a teen whose dealing with her own problems-hello, mommy and daddy issues- and I thought that was a nice touch to the book.
Worst Feature: Naive Characters. Although, charming, I expected Star to be a little more worldly than she was. Though I can’t blame her. She does have sort of a crazy controlling stage momma after all. And if she wasn’t so naive, then there wouldn’t have been a book about her.
Blockbuster Worthy: Oh yes, definitely. This book would easily translate to film easily. I easily see it on ABC Family or Disney Channel. It has that ultimate cuteness factor to it that those channels love. Here’s who I’d cast:
Star: Miley Cyrus. Though I’m not much of a fan, I think Miley would be the perfect Star. She can sing and Ms. Hannah Montana obviously isn’t afraid to wear a wig either.
Nick: Hmmm, since I get a very Disney-ish vibe from this book I’m going to suggest one of the Jonas Brothers- yeah, I know, but I have my reasons. I think one of the Jonas bros, you can pick which one, would actually do very well in this role and there’s no singing in the book-save for Star, so I could potentially watch one of them in this movie without hurling.
Overall Rating: Six out of Ten stars.