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Review of As You Wish audiobook

As You Wish
by Chelsea Sedoti; read by Brian Hutchison
High School    Recorded Books    Rev. 1/18
8 CDs    9.75 hrs.    978-1-5019-7224-9    $24.49

In a Nevada desert town where everyone gets a wish on his or her eighteenth birthday (and it comes true), seventeen-year-old Eldon doesn’t know what to choose. What’s more, he’s convinced that most of the town’s citizens secretly regret their wishes, which have a way of turning upon people. Hutchison perfectly voices the male leads (Eldon and his best friend Merrill) with variations of a Keanu Reeves mutter, complete with teenage-boy profanity. He also credibly delivers the voice of Norie, the female lead, with a light but not overly feminized inflection and puts an egghead spin on the school’s guidance counselor. The story takes several unexpected turns, drawing the climax out, but Hutchison’s unhurried narration will keep listeners buckled in for the ride.

From the July/August 2018 issue of The Horn Book Magazine: Special Issue: ALA Awards.

About Anita L. Burkam

Horn Book reviewer Anita L. Burkam is former associate editor of The Horn Book Magazine.

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