When You Wish

When You Wish

by Kristin Harmel

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Star Beck is super-duper megastar famous. She rocks–literally–every night in concert for thousands of cheering fans. But the pop star life–tour buses, fauxmances, size 0 minis–is getting a little old. Star can’t help wondering what it would be like to be a regular girl–without paparazzi trailing her every move, and without people being nice just because, well, she’s Star Beck. And when she discovers that her mom has been lying to her for years about something very important, Star decides to find out what the world beyond her stage is like after all.
In the blink of an emerald green eye, Star finds herself . . . buying a car. Eating cheeseburgers. Swapping her stilettos for flip-flops. Getting a job that doesn’t require dancing, winking, or mall appearances. And falling for the cutest, realest boy she’s ever met. But how will she know if he feels the same way? Because for once in her life, someone is going to have to like her for who she really is.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780375846519
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Publication date: 02/12/2008
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 144,852
File size: 332 KB
Age Range: 12 Years

About the Author

Kristin Harmel grew up wanting to be a famous rock star, until she realized she can’t sing. So she turned to writing. When You Wish is her first novel for teens. She lives in Orlando, Florida.

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When You Wish 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 16 reviews.
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I luv this book i found it once in the adult section and i fell in luv with it!!!
Madi Lee More than 1 year ago
I am 15 an i looove it. I read it 3times.
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haley-mcp More than 1 year ago
In this book, you find a thrilling, romance, emotional, comedy, drama. This is a girl who has always lived the life. From fancy places to concerts all over the world, she had it all. One day, after finding out supposedly it was going to be just a mother-daughter day everything goes wrong. Star soon finds herself after goving herself a complete makeover. She soon is undercover and surviving off a little bit of money. She buys herself rooms to stay in and transportation. As she runs out of money, she starts a new job developing a new crush. This is just a part of her normal life, she soon finds herself at partys and on her real mission to find her dad who left when she was a little girl. A suprise awaits for her when she finally finds her dad, how she finds the true her. Overall, I couldn't put this book down.
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TeensReadToo More than 1 year ago
Most people have the preconceived notion that celebrities have it easy. If you think that, you should go out and get a copy of this book.

Star Beck is famous. She's worshiped by millions of fans, gets an extremely high paycheck, and lives in five-star hotels. But a lot of people seem to think that her life is luxurious, and that she doesn't have a care in the world. While Star's life may have its benefits, it's certainly not easy. She's shuffled from place to place, hardly getting any time to rest. She has to practice her dance moves, watch her calorie intake, and be perfect practically 24/7. She can forget doing anything normal like going to the movies with her friends.

And she's getting sick of the pop star life. So she cuts off and dies her hair, puts on a pair of glasses, and sets off to live a normal life. She actually starts to make real friends and eat fatty foods. She's living a life she never thought would be possible. But, can she keep up her disguise forever, or will someone eventually find out who she really is?

This book was just plain fun. I was hooked as soon as I read the first sentence. Practically everyone's fantasized about living a celebrity life and all the benefits it would entail, but this book was pretty eye-opening on that issue. The celebrity life is a lot harder than it seems on TV!

There are a lot of books about celebrities and people becoming famous, but this one sticks out. Star - despite her name - is just an average, everyday, normal teenager, which makes her quite likable.

Kristin Harmel did an amazing job on her characters, as well as the plot. She never let the book get dull - I was so into the story I didn't realize how fast it was going by. I'm actually pretty sad it's over. Definitely a must read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i picked the book up and didn't put it down till i finished it! it was amazing, the best! how else can i say it 'spectacular, immpressive, dazzling, magnificent, splendid stunning' you get the piont. if this auther writes or has written another book i would definatly recommend it. i usually only read fantassy becaose i don't like just aboute anything else but this is a huge exeption i highly recomend this
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is like one of the best books I have read in a looooooong time. Star Beck, a singer/actress, is a fabulous character with a not so fabulous life. Her mom and entourage are total control freaks. When she is in an interview she finds out that her mother has been hiding letters from her father, who supposedly walked out on them. Along the way to find him she buys a pink BMW bug, gets a job at a diner...... and falls in love. It is a wonderful book. I could not put it down.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Star Becks has everything in the world- hit songs, platinum albums, a successful TV show, and huge amounts of fame. What she doesn't have is a father or a sense of normalcy- both of which are things Star's mom does not want to discuss at all. When Star finds out that her mom has been keeping a huge secret from her, she goes on a quest to find out what it's like be normal, and then ends up finding what it really means to be herself in the process. Aside from my usual fascination with celebrity, which already made me love this book from the get-go, Harmel writes a very captivating novel. Star is not your typical teenage pop star there is so much more going on in her head and it makes her a more realistic, relatable character. The story itself is hilariously funny and just chock-full of wonderful, fun to read about characters (especially the cute boy that makes an appearance in Star's normal life, hehe!). I definitely recommend this book, as well as Harmel's adult chicklit novels.