Five Days of Famous
Author: Alyson Noel
Genre: MG Contemporary
Release Date: December 13, 2016
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
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.
Five Days of Famous is a fun middle grade contemporary novel that answers the age-old question of what would happen if wishes actually came true. The story follows main character Nick Dashaway as he wishes his way into a cooler existence - literally. He's sick of being ignored and only thought of as a huge nerd by his classmates. Nick believes his big chance to change it all is about to happen when teen superstar Josh Frost comes to town to judge the middle school's talent contest. Nick is sure he can win - and then transcend into the cool crowd - where he belongs. Except everything blows up in his face. Nick's only remaining hope is to use his birthday wish to change his life - and it actually comes true. But the perfect life he dreamed of is far from what he receives, and the reader gets to experience and learn from all of his mistakes right alongside him.
Nick is a great main character for the book. He was easy to connect with right from the beginning of the story, and even though I'm much older than he is - I found I could empathize with his problems without any issue. The author portrays Nick in a realistic way - complete with teen obstacles, bad attitudes, mean thoughts and actions, and other kinds of teenage angst. I thought that some of the things Nick thought and said were pretty cruel and even rude at times, but I guess I'm just forgetting the actual thoughts of kids in these times. Also, it was probably part of the author's point that we find some of the things done and said to be wrong, so that Nick and the reader can learn from them later on in the story. Aside from the obvious fantastical parts of the plot, the book was down to earth and full of great lessons. I loved how Nick's wish came true, but he realizes that things wouldn't be all that he dreamed if things happened that way. The author presents wonderful real life situations that the reader can learn from and apply to their own lives, alongside the crazy ride that Nick finds himself on. I can definitely see this novel being turned into a fantastic movie! I highly recommend it for fans of the genre along with readers who enjoy a great blend of contemporary and fantasy.
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