Clique Here: A Wish Novel

Scholastic. (A Wish Novel). Jun. 2021. 288p. pap. $7.99. ISBN 9781338680270.
Gr 4-8–Lily cannot wait to switch schools and finally be free of the bully who has tormented her for years. She loves science, her family, and her best friend, Kat. Wanting to fit in at Lincoln Middle School, she decides to run an experiment to see if she can create a formula for popularity. At Lincoln, with no friends since Kat decided to stay behind at Hemlock Academy, she decides to test the formula. As luck would have it, science nerds appear to be the “in” crowd at Lincoln. After initially meeting some nice kids who are into sports, she realizes that they are not popular. She can either ditch her new friends or change the way she acts to fit in and be popular. Changing her name to Blake and using her formula, Lily transforms to fit in, creating a rift between her sister and best friend. Soon she realizes that there are repercussions to changing herself. Readers who have dealt with bullies will easily relate to the pressures of Lily’s situation. The plot is engaging and will keep readers turning pages to see where her choices lead. There is a little love story seamlessly intertwined in the action which does not get sappy or overdrawn. The lead characters are well developed and elevate the pleasant yet predictable theme—be yourself. Lily is cued as white.
VERDICT An enjoyable story about family and friendship to which students will relate. Not a must-have, but for fans of Svetlana Chmakova’s Awkward and Jacqueline Kelly’s The Evolution of Calpernia Tate, this one would be good to have on your shelves.

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