Down With the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn
Published by HarperTeen
Published on April 26th 2016
Genres: Contemporary, Fantasy & Magic, Humorous, Thriller
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There's a reason they say "be careful what you wish for." Just ask the girl who wished to be thinner and ended up smaller than Thumbelina, or the boy who asked for "balls of steel" and got them-literally. And never wish for your party to go on forever. Not unless you want your guests to be struck down by debilitating pain if they try to leave.
These are things Lennie only learns when it's too late-after she brings some of her uncles' moonshine to a party and toasts to dozens of wishes, including a big wish of her own: to bring back her best friend, Dylan, who was abducted and murdered six months ago.
Lennie didn't mean to cause so much chaos. She always thought her uncles' moonshine toast was just a tradition. And when they talked about carrying on their "important family legacy," she thought they meant good old-fashioned bootlegging.
As it turns out, they meant granting wishes. And Lennie has just granted more in one night than her uncles would grant in a year.
Now she has to find a way to undo the damage. But once granted, a wish can't be unmade...
Some people say bad things happen in threes.
These people must be luckier than me. In my life, bad things don’t feel the need to limit themselves this way.
This book was awesome. It was so…. unexpected, I suppose. Having read Quinn’s last book, (Don’t You) Forget About Me , I knew I was in for something weird and magical. I was not disappointed.
The book starts off pretty normal. Normal teenager (for the most part) has experienced traumatic things in life, but is carrying on. Crashes a party. Brings moonshine. Gets drunk. That is where things stop being normal. A hundred different situations spiral out of control into a hundred different directions. Things get weird. So weird.
This book is that strange combination of humor and darkness, which I love. It is not for everyone. Some people just don’t like the combination of serious things, like murder and evil, combined with humor and magic. But for me, it gave the book something special. I actually found myself laughing out loud at many parts and that makes me so very happy. But it was also deep. Friendships were tested, and we faced the misunderstandings of first loves and the strength behind self sacrifice. We were shown how deep family can care even if they show it in unspoken and unusual ways. It explored death a bit, and what can happen to people in the wake of it.
I absolutely never could have seen the end coming. It was truly unexpected and unlike anything I have ever read. I love the twists and the magic involved in this story. It was fun and heartwarming, just with some dark moments. It gives it depth in my opinion. This was so much fun, and there was a surprise around every corner. I highly recommend.
If you head into this book, just remember what they say about magic: