One Wish

Young Adult

By Leigh Brescia

Publisher : WestSide Books

ABOUT Leigh Brescia

Leigh Brescia
Leigh Brescia is a full-time Young Adult writer who grew up in Greenville, North Carolina, spending most of her days playing in the woods behind her home.  She earned a BA in English Communication from Mount Olive College, and a Masters degree from Fort Hays State University.  As an unde More...



Overweight Wrenn Scott, living with her single mom and younger sister, Karly, desperately wants to be popular and snag a hot boyfriend.

She lands a lead role in the high school musical, her voice for once overshadowing her weight. Pushing to get thinner by opening night, Wrenn’s waistline shrinks as she learns all the wrong ways to lose weight from a new “it-girl” friend in the show.

Geeky stage manager Steven has a crush on her, but Wrenn doesn’t want to be seen with him – she’s holding out for a trophy boyfriend everyone will envy.

By opening night, the old Wrenn has almost disappeared. Things come to a head when a crisis reveals her weight-loss tricks, and Wrenn realizes there are much more important things than being thin, popular, or dating a hunk.

"One Wish is a poignant story of a girl's struggle to find herself in the midst of family turmoil and new temptations. Wrenn captures the reader's heart .... Readers will wish Wrenn success as she tries to make her dreams come true ... and proves that even when they don't, life can be better than we ever thought." --Mary Beth Miller, author of Aimee and On the Head of a Pin

"Brescia tackles important issues ... and Wrenn's thoughts and the characters' dialogue feel honest .... Wrenn show[s] growth and depth when she is undergoing therapy for anorexia, and begins to reflect on the choices she's made." --Publishers Weekly

"The characters are well developed and three-dimensional .... This engrossing novel lets readers see this issue up close without being completely pessimistic." --School Library Journal