Addie is having a hard time enjoying her 12th birthday because all she really wants is to be 16. Addie just knows that at 16 she'll have the coolest clothes, a drawer full of make-up, and her own cell phone. Her birthday also sucks because she has a big fight with her best friend Grace who is content to do all the things they've always done and doesn't seem to be in a hurry to grow up. Addie's slightly senile neighbor gives her an antique jewelry box with directions to be careful with it but Addie doesn't expect it to contain real magic. After locking her wish to be 16 into the box, Addie wakes up the next day four years older with everything she ever wanted. The only thing missing is Grace who apparently isn't her friend at all anymore.
I have to admit that I am a huge Jessica Brody fan. If you didn't know, I am a young adult librarian who reads about 120-150 YA books each year and I am so over most dystopias, love triangles, secret magical powers, and every other fiction trope. So even I find it a little surprising that someone as jaded and cynical as me is just delighted by all the silly fluff Brody puts out. And yet I will always purchase whatever she has written for my school and I'll booktalk the Hell out of it to my kids. In the case of Addie Bell, I horded the book on my "to read" shelf for over a month because I was saving it for a time when I really needed a reading pick me up and it did not disappoint. Yes, her stuff is fluffy but it is well done fluff with a definite sarcastic edge and winning characters who aren't just placeholders in the story. I would list 52 reasons to love this author in order to be super-clever but I'm way too tired to do that. But I know at least that many reasons exist. Read her stuff!!