My book talks are coming at you from a librarian, not a reviewer. You won’t find me talking about style or craft, why I think this could’ve been better or what worked or didn’t work. I only do book talks on books I liked and want other people to know about. So if it’s here I probably think it won’t injure your brain if you read it.
Lennie has always been the kind of girl to attract trouble, so when her best friend Dylan is murdered she knows their connection had something to do with her death. But six months pass without anything worse than muttered whispered from her classmates, and dark looks from the townspeople. Graduation means leaving it all behind, and Lennie means to do exactly that – but first she’d like to clear the air. She knows taking some of her uncles’ top-notch moonshine to the coolest party will earn her points- so she does exactly that.
The shine grants her entry, and her family’s odd toast – required before any and all shots go down – draws attention, until Lennie has shared the love across the whole party, not knowing she just damned everyone. Lennie’s family makes moonshine that grants wishes when drunk alongside the odd toast she’s heard her whole life – and she just delivered wish fulfillment to a whole house full of blasted teenagers.
The guy that wanted balls of steel is getting a lesson in literalism. The kid that wanted to be able to fly has wings, and nobody can leave the party because their host said she wanted their night to never end. But Lennie has to set things straight – because her own wish to have her friend Dylan back safe in her own bed could have been fulfilled… and since all the other wishes have gone horribly wrong, she can’t imagine what magic has done with hers.