Be Careful What You Wish For


Down with the Shine by Kate Karyus Quinn

Summary from the Authors website:

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 down-with-the-shinefor “balls of steel” and got them-literally.
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.
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…

There are three  videos similar to this one for this book, but I thought this one was the best of the three.  It really gives a feel for the book.


This book starts out quite amusing.  Some of the wishes and the way they come true are quite amusing but also at times horrifying.  Lennie is a nice girl, who doesn’t usually get herself into trouble.  But after the death of her best friend, and the guilt she feels around that death, she decides to start being more defiant and change her good girl self.  The family situation that the author has created is interesting,  a crazy mom, a missing dad and Lennie basically being raised by her Uncles who sell moonshine.  The wishes the Uncles grant are small ones and they are very deliberate in what they allow people to wish for.  Lennie has seen this toasting tradition of her Uncles hundreds of times, “May all your wishes come true, or at least just this one.”  But she never witnessed the outcomes.  SO when she takes the moonshine to a party and has everyone there make a wish, which she then toasts, disaster was bound to happen. This book gets quite dark very quickly, and the plot gets twisted in ways you can’t quite grasp, but it keeps you reading because you want to know how Lennie solves all of the problems she has caused.  The solution is a little weak, but it works.  This is a dark comedy that has solid characters and an interesting plot.

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