By Jennifer Jabaley
Willow has spent most of her life as her mother’s sidekick in a popular Las Vegas hypnotism show. So when she and her mom move back to their sleepy southern hometown to start over, she thinks she’s in for a life of quiet normalcy. Except that her new life turns out to be anything but, when she kinda sorta hypnotizes Quinton, the hottest guy on the football team, to fall madly, deeply, head over heels in love with her. But what started out as an innocent way to make her best friend, Max, jealous soon gets way out of hand, and Willow begins to wonder if the mind – and more importantly, the heart – is something you can really control
This Blonde’s Review:
Willow has always loved her best friend Max, except she moved away with her mother years before. When they move back she hopes that something will finally happen with Max. Until she finds out he has a girlfriend. When Willow gets the idea to use another guy to make Max jealous she doesn’t want to rely on things happening naturally. She decides to use hypnosis.
Other kids at school learn about Willow’s skills with hypnosis and soon start asking her for help with their problems too. As Willow gets in deeper than she can handle, she has to figure out how to keep everything from spiraling out of control. She has to decide if the consequences of hypnotizing people are worth the benefits, and she has to figure out how to fix it all before it gets worse.
I hadn’t read books on hypnotism before and it was an interesting concept. If you could hypnotize anyone and make them believe anything you wanted them to, how would you use that power? This was an adorable story. I didn’t like the choices Willow was making, but how many of us really thought out the consequences so far in advance as a teenager? Max was my favorite character, I actually liked him more than Willow. There were things I thought he could do better as well, but he was such a good solid guy that I can’t help but love him.
If you enjoy the idea of Willow trying to control things most can’t, and then try to deal with the consequences you’ll get a kick out of reading this story. You may even find yourself thinking of ways you’d have done it if you were her.