Reading level: Young AdultMy Summary:
Paperback: 318 pages
Publisher: Razorbill; Original edition (June 9, 2011)
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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.
Willow Grey and her mother, a single 33 year old parent, have recently moved from Las Vegas, Nevada back to their home town of Worthington, Georgia. They had lived in Worthington until Willow was 9 years old but then relocated to Vegas. Willow's mom is a professional hypnotist who had her own show in Vegas until she decided that Willow needed a more normal home life. Willow is very excited to be reunited with her grandparents and also her life-long best friend, Max. Willow has discovered that her feelings for Max have changed from that of a friend to feelings of love. Now she is hoping to find out that he is feeling the same about her. Unfortunately, Willow soon discovers that while Max is happy to have her back, he has a steady girlfriend named Minnie. In what started out as a way to make Max jealous, Willow decides to use her knowledge of hypnosis to stand out to her new classmates. She is asked to help a popular cheerleader overcome her fear of tumbling and a very cute football player asks for help to stop his sleepwalking. While Willow has Quinton hypnotized she implants a suggestion that would make him attracted to her romantically. She also implants all the things that she thinks would make him a wonderful boyfriend.....treating her special, pampering and showering her with romance, see her as sexy and alluring but chivalrous and never pressuring her in any way, treating her like a goddess of love. The results are dramatic and as their relationship grows it takes unexpected twists and turns. Willow is left to decide if having the "best boyfriend" is better than having someone who truly cares for you. She also discovers that actions can have dramatic and perhaps tragic results. In the end she must decide who she really is and what she really wants from her life.
If you are someone who enjoys movies like 27 Dresses, The Proposal, etc where people go to ridiculous lengths to do what they are doing then you will enjoy this book. I found it to be rather silly but I could definitely see it as one of these fluffy romantic comedies. The relationship between Willow, her mom and her grandmother was very reminiscent of the Gilmore Girls. A high society grandmother is disapproving of her daughter's life style after she gives birth at 16 but she tries to influence the granddaughter as she gets older. The things that Willow does to try to get attention are pretty juvenile. I didn't like the way some activities like having a party with parents out of town and drinking going on seemed to be taken for granted. I found it somewhat unbelievable that having grown up with hypnosis, Willow was so willing to use it with no thought to the consequences.