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3.81  ·  Rating details ·  552 Ratings  ·  156 Reviews
Paraffin, Vermont, is known the world over as home to the Grosholtz Candle Factory. But behind the sunny retail space bursting with overwhelming scents and homemade fudge, seventeen-year-old Poppy Palladino discovers something dark and unsettling: a back room filled with dozens of startlingly life-like wax sculptures, crafted by one very strange old lady. Poppy hightails i ...more
Hardcover, 368 pages
Published August 2nd 2016 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I was hoping to really love this book but it was okay. I was thinking it was going to be more scary than it was, it wasn't really scary. The thought was more scary. **A Mild Spoiler Or Two**

Anyhoo, Poppy is a teenager living in Paraffin, Vermont. <--- heh! funny since the town is known for making candles. Poppy is known for some little incident that happened when she put on a play but I really don't see why these people had to be so rude about it and laugh at her. She was on tv and in papers
Robin (Bridge Four)
Aug 04, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, buddy-read, uf-pnr
This was odd.

It is really outside my normal wheelhouse as it is a bit comedy and a little bit horrorlite/mystery.

Review to come....but lets just say that a Wax boy comes to life and helps a social media sensation (not in a good way but in an 'I'll be in therapy the rest of my life because my most embarrassing moment went viral' way) and her theater group save the town from wax copies replacing main members of the small town.

Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
Gina Damico's books give me life. There, I said it. The Croak trilogy was incredible, Hellhole was hilarious, and Wax... Wax is fantastick. (I can make musical references t00). Seriously, that whole angle was flawless. Also, naming it the Grosholtz candle factory? Of course I realize now that I may or may not have posted a spoiler in my earlier, super-excitable non-updates, but OH WELL. I can't help it if I'm a history nut on top of a theatre geek.

But this book was amazing. The dialogue was so s
Candace Robinson
Well that was pretty weird, but it was a fun weird. The author was pretty witty in her writing and don't even get me started on Dud. He was ridiculous but definitely my favorite character. Full review on my blog
Alyson {Error Nebula}
Nov 12, 2014 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2016-publication
Gina Damico writing about LIVING WAX FIGURES?!
All I can think of is...

This is going to be amazing!
Can't wait for 2016 ^-^
I adore the Holy Grail that is Damico's Croak series, but Wax ended up being kind of a disappointing read that left me wanting. I was picturing something along the lines of House of Wax (which I have never seen), or, I don't know, something scarier. I imagine the situation at hand would be pretty disturbing if it happened IRL, but as I was reading it, the whole thing did a whole lot of nothing for me. I can't say that it was bad, because it wasn't; I just never really enjoyed it. I did love Dud, ...more
Aug 11, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-books
A very enjoyable book- both funny and weird. Loved Dud- the best character in the book :)
Rashika (is tired)
***This review has also been posted on The Social Potato

6 Reasons Why You Should Read Wax

1. The back of my arc copy describes this one as being “creepy fun.” I can attest to that fact and 100% agree. This book is creepy, not super scary and fun.

2. It’s FUNNY. Things are going down in this town that are messed up but I love that the author infuses humour in the creepy. I love that this book can scare you a little but make you laugh out loud.

3. An MC who isn’t trying to hide the big bad thing
Dec 23, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imagine growing up in a town that makes smelly candles. You know, those things are great, but imagine them at high concentration and conflicting smells and- ok- anyway ...
There is a town and its business is waxworks. Yeah; it’s not just the candles and the candle factory there. There are the mannequins on display and weird things that go on. Really weird things. And then there is a clumsy but endearing girl caught in the middle. A laughing stock of the town, will anyone listen to her when she
Sara (A Gingerly Review)
Jul 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016, physical-2016
I really enjoyed this book far more than I thought I would. It certainly was not a horror story, it was more of a humorous story. It certainly makes fun of itself and that was nice to read.

This it the story of Poppy who lives in Paraffin, Vermont. Poppy is still trying to get over the horrific accidnet she had during a national talent show. Obviously, it was televised and the entire world witnessed her performance. While trying to get on with her life, Poppy is still carefree and determined to
Kisses A
Jul 28, 2016 marked it as to-read
Oooooh its out in just a few days!!!!!!!$0unfs like House of Wax!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I love Gina Damico. I just do. I feel like she gets my sense of humor. I loved the Croak books, I loved Hellhole, and this is right up there with its predecessors. The characters are fun in this. Poppy is an absolute hoot, I love her friendship with Jill, and Dud is so entertaining. The plot for some reason reminds me of the villagers in Hot Fuzz meets Invasion of the Body Snatchers. The ending was a crazy thrill ride (although I hope the implosion at the factory gets better fleshed out in the f ...more
Ladies and gentlemen, Gina Damico did it again. She wrote a book that was funny, it was sad, it was creepy (and definitely unsettling), it was mysterious, it was everything you would want.

I have been reading this author's books since the Croak series, and I can tell you that I love all of her books. Every time however I do worry, would this be the first book I like less, or even don't like? But then I start reading, get slurped up in the world of the book, and even afterwards I stay stuck in the

“To your masterpiece,” Jill said, toasting me with her milkshake. “Tell me: How does it end? I love spoilers.”

WAX takes place in Paraffin, Vermont. And after a horrifically embarrassing singing incident on national TV, Poppy Palladino has become a recluse. She will never, EVER live this down. After stumbling across the Grosholtz Candle Factory one evening, she meets a French old woman, Madame Grosholtz and the conspicuously lifelike wax figures she has displayed inside.

In leaving the f
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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Sep 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Wax is something I would read again and again, just like any other book that Gina Damico has written. The characters were almost all very realistic and relatable; throughout the book I kept sending my friends sections of the books because of how much they could apply to my life. The plot was enthralling, I couldn't put the book down because I needed to know how it turned out for these characters that I had grown to love, even the ones made out of wax.
Mary Anne
Jun 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya
This book is a hoot! A candle factory, one many local folks will find quite familiar, in a quiet Vermont village is the source of mysterious rumors. A handful of people in town begin acting slightly strangely but only Poppy seems to notice. She enlists the help of her high school musical theater club to get to the bottom of things and stop the nefarious wax people from taking over the town. A fast paced, enjoyable read. Just right for summer reading!
May 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Suzanne Zeitouni
Oct 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
Good young adult book for the Halloween Season.
Raven Lucero
Dec 29, 2017 rated it liked it
This is almost exactly what I wanted: funny, light-hearted with a bit of depth, and a bit creepy to boot. Could it have been a bit scarier? In my humble opinion, yes, but that's a me thing. I never deeply cared for any of the characters, but they were fun people to follow around. Some of the twists were easy to figure out, too, so I wasn't overly impressed with the way some of that was handled.

But I had fun. That's what I wanted and needed right now.

3.75/5 stars
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: work-books
I was not expecting to enjoy this book as much as I did - was it because I'm a New Englander and a musical theatre dork? And poking fun at Yankee Candle always gets a thumbs-up from me. Regardless, I laughed a lot.
Jan 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya, mystery, fantasy, humor
I really loved this novel! It reminded me of a Saturday afternoon movie, the ones where you laughed at the characters as you couldn’t believe what you were witnessing and then, the drama and the mystery that was occurring to them held you in a trance, you couldn’t break away at least not until a commercial popped up on the screen. That’s exactly how this novel felt for me, it was humorous, I was laughing out loud continuously throughout this whole novel. It seemed bizarre and unexplainable what ...more
Dec 18, 2016 rated it liked it
Wax is the story of a town called Paraffin. It’s famous for making candles that smell of every conceivable scent known to man. It smelled like everything at once, all the time. For residents, “[…] Each scent layered one on top of the other, mixing and mingling, fusing and swelling into an odorous abomination that could knock an unsuspecting sniffer off his feet – a gag-inducing whiff that attacked the nostrils with a ruthless barrage of cinnamon-and-death-scented stink. Other than that, Paraffin ...more
Mar 02, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Thanks to HMH for an ARC!

Gina Damico won my and my students’ hearts with Croak to the point that even though my paperback copy of Croak isn’t exactly in the best shape (front cover bent, back cover torn, the pages are ripped in a way that students are missing a few words) it still circulates well. We love Croak so much we are ready to overlook any possible flaws.

Damico has a lot to offer high school and sophisticated middle school readers: she is ludicrous without being troubling or offensive.
Oswego Public Library District
The town of Parrafin, Vermont is home to the world-renowned Grosholtz Candle Factory. The primary downside to living in such an idyllic town is the unholy stench that comes with combining so many different scents. For Poppy Palladino, the bigger downside is the notoriety that comes with bombing her audition for a televised singing competition. While just trying to keep her head down until graduation, things take a turn for the weird when a living wax figure, Dud, pops out of her trunk. If that’s ...more
Gina Damico is a go-to source of kooky YA horror-comedy fun, and her latest, Wax, is no exception.

While the book does suffer from a long and muddled beginning (particularly in terms of protagonist Poppy's backstory, which feels a little more convoluted than it should be), Damico gamely delivers on atmosphere to keep the reader interested. Naturally, said atmosphere is poisoned by the stench of overly scented candles, this book being set in a small Vermont town famous for the production of scente
Oct 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Do you ever read something and think to yourself, how in the world did the author turn such a ridiculous premise into something so beautiful?

(Hint: I did, for this book)

A beautiful mashup of pre-college-existentialism, adventure, goodness and sorrow and wonderfully not-real characters, secrets and caves and all sorts of wonderful things, Wax was one of those rare novels driven not by romance but by friendship and character. Not a kiss to be seen! My YA-cynical heart rejoices. While love does pla
Deanna Pina
Literary Merit: Good
Characterization: Great
Recommended: Highly Recommended
Level: Later Middle School to High School

Gina Damico, author of the Croak series and "Hellhole," is back with another weird tale. "Wax" is a story that follows Poppy, a teen girl who has huge dreams that were crushed by an incident taking place before the book that involves the musical 'The Sound of Music,' and a nasty spill. In following months, Poppy hopes to recover her glory, but is disregarded by most and even bullied
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