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Cotton Candy Wishes: A Swirl Novel


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Is achieving the social status of your dreams really all that sweet?

Taylor wishes she were popular. It's not like she doesn't have any friends, but when she tries to throw a giant cotton candy–themed birthday bash, it ends up a huge flop—no one shows up.

So when her dad gets a new job and they have to move, Taylor sees it as an opportunity to reinvent herself. As luck would
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published January 1st 2019 by Sky Pony
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Evelina | AvalinahsBooks
I really enjoyed this middle-grade-going-on-young-adult read. While it concerns itself with mostly the problems of having something to wear and being accepted by the cool gang, which might seem a little insignificant to an adult considering the big picture, these are very important topics to see a broader view on if you're a preteen yourself. Cotton Candy Wishes teaches to know your real worth and follow your heart without being preachy or stereotypical. I know I would have found it encouraging ...more
Feb 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019
An adorable read as fluffy as cotton candy;)
Did feel like the ending was a bit rushed though.
Oct 26, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A cute read, but it ended a little abruptly. The message was good though.
Ms. Yingling
Nov 09, 2018 rated it liked it
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Taylor throws an exquisitely planned, cotton candy themed birthday party, invites all of the students in her grade... and no one but her best friend comes. Crushed, especially after she overhears other girls calling her attempts lame and desperate, Taylor isn't even comforted by her small group of three friends. When she gets home, she finds out that her family has to move two hours away for her father's job. She doesn't want to leave, but feels she has little to lose. S
Eve beinguniquebooks
Jun 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Taylor has a disastrous birthday party where no one turns up, theme being cotton candy everything which sounds amazing to me! However feeling sad no one came, she makes a birthday wish to become a member of the popular group of girls in school.

So when Taylor and her family move towns it's her chance to be a member of the popular group. Whom at this new school are led by Elle and Daniel is the hot popular guy Elle tries to pair Taylor off with throughout the book.

However Taylor and Daniel both do
Danielle Hammelef
Dec 08, 2018 rated it really liked it
Taylor is definitely an authentic middle grade girl and if I were in middle school, I think she would have been speaking to me. The message of being yourself, accepting yourself, and not giving away your individuality and integrity in exchange for popularity is excellent and comes across not preachy at all. The one thing I didn't like was how easily Taylor accepted moving and leaving her friends behind. Overall, this is a fun read for girls who want friendship stories that are on the lighter sid ...more
Deena Lipomi
Oct 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
When her parents announce the family is moving, Taylor knows she will miss her three bffs, but she looks forward to the opportunity to reinvent herself and become popular. Then she learns what popularity might entail and must decide if it is worth the price if she cannot also be her authentic self. While the story line is not new, Taylor's desire to be both popular and kind is a nice take. Fans of the Aladdin MIX line will enjoy this girl-centric story about friendships, relationships, and the c ...more
Destiny Bridwell
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book for a fair and honest review. I think all kids go through the wanting to be popluar or at least liked. Wanting to be noticed by those that are part of the in-crowd. That is Taylor and she throws a party that is cotton candy theme and not a single person shows up. After a move that was because of a new job for her father she decides this is her chance. But is it all that Taylor ever wanted or does she wish for something not so ruthless? 
Janet Graham
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Growing Up in Middle School
This is a good story about a young girl learning about true friends and real popularity. There is the expected amount of tween angst, but it is nicely done. The tale of values and true friendship is one that everyone goes through, eventually. The book is very well done, not 'preachy' and an enjoyable read for all ages. I will watch for more of this author's work.
May 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
She holds a party but no-one comes leaving her feeling so down. When her father gets a new job she moves school. The popular girl takes her under their wing. She seems happier, she has a maths partner and she likes it. Will she dump him to stay in the popular group? See what will happen

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Nov 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2018
*Big thanks to Edelweiss and the publisher for the review copy.*

This was my first Swirl book but I know it won’t be my last. This was a cute middle grade book that brought back a lot of memories for me. It was a quick read and while the plot wasn’t really deep or complicated it was totally relatable. A fun read that just left me smiling.
Apr 11, 2020 rated it it was ok
I wanted to like this book, but I didn’t. I’ve read four other Swirl Novels and really enjoyed them, but not this one. The storyline was uneventful and I found a lot of errors while I was reading.
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Feb 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
super cute. ( FYI a lot of bullying and name calling.)
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