Published December 13th 2016 by Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Format read: ARC via publisher
Seventh-grade girls like guys who are cool. And Nick Dashaway…is not cool.
When Nick makes a wish after the epic disaster that was the Greentree Middle School Talent Show, he doesn’t actually think it’s going to come true. But it does. Soon he has a whole new life—he’s rich, he’s popular, and girls laugh at all his jokes. He’s famous. But when he begins to miss parts of his old life, is it too late to get it back?
We’ve had a rocky relationship recently, you and I. I’ve been increasingly disappointed in your unrelenting slate of remakes; you’ve been quietly concerned about my less-than-stellar track attendance at the theaters.
But I’m writing to tell you how you can make it up to me. How, you ask? By making Five Days of Famous, into a feature film. It’s a middle grade novel by the incomparable Alyson Noël, detailing the misadventures of a almost-thirteen-year-old named Nick Dashaway.
Nick’s intelligent and driven, but being clever doesn’t necessarily get you the girl when you’re a tween. So when a friend’s birthday gift allows him to make a wish, he does – landing in an alternate universe, where he’s living out the life of a pop star. But Nick quickly realizes that being rich and famous comes with conditions that he isn’t sure he wants…
Ok, I know what you’re thinking. Why this story? First things first: it’s because we need more introspective stories for younger audiences.
I know that superhero movies are all the rage right now – and trust me, I will never tire of Captain America – but Noël’s story is a much-needed one, providing an introspective look at the uncertainty that young tweens go through, when they’re trying to balance innate drive and the desire to be liked.
Nick’s journey, as he goes from questioning the merits of his actual life, to the wish-fulfilled pop star life are funny and eye-opening, as he learns about personal relationships, and what he wants and doesn’t want from life. Noël has some genuinely spectacular dialogue detailing Nick’s transformation, which would sound amazing verbalized out loud. Ultimately, his growth will help readers reexamine their own lives too. Don't you want to see this type of compelling story on the screen?
(I know he's a little too old, but younger Tom Holland would be perfect for Nick. So why not go for a Tom Holland type?)
While I’m not going to spoil the ending for you – because hey, if you’re going adapt it, you’ve got to read it, right? But I’m telling you now, this is the project Hollywood needs. With a hint of magic, some strong friendships and some amazing writing, this is the book (and the film!) we need now.
About the author:
Alyson Noël is the #1 New York Times bestselling award-winning author of twenty-three novels, including the Immortals, Riley Bloom, and the Soul Seekers series. Born and raised in Orange County, California, she has lived in both Mykonos and Manhattan and is now settled back in Southern California. Visit Alyson at alysonnoel.com and follow her on Facebook and Twitter.