Things I loved about Leigh Brescia’s debut, ONE WISH: Grease, the musical, for one. And Wrenn’s quiet determination, for another. I really fell in love with her and found myself rooting for her even as she made some not-so-great choices about her life. We’ve all been there, in some way, risking everything just to fit in, or to get the guy, or to earn the lead in the play, or whatever we thought was important at the time. Wrenn reminded me of myself and pretty much everyone I’ve known, and in that way, I wanted to smack her as much as I wanted to hug her. She really is a wonderfully developed character.
About ONE WISH
Overweight Wrenn Scott desperately wants to be popular and snag a hot boyfriend. Her amazing voice (for once) overshadows her weight when she lands a lead role in the high school musical. Pushing to get thinner by opening night, Wrenn’s waistline shrinks as she learns all the wrong ways to lose weight from a new “it-girl” friend in the show. By opening night, the old Wrenn has almost disappeared. After a crisis reveals her weight-loss tricks, Wrenn realizes there are much more important things than being thin, popular, or even dating a hunk.
Wrenn’s 2009 Debut Party
I’m so happy to be part of Wrenn’s debut party. After all she’s been through, she totally deserves a celebration!
The Guest List
I’d invite some of the main characters from novels by Sarah Dessen, Laurie Halse Anderson, and John Green, because they all have “stories” (issues they faced and lived to talk about), just like Wrenn.
I’d also invite Edward Cullen.
Wait. Can I invite myself? I’m totally inviting myself.
Sure, Leigh, you can invite yourself. But you can’t sit next to Edward. That spot’s taken.
“Edward? Um, hi. I don’t know if you know this, but… I’m not afraid, either…”
Wait, what were we talking about? Oh yes, the party. This is about Wrenn, people. Not Edward. So stop looking at him. I’m not kidding. *cough*
It’s a surprise “Welcome Home” party at Wrenn’s house with her closest friends. No party favors needed — just the warm, fuzzy feeling everyone gets from supporting their friend.
The Guest of Honor: Wrenn
Wrenn is wearing jeans, a t-shirt, and a silver ID bracelet that is very important to her. And her theme song? I’m actually pretty disappointed at the turn he’s taken career-wise (because he used to rock and, well, now he’s sort of campy) . . . but I would say “Who Says You Can’t Go Home” by Bon Jovi.
Agree with the campy comment, but nobody rocked the 80s like Jon. Good choice.
Leigh’s Advice for Wrenn on Her Big Debut
There’s always a chance for a new beginning. 🙂
If anyone can show us the truth in that, it’s Wrenn! Best of luck to you both on this heartfelt debut!
ONE WISH is available in book stores now, and also online through Indiebound and other Web retailers.
Leigh Brescia grew up in North Carolina, spending most of her days playing in the woods behind her home and imagining she was a princess. She earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English Communication from Mount Olive College and her Master’s degree from Fort Hays State University. She currently teaches online English composition courses for three universities, and an online “Writing Novels for Young Adults” course for UC Irvine.
When she’s not grading papers or writing, she enjoys reading and watching movies. She sings when she’s in a good mood and has killed every plant she’s ever owned. She currently lives in North Carolina with her husband and her three-year-old. Visit her online.