What the Spell by Brittany Geragotelis
Series: Life's a Witch #1
Release Date: 01/29/2013
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
A teenage witch juggles popularity and romance while keeping her powers a secret in this spellbinding debut.Almost-sixteen-year-old Brooklyn feels invisible, but she desperately wants to be pretty, to be popular, to be adored by a cute guy. Luckily for her, she’s a witch about to come of age—so she’s only a few spells away from making it all happen.
On her milestone birthday, Brooklyn’s conservative parents finally unbind her powers, which include the ability to magically match couples with a love spell. Brooklyn uses her special skills to get a makeover, new friends, and the attention of her crush, Asher. But the popular clique Brooklyn wants to infiltrate puts her in the same precarious position as her Salem ancestors: If she’s found out, she could be vilified—and lose Asher in the process. Can she make the most of her magic, or will she be luckless and loveless? Be careful what you witch for!
Brooklyn is a witch whose magic has been bound since birth. Then on her sixteenth birthday, her parent let her have her magic again. Now just think about it. If you had wanted something your whole life, and you can finally have it, let's be honest here: You'd probably abuse the privilege. (Don't deny it; if you still won't abuse it, you have no life)
Anyways, Brooklyn's dream is to fit in and be popular. With magic, that can be easily achieved. With a few changes to her appearance, boom! Popular kids want her.
I think this story really important to those of us who are still growing up because it teaches us to discover ourselves and know who we really are. Brooklyn thought she wanted to be popular but in the end, she knew who she really is. It was not who she wanted to be, but hey, she still loves herself.
This story of self-discovery along with reckless and fun magic would definitely cheer you right up on a bad day :)