11 Birthdays by Wendy Mass is a wonderfully written fantasy novel about friendship. The novel is set in the magical little town of Willow Falls and the book chronicles what happens to Amanda and her friend Leo Fitzpatrick when they celebrate their 11th birthday.
Amanda Ellerby and Leo Fitzpatrick have been best friends since they were born at the Willow Falls General Hospital all those years ago. They’ve celebrated each of their birthdays year after year, except for this one due to hurtful words that Amanda overheard Leo spoke on their 10th birthday. When Amanda wakes up on the day after her 11th birthday, she finds out that it’s her birthday again. It doesn’t seem to be anything but her birthday each day, yet for everyone it’s a new day! She finds out that Leo also is stuck in the repeating days cycle with her and they join up to find out why every day is again their 11th Birthday. They meet the magical Angelina D’Angelo and find out why every day is their birthday, yet she is powerless to stop it.Will Amanda and Leo ever have a 12th Birthday? What will they do? For nothing in magical little Willow Falls is how it seems.
I first read 11 Birthdays as an OBOB book. Ever since that first reading, I have loved the books by her for her wonderful books chock full of humor. I would recommend this book to any person who loves reading as this is a book that is a must-read.
If you liked 11 Birthdays, come back to Willow Falls in 12 finally, 13 Gifts, The Last Present and Graceful!