Author: Gina Damico
Date of Publication: August 2nd, 2016
Paraffin, Vermont, is known the world over as home to the Grosholtz Candle Factory. But behind the sunny retail space bursting with overwhelming scents and homemade fudge, seventeen-year-old Poppy Palladino discovers something dark and unsettling: a back room filled with dozens of startlingly life-like wax sculptures, crafted by one very strange old lady. Poppy hightails it home, only to be shocked when one of the figures—a teenage boy who doesn’t seem to know what he is—jumps naked and screaming out of the trunk of her car. She tries to return him to the candle factory, but before she can, a fire destroys the mysterious workshop—and the old woman is nowhere to be seen.
With the help of the wax boy, who answers to the name Dud, Poppy resolves to find out who was behind the fire. But in the course of her investigation, she discovers that things in Paraffin aren’t always as they seem, that the Grosholtz Candle Factory isn’t as pure as its reputation—and that some of the townspeople she’s known her entire life may not be as human as they once were. In fact, they’re starting to look a little . . . waxy. Can Poppy and Dud extinguish the evil that’s taking hold of their town before it’s too late?
Wax takes place in Paraffin, Vermont where a candle factory is the main attraction that brings in tourists. The main character Poppy had an incident on reality television and is constantly bullied by a boy at her school and is on a mission to get back at him. She then finds herself inside of the candle factory where she runs into a crazy old lady and thinks a bunch of nonsense is going on. When she arrives home from the factory she opens up her trunk to find a boy inside of it screaming and who may not actually be a boy at all.
Some of the people inside of Paraffin start to appear not themselves and Poppy is going to figure out what is going on and help save the town along with a new friend made of wax that she named Dud.
This was a really fun and very weird book which is not to be taken too seriously. The lead character was very snarky and witty, and I especially loved her conversations with her best friend Jill.
Dud was well Dud. He was really cute, strange and likeable and reminded me of Brendan Fraser in Encino Man except he wasn’t a caveman but a waxman. I also really liked Poppy’s parents. They were hilarious.
A lot of the events were predictable, and the ending did feel a little rushed and maybe not as creepy as I wanted it to be, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. I liked that there was a team effort to help prevent the town from turning into wax, and another character I liked was Jesus who was full of craziness. If you want a read full of entertainment then I would try out this book.
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