Until one English class and a tiny glass vial changes everything. Vân Uóc doesn’t believe in magic, so why is the guy of her dreams following her around like a lost puppy? Is he setting her up for the cruellest prank of all time? Even if he isn’t, a whole lot of trouble trails in his wake. There’s a furious jilted Holly for a start. Vindictive is her middle name, even on a good day.
Cloudwish is about the dilemmas that arise when your dreams might come true. Are they all you hope they would be? Can magic happen? It’s also about loss and trauma. Vân Uóc’s parents are refugees who have made a new life in Melbourne but their scars from flight are still raw, even after thirty years.
While Cloudwish is easy to read with laugh out loud moments, the deeper current of struggling to straddle two cultures and living with little when surrounded by those who have much can pull you under at times.
A great read with a hint of sex and a whole lot of school-based drama.
Author: Fiona Wood
Publisher: Macmillan Australia, $19.99 RRP
Publication Date: August 2015
For ages: 13+
Type: Young Adult Fiction