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Wednesday 12 August 2015

Review: Cloudwish

Vân Uóc was born in Australia but that doesn’t make it her home. Her passion is photography even though her parents dream of her becoming a doctor. She has this fantasy of the hottest guy in school being her 'mew'. You get the idea. An everyday girl living an ordinary life.

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.

Title: Cloudwish
Author: Fiona Wood
Publisher: Macmillan Australia, $19.99 RRP
Publication Date: August 2015
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 9781743533123
For ages: 13+
Type: Young Adult Fiction