Cloudwish by Fiona WoodCloudwish by Fiona Wood


byFiona Wood

Hardcover | October 18, 2016

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Award-winning author Fiona Wood delivers a thought-provoking story of self-discovery and first love-one that will resonate with anyone who has ever realized that the things that make you different are the things that make

For Vân Uoc, fantasies fall into two categories: nourishing or pointless. Daydreaming about attending her own art opening? Nourishing. Daydreaming about Billy Gardiner, star of the rowing team who doesn't even know she's alive? Pointless.

So Vân Uoc tries to stick to her reality-keeping a low profile as a scholarship student at her prestigious Melbourne private school, managing her mother's PTSD from a traumatic emigration from Vietnam, and admiring Billy from afar. Until she makes a wish that inexplicably (possibly magically) comes true. Billy actually notices her. In fact, he seems to genuinelylikeher. But as they try to fit each other into their very different lives, confounding parents and confusing friends, Vân Uoc can't help but wonder why Billy has suddenly fallen for her. Is it the magic of first love, or is it magic from a well-timed wish that will eventually, inevitably, come to an end?
Fiona Wood lives in Melbourne, Australia. Her first novel,Six Impossible Things, was short-listed for the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year (Older Readers).Wildlife, her first novel published in the United States,was named the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year (Older Readers) and was short-listed...
Title:CloudwishFormat:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.5 × 6 × 1 inPublished:October 18, 2016Publisher:Little, Brown Books for Young ReadersLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0316242128

ISBN - 13:9780316242127


Rated 3 out of 5 by from 3 stars for a humble heroine and great best friend. I might have been biased when I decided to pick up this book because the protagonist is Viet and I don't think I ever read a novel where the main character was my ethnicity and took place in a modern day setting. :P So Vân Ước's personality was quite refreshing since it's rare that I find such gentle and kind female protagonists in contemporary YA novels. Her best friend Jess is a lesbian but she was probably my favourite secondary character in the novel. She was supportive and skeptical of Vân Ước's new found relationship with Billy as a best friend should be. It's weird to admit but I couldn't relate to Vân Ước's family life at home and I'm fortunate in that sense since even though my parents were refugees, they got good jobs and gave my siblings and I a stable life. So I couldn't relate to her poverty or the stereotype of parents pushing their children to become doctors and study 24/7. So it was a bit irksome for the author to keep emphasizing Vân Ước's poverty all the time. Billy was an okay love interest but at the very least he was sweet to Vân Ước and it was nice to see Vân Ước being wary of him in the beginning. So knocking off stars for that and a slow, slightly dull plot.
Date published: 2017-02-23

Editorial Reviews

"The mounting interpersonal tension will keep readers deeply engrossed, as will the narrators' honesty and humor...This exceptional novel is Australian author Wood's American debut, but readers will want to get their hands on her first book, Six Impossible Things."-The Horn Book