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Cloudwish is a delightful new contemporary young adult novel from Fiona Wood, author of Six Impossible Things and Wildlife.Asked to choose a prop for a creative writing assignment, V n Uoc Phan selects a small glass vial Inside, a slip of paper says wish V n Uoc considers the possibilities, she could wish not be the only scholarship poor smart Asian in her privileged private school, or that the government would stop persecuting asylum seekers, but V n Uoc s most private and fervent wish, is for Billy Gardiner to like her.Readers familiar with Wildlife might recognise V n Uoc and Billy for their role in the book as minor characters.V n Uoc is the only daughter of Vietnamese refugees, she lives in a housing commission flat, attending the prestigious Crowthorne Grammar on an academic scholarship She is quiet and studious, her parents expect she will become a doctor or a lawyer, though V n Uoc dreams of becoming an artist Billy Gardiner is Crowthorne Grammar s golden boy, he is smart but takes very little seriously One of the first eight on the successful school rowing team, the son of wealthy parents, he takes his privilege for granted in a way V n Uoc never can.When Billy suddenly takes notice of her, V n Uoc assumes she is being set up for a joke but as his attention persists, she begins to wonder if a wish really can come true The ensuing relationship between V n Uoc and Billy is sweet and believable, deftly handled by the author within the context of the story.But this is not just a story about a teen romance, throughout the story, Wood sensitively explores the experience of diversity in all its forms with a focus on socioeconomic, racial and cultural difference V n Uoc keenly feels the divide between herself and her classmates, she can t afford designer jeans or even a cup of coffee after school, her free time is limited to spending Friday nights watching movies in her neighbours flat, and she has responsibilities they can t imagine V n Uoc is also haunted by her parents experiences as refugees Though she knows few of the details, her mother s annual slide into depression suggests unimaginable horrors With references to Jane Eyre, V n Uoc s idol, and Pretty in Pink, Australian politics and the legitimacy of asylum seekers, mean girls, Chapel Street, and magic, Cloudwish is a wonderfully observed and heartfelt Australian story about identity, belonging, love, and dreamsJane had all the answers Of course she did When had she ever let V n Uoc down It struck her like a proverbial bolt from the blue that within Jane Eyre s framework of realism of social commentary on class, on charity schools, on imperious rich relations, on gender equality and the restricted opportunity for women, on love and moralitythere was also some mad magic Cloudwish was, in the first instance, a cover crush for me It was beautifully design and very catchy The thousandth of second after I read the name of the main character note 2nd word in blurb , I MUST READ THIS Potentially Awesome Book And let me just assure you now, it did NOT disappoint The promises of magic , of Jane Eyre , and romance were met but in addition to all this an in depth look of what it means to be an Asian teen in the Australian landscape.V n Uoc was first introduced as the typical ABC or rather ABV, that s Australian Born Vietnamese parents who barely speak English, parent who s pushing her towards the high prestige high earning profession, very intelligent on scholarship at a private school , plays musical instrument though in this case, an atypical instrument the oboe , in summary, an overachiever Just like any average teen though, she also has dreams dreams that she can be just like the others, to blend in, rather than being invisible So, when she was given the chance, she made a wish I felt an immediate connection to V n Uoc, not only because of my background as an immigrant , but because I love instant coffee with condensed milk Forget GJ s Caramel Lattes, this is da bomb As V n Uoc puts it It made you fly on a little cloud of sugar and caffeine.And then this this is EXACTLY what happened to me when I was learning to read English books And something miraculous happened when they were about a quarter of the way through reading it After weeks of ploughing and hesitating, something clicked she stopped stumbling over the unknown words and long sentences Words magically started to reveal meaning, most of the time anyway, through context And the sentences themselves stopped being obstacles and started telling a story Her eyes were racing ahead she was comprehending the shape and rhythm of the language.Do you know just how exciting it is when an author has put into words the same exact feelings experiences you have had I love you, FionaCloudwish may, on the outset, sound like a girly romance fluff but Don t Be Fooled Fiona Wood has outdone herself in creating this masterpiece The authenticity of feel thought of an Asian Australian teen girl I can testify to this and the inclusion of a number of contemporary issues including but not limited to boat refugees, the white ness of beauty adverts, etc, made a very solid content of a YA fiction.I have always wished to have the Asian equivalent of Melina Marchetta s Looking for Alibrandi and or Saving Francesca Italian and in Cloudwish, my wish has come true Thank you, Fiona, for writing such a beautiful, compelling, and relevant tale It has spoken true to my heart and a definite top read of the year for me I will never stop recommending this to everybody along with Alibrandi Note to the parents if you re concerned about sexual content, I d suggest that you read the book first so you are prepared or, feel free to PM me for better details.Thanks Pan MacMillan Australia for copy of Uncorrected Proof in exchange of honest review #DOWNLOAD Ö Cloudwish ë For V N Uoc Phan, Fantasies Fall Into Two Categories Nourishing, Or Pointless Daydreaming About Billy Gardiner, For Example Pointless It Always Left Her Feeling Sick, As Though She D Eaten Too Much SugarV N Uoc Doesn T Believe In Fairies, Zombies, Vampires, Father Christmas Or Magic Wishes She Believes In Keeping A Low Profile Real Life Will Start When School FinishesBut When She Attracts The Attention Of Billy Gardiner, She Finds Herself In An Unwelcome SpotlightNot Even Jane Eyre Can Help Her NowWishes Were Not A ThingThey Were NotCorrectionWishes Were A ThingWishes That Came True Were Sometimes A ThingWishes That Came True Because Of Magic Were Not A Thing Were They 4 4.5 starsCloudwish is a delightful, gentle young adult novel, that brings forward a female character who s non Caucasian, so that alone was refreshing V n Uoc Phan is the Australian born daughter of Vietnamese refugees They re poor and live in a government owned, high rise apartment in Melbourne, Australia.V n Uoc Phan, whose name means Cloudwish, has a scholarship at a prestigious, private high school, where she makes herself inconspicuous as to not attract the unwanted attention of the rich, mean kids She s a top student, excellent oboe player and a wanna be artist, despite her parents wishes that she d become a successful rich lawyer or doctor From a distance, and in spite of her better judgment, she fancies Billy, top alpha, good looking male specimen, who s on the school s prestigious rowing team She knows he s arrogant and a bit of a bully, but she s also seen a better side of him She daydreams wishes that Billy would fancy her and suddenly, out of nowhere, he starts falling for her, which she finds disconcerting I thought Fiona Wood did a wonderful job describing V n Uoc s struggles to fit in, while staying true to herself But who was she She felt caught in the middle between her Australian ess and her Vietnamese heritage.I loved that Fiona Wood brought forward a very relevant and current issue situation that of refugees and of what is abysmally called by our disgraceful government, boat people Reading about V n Uoc s situation and especially about her parents horrific story was heartbreaking.This was a very well written, enjoyable, yet compelling novel, that s got teenage angst relating to fitting in, achieving, making decisions and first love On top of that, there are a few extra layers about class, about opportunities, about immigrants refugees issues and about post traumatic stress disorder PTSD And I couldn t help but love all the many Jane Eyre references and the fact that V n Uoc considered her a role model of sorts I received this novel via Netgalley Many thanks to the publishers, Macmillan Australia, for the opportunity to read and review.Cover 5 stars. I m both crying and screaming in frustration right now I don t want to have to write a negative review for this, and the fact that I do have to it infuriating me Fiona Wood s Six Impossible Things was funny, relatable and slightly odd I was hoping for something similar with Cloudwish, and I just didn t get it I found the writing style uncomfortable from the very beginning I literally cringed after reading the first page It was tried so hard to be literary , but it just didn t work On top of that, I wasn t a fan of the protagonist, the love interest or the failed attempt at romance man was it underdeveloped and felt fake because of the magical realism element Also, they way that this book made itself seem so diverse pissed me off Yes, we had a POC protagonist And that s fantastic It truly is I loved that this book looked at the boat people stereotypes in Australia, they way it does justices to the Vietnamese Australian community IMO But this one element of diversity doesn t excuse the fact that all of the other characters were stereotypes one dimensional, typical air headed mean girls that bullied our MC for no good reason a romantic interest, rich, jock guy that wants to live the life he wants, not his parents dream a gay best friend and a smart, bespectacled Asian kid I m all for diversity you know I am , but this isn t the sort of diversity I support. This review was originally posted on Happy Indulgence Check it out for reviews A book about an Asian teen living in Australia dealing with the traditional values of her parents and her Western classmates where was this book when I was in high school Even though Cloudwish isn t written by an ownvoices author, I found it incredibly relatable as it highlighted things that I ve experienced as a second generation immigrant It covers the same family pressures that I went through at school parents pushing you to study, needing to translate everything for them, coming from a difficult past and not wanting to talk about it, and their displacement from their immediate family There were so many relatable pearls of wisdom that I found throughout the book, such as the Asian fail being an A , study being the number 1 priority over your social life and speaking to your parents with a mixture of basic Vietnamese broken English or in my case, Chinese Cloudwish is the first book that I ve read that really captures what it s like to be from an Asian immigrant family and it was captured in a frank and honest manner.For my fellow Australians, you ll know that refugees or asylum seekers have a stigma attached to them Van Uoc s parents came to Australia by boat, escaping Vietnam for a better future It was heartbreaking hearing about everything they went through in their escape, from starvation, dehydration, loneliness and fear of the unknown Van Uoc rarely hears about her parents talking about how they made it to Australia, only knowing that it was a traumatising experience with her mother suffering from PTSD over it Van Uoc s family isn t exactly living in poverty, but they re not well off either and reading about their experience was really eye opening.I also enjoyed the values of feminism covered in Cloudwish, like how females rely on makeup to meet manufactured ideals of beauty while males don t have to do this It was refreshing to hear this covered in such a frank manner, as one of the examples of valuable social commentary provided in the book.At the heart of Cloudwish, is a sweet, innocent love story where Van Uoc makes a wish that her crush, also the most popular guy in school would fall in love with her This is where things went downhill for me Billy sounds like a guy who I ve read about a thousand times over the popular guy in school who is forced by his parents to become a jock, but starts dating a girl whom his parents won t approve of Like Van Uoc, I felt suspicious of Billy, as someone who starts stalking her and suddenly knowing everything there is to know about her I loved how she bravely confronted him about it, but even then it still wasn t convincing enough for me I mean, where is Billy s group of friends and high school buddies How does Van Uoc fit in with all of them And are we to believe that he suddenly starts noticing her in English class which begins his obsession over her It wasn t particularly believable for me loveskeptic.The writing was also quite stunted, written in past tense but forced into present tense It didn t flow naturally at all and felt pretty awkward in some parts, which affected my enjoyment of the novel Despite Van Uoc s experiences which relatively echoed mine while growing up in Australia, I also felt a disconnect with her character which I felt was partly due to the writing.While I wasn t a fan of the romance or the writing in some parts, I loved how refreshing Cloudwish was, capturing my experience growing up in Australia as a second generation immigrant Covering a range of topics dealing with refugees, immigrant families, disconnect from your parents and feminism, Cloudwish would be extremely relatable for Asian teens or those from other cultures living in a Western country. THIS WAS SO GOOD I didn t even realise how diverse and great it would be Van Uoc is pretty much my dream protagonist she s smart and she has goals but she s not perfect, either she s shy and a bit lost between cultures Love the element of magic throughout it, and the ending was EXCELLENT Full review to come during the blog tour This is one of the best books I ve read in terms of doing diversity right.It explores the misconceptions of asylum seekers, who are labelled boat people by the media and dehumanised.It explores the misconceptions of race entirely.It shows the effects of race on daily life.It explores the DIMENSIONS of diversity socioeconomic dimensions and political dimensions and racial and religious and SO MANY things And Fiona Wood does it all fantastically.It also gives us a protagonist Van Uoc who is smart, capable, somewhat lost between cultures, vulnerable and generally awesome.What I ALSO loved about her and this may have to do with me, honestly is how much she cared about school It feels like in lots of YA, the focus is on love or coming of age or, you know, saving the world But for a LOT of teenagers myself and Van Uoc included school is almost the most important thing you know, just behind friends and family.So I really appreciated that.Going back to the diversity, again, I really loved how Australia s political situation was explored.I m just going to put it out there I m SO not a fan of this government, and I m constantly getting angry over the things they do or don t do, if we re talking about marriage equality.So yeah, I m glad that this book really looks at how asylum seekers are condemned within the media, and what a misconception it is You don t often get political books in YA, and especially in Australian YA, so that was a refreshing change.Oh, and MAGIC And BILLY.That was such an intriguing premise, I have to admit Basically, Van Uoc starts to believe that her wish for Billy to love her has come true And throughout the book you re wondering if that s what really happened or not NO SPOILERS, but I really loved that part about it.In conclusion A fantastic Australian YA book about race, friendship, love, family, politics and school pressure All in a day s work. Cloudwish is the new contemporary young adult novel from Australian author Fiona Wood In case you don t know by now, I m kinda obsessed with Fiona Wood and her books From her first Six Impossible Things to the sublime Wildlife , Fiona has fast become one of my all time favourite authors, and now with Cloudwish she s gone and written one of my all time favourite Aussie YA characters in V n Uoc Phan whose name translates from Vietnamese to the Cloudwish of the title V n Uoc is the daughter of Vietnamese refugees who arrived in Australia in 1980 She lives in a housing commission flat and attends the prestigious Crowthorne Grammar the pivot point of all Fiona s books thus far on a scholarship She s fiercely smart and a quiet dreamer, and one boy Billy Gardiner has been occupying her dreams a lot lately A freeform creative writing exercise and a glass vial with the word wish inside sparks something in V n Uoc though, something powerful and magical V n Uoc is one of the most interesting characters to come out of Aussie YA Her perspective as the daughter of Vietnamese immigrant parents who rely on her for English translation in social situations alone makes her intriguing and absolutely speaks to an article that fellow Aussie YA author Sarah Ayoub wrote recently Still looking for Alibrandi migrant teens deserve their own young adult fiction It s also the fact that V n Uoc feels so much pressure on her shoulders to get good grades and embark on a worthy career to make her parents proud, and fulfill the wish that saw them settling in Australia in the first place to give their daughter the best life possible And she s an interesting character to be exploring the current state of Australian politics particularly our abysmal treatment of asylum seekers to see this through the eyes of a young person who comes from a side of this debate that makes it hit so close to homeI wish I hadn t read the article about the fucking government s new legislation on boat people how dare they how dare they stand in the fortress the high places the towers of privilege stamp down rain down reign down on the people who can t find the first foothold in the green water floating drowning the soft sand the sand too far too far far far below never making it to shore they are no different from us us and then us is them we are them And at the heart of V n Uoc s intrigue is that she s coming from a place of diversity Not just racial, but that she s from a somewhat lower socio economic background trying to fit in as a scholarship kid at Crowthorne Grammar that alone sets her apart in Aussie YA right now And I appreciated that Fiona Wood wrote her with such tenderness and deep respect for her community the fact that the book is written in third person alone when Six Impossible Things and Wildlife were first is partly because the author didn t want to appropriate that voice I was also not surprised to learn that she worked very closely with the Melbourne Vietnamese community to get the story and character just right that authenticity and deep respect shines through in this book, and lifts the story And the story itself is just beautiful very much inspired by Jane Eyre whom V n Uoc is quite obsessed with It s a story that I ve heard Fiona Wood refer to as a celebration of quiet girls with big thoughts , those people who fly under the radar but if you pay them a little attention they will floor you There s the sweetest dash of romance to this tale of V n Uoc and her crush on the elusively cool Billy Gardiner, helped along seemingly by a little magic it s another one of Fiona Wood s romances that I want to celebrate and makes me want to put her books into the hands of boys and girls everywhereExactly when did I go from being invisible to being visible This was his cue to say that he d gradually been noticing her over the last year or so he hadn t wanted to be obvious in his attentions, but he knew by now that, though quiet, she was smart though shy, she had a sense of humour though not a self promoter, she was a dedicated, passionate artist Billy smiled It was that class the first week back, when the visiting writer came The one with the pink hair V n Uoc stopped dead It took a huge effort to retain her cool, but she managed it Just Yep Yep, I remember So, what was it that made you notice me Billy nodded and looked into the middle distance as though he was trying to replay the scene in his mind He looked puzzled It was like you suddenly had a spotlight on you So, just to be clear it was a sudden thing than a gradual thing Can t answer that because who knows what s been going on subliminally and for how long Am I right God, of all the annoying times for him to become reflective Billy, just concentrate on that particular class what else did you notice about me, if anything The best way to put it, I guess, is that it was just blindingly obvious that you were the most interesting person in the room Billy smiled the Doritos smile Apart from me I loved this book I ve already re read it twice and have found new things to love in the re reading It s just one of those books that burrows deep and I want to gift it to everyone, but since I can t physically do that I ll take my platform here and just say please read it you ll thank me later. 4.5 starsThis book filled me with so much giddiness and a bit of nostalgia for those magical days when you are falling in love and are about to explode with all your feelings Remember those days Although I realize that if summarized, the plot of Cloudwish sounds like a huge clich , it worked for me.Van Uoc is a shy, quiet, poor scholarship student at a fancy private school She has a crush on Billy Gardiner familiar to us from Widllife as Ben s semi jerk friend , and one day she wishes REALLY hard that he would notice and fall in love with her Miraculously, Billy immediately starts paying attention to her and actively pursues her romantically.Now, in a lesser book that would be basically the whole story But fortunately, Fiona Wood is a better writer Instead of succumbing to her crush, Van Uoc questions how can it possibly happen is it some kind of elaborate joke or magic She doesn t really want to be involved with Billy either, because he often IS a jerk Plus, what can they possibly have in common She is a daughter of Vietnamese refugees who has to study all her waking hours and hide her aspirations of becoming an artist from her parents He is a spoiled brat living in a mansion with his doctor parents, a fan of rowing and pranks And yet, reader, it works Even Van Uoc s love for Jane Eyre somehow rises above a clich.It is a quiet book, with not much of dialog It is introspective, melancholy and a little artsy It is special.If you are interested, I bought this ebook here, it ended up costing only about 8.50 in US dollars.http www.panmacmillan.com.au 978174 I did not for a moment guess that I would enjoy this book so much Not that there is anything inherently wrong with Teen Romance as a genre It is just not something I usually read Cloudwish however is special.Set in Melbourne, the main character is a girl born in Australia to Vietnamese immigrants, so called boat people who arrived under appalling and very dangerous conditions The author manages to make very real the difficulties these children have growing up torn between two cultures.Don t for a moment think that this makes for a heavy book though Fiona Wood introduces a whole range of different characters, some delightful, some not so much and then sets everything into a light hearted teenage romance Sure it has its ups and downs but as the reader I was always full of hope for a happy ending.Full marks to the author for tackling several social issues in such an approachable way Beautifully written and I loved the references throughout to Jane Eyre especially the final words Very well done.