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Iwishacana by Larissa Hinton
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bookshelves: cultural, current_issues, paranormal, relationships, scifi-fantasy, young-adult
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Confusing, unpredictable, with the sort of out-of-this-world anything-goes feel of a later Robert Heinlein novel, Larissa Hinton’s Iwishicana/Acanawishi is set in a parallel world where wishes all too easily become reality. Teenager Anissa is able to live both there and in the real world, and there’s some kind of mystery in her past that makes this happen. Anissa is only too well aware of how relying on wishes might make Florence, who may or may not be her boyfriend, seem so self-centered and spoilt. But dragging him into her world or her into his doesn’t seem to help either of them. Besides, there just might be more to Florence that first appears.
The story’s complex, involving Anissa’s having been accused of wrongdoing—excessive wishing perhaps—and ending up with both young people in a sort of wish-laden remedial school. Oddly, Anissa and Florence are assigned shared accommodation. Less oddly, Anissa has problems with Iwishicana’s teachers and authorities. And more oddly, there’s a curious benefactor who may or may not have her best “wishes” in mind.
With lots of teen dialog, teen situations, teen descriptions and teen angst, there’s an odd sense of humor and distraction to this tale. The author wisely avoids describing exactly how the wishes work or are regulated, but long passages of conversation sometimes seem based on premises the reader’s not yet been told. Errors, or maybe deliberate slips in language add a touch of humor, and the whole has an incompleteness that begs for a sequel (coming soon I believe). A long, fairly slow read that dives straight into the story and never quite leaves.

Disclosure: I received a free ecopy of this novel from the author in exchange for my honest review.
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