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3.79  ·  Rating details ·  1,248 ratings  ·  230 reviews
For Vân 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 sugar.

Vân 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 fini
Paperback, 288 pages
Published September 1st 2015 by Macmillan Australia
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Asteropê In the US isn't not published yet. Pub date: October 18th 2016 - Kindle edition:
It was published September 1s…more
In the US isn't not published yet. Pub date: October 18th 2016 - Kindle edition:
It was published September 1st 2015 by Macmillan Australia, where you'd probably have to buy in via Amazon Australia or other Aussie ebook retailers.
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Cristina Monica
Reading this book made me feel so good inside.

And this has nothing to do with how diverse it is – though, of course, that part is equally amazing.

It most likely has to do with the beautiful, honest, incredibly relatable main character, Vân Uoc. And her undergoing the whole International Baccalaureate pain-in-the-ass program made her all the more real to me since I, too, have completed a very similar program.

The writing is wonderful. No wonder the author mentions Jane Eyre so damn much. The writ
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, ya, aus-nz, romancelandia
4.5 stars

This 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 cliché, 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 REALL
Apr 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 5000-books
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.

4-4.5 stars

Cloudwish is a delightful, gentle young adult novel, that brings forward a female character who's non-Caucasian, so that alone was refreshing.

Vân 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.

Vân 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 ric
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.

Vân Uoc was first introduced as
Jeann (Happy Indulgence)
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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 –
rachel ☾
Jul 16, 2015 rated it did not like it
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 ...more
Emily Mead
Feb 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
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 s
Jan 13, 2015 rated it it was amazing
‘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 Vân Uoc Phan (whose name translates from Vietnamese to the ‘Cloudwish’ of the title).

Vân Uoc is the da
Shelleyrae at Book'd Out

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, Vân Uoc Phan selects a small glass vial. Inside, a slip of paper says wish. Vân 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 Vân Uoc's most private and fervent wish, is
Emmeline (The Book Herald)
I received this ARC from Pan Macmillan Australia via NG in return for an honest review.

I'm honest to God bummed right now. I really wanted to love this book but I didn't.

But before I go into that, let's talk a bit about the plot.

Van Uoc dreams and wishes,
She wishes better things, a nice house and the affection of the unattainable, elusive Billy Gardiner.
One day she makes a desperate, hopeful wish and the next day...strange things begin to happen.
Can affection gained by a wish be real?

CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨
Dec 02, 2016 rated it liked it
Recommended to CW (The Quiet Pond) ✨ by: Glaiza
A fluffy little book that has turned my heart into goo. It is far from perfect but I enjoyed this lovely, lovely book.

- Explores having immigrant parents who have escaped hardship and the stories and histories we inherit as their children.
- Vân Uoc was a lovely protagonist, and I enjoyed the friendship she had with Jess - their little made up words, the strength of their friendship, and how they have each other's back.
- One of the highlights for me was Vân Uoc's relationship with her parents, es
Dec 06, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
READ HARDER CHALLENGE 2015 (23/24): A book published this year

I really, really wanted to love this book. But it didn't work out for me, unfortunately. I will keep an eye on this author's next books though, because i can see myself loving something else from her.

I loved a lot of points in this book (realistic, asian main character, lgbtq side character, immigration theme, poverty theme, social class prejudice, teen love, no dark/abuse past used to justify everything, ...) but unfortunately, the
In her third novel Cloudwish, Fiona Wood introduces the reader to Van Uoc Phan, who loses a glass vial with the word 'wish' trapped inside, a prompt her creative-writing teacher gave her class to write about. Her teacher guarantees that Van Uoc will find it, but she remains distracted over the vial's disappearance, especially when she has a liking for Billy, a boy who wouldn't be into a Vietnamese-Australian girl like herself. Her Bronte obsession forces her to ask herself what Jane Eyre would d ...more
Christine Bongers
Jan 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: aussie-ya
Jane Eyre is a book that has stayed close to my heart for a lifetime. I first read it as a twelve-year-old growing up with six brothers in the bush, and was captivated by Jane's struggle to survive and thrive in a time and place that treated girls without family, fortune or looks with great harshness. So of course I was drawn to Fiona Wood's Vietnamese-Australian heroine Vân Uoc Phan, a scholarship girl at prestigious Crowthorn Grammar, who tries to solve life's problems by asking 'What would Ja ...more
Clare Snow
I gave my 70 year old Mum this for Christmas. She loved it and now she's re-reading Jane Eyre . Thanks Fiona Wood

Romance riffing on Jane Eyre with a twist of magic.

Cloudwish by Fiona Wood

"If you survived then you were all right; no - lucky. What problems? You're alive! She wanted more than survival. She wanted beauty; she wanted love; she wanted abundance."

When abundance falls in your lap in the form of "the heart of one very hot dickhead," is it true love or something else entirely?

Now I know how to captivate a ma
May 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: aussie-nz, 2016

this was such a delight to read. it's not particulary fast-paced, not a whole lot happens but that's exactly why it clicked with me. in the hands of a lesser writer, this might have been a mess. instead we get a quiet, unassumimg novel with loving details.

the story is a snippet in the life of van, our shy and hard-working protagonist who struggles with the wants and expectations of her parents that clash with her own wants and dreams she has for herself. when a boy, she's been infatuated w
I guess I should start this review by saying: "Its not you, it's me." But every time I say that, I realize along the way that it was definitely you. So, I decided to put that on the side for now and just... review.

Getting through this was a chore. I'm not a BIG fan of contemporary or puffy fluffy reads. This was it. I like my contemporary with more meat than what was offered here. I want issues that aren't TOLD to me repeatedly. My father is an immigrant. A black one on top of that. He struggle
Jul 28, 2015 rated it really liked it
As with Fiona Wood's previous two books, this one was like stepping into the world of a teenager and I was instantly taken back to when I was 17 and in high school. It was incredibly easy to read and had so many different themes running through it including parental pressure, peer/school pressure, sexuality, first love, best friends, multicultural Melbourne, rich/poor families..... which were all wrapped up in such a nice story. I was in the mood for an easy, feel-good read and this one certainl ...more
A million thanks to the publisher for sending me an advance copy. Cloudwish hooked me from the very beginning and did not disappoint.

While the story itself is compelling (give me the "girl and boy come from two different worlds and fall in love?" trope any day of the week... especially if mixed class or mixed race relationships are involved), I was most notably blown away by how personal it felt and how deeply I could relate to Vân Ûóc and her thoughts and feelings and experiences.

Let me be ver
Nov 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
-That this turned out to be something I least expected it to be—funny, touching, magical, annoying (at times), nostalgic and most of all, relevant. Each character in this story was believable, like they could be someone who lived right next door to me, or ordinary people I see on the streets every day.
-That it had Asian rep. The lead character has Vietnamese roots and I enjoyed reading about her parents' story—fleeing from war, migrating to another country, adjusting to a new culture, etc
Anya (~on a semi-hiatus~)
Sweet goodness, wow. I mean, really. Wow.

So yeah, first thing? Thank you so much for finding me when you found me.
Desperately in need of giggles was I.

Also, Jane Eyre luuuuuurve. The Patron Saint of Quiet Girls. Jane is like the older sister I never had. And whenever I am in a moral dilemma, I always ask myself,"What would Jane Eyre do?" So, fist bump of solidarity,Vân Ước Chan. ^_^

Also 2x, Racial diversity for the win!!! I absolutely loved how well the cultural confusion was portrayed (alon
Not my favorite of Wood's books, but an interesting story about a first-generation Vietnamese girl in Melbourne who makes a wish about a boy she's crushing on. . . and has it come true. It's a romance, but it's also a story about family, about immigrants, and about the haves and have nots. Some characters felt underdeveloped, and I think there was some reliance upon having read Wood's other books to 'get' who some of these characters are -- that worked for me, personally, but I see that being a ...more
Sep 14, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2016
3.75 stars. After reading two other novels from Fiona Wood, I had an idea of what to expect going into this one. It was, once again, another day in the life sort of look at the life of a gal who is a poor scholarship Vietnamese-Australian student who has a crush on a guy who she thinks is out of her reach, a mother who has PTSD and life dreams that she doesn't know whether she can actually pursue. Of all the Wood novels I read, I enjoyed this one most. It had a very light feel to it, and it was ...more
Feb 07, 2017 added it
Extreme case of “It’s me, not you”, I’ll leave the rating empty, because I honestly believe that in another life I would’ve loved this, maybe even in another time. The storyline seemed interesting and the characters were great, I just wasn’t feeling it.
Winter Sophia Rose
Aug 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Funny, Touching & Inspiring! A Beautiful Read! I Loved It! ...more
Rania T
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Fiona Wood mesmerises her readers with this one. Do read if it happens to come your way.
Namera [The Literary Invertebrate]
This is the MOST ADORABLE book I've read all year.

We have Van Uoc, a 17-year-old Australian teenager whose parents immigrated from Vietnam. She has a crush on Billy Gardiner, the golden boy of the private school she attends on a scholarship: an athlete, white, wealthy, loved by all. One day she wishes that he would notice her.

And then... he does.

This book captures so perfectly a healthy chunk of the immigrant experience. Like, Van is crushing on a white boy - is it Billy she wants? Or would
Sep 21, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This was an absolutely amazing YA contemporary read from Fiona Wood. This is the first book of hers I've read though I did try Six Impossible Things. I've only realised now that all three of her books (Six Impossible Things, Wildlife and Cloudwish) are all connected and include some of the same characters, so I'll have to look into that, especially as I really enjoyed this story.

I went into this book, not knowing much more than what the blurb gave me, which wasn't much but turned out to be a goo
Cloudwish is Fiona Wood's third novel. It occurs in the same world as her previous novels, Six Impossible Things and Wildlife , and involves some familiar characters. You don't need to have read the previous two to enjoy or understand this book, but it's always lovely to see your favourite characters pop up again, so I highly recommend you do read SIT and Wildlife .

Vân Ước Phan moved to Crowthrone Grammar school two years ago, but since then she's remained quite solitary, there
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Fiona Wood is the author of young adult novels, Six Impossible Things and Wildlife. Her third book, Cloudwish, will be published in the US in October. Before writing YA fiction, Fiona worked as a television scriptwriter for twelve years, writing everything from soap, and one-hour adult drama, to children’s drama. Prior to this she dropped out of law and completed an arts degree, both at Melbourne ...more

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“Never listen to fools who dis Jane Eyre as being a story about a girl who gets her mean man. This is a character who gets what she wants and lives on her own terms by having moral fortitude, intelligence, courage, imagination and a will of iron. And that is one hell of a checklist. Imagine Charlotte Brontë writing this book in 1847. What a powerful story for women living at that time!” 15 likes
“Vân Uoc decided that she too would get to know the book inside out. 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.” 6 likes
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