V’an U’oc is a first generation Vietnamese-Australian determined to skate through school without attracting any attention. She makes a wish that Billy Gardiner will notice her and her life begins to change. What raises Cloudwish above typical YA romance novels is the depiction of life as a Vietnamese- Australian teenager. V’an U’oc is living with the pressure of having to succeed, living with parents who don’t understand either English or the culture they find themselves in, and living with a much lower family income than her peers at the elite school that she has a scholarship to. The discussion of these issues are the standout moments of the book.
Age recommendation: 12+