Make a wish in the nearest bookstore!

Posted by Sze 01 2009

If you love mangas, don’t miss this one! 5 WISHES introduces Hana, a young girl who is floating though her teenage years in an introverted haze. Virtually friendless, she spends her time on the internet, using fake identities to mess with other people’s lives. Her parents are raging at one another, their marriage in shambles, and the one person she talks to is an imaginary version of her favorite singer. Avril responds to this: “I know that many of my fans read comics, and I’m really excited to be involved in creating stories that I know they will enjoy.” And I really did enjoy translating it to Hungarian..

200701301204Covergirls: Avril and Hana

Hanna’s rich fantasy life, though, is no substitute for the real life she craves, so she responds to an ad for a website that on the surface seems like a scam. However, the website is all-too-real, a fact she learns quickly when a package from the site arrives, and it contains a small demon who stands ready to grant five wishes for the young girl. But as we have been told time and time again in our lives… be careful what you wish for- you just might get it.

The book draws heavily from classic stories like “The Monkey’s Paw,” but that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. The fun in these types of stories is in the creativity used by the creators in how the wishes can go horribly awry. Hana is forcibly placed in an “adopt a grandchild” type of program early in the book, and when she wishes that the man won’t want to see her anymore… the results are nasty and tragic. The rest of the wishes aren’t quite as clever, but the book is still successful in what it’s aiming to do.

Done in color and printed on glossy paper, 5 WISHES looks lovely, and the writer, D’Errico is a real find. While there’s reason to be wary of any book coming from the inspiration of a music star, this is an above average effort and worth a look, says Marc Manson, reviewer of super popular

A very emo story with a twist, and with a lot of love… from Avril and me! If you have the chance, check out my Hungarian version.

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