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You Wish

Sometimes imagination is not enough.

Thomas Lash grants secret wishes . . . on-screen, that is.

White wedding gone horribly wrong and need to swap the groom? Never went to university but must have a graduation photo? Need to create a fake family for that job interview? Problem solved with expert Photoshopping and Tom's peculiar ability to know exactly what you desire. Tom never says no, even when giving grieving parents the chance to see what the lives of their lost children may have looked like.

But where do you draw the line . . . and what happens when the fantasy Tom sees on-screen starts to bleed into his real life?
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PRODUCT DETAILS

  • Title: You Wish
  • Author: Lia Weston
  • Edition: 1
  • Publisher: Pan Macmillan Australia
  • ISBN: 9781743538609
  • Length: 233.0 millimetre
  • Width: 154.0 millimetre

RATINGS & REVIEW

8/04/2018 9:44:34 PM - Veronica
Humorous and thought-provoking
Ignis Fatuus – A deceptive hope, an illusion that misleads. IF is born. Tom, co founder of IF, makes personal photo albums for clients projecting their dreams and wishes through airbrushing and photo-shopping. Tom with his knack of reading people can produce exactly what they wished for. No request is too extreme and although Tom does find the idea morally challenging his clients leave with photos of the life they dreamed of, not what reality gave them. But what happens when Tom’s work life bleeds into his home life and he is no longer sure what is real and what is fake. The author uses narrative intrusion to draw the reader in and feel a connection with Tom. His friends think he is a bit strange, afraid of commitment and reluctant to grow up. The reader sees a different Tom. He is sensitive, an introvert. He burdens himself with everyone’s problems. Tom feels he is not accepted by others. He is an observer and this quality has enabled him to read people effectively which also sets him apart from others. <i>”That thing you do. Do that thing. It’s that weird gift you have.”</i> People are always asking him to read a room and it invariably gets him into trouble. The story is multi-layered with many small plots weaving throughout with themes of family, friendship and morality. Tom’s mother, Amanda Lash, best-selling author, inspirational figure and YouTube celebrity is swamped by fans wherever she goes. His father is reticent and withdrawn which is cause for much speculation. His teenage sister, Genevieve, is having trouble with her own feelings and reaches out to Tom. Their relationship and closeness is touching to read. Weston’s writing is taut, fast and satirical. The characters are well developed and believably flawed. The concept of the story is thought provoking and challenging. Innocent on the surface but how far do you go and what are the consequences. There are plenty of laugh-out-loud moments as Weston finds humour in the everyday. Highly recommended! Readers are in for a roller coaster ride as Tom battles his parents, his girlfriend, his sister, his colleagues, his best-friend but mostly his morals.
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7/05/2018 6:54:37 PM - Marianne
a funny, heart-warming and thought-provoking read.
You Wish is the third novel by Australian author, Lia Weston. Artist Tom Lash’s uncanny ability to discern, at first glance, what a person really wants has, coupled with his creative skill (and the input of friends with financial and marketing acumen), morphed into a profitable business. IF produces bespoke albums of images for every occasion, for every dream. And corrections for every nightmare. Although his parents, his best friend and his girlfriend believe he is wasting his artistic gift and should be producing “real” art, Tom is happy doing what he does. And if he occasionally scratches that artistic itch with a bit of anonymous street art, that’s nobody’s business but his own. But then his girlfriend’s criticism goes a step too far, and Tom finds himself in the middle of a very public dumping. As the dumper. That puts him in everyone’s bad books. Thank goodness for work. But no, something’s going on there too. His co-founders want to head in a direction Tom’s not comfortable going. And when he fields a certain customer complaint, he becomes even more concerned. Weston gives the reader a charming story that also tackles a few topical issues. Her plot is easily believable, with a few twists and an unexpectedly exciting climax. Weston’s characters are appealing, if also at times irritating or exasperating. They’re the sort of people we encounter every day, whether in person or in the media, and their dialogue is familiar and natural. The rapport between Tom and his little sister Gen is especially delightful. In these days of relentless social media, Weston’s tale will make the reader think twice about images of themselves online and how these might be used. For all that, there’s also plenty of humour, a bit of heartache, infidelity (both real and presumed), bizarre health food concoctions, a cute five-year-old, betrayal of trust, a real lump-in-the-throat moment, and a fox. This is a funny, heart-warming and thought-provoking read.
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