Many say that the teenage years are the most beautiful years of one’s life. The first love, the first kiss, the first heartbreak… These are years of dreams, hopes, and self-discovery. Well, not for Keil. Keil sees his adolescence as anything but fun and pleasant. Rejected by his family and constantly bullied at school, he is so sick of his life that he wishes he were someone else. Of course, he doesn’t exactly expect for his wish to come true. On a moonlit night he prays for a different life and then he vanishes into thin air.
Casey Bryce’s fantasy novel, ‘Miyu’s Wish’, is a fantastic blend of myth, drama, mystery, and romance that raises some important questions. For instance, have you ever wished for a different life? Or, have you ever longed to be someone else? You know that saying – ‘Be careful what you wish for.’ This is exactly what happens to Keil. Except the readers will have to be patient because before they find out where he disappeared they will meet Miyu, a cute and cheerful teenage girl who has just started the eighth grade. Everything seems to be perfect in her life. She is popular, she can easily make friends, and she enjoys every minute of her life. At night, though, she is tormented by strange dreams. There is a mysterious boy who keeps telling her he wants his life back. Soon, she starts fearing that everything she experiences doesn’t actually belong to her.
‘Miyu’s Wish’ is a novel that you won’t be able to put down once you start reading it. The twists and turns will take you by surprise, and the idea behind the plot will keep you wondering and guessing. It is a story about what we all want in life: to love and be loved. When things are hard and we can’t seem to obtain these two simple things, are we able to keep fighting, or do we give up on our dreams?
Even though ‘Miyu’s Wish’ will appeal more to young readers, it is a story that will be enjoyed by readers of all ages. After all, we all experience uncertainty and despair at different moments in our lives, and Casey Bryce’s book is one that we can all relate to.