Title: Leaving Wishville
Author: Mel Torrefranca
Release Date: 8th February 2020
Format: Digital (PDF)
I was sent a pre-release digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review on it’s release day.
I must be honest and say I was a little apprehensive before I started reading this, but once I did start, I was completely hooked. Torrefranca’s writing is beautifully lyrical, and the story is a compelling read. All in all, this made it a very hard book to put down!
Torrefranca captures that child-like innocence that creates curiosity in children, and uses that classic teenage desire to rebel to drives the kids ideas. Benji’s inquisitiveness makes him such a relatable character.
The setting of the book, the fictional town of Wishville, is incredibly mysterious, with the residents almost willingly held captive. 10 years before the book, Benji’s father left Wishville and never returned, scaring everyone else into never leaving themselves. It’s here that Benji’s teenage rebelliousness really comes into its own, and he feels a massive erge to leave.
The characters had depth and their character development over the novel was brilliant. I especially thought that James and Benji’s development was clever. Their reactions to events does show an important message about the fact that it is important to share your feelings.
I found the ending particularly difficult to comprehend directly after reading. This was actually pretty clever, I found myself still thinking about the ending a long long time after I finished reading. And I’m STILL not sure what is actually going on with Wishville itself. Personally, I loved this mysterious aspect!
Generally, I think I would recommend this to sort of young and middling teenagers, which is around the age of the kids in the book. Or to any American teenager relishing the memory of the move from middle school to high school.
Overall, I really enjoyed this read, which was a little bit of a deviation from my normal reading habits. I actually loved this book, and I can’t wait for more people to read it!
Author Website: https://meltorrefranca.com/leaving-wishville/