GRAPHIC NOVEL
Avril Lavigne's Make 5 Wishes
Volume 2

Authors: Camilla d'Errico and Joshua Dysart
Artist: Camilla d'Errico
Titan Books
RRP: 6.99, US $12.95
ISBN-13: 978 1 84576 684 9
ISBN-10: 1 84576 684 9
Available 28 September 2007


Hana's life as a loner - in school and at home - brightens only when she's masquerading as someone else online or chilling with her imaginary BFF (Best Friend Forever), rock star Avril Lavigne. But Hana's daily grind is finally going to change thanks to the demon she's purchased from the mysterious website Make5Wishes.com. At last Hana's going to be popular, her parents are going to stop fighting, her world is going to be as perfect as she's always dreamed. So how could Hana's best-laid plans for happiness turn to tragedy? Perhaps because everything has its price...

Volume 2 of Avril Lavigne's Make 5 Wishes continues the story that started in Volume 1. As I mentioned in my review of Volume 1, this collection really should have been released as a single volume - it's not as though they are particularly page heavy in the first place.

I find it a bit of a cheek that this release is being marketed as "Avril Lavigne's Make 5 Wishes" when it's obvious that the only input she's had is allowing her name and likeness to be used in the story. In truth it could be just about any popstar, or film star that a girl of school age could be into. Unfortunately this means that it will probably put non-Lavigne fans off purchasing it - which is a shame because this is a great little tale.

If you want a taster then simply head over to www.make5wishes.com to check out the story. This website is currently running the story in webisodes which reprint almost all of the original illustrations with speech bubbles and background music by Lavigne.

The conclusion is not what I was expecting. I thought this was going to be more of a teenage girly story, so was pleasantly surprised to see that this has quite a few nasty shocks awaiting readers.

If you are looking for something a little different, then this two book collection could be what you're after.

Nick Smithson

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