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The Wish

3.36 of 5 stars 3.36  ·  rating details  ·  6,528 ratings  ·  458 reviews
Wilma Sturtz is invisible and miserable at school. So when an old lady on the subway offers her a wish, Wilma immediately asks for popularity -- in fact, she asks to be the most popular kid at school.

Suddenly, Wilma has more friends than she can keep track of, forty dates to the Grad Night Dance, and a secret admirer writing her love poems. Everything is great, until she r...more
Paperback, 243 pages
Published May 31st 2000 by HarperTrophy
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Not my favorite book from this author, but an OK read. I could have done without all the kissy-kissy boyfriend stuff, since what 8th grade girl needs to have a boyfriend? Not what I want for my daughters. But the overall message of the book, to just be who you are and not focus on performing for people that you want to impress is a good one.
I usually like books from this author- Ella Enchanted, Fairest, etc. But this one was horrible.

A fairy gives a wish to a girl who wants to be popular. Then, as that happens, she realizes that she really doesn't have to act different and that being popular can mean a lot of things- such as, just being nice to other people or helping those who are in need. It seems that the author is really showing that people can be liked just for being who they are. But, at the end when the spell wears off, no...more
Sep 13, 2007 Debbie rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: teens
Shelves: young-adult-lit
Ever since her Language Arts teacher read her journal to her class, Wilma has become worse than simply unnoticed. Everyone makes fun of her and she is shunned even by the other outsiders. One day, Wilma does something nice for an old woman, who in turn grants Wilma one wish. Even though she thinks the old woman is crazy, she makes a wish--to be the most popular kid at school. Suddenly, Wilma has more friends than she knows what to do with. But there's a catch...

The Wish is a cute story, perfect...more
Nina ♥
Just reread this! Well, more like skimmed through, as I often do with books I've already read. It's still a great read (I tend to change my mind about novels I liked/didn't like as I grow older, but this one stays the same). Wilma is a very lovable character. I recommend The Wish to children (mostly girls) of age +11.

...and I still haven't gotten around to reading more of Gail Carson Levine's works. Ah, so many books, so little time! If I could, I think I'd read every single book currently exist...more
This book by Gail Carson Levine is different from many of her books that I've read (and I do seem to be on a kick of reading a whole lot by this author). For one thing, the setting is contemporary NYC, not a magical, mythical kingdom that seems to be somewhere in the medieval past. Secondly, the main character is not a princess or otherwise royal. She's just a regular eighth grade girl.

However, like with other books by Gail Carson Levine, there is magic, a fairy (or a witch, it's never fully exp...more
I really liked this book because it is very suspenseful and is a page-turner for me. It contains alot of fantasy and mystical things that you may not find in reality like about her most desired wish becoming true. I think this book is trying to say some wishes are better not granted because when it is, it seems like you are loving it but the wish becoming reality does not make up your identity, only the desire for it makes you unique. Too good of something can turn into a bad thing, that is what...more
A very, very fast read. Finished in under 2 days. Very good book about if we really want to be popular.
This was a great book. Very entertaining.
Entah kenapa sejak membaca buku Ella Enchanted, saya jadi suka dengan novel-novelnya Levine. Termasuk yang satu ini. Ceritanya tentang Wilma, seorang gadis remaja tanggung yang tiba-tiba menjadi tanpa teman sejak dua sahabatnya pindah sekolah. Dan keadaan bertambah buruk sejak gurunya membacakan essay yang bertema 'my secret life'nya yang menceritakan perumpamaan dirinya dengan Reggie, anjing piaraannya. Sejak itu semua teman-teman di sekolahnya mengenalnya sebagai Wilma yang suka mengendus-endu...more
Of the all Gail Carson Levine books I've tried to read, this is the only one I actually got all the way through. This is an awesome book, especially if you're a fan of the three-wishes type thing.

The story is about an eighth grade girl named Wilma Sturtz. Her best friends have moved away, so she's not exactly the most popular person in her school, Claverford Middle. One day, an old woman (who looks like she's about to keel over in pain) gets onto the subway while Wilma is on the way to school. W...more
Amanda (BookMuffins)
I love this book! It's amazing. I've read it four or five times, it's that good. "The Wish" is about a girl who doesn't fit in at her school (she's invisible, she's not very popular, you get the picture, right?). Until she helped an old lady, who turned out to actually be a witch. The witch granted her one wish, so she wished to be the most popular girl at her school. Now, the girl had tons of friends, and everyone liked her. People wanted to be like her, everyone wanted to be her friend, and ev...more
The Wish
Sometimes you want something so badly, your brain imagines how perfect it would be to have it. But once you manage to get it , you worry that you will not always have it. Well for eighth grader Wilma Sturtz this thing is friends, not only friends but popularity. She has had none of either ever since her best friends moved away. She went from being a nobody to being truly unpopular ever since she read allowed to the class an essay about her dog in language arts class. One day, on the trai...more
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The Wish
Are you the unpopular girl in your school? Do you just want to fit in? Are you just looking for a friend? If you answered yes to any of these questions then this book is right for you. The Wish is about a girl named Wilma who lives in New York City. Wilma had always only had two best friends who she hung out with, until this year when they moved away to different schools. All of the cliques at Claverford Elementary had already been formed, and all Wilma wanted...more
Wilma isn't popular. It isn't so much that she's unpopular, she's just kind of invisible, bordering on being a loner. That is until her teacher reads her embarassing essay out loud and then she's mocked. When Wilma unknowingly does a favor for a witch, she is granted one wish--and she chooses to become the most popular girl at Claverford, her middle school. Things start turning around for Wilma almost immediately; but then she foresees a big problem: she's about to graduate from Claverford and t...more
A book intended for middle-school girls, but fairly shallow ones. Not all middle-school girls think popularity and boyfriends and kissing are the most important things in the world.

A bit magical, as most of Levine's books are, this one is about an unpopular girl who has a wish granted by a fairy. Her wish -- to be the most popular girl in her middle school -- inevitably comes to an end when middle school ends, and she must go to high school. Will she still have friends? Will she still keep her b...more
Current me would never pick this book up by choice.
Thirteen year old me, however...

Back in my hometown, kids were encouraged to check out books from the public library during the summer. Once they hit a certain number of books, they'd win something. That summer I spent so much time reading, but this is the only book I can remember, and has somehow continuously made an impact on me. There was something amazing about reading this book. A wallflower who becomes a school socialite, who in the end re...more
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Grace Wright
When someone tells you to make a wish, think before you say. I don't usually think before I say, but if some random person told me to make a wish, I would think hard. Apparently Wilma didn't think hard enough. I won't tell you what she wished for or what went wrong with the wish but I will tell you that this is a good book. Its a girly book, boys would think this as the worst book ever, but young girls such as me enjoy books like these. So if you are a young girl in need of a book, read THE WISH
1.75 stars.

You have to be a dog lover to like this book and seeing as how I am not I didn't like it. The dog aspect wan't the only thing I didn't like about this book. There was also the fact that the main charcter thinks that the only thing in life that matters is being popular. She was super shallow and hates her life and family if she isn't popular. It got slightly better in the last third of the book, but then it just got cheesy.

I was very dissapointed in this book. I really love Gail's fair...more
This book is about the 8th grade, which we all know is a pit. That said, the book is pretty likable and the heroine doesn't make any really stupid choices, which I like. It is a little short to build up any tension, but I needed something to lighten the mood after having to peer out the window to see if there were velociraptors in the front yard.
Julie Thimmig
Insecure and invisible Wilma is an 8th grader at a private school in New York City. She has no friends at school and people "look right through her" in the hallways. She even gets teased for writing an essay in an English class because it's different than the others. One day, as she rides the train to school, she notices an old woman standing and offers the woman her seat. This small act of kindness leads to a magical reward that Wilma never wants to see the end of. Suddenly, she has friends an...more
Brigid *Flying Kick-a-pow!*
Sorry, but I hated this book. The main character was just so stupid. I mean, if you had one wish, why would you wish to be the most popular person at your school? There are so many other awesome things you could wish for that would last you for longer. It's just not believable.
713 Eliza
very good book based on popularity,and what it does to friendships--and independent people.
it was okay, but it was a lot of fluff in my opinion. I'd say stick to her more fictional fantasy.
It wasn't Gail Carson Levine's best book, but it was good.
Oct 29, 2008 Antonella is currently reading it
The wish is a book very interesting . The author esplanes the things so well that you can see avery clear a Picture in your head . It starts when Wilma the main character starts talking how is her live at school that after her teacher read her report everybody started making fun of her and she said that she felt vey bad that she had lunch at the girls bathroom . One day she gavet her seet on the bus toa n old lady the old lady told her to make a wish . She wishd to be the most popular kid in cla...more
Jun 09, 2009 Gυαdαℓυρє rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Marina
In the book The Wish by: Gail Carson Levine Wilma Sturtz makes a wish to be the most popular girl in Claverord. When she is on the subway she offers her seat to old lady. The old lady offers her a wish as a reward. Wilma tells the old lady her wish an the old lady grants her wish. When Wilma arives at school everybody likes her. Wilma is surprised because even her neighbor Suzanne who has always dislike Wilma. At first Wilma is glad to become so popular. Wilma notices that people like her becau...more
I stumbled upon this book when browsing the children's section in my library (as opposed to the young adult or adult sections). I liked other Gail Carson Levine books I read so I hoped this would be good. Even Ella was shelved as a children's book so I figured even another children's book would be accessible.

Eh, this is another story about a character obsessed with popularity and wanting to be popular and all the hi-jinks that come about when she wishes to be the most popular person at her schoo...more
It's an intruiging talent, making people like you against their will. Asimov's Mule character had it in Foundation and Empire, contributing most of the emotional weight that series had. Bitterblue achingly explored the devastation such a power can leave behind when wielded by someone without scruples.

But none of that weight is present in The Wish, which is squarely set on distinguishing superficial popularity from "real" popularity. Sure, Wilma wonders from time to time how people would act if t...more
Kirstie Pelot
Wilma Sturtz is unpopular and invisible at school. She has no friends and is miserable. But then one day, she offers her seat to an old woman on the subway and the woman offers to grant her one wish. Wilma wishes to be the most popular girl at her middle school. Suddenly everyone in school loves Wilma and all the guys are wanting to be her date to the school dance. The popular girls at school want to be her friends and she even has a secret admirer writing her poetry. However, she soon discovers...more
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Gail Carson Levine grew up in New York City and began writing seriously in 1987. Her first book for children, Ella Enchanted, was a 1998 Newbery Honor Book. Levine's other books include Fairest; Dave at Night, an ALA Notable Book and Best Book for Yo...more
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“She asks why I like her.
Might as well ask
Why I breathe.
Maybe tomorrow I won't
Breathe or like her
Maybe tomorrow the tides
Will stop.
Maybe tomorrow will bring
No more rainbows.
Maybe tomorrow
She will stop
Asking useless questions.”
“I saw the other loners the way everyone else did-as unappealing, as to be avoided at all costs. If I hung out with one of them, I thought, my unpopular status would get worse, not better, because it would be magnified by association.” 5 likes
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