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Wish You Were Here

3.58  ·  Rating Details  ·  382 Ratings  ·  41 Reviews
The next morning we meet at the world headquarters of Leisure-Lee Tours. Which is a sentence I never thought I'd write. Ariel Flack never thought she'd write a postcard saying Wish you were here, especially to Dylan, the boy she's had a crush on forever and is finally (sort of) dating. She also didn't know she'd be sending that postcard from the family vacation from hell-- ...more
Hardcover, 212 pages
Published April 1st 2008 by Harper Teen (first published March 25th 2008)
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Apr 09, 2015 Nicole added it
Ariel said, “ There was a sudden moment when I thought we would be together” (Ariel). Dylan had moved to a small hometown but the reason why is horrible. When he moved, he went to school where his true love was. Ariel was in love with him the first time she saw him! But, he was popular at the time. Then being popular started to fade away. So he went to college and had a girlfriend. Ariel! But Ariel was still in high school and went on a camping trip. The plot was a little difficult to understan ...more
Morgan Klein
Mar 13, 2014 Morgan Klein rated it really liked it
I actually met Catherine Clark in Minneapolis through a girl scout event. I had never heard of the book before but when I met her i received "Wish You Were Here" got it signed and was really excited to start reading it. The main character is Ariel, she has to go on a vacation with her family, including her mom, her annoying sister, grandparents and her crazy uncle. When Ariel imagined the summer it did not include a boring vacation with her family, she just wanted to hang out with her boyfriend ...more
Mar 28, 2008 Nick rated it really liked it
This is one of those stories that is alternately touching and funny. It never gets serious enough to bog down, and never quite wacky enough to be unbelievable.
The main character belongs to a family which has broken down. The father gambled away all their money and some that he probably embezzled. The mother, a therapist who has been writing books about solving family problems, has failed miserably at solving her own family's problems. Ariel, 16, and Zena, 12, have been tormented ever since their
Allison Martin
Dec 08, 2015 Allison Martin rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed the book "Wish You Were Here" by Catherine Clark. I found that the entire story kept my attention and I always looked forward to reading another part of the book. I wish that this was a series of books because I am sad that I finished reading it.

Ariel is a high school student whose parents are divorced and she keeps saying she really likes her boyfriend, Dylan. Though her boyfriend is at camp all summer and her mom is making her go on a road trip with her family on a bus. She is not
Mar 09, 2014 Sabrina rated it really liked it
Shelves: finished
Wish You Were Here, is an amazing book for young teenage girls, full of adventure,romance and overall hilarious. The author Catherine Clark has done a phenomenal job one Wish You Were Here. This suspenseful yet at times can be a cliché book, was one book I could not stop reading.
Ariel, a young teenage girl goes on a bus tour to the West with her family, along with some senior citizens. She meets a boy on the tour who is the same age as herself. Ariel gets stuck on the bus with everybody, which
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What do you get when you combine a bus load of senior citizens, a couple of teens, a mailman with a fear of squirrels, and a stowaway Chihuahua? Pick up a copy of WISH YOU WERE HERE, and you'll find out.

Ariel Flack, not named after the little mermaid, is about to embark on the adventure of her life. Her mother recently divorced her gambling-addict husband and has decided a road trip is just what they need. However, Ariel and her yo
Cassie Pettit
Dec 02, 2013 Cassie Pettit rated it really liked it
During the summer Ariel the main character gets stuck on a road trip with her mother and her annoying little sister. Ariel would rather be home with her boyfriend and her cat. but it turned out that it wasn't just them going on a road trip together it was them plus their uncle grandparents and more old people that were going to leisure lee on a bus. Ariel notices that there is one other teen on the bus and his name is Andre and they become really close during the trip and Dylan her boyfriend is ...more
Jul 15, 2008 Nian rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2008
Ariel Flack’s “no comment” response to Fox News when the reporters bombard her with questions about her father’s gambling addiction and losing everyone’s money all around, brings Ariel’s school year down the drain. Now that her parents are divorced, her father broke and claiming to be have stopped going to casinos, the Flack family are taking a two week long surprise bus tour—or so the tour guides say. Not too pleased about spending the summer away from her semi-boyfriend Dylan, she sends him po ...more
This was a fun (and zany) story of Ariel Flack (not named after the mermaid) and her family taking a bus tour of the Dakotas and west from Leisure-Lee Tours. This somewhat spontaneous, mostly lame (according to Ariel), vacation comes after finding out her father has a serious gambling problem--so serious he embezzeled from the company he worked for and caused her parents to divorce. Her mother's edict of no ipod, no cell phone, no e-mail, only us, only makes it worse for Ariel because the one br ...more
Nov 10, 2009 Joanna rated it it was ok
Shelves: 11th-grade
For summer vacation, Ariel need to spend it with her recently-divorced mom and her sister, Zena, in a bus tour with a bunch of senior citizens. Ariel didn't want to, because it meant that she won't be able to see her sort-of boyfriend, Dylan. However, even if she stayed, Dylan would still not be around, because he's going to camp. How can they keep a steady relationship if there's no way to contact each other?

This book took me a really long time to finish, because it's not very interesting. I di
Aug 03, 2015 Hayley rated it liked it
Well written but the plot could have been so much better
Jun 30, 2009 Sandra rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fiction
After Ariel’s parents divorce because of her dad’s gambling problems, her mother decides they need a trip. Little did Ariel know that the trip would involve being on a bus tour of North and South Dakota with lots of senior citizens. I know it sounds kind of hokey and I started reading it with a little trepidation but snappy dialogue and lots of laugh out loud situations made this book a fun read. I really enjoyed it.
Annabelle Brown
Aug 27, 2012 Annabelle Brown rated it it was amazing
This Book was very intresting i read it all the time but i was sad when i finished it. It had me on the edge of my chair it was amazing, i pitcured everything that was going on in the story on like a movie screen! I wish they had more. But i cant wait to get more books from Catherine Clark she is an amazing Author :)
Jul 03, 2008 Caitie rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: teens and adults
Recommended to Caitie by: meg cabot to her website veiwers
this is such a good book! it's funny, cool, and you fall in love with the characters even if they are annoying! it is a realistic book on life and you can feel and understand the hardships Ariel and her friends face. it is a good book for teens and keeps you reading late into the night. in my top 10.
Jul 10, 2008 *~BrOaDwAy~* rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Rachael, Samantha, Elyse
Great!! I love how she uses postcards. And the cute guy she sits with on the bus :) and how he describes everything in threes. This book is fantasterrific! (Uncle Jeff, the guy that has a phobia of squirrels ;)) Also, I feel sorry for her because of what her dad did.
Mar 30, 2008 Karin rated it really liked it
Shelves: realistic, teen, funny
hilarious fluffy chick-lit road-trip adventure. ariel's mom forces her to come on bus tour with grandparents and uncle in aftermath of scandal/divorce. silly escapades and a bit of romance ensue. fun.
Mar 25, 2010 Jessica rated it really liked it
Shelves: wish-list
It was really cute! I liked that the summer before I read this, my family and I went to some of the places in the book. I really like Andre and Ariel together! A really cute pre-summer/ summer read!
Jun 06, 2011 Cece rated it really liked it
I loved this book. it was a cute read and I wonder if there's a sequel...? to tell what happened after everything.
I also loved the charater's obsession for Skittles. that was fun
Dominique Caron
Apr 13, 2011 Dominique Caron rated it it was ok
I thought this book was an okay book, it wasn't what I was expecting. I didn't really like this book because not a lot of things took place through out the story.
Nov 13, 2010 Tiffany rated it liked it
The story dragged a little the main redeeming quality that made the book likable was Ariel. She was hilarious but her and Andre together made for some amusing parts.
Dec 27, 2012 Princess rated it did not like it
Shelves: give-up-on
The plot goes in a slower pace and its not really my type of book.Mangas,fiction,romance,fantsay,sciencefi are my type. so i am goan stop reading this
Sep 11, 2008 Kate rated it liked it
Shelves: teen-fiction
A decent read, but not as good as her other book, The Alison Rules. I enjoyed many of the characters especially Uncle Jeff and his squirrel-phobia.
Lisa Anne
Jun 08, 2011 Lisa Anne rated it really liked it
I read this while I was on my own road trip. It was cute and I enjoyed the humor and play on words. The story was good as well. Thank you
Aug 01, 2013 Natalie rated it liked it
I really enjoyed the narrative in the the novel, but after awhile the plot got really predictable and most of the characters were really annoying.
Apr 12, 2009 Amber rated it really liked it
I thought it was a good, and funny story about a girl who goes on a trip with her mom, seperating her from here boyfriend.
May 18, 2010 Sara rated it it was ok
Poorly plotted and poorly drawn characters. I couldn't understand the characters' motivations or believe their relationships.
Jan 02, 2013 Stephanie rated it it was amazing
Shelves: own
This book was really good. I read this book in the summer. It is a great beach read. It was simple and cute.
Jul 08, 2010 Eryn marked it as to-read
Shelves: abandoned
Had to return to the library. Oh well. There's always a next time right?
Stephanie A.
Road trips: the fluffier, cuter, adult-supervised version. Closer to 3.5 stars.
May 18, 2011 Jaime rated it it was ok
A quick read that doesn't make you think too much.
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