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3.35  ·  Rating Details ·  8,167 Ratings  ·  544 Reviews
There's nothing wrong with Wilma Sturtz. She's perfectly nice. But nobody cares about nice at Claverford, her middle school. Wilma is left out, forgotten, ignored -- until she meets an extraordinary old lady who grants a wish: for Wilma to be the most popular kid in school. Presto Everything changes. Now Wilma has more best friends than she can keep track of and forty date ...more
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Published September 1st 2001 by Perfection Learning Prebound (first published January 1st 2000)
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Jul 14, 2008 aisha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
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.
May 16, 2010 Tori rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nina ♥
Jun 17, 2010 Nina ♥ rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 13, 2007 Debbie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Serena.. Sery-ously?

Mentre sistemo un libro - arrampicata a metà tra la scrivania e la sedia con le ruote (*Prossimo obiettivo: rompersi l'osso del collo nel modo più cretino possibile perché sono troppo pigra per prendere la scala*) - ecco che l'occhio malandrino mi cade sull'autrice di questo libro: 'Gail Carson Levine'.
Gail.. Gail.. Ma quella stessa Gail di cui mi sono innamorata con Ella Enchanted? Cioè io nella mia vita passata avevo già letto un suo libro e non ho mai fatto il collegamento??
Kelly DeLeon
To be honest I had very high expectations for this book. This book was recommended by a good friend of mine and the plot of this novel is very creative. In the book William is given the chance to make a wish. When she wishes to be the most popular girl in her school the path of the story opens many doors. Later, there would be a hiccup to her wish which would make her realize that you would be careful of what you wish for. Although, in the end I was quite disappointed how the story carried on. ...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
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.
it was okay, but it was a lot of fluff in my opinion. I'd say stick to her more fictional fantasy.
Mar 17, 2010 Sylvia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
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
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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
Feb 13, 2013 Elizabeth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 06, 2008 Luke rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
Jun 04, 2009 Jan rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 19, 2013 Rachel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 13, 2007 Tiffanyy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-o7-o8
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
Nov 26, 2010 Heidi rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Nov 04, 2009 Grace Wright rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 18, 2011 Jenny rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-s-books
I liked this but it didn't interest my 8 yo or my 6 yo daughters...think they'd need to be a little older to relate to the main character Wilma. Wilma gets what she wishes for ... to be the most popular kid at Claverford Junior High...but there's only a couple of weeks left and then she will no longer be popular. Can she find a way to stay popular? I liked that Wilma didn't change who she was once she became popular...and she was willing to be friends with those who weren't popular. I think 5-8 ...more
Karina Pérez
Jan 28, 2016 Karina Pérez rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fue extremadamente divertido leer este libro, claro que lo leí cuando iba en la secundaria y moría por ser popular. El mundo de la gente popular tal vez no sea como lo pinta Levine, pero en ese momento me lo creí por completo. Quizás si lo releyera hoy en día, tendría un juicio muy diferente. Fue una lectura ligera y sin trascendencia, pero divertida y entretenida.
May 06, 2009 Candi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, ya-supernatural
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.
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.
Jun 14, 2010 Cori rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It wasn't Gail Carson Levine's best book, but it was good.
Vicki Lee
Man, what am I doing reading books made for middle schoolers?
713 Eliza
Jul 05, 2008 713 Eliza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
very good book based on popularity,and what it does to friendships--and independent people.
Elinor  Loredan
A little too kissy for me, but it has good messages and thoughts on popularity and relationships.
Emily B
Mar 06, 2017 Emily B rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was really good. It was about a girl named Wilma Sturtz, who was an invisible girl. Then one day she was offered a wish from an old grandma on a bus and she wishes to be the most popular girl in school. her wish comes true however as the book goes on she finds out she is in a loophole. First she wished to be popular only in Caverford so she isn't popular anywhere else, and second her wish will expire the day she graduates. Wilma wish expires on the night of her graduation. she was gonn ...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
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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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