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Wish (Wish #1)

3.46  ·  Rating Details  ·  3,053 Ratings  ·  397 Reviews
If you could have anything, what would you wish for? The impossible...or a real chance at being happy?

Olivia Larsen's twin sister, Violet, is dead. Olivia knows nothing that can change that . . . until the day she receives a beautiful dress. The dress doesn't just look magical: it has the power to grant wishes. And all Olivia wants is her sister back.

But Violet's return is
Paperback, 336 pages
Published December 1st 2010 by Point (first published April 1st 2010)
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OK, so the only reason I bought this book because I found a free legitimate ebook of it and decided to try it. Otherwise, the cover would've driven me away from it and its tacky, girly, glitteryness. The actual book didn't dissapoint. That being said, I didnt have high expectations so...

I mean, it was cute. But that was it. Nothing special, life changing, nothing I'll remember in months to come. Just cute. But if you're a tween looking for something fun and light to read it will be perfect for y
Apr 17, 2010 kari rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 03, 2010 Abby rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Picked this up because it was the focus of a recent New Yorker article on teen lit & Alloy Entertainment in particular. Alloy is the group that publishes Gossip Girl, The Clique, The A-List and other teen mean girl series. Although they only list one person's name as the author, most of these books are written by a committe of Alloy editors, and the publisher, not the author, retains the intellectual property rights to the work. In the New Yorker article, Alloy editors talk about how they ho ...more
Barbara Bell
Jan 11, 2010 Barbara Bell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 03, 2010 Robyn rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wish started off pretty good, it was interesting and captured my attention fairly quickly... too bad it didn't hold it for very long. It got to the point where I couldn't stand reading about Olivia any longer. She was whiny, needy, and annoying. She didn't know how to stand up for herself, how to voice her opinions, or how to freakin' speak. When she even bothered speaking her voice was boring and pointless. What Soren even saw in her remains a mystery for me to this day.

I couldn't even finish t
Feb 13, 2011 Kristi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this story and the characters.... but there was nothing that really grabbed me, or made me 'have' to continue reading. The novel started out slow, and usually that's a big enough deterrent for me to set the book down, but there was something about Olivia that kept me reading. Although I did find her naivety annoying at times, she did have her share of personal growth by the end of the novel.

I think perhaps that this novel would appeal more to younger teens. As an "experienced" reader I f
Apr 13, 2011 Dormouse rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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This book was not for me. It was not what I thought it would be -- I like young adult books. I like fantasy and wishes coming true.

I have recently read two books with girls grieving for the death of a close girl in them -- one was Among Others, in which Mor can see fairies and has lost her twin sister, one was A Love Story, Starring My Dead Best Friend in which it's the death of a best friend, not a sister. I liked both those books, and I thought another story dealing with that would appeal.

Aug 30, 2010 Nafiza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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In Alexandra Bullen’s Wish, we are confronted by grief almost immediately. And I have to commend her on its expression as Olivia’s sorrow leaps off the pages and gathers in your throat until its difficult to breathe. She doesn’t say “I’m sad” but her actions speak for themselves and they speak loudly. Death of a sister is difficult enough but when it’s your twin, it must be a different kind of hell. I liked that her grief wasn’t romanticized. The insertion of magic into the story is interesting. ...more
Sarah BT
Jan 21, 2010 Sarah BT rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
About the Book: Olivia's twin sister Violet died seven months ago. Violet was the outgoing one, the sister everyone loved and without her Olivia is fading into the background. Her family has moved to San Francisco and Olivia feels lost without her sister to guide her. When a magical gown shows up at Olivia's door and Olivia wishes her sister back, she suddenly finds Violet (or at least her ghost) by her side.

With Violet back, Olivia feels like she can live again. The girls get two more dresses
Melissa Vanity
When I saw this book, I thought it was going to be such a pretty story. You know, the whole idea of all the pain you feel losing someone close to you, I thought it would really make my heart hurt to read this.
Yeah, okay.

The twin sisters, Violet and Olivia, have the weirdest relationship I've ever seen in my life. They're like more simple friends than actually sisters. I really don't feel Olivia's pain at losing Violet, ESPECIALLY since she feels so responsible. I mean, your twin sister is back a

I had heard good shiz about this book and I was excited to read it, but Wish felt completely FLAT for me.
It was sweet, no doubt about that, but it was also mostly reaaaalllllyyy boring.

Honestly, it only and only got better in the very very very end, where the major 'twist' was, but really otherwise? It was just boring and dragging- (but still sweet though.)

I mean, MAGIC DRESSES! Why WOULDN'T I want to read this?!

Well, that's simple: because where Olivia is white and lifeless, its VIOLET whos act
Feb 10, 2011 Carole rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Steph Su
Jan 22, 2010 Steph Su rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Alexandra Bullen’s debut novel, WISH, is a quick and cute read that will appeal best to younger teen readers and fans of modern fairy tales in the style of the movie Enchanted. More experienced readers, however, may be less impressed by the average writing, characters, and plot.

WISH is less a fairy tale than it is a touching story about the complexities and intricacies of two sisters’ relationship with one another. While neither Olivia nor Violet are actually noteworthy as characters, you can’t
Olivia's rebellious, beloved twin sister Violet has died, and Olivia's parents have moved the family across the country to San Francisco to start again. Olivia would love to start her life again in a new city and a new school, but her life seems to have been put on hold when Violet died. Then one day, Olivia meets a mysterious seamstress who makes her a dress which grants her dearest wish, though perhaps not precisely as she would have wanted.

I'll say right up front that if I hadn't gotten this
Dec 01, 2010 Kristy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
So, not quite as fluffy as I had expected, it's still not mind-blowing though.

Meet Olivia, new girl at school. She has been moved across the country after the death of her tiwn sister. Her parents decide this is a good idea. Why, i have no idea. She goes to get a dress zipper fixed and winds up with a new magical dress on her doorstep. Which turns into 3 dresses= 3 wishes. Of course, she wishes her sister to be with back. She does come back, sort of only no one else can see or here her. We follo
This book is difficult for me to rate. I literally dragged myself through the first 120 pages. I wanted to give up but I had heard good things about the book so I kept trudging along. At page 120 it picked up and I really started to enjoy the story. The last 80 pages or a little more were very touching and I cried on multiple occassions. I am a softy though.

I did struggle with one aspect of the writing. It seemed that the writting was blocky. Meaning the story wasn't written where multiple thing
Mar 13, 2016 Sarah rated it it was amazing
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This book was so good! I discovered it at the library just the other day and finally began reading it this afternoon (and finishing it this afternoon).
Paula  Phillips
Apr 21, 2012 Paula Phillips rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This summer for Olivia , life is going to get interesting and it may perk her up as last summer Olivia's family suffered a tragedy tearing them all apart , Olivia's twin sister Violet died and then Olivia's family moved to a new town to start a fresh . Her mum Bridget in a new job and her dad Mac busy refurbishing their house. Olivia feeling incomplete heads downtown to the small shopping square and spots a shop called Mariposa's Emporium . The shop has a secret though , it is in fact filled wit ...more
Regina Linton
Jul 04, 2011 Regina Linton rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The death of Olivia's twins sister Violet sends her into a whole new world when her parents up and move for a fresh start. Part of Olivia's fresh start is meeting the guy of her dreams -- Soren only to find out that he has a beautiful girlfriend named Calla.

When Olivia stumbles upon a dress shop and befriends the owner, Posey, she is amazed to find that the fabulous dresses that Posey makes for her have a paranormal element to them. She can make a wish and it will come true. When her first wish
Yinglin Chen
Life, is already a mess for Olivia, with her identical twin sister Violet dying, and having to move into a new place, where she didn't know anyone. Living, without someone that has always been there to guide you, help you with your worries or someone you love to talk to, it is pretty hard to face the fact that she died. When Olivia got to San Francisco, she met some really cool friends and some magic along the way.

Olivia, was granted 3 wishes from a magical dress, that was made for her- for par
nancy (The Ravenous Reader)

If you could have anything. What would you wish for?

A question that introverted Olivia Laren would not have known how to answer, until her vivacious twin sister Violet, tragically dies during the summer. Then, the only thing that Oliva could ever wish for is to have her sister Violet back.

As fate would have it Olivia and her family relocate to San Francisco to begin anew. Yet, Olivia whom is too steeped in sorrow cannot seem to move forward. To her dismay, Olivia must attend a work party for her
I really liked this one. It was different and that is definitely good in the inundated market that is YA fiction.

Olivia has just moved to San Francisco with her parents after the death of her twin sister Violet. She's devastated and is trying to find a way to fit in at her new school and deal with her sister being gone. The author takes us back a bit so we get to know the exact opposite of Olivia. Violet was outgoing and fun, she had all the friends and the great fashion sense.

Jessica Saylor
If you're looking for a light read that has an amazing theme, look no further. Your wish has been granted. Just watch out for the plot and characters, because that is where the book falters slightly.

The cover of this book has always pushed me away from this book. It looked very teeny-bopperish and when I read it was about wishing on dresses, I had mentally confirmed my judgment. Only when I heard of this books sequel, Wishful Thinking, did I have any desire to pick it up.
Your Average Bookworms
Wish teaches you a important lesson; be careful of what you wish for. The beginning was somewhat dull. It made me bored and I even considered moving on. But of course, I wasn't going to give up on the book that easily. Everything gets interesting as soon as Violet is with Olivia again, something Olivia has always wanted since Violet died. Because Violet was Olivia's only true friend; and of course, sister.

Olivia and Violet have two completely different personalities; even though they are twins.
May 10, 2011 Yiwei rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wish, the way we living for
The book focus on a girl named Olivia who lost her sister in an accident. When that tragedy happened, Olivia and her parents moved to San Francisco and began their ‘new’ life. Olivia misseed her sister day and night; she would like to do anything if her sister will come back. Olivia got a magic dress by chance; she can fulfill a wish when she wears it. She tried it and her sister really comes back as ghost. I really like the sense when Olivia and her sister’s ghost l
Sep 04, 2010 Amber rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Aug 20, 2010 Mimi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was really good in terms of plot, but it was way too slow. I remember wanting to stop reading whe I was more than half way through the book and the climax hadn't been reached yet. I didn't know that the book would get interesting. Although it went really slow, I told myself to keep on reading, and ofcourse I didn't regret it. I don't hate this book just because it was slow. I don't know if it was becuase of Olivia and the fact that she was kind of uninteresting as some of the other cha ...more
Jan 08, 2010 Rachael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Olivia hasn’t quite been herself since the death of her twin sister Violet. When her parents decide to move what’s left of the family across the country to San Francisco, Olivia feels awkward both at home and in her new school. Without her lively sister to forge the way, Olivia doesn’t know how to start her new life. When Olivia stumbles upon a small dressmaker’s shop and learns that the dress she gets there is somehow magical, the sky’s the limit, because with the dress, Olivia also gets a wish ...more
Jul 29, 2016 Dannielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, just simply amazing for a first novel. I really thought this might end up being a little corny, but it was FAR from it. The way Bullen tells Olivia's story is amazing, and it amazed me even more knowing she was a first time author, not a well versed novelist. I think she did a great job when it came to writing grief, especially the death of twin. Having never experienced that, the tears came quickly and the emotions of Olivia where mine also.

I think Wish also should how to be okay with who
Jan 24, 2010 Alea rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Wish took the idea of losing a sibling (a twin) and turned it on it's head with a few magical dresses. What if you could wish your sister back after she had died, had her by your side as a ghost all the time? Olivia gets this wish and it allows her to find her own place in the world outside of her sister's shadow.

The story gave an honest depiction of a family trying to find itself and stay together and happy after losing a daughter. It was not fun at home for anyone, so luckily Olivia had school
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Oh, hello.

I’m Alexandra, and I write books for teenagers.

My first book, WISH, was published by Scholastic in January of 2010!

My second book, WISHFUL THINKING, also published by Scholastic, will be out in January of 2011!

I really hope you like them.

Here is my not-so-official official bio, the one that’s in the books I really hope you like:

“Alexandra Bullen has been a playwright, waitress, barista,
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