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Wish You Weren't

4.21  ·  Rating details ·  56 ratings  ·  40 reviews
Marten doesn't believe in the power of wishes. None of his have ever come true. His parents ignore him, his little brother is a pain and his family is talking about moving to Texas. Not cool. So when he makes an impulsive wish during a meteor shower, he doesn't expect it to make any difference.

Until his annoying brother disappears.

With the present uncertain and his brothe
Mass Market Paperback, 139 pages
Published March 17th 2014 by Intrepid Publications (first published March 15th 2014)
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Yzabel Ginsberg
(I got a copy through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.)

A quick and entertaining read, that could appeal to a lot of middle-graders, especially the first-borns who (like me *wink* *wink*) found themselves "trapped" at 11-12 with a younger sibling they had to be responsible for, and burdened with the feeling that life was so unfair. Seriously, even 20-odd years later, I could still relate, remembering how that was the way I felt towards my own sister at the time. A book that can appeal
Robert Kent
Mar 25, 2014 rated it it was amazing
First Paragraph(s): IT’S MIDNIGHT AND I’M FLAT ON MY BACK on a patch of grass in front of our hotel room, hoping that no one looks outside and wonders what the weirdos from California are doing.
Tonight is the peak of the Perseids meteor shower. Every year my mom drags us out of bed just to see the shooting stars. My brother’s on one side of me, squirming around, trying to stay awake. My friend Paul’s on the other side, snoring. At least he already knew our family was crazy before he came on thi
Kate ★
I received a free digital copy from the author/publisher via Netgalley in exchange for an honest feedback.

The thing I absolutely love about this book is that it is so relatable. As the oldest of four, I know what it is like to be blamed for your younger siblings' actions. You know that feeling when you just can't believe your parents always seem to side them even though it's not your fault? Yes, that is exactly what our boy Marten's sentiments are. The pesky little brother always gets away with
Deen Ferrell
Feb 03, 2015 rated it really liked it
I don't usually read middle-grade fiction, but I had the pleasure of being at the same table with Sherrie at a book signing and my wife and I found ourselves wanting to read her book after getting to know her a little. The positive impression carried over in her writing. This a fun book for young readers with a great message! There are far too few of these type books out there. Good family dialog and interesting science. ...more
Kimberley Troutte
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is such a wonderful book. What kid hasn't wished his little brother would disappear for a little while? And when it actually happens to Marten...whoa, boy. A mysterious stranger tells Marten that his wish not only changed Marten's life but could also change the universe and time is running out. You've got to read this one. ...more
Marjolein (UrlPhantomhive)
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Dec 23, 2014 rated it really liked it
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Disclaimer, January 2021 (not a re-read)
The toughest thing about having been on Goodreads for over half a decade is how much my opinions have changed. Especially because when I started posting reviews and rating books, I was a teenager with absolutely no taste in books. Had I read Wish You Weren't (or really most other books I read in high school) today, it would probably receive a rating closer to 2 stars. I'm keeping my original rating/review for record's sake, but please be aware of the f
Feb 19, 2014 rated it really liked it
(This review can also be found on my blog The (Mis)Adventures of a Twenty-Something Year Old Girl).

The blurb of this book really caught my eye. I don't usually read middle grade books, but this one sounded very interesting.

The title of this book is fantastic! It's really conveys what the book is about. Once you read the book, you'll know what I'm talking about.

I like the cover, but I don't feel like a child in junior high school or elementary would be drawn to the cover. For me, the cover encomp
Ken Rahmoeller
Mar 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
When I first began reading Wish You Weren’t, I didn’t have high expectations. Books where a kid learns a life lesson are usually slow and kind of dull (at least for me) and it seems to take forever for the character to figure it out for himself.

This is not one of those books.

As soon as Marten gets his wish and his brother disappears, he immediately resolves to take the wish back. The trick, of course, is how to do it, which is what he spends the rest of the book doing. Marten does learn addition
Tonja Drecker
Mar 13, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I received this copy for an honest review. And to be honest right away (I do try), I'm actually kind of torn between a 4 and a 5 on this one = 4.5. So I just rounded up.

I saw this cover and immediately remembered those wonderful star-watching nights with my parents on camping trips. This initial feeling was right on with the first pages of the story. I love it when covers get it right.

Marten has had enough of his little brother, and who can blame him? The kid just broke off the head of his prize
Jun 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I’m a teen, but I still love a good mg book. That’s why I loved “Wish You Weren’t.” It’s a terrific mix of science and fantasy.

The mostly black front and back covers are pretty cool. They give you clues about what’s inside: stars, outer space, time (stopwatch) and big and little brother. Easy to guess there’s gonna be a pretty big problem. I’d pick up this book and give it a look just because of the neat cover.

The relationship between the MC, Marten, and his brother, Aldrin, is full of big broth
Mar 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
Wish You Weren't is based on a rather interesting idea. What if wishing on stars really did work and what if you made a wish in the heat of frustration that you soon realized you shouldn't have made? That's what happens to Marten after he wishes his little brother, Aldrin, away. With the supposed help of an otherworldly being named Tor, Marten tries to figure out what has happened and how it can be undone, but as things continue to go wrong, it becomes apparent that his life may never be the sam ...more
Rosi Hollinbeck
Feb 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Marten is eleven. His family is moving from California, where they have always lived, to Texas. He will be leaving all his friends behind. His family -- Mom, Dad, and annoying little brother, Aldrin, six annoying years old -- take a trip to Texas before the move, and they take Marten's best friend, Paul, along. One night while on that trip, Marten's mom takes all the kids out really late at night to lay on the lawn and watch the Perseids meteor shower. Aldrin pulls out one of Marten's very coll ...more
Apr 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
I have been trying to find more middle grade books to read and share with my son, and I think this may be a good one. In the book Marten is eleven (almost twelve) and I think that would be a good age to target for this book.

The book starts out with Marten, his best friend Paul, his little brother Aldrin and his mom laying on the grass outside of a hotel in Texas in the middle of the night. They are watching for a meteor shower and according to Marten's mom, if you see one you are to make a (si
Apr 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
I loved the premise of Wish You Weren't. You've never had a younger sibling if you've never, at least once, wished they would just disappear for a while. Unfortunately for Marten, his wish actually comes true. What do you do when the one thing you thought you wanted more than anything else turns out to be a mistake? You fix it, that's what you do. This book has a ton of heart, and an adorable moral to it all.

I also adored the brotherly banter between Marten and his little brother. As the oldest
Beverly McClure
Sep 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Have you ever wished on a star? Did your wish come true, or were you happy that it didn’t?

In WISH YOU WEREN’T, middle grade novel by Author Sherrie Petersen, almost twelve-year-old Marten is outside the hotel where his family is vacationing, watching the Perseids Meteor Shower with his mom, six-year-old brother Aldrin, and friend Paul. When Aldrin breaks Marten’s Han Solo action figure, the figure that belonged to Marten’s father when he was a boy, Marten is furious and he wishes on a shooting s
Lori Murray
Jan 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I think almost any sister or brother has wish for one of their sister or brother to disappear, and that is what this book is about. I thought that this was just a wonderful and interesting concept. I can really understand why the character of Marten wished such a thing it seemed like he got any trouble for things that his brother should have been in trouble for. I think when Marten didn't pay attention to his little brother and than his brother did what he did, that sure Marten should have had a ...more
Erik This Kid Reviews Books
Aug 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Marten couldn’t believe it. A wish he made on a star actually came true – and he feels awful about it. He wished that his little brother, Aldrin, wasn’t there. While at a museum, Aldrin just… Faded away. Marten and his best friend, Paul, meet a strange man named Tör, who says that he will help them get Aldrin back. Using watches that can control time, Tör, Marten, and Paul go through time, trying to undo what happened. When Tör’s star he comes from starts to die, and signs of Aldrin start disapp ...more
Feb 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-2015
Wish You Weren't by Sherrie Petersen is a book that many kids will be able to relate to, especially kids with brothers or sisters. I think most people have wished a sibling gone a time or two, especially in the middle of a fight. Most of us never think about what would happen if our brother or sister was really gone. Reading about this experience through Marten's eyes made me realize that maybe we should be a little more careful with what we wish for. It was fun seeing how Marten and Paul tried ...more
Medeia Sharif
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Marten’s brother is extremely annoying. Aldrin is always breaking things and making a mess, and Marten gets blamed for it. His parents think Marten should be more watchful. One night, while Marten is observing the sky, he makes a wish on a shooting star. He wants his brother gone.

The wish comes true. Aldrin vanishes into thin air. Marten is alarmed and wants to reverse the wish. With the help of Tor, a star spirit, and a magical timepiece, Marten and his friend Paul seek to go back in time to ma
Heather Lawson
Feb 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing
I received a copy through NetGalley. Originally posted here: https://heatherreviews.wordpress.com/...
A beautiful story that has the all too familiar message of ‘be careful what you wish for’. Marten has had enough of his annoying little brother, Aldrin, and when his mother takes them out to star gaze, he makes a wish on a star. He wishes that his brother would be gone.

The ramifications of this wish make Marten realise just how cruel he’s been to his little
Kristine Hall
If you have a sibling, you've done it. At some point or another, you've muttered that little wish that your brother or sister would just disappear. Maybe it was as they were spying on you as your date brought you home, or maybe it was as you were trying to escape another torturous tickling, but you've done it. Wish You Weren't follows almost twelve-year-old Marten as he lives the consequences of his wish upon a shooting star coming true. With his best friend Paul, and the mysterious Tor, who com ...more
Mar 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
I won this book in a giveaway and want to first and foremost, thank Sherrie Petersen for the opportunity to read and review it :)

When I entered this giveaway, I did not realize it was for ages 8 and up, but it didn't really change my opinion of the book. I put aside the fact that the book is clearly out of my maturity level, seeing as I am an adult haha. It was absolutely adorable. It was magical, thrilling, adventurous, and funny! I actually found myself very on edge trying to find out what hap
Suze Lavender
May 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
When Marten makes a wish during a meteor shower he hasn't thought about what the consequences would be if that wish should ever come true. Someone up there has heard him though and then Marten has to do everything he can to change his wish.
I really liked this book, it was heartwarming. Wish You Weren't is a story about time travel and learning new things, about family, friendship and love and about understanding and growing up. I laughed out loud a few times, because of the funny, recognizable s
Jan 20, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful middle grade fantasy. Who has not wished their sibling away? Poor Marten wishes his little brother, Aldrin, away by wishing on a star. It is a story that teaches Marten that life is more than just what he wants. The big twist is not that his brother disappears or that he even caused his brother to disappear. The journey Marten takes is a lesson. He learns to care about his family more than himself. He also learns that having a little brother break your toys is not the worst t ...more
Cassandra Wilson-Sparks
Apr 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
*I listened to this on audio.
Wish you weren't was a good story about a preteen boy learning a valuable lesson. It involves time travel, family issues, sibling fights, and wishing on a star. It was a pretty good story, especially for middle grade level. I would definitely recommend for children with siblings as well. The narrator did a pretty good job, the only thing was that sometimes he didn't have much feeling in his voice. Over all it was a good story that I definitely would listen to/read ag
Carolyn Keel
Mar 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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Received this through First Reads Giveaways.

I entered this giveaway for my grandson, and he really, truly enjoyed it. I gave it to him on Saturday night when he stayed with me, and on Tuesday, he called me and told me how much he loved it and asked "is there going to be another one?"


I can't say that I -personally- know anything about it because I didn't read it myself, but according to him, it was a five star book. :-)
Feb 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
First of all, I love the cover - just beautiful and mysterious. Secondly, how many kids wish their sibling wasn't born?! I mean, really! This story cleverly makes this wish come true with all kinds of consequences. The science tidbits of outer space and stars are an extra bonus. Am sharing this with my son next! ...more
Shelley Sly
May 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book was fantastic! There was so much to love about it: the very real characters and their fun dialogue, the wishing and its consequences, all the space info (the science geek part of me LOVED this), and the overall feel-good nature of the story. I especially loved Marten's best friend, Paul. Maybe he reminded me a bit of myself. ;) Five out of five stars and highly recommended! ...more
Gwen Dandridge
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing
A most excellent read. Sherrie Petersen's debut novel is a gem. A wish upon a star causes more trouble and problems then Marten anticipates. His annoying little brother disappears and Marten must get him back with the help of his best friend...and a mysterious celestial being. ...more
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