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Don't You Wish by Roxanne St. Claire

Sunday, June 24, 2012

When plain and unpopular Annie Nutter gets zapped by one of her dad's whacked-out inventions, she lands in a parallel universe where her life becomes picture-perfect. Now she's Ayla Monroe, daughter of the same mother but a different father—and she's the gorgeous, rich queen bee of her high school.

In this universe, Ayla lives in glitzy Miami instead of dreary Pittsburgh and has beaucoup bucks, courtesy of her billionaire—if usually absent—father. Her friends hit the clubs, party backstage at concerts, and take risks that are exhilirating . . . and illegal. Here she's got a date to lose her V-card with the hottest guy she's ever seen.

But on the inside, Ayla is still Annie.

So when she's offered the chance to leave the dream life and head home to Pittsburgh, will she take it?

The choice isn't as simple as you think.

Goodreads Summary

Annie Nutter lives an ordinary, but happy life with her parents and friends. A band geek and braces wearer, Annie is unpopular, but content. Her life is transformed, however, after an incident with one of her father’s inventions. Annie is thrown into an alternate universe in which her mother had married a man who became a millionaire. She lives in a glamorous house in Miami and is gorgeous. Annie’s life is perfect from the outside, but she misses her real father and hates her friends who are cruel, steal things they could easily afford to buy, and use drugs. Ordinary and happy is preferable to glitzy and miserable any day. After a short time living in this parallel universe, Annie just wants to return home, but can she?

Roxanne St. Claire created Annie to be funny, strong, and an overall good person. I liked reading about Annie as she explored her new world, making me laugh the entire time. Supporting characters all have distinct personalities as well, giving the plot line spice and making the book memorable. Don’t You Wish is a good book for teen and young adult girls. These readers would appreciate Annie’s humor and relate to her thoughts. I give this novel five out of five stars.

5 Stars

*Reviewed by Kristin*

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  1. I've been DYING to read this! And five stars means good so I need it Ben more now!!!

  1. I have seen this one around a lot lately and it sounds so good! 5 stars! That's great! :)

  1. I love the sound of this one. One of those be careful what you wish for lessons. Everyone sometimes dreams and wishes to be rich and popular but everyone does have problems. I would love money but losing good friends and family might not be worth it.

  1. Wow 5 Stars!! This sounds like an awesome fun summer read:) Thanks for the great recommendation!!

  1. Ning said...:

    oh wow I never paid attention to this before but it actually sounds super fun, especially for the summer!

  1. Kandee said...:

    I really loved this book, so much. I'm really glad you liked it, too! And as I can see, its getting more publicity!

  1. Denise Z said...:

    I think I would enjoy meeting Annie. Thank you for sharing about what sounds like a fun read!

  1. This sounds like a great read. Its nice when you hear in a review that the author makes her secondary characters into their very own, distinct people. I think Don't You Wish would be a great book for some of the younger YA readers who feel like their lives suck. It could be incredibly helpful to read that the grass really isn't greener on the other side more often than not. I am definitely gonna check this book out when I get the chance. Thanks for the review.

  1. Lili said...:

    This honestly sounds like a great read! I love the whole excuse as to getting transported to another dimension: electricity given off by a machine.

    This sort of reminds me of some kind of show I'd see on Disney Channel when I babysit. You know, go to another dimension where everything is perfect but learn that your real life is better and go back. etc

    Nice book!