Review: Don’t You Wish

Jul •  5 •  2012
Review: Don’t You WishDon't You Wish by Roxanne St. Claire
Series: Stand Alone
Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers Genres: Young Adult-Contemporary
Source: FTC: Exchange for honest opinion, Netgalley
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"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."



I enjoyed this book far more that what I thought I would. This story is a big “What if?” You know what if I was rich instead of poor? What if my mom married another guy, what kind of daughter would I have been? What if I had a whole new life and wasn’t the same? The answer to all of these questions and more are well explained. And the answers aren’t quite what you expect.
I really enjoyed the aspect of waking up to a whole new life. New friends. New looks. New school. A whole new outlook of what you wish you had. I admit, for Annie, it was easy to what this role. Being raised in a strictly budget home, being rich all the sudden has it perks. Annie had to really step back and look at the whole picture to decide just what she wanted.
The plot of the book is well paced and addicting. I love that Alya is Annie but different. To see the people around Ayla act different cause of how different Ayla is funny. Annie sees how Alya really is and turns heads. Annie is sweet, kind, and thoughtful. Changing people’s mind about Alya is hard work, but definitly worth it.
The love interest plays out so good. I adore that Alya is a whole new person with a new outlook. Her  being nice and forming real relationships gives Annie a real perspective  of how she would be if she was rich. Annie makes right choices and good sacrifces for those she loves.
Don’t You Wish is cute story of a whole new life we all wish we could have. One with a life, luxury, and friends, but in the end, it may not be all that it seems. Good elements and excellent life lessons, it’s stands out from what is on the market. Don’t You Wish is awesome!
I give it 4 BITES!
Happy Reading!


  1. Jenny
    Jul 5, 2012

    Love “what if” questions! They just open up so many possibilities and always make me think:) I’m headed on vacation soon, and I think a cute book like this might just be the perfect thing to bring with me!

  2. Midnyte Reader
    Jul 5, 2012

    I love the premise of this book. It’s familiar, but the plot device is unique (to me). I don’t read contemporaries, but I am definitely going to put this on my TBR list. Right now as a matter of fact!

  3. Oh I love these type of books. Always greener on the other side… no matter if you get everything you want or not. I may have to pick this one up!