Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Don't You Wish by Roxanne St. Claire

Don't You Wish
Author: Roxanne St. Claire
Publication: July 10, 2012 (Read in October)
By: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
4.5 STARS!

*stares at cover* I want a pair of sunglasses like that!

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 exhilarating . . . 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.

Don't You Wish is an entertaining and often times, heartbreaking blend of Mean Girls, Back to the Future and It's A Wonderful Life.  A story of one teenage girl's desire to be "seen" and the lessons she learns when the rose colored Dior glasses come off and she's faced with all that glitters and it isn't necessarily gold.

When Annie gets a chance to see her life from both sides of "her story", she'll have to decide which life is the one she really wants to live. There are pros and cons to whatever choice she makes, (assuming she even has one) and while it could be she's here for a reason, is she willing to risk everything to find out for sure? 

I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked this book up but once I did, I couldn't put it down!  I mean, who hasn't wondered what their lives would be like if they'd been born into another family? 

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