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Sunday, July 29, 2012

Review: Don't You Wish

Author: Roxanne St. Claire
Release Date: July 10, 2012
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Pages: 368
Source: 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.
My Favorite Line: 
“Money doesn't make you happy," Mom insists, whipping carrots and lettuce out of the cart. "Money doesn't make you laugh when you're lonely, or make you full of contentment on Christmas morning.”
Why I Loved It:  I had no idea how much I would really like this book.  The idea has been used a great deal.  Going to an parallel universe where you have everything is not exactly a new idea, but I thought Ms. St. Claire did an incredible job.  

My love for the book revolves around one particular part: Charlie. I have many weaknesses when it comes to cute boys.  But Charlie has all of my weaknesses wrapped up within him.  He is this incredibly smart, nerdish type who has a love beyond all things for family.  And he wears a fedora.  I fell head over heels for him during the book.  

Don't think that all there is to this book is an incredibly cute boy named Charlie.  There really is a lot more than that!  The plot is quite addicting the more you get into the book.  Seeing how much Annie comes out in Ayla and how that turns so many heads was crazy.  Constantly, Annie can see just how good her life is even in the midst of the hard stuff that life throws out.  

In the end, it's the same old idea that money can't buy happiness but you will enjoy the ride as Annie discovers it for herself.  And Charlie.  Yes Charlie.  You will definitely enjoy that ride!  

Who Should Read It:  Everyone!!  Seriously.  But definitely those people out there that love contemporary.  The book is going to surprise you.

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