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Book: Don't You Wish
Author: Roxanne St. Claire
Published: July 10,2012
Publisher:Delacorte Books for Young Readers
My Rating: 4 Stars
Source: Publisher via Netgalley
About the book:
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
The cover of this book was so cute. The girl on the front looked so fierce and like a true covergirl. The colors were so soft and pretty too. It was a great lead in for this cute book. We start this bokk by meeting Annie Nutter. She is your typical unpopular teenager. Oh how this is all about to change for her.
Annie's dad is an inventor who is always trying to create the next big thing. The chaos at the Nutter house was a typical household. We had the dad with the hairbrain schemes, the annoying little brother, and the mom. Annie comes home to find her dad has created a new invention. In testing the new invention she is sent to an alternate dimension. This is where the fun starts.
Annie wakes up the next morning in a room that isn't hers and living her life as Ayla. She seems to have it all but as she soons learns the best isn't all that it's cracked up to be. I loved that this tale showed the struggles that kids deal with when they aren't the popular kid. This book was great since it showed both sides of the coin. We got to see the life that the unpopular kids lead and how the popular kids viewed them. It was nice to see how Annie struggled with how she should be acting. She knew what life was like being normal and not above it all.
I loved that the author also focused on the fact that shouldn't focus on just looks and money. It was nice to see Annie change Ayla into a better person. I loved seeing her interactions with Charlie. He was such a breath of fresh air from the normal spoiled boys at the school. I loved that he was willing to accept Annie for who she was. They made such a cute couple and fit so well together.
The author has a real hit on her hands. This is a cute book tht details the struggles kids face. The message was great in showing that looks and money really don't matter. It is all about staying true to yourself. The writing style was great and flowed well. The distinction between of Annie and Ayla as two seperate and completely different people was spot on. The world building with Miama as a backdrop set the mood just right. It was the perfect location for this story to play out. Overall this is a must read for all the teens out there and young adult readers.