Don't You Wish (Hardback)
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Short Description for Don't You Wish "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,
- Published: 07 October 2012
- Format: Hardback 360 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780385741569 ISBN 10: 0385741561
- Sales rank: 383,196
Reviews for Don't You Wish
funny and light
Sixteen-year-old Annie Nutter is an ordinary, plain Jane. All she wants is for Shane Matthews, teenage god, to look at her. Really look at her. But she soon regrets that, when Shane plays a cruel joke on her inside the school bus, humiliating her in front of everyone.
Annie's mother isn't having a very good day, either. She's found a picture of an old boyfriend in a very classy magazine, and suddenly all she can think and talk about is how life would have been if she had married that man, instead of Annie's crazy inventor/hoarder of a father. Annie can't help but start wondering the same thing. Would she exist in said world? Would she be the same, even if she had a different father? Would her soul be the same?
After her mother destroys her father's newest invention (which allowed you to choose which celebrities' body parts you wanted to have, and see what you would look like with them) in a moment of anger, Annie picks up the remaining parts, to try and salvage her only -and quite old- notebook, used in the invention. While she holds the notebook and a cell phone showing the picture of the simulation of what she wished she looked like, her room is hit by lightining...
...and somehow she wakes up in a dream world. A dream world where she is who she has always wished she was. Beautiful. Loaded. Popular. A-list. But is it really a dream? Then how come she can't wake up? Annie is now in Ayla Monroe's body, and needs to start making some very serious decisions. Is Ayla really who she wanted to be? Popular, but living a fake life, with no real friends? Beautiful on the outside, but ugly, mean and cold on the inside? Rich in terms of money, but with a distant and estranged family, threatening to collapse? She can't help but ask herself:
Should I stay or should I go?
This book was a very nice read. Very light chich-lit on the whole, but with some very intense and thought-provoking moments. I especially liked the tentative theories to try to explain how the transition through multiple/alternate universes could happen. And Annie and Charlie were so adorkable! :3 He was super dreamy!
I think we all like to imagine how our lives would be if we were different or if our lives were different, or if we were born in different circumstances... well, this book makes us think: Be careful what you wish for! You just might get it. And regret it. :P
* I received an eARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.* by Karla Vollkopf
Don't You Wish
Don't You Wish is a novel about growing up believing in who you are and what makes you unique isn't necessarily a bad thing. It's all about young girls having their own identity and not conforming to what is on trend, what is popular and believing that popularity, especially in high school, isn't all that it's cracked up to be.
What makes this not just another novel about a girl who redeems herself is the character Annie herself. Annie is probably as normal as you can get for a teenage girl. She's awkward, a bit shallow and isn't 'popular'. All she wants is to be accepted by the cool group in school and have what they have, but she doesn't realize (until the end of course) that popularity isn't all that it's cracked up to be. She goes through this amazing transition in realizing that her friends and family are all that she needs. Annie is not perfect. And she doesn't turn out perfect either.
While the story line is mildly predictable, there are a few twists to this story that make it an enjoyable and light read. I found myself pleasantly surprised by the ending. A perfect book for lying by the pool with this summer, but with just that tad bit more than your average Joe YA contemporary novel. Add it to your summer reading list! by Hannah