Don't You Wish

Don't You Wish

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Alternate universes exist! Perfect for moviegoers who loved "17 Again, Sliding Doors, " and "The Family Man, " as well as the novel "Before I Fall." 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 insde, 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.show more

Product details

  • 12-17
  • Hardback | 360 pages
  • 142.24 x 210.82 x 35.56mm | 498.95g
  • Delacorte Press
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • 0385741561
  • 9780385741569
  • 931,368

About Roxanne St Claire

"New York Times" bestselling author ROXANNE ST. CLAIRE has written nearly thirty books for adults in multiple genres. "Don't You Wish" is her debut young adult novel.show more

Review quote

VOYA, June 2012: "A charming tale that will especially appeal to kids who feel themselves to be Invisible, tormented, and in need of empowerment skills."show more

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1,343 ratings
3.82 out of 5 stars
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4 31% (419)
3 25% (339)
2 7% (97)
1 4% (49)

Our customer reviews

Annie Nutter is plain, nerdy and invisible at school. One stormy day her father, an inventor creates a machine that lets people make beautiful photos out of celebrityâ??s facial features. She dreams of being beautiful, rich and popular, and goes to bed. When she wakes up in the morning, sheâ??s in a different home. Her house has turned into a mansion, her body has curved out in all the right places, her teeth and hair are perfect and when she looks into the mirror, a beauty is staring back at her. Her dream has come true, although her name is Alya Monroe. Her appearance might have changed but her personality stayed the same. Does beauty and money mean perfect happiness? This book had all the teenage clich�©s that most movies have. Average plain girl wants to be beautiful and rich, but what she wants most in the world is to go back to being herself. Through out this novel Annie goes through the necessary peer pressures that trend experience and it all sounds fun and cool but once she starts to realize sheâ??d rather be nice than mean, thatâ??s when I start to grin. Thereâ??s a moral to this story. Beauty and wealth wonâ??t make you happy. I loved it. Cute, funny, and engaging, it felt like 13 Going on 30 meets Freaky Friday! I thought the ending was just so perfect and thatâ??s the way I like it.show more
by Giselle SM
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.*show more
by Karla Vollkopf
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!show more
by Hannah
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