Monday, November 21, 2011

From A-List Flop to A-List Hot

Expected Publication: July 10th, 2012
Don't You Wish
By: Roxanne St. Clair
Delacorte Books for Young Readers
ISBN-13: 9780385741569

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.


   Annie Nutter has what she thinks is a horrible life.  Her Father works at a crappy job while trying to invent things that never work, her Mother is miserable living in their run-down, trashy house and she has an obnoxious little brother.  Then  one day the most popular boy in school makes a laughingstock of her on the schoolbus, her Mom sees the house she would've had is she's married her old boyfriend Jim Monroe, and her parents have a huge blowout over her Dad's latest crazy invention that shows your ideal face/body.  Annie is somehow transported by that messed up invention into a parallel universe where her Mom married Jim Monroe instead of Mel Nutter and she's popular, gorgeous, bitchy Ayla Monroe living in Miami instead of Pittsburgh.  Annie enjoys the designer clothes, the servants, the beautiful house and everything that goes with it.  Except for the fact that her parents are on the verge of divorce because of her Dad's infidelity, her Mom and her brother Trent hate her, plus the entire school's afraid of her because Ayla ruled with an iron fist.  Annie decides to start living the way she wants to, ditching her ass of a popular boyfriend on the night she was supposed to be de-virginized and becoming friends, more later on, with a poor scholarship student Charlie.  Him and his sister Missy are reasons why Annie wants to stay and live Ayla's life even though it's pretty superficial and miserable.  But he is working on a way to send her back to her life as Annie Nutter.  Can they change things for the better at all before she leaves?  Or will she stay and become Ayla for good.  This book was an extremely fun story and I had a wonderful time reading it.  Annie's life as an invisible, unpopular girl was relatable and she was a fairly strong character.  Also, who has honestly NEVER ONCE imagined the 'what-ifs' of their life?  I would recommend this to anyone who wants a quick, sweet read that has a lot of heart and some laughs. 

VERDICT:  4/5  Stars

*I received an Advanced Reading E-book Copy from the publisher, via NetGalley. No money was exchanged for this review.  The expected publication of this book is July 10th, 2012.*

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