DON’T YOU WISH
Roxanne St. Claire
Delacorte Books for Young Readers
July 10, 2012
Contemporary Young Adult
Rating: 5 STARS
Plain, unpopular Annie Nutter longs to be one of the ‘in crowd’, so when one of her dad’s wacky inventions zaps her into a parallel universe, Annie’s dream comes true. Now she’s Ayla Monroe, fabulously rich and reigning queen of her new high school. But life as one of the elite is not all that it’s cracked up to be, and as Annie/Ayla navigates this strange new reality, she is forced to decide who she wants to be.
DON’T YOU WISH is an amazing young adult debut from romantic suspense writer Roxanne St. Claire! I was hooked from page one, so drawn into Annie’s world and her heart that I couldn’t stop reading.
When Annie first wakes up as Ayla, she has a wardrobe full of designer clothes, a huge bedroom, and all the minions at school bowing down at her feet. The Miami mansion is a far cry from her small, rundown, cluttered house back in Pittsburgh. But the more Annie learns about Ayla, her alter ego, the less she likes. The outside may have changed, but inside her new gorgeous body, she’s still the same Annie Nutter.
As life gets more and more complicated, Annie begins to realize that she likes who she is on the inside. But to give up her life as Ayla, means giving up Charlie, the quiet, genius, unpopular boy who has somehow stolen her heart.
The idea of wanting to be rich and popular, especially as a teenager, is not a new one, but Roxanne St. Claire manages to put such a fresh spin on the struggle to fit in that even just reading the blurb for this book made me desperate to read it. Annie’s voice is dead on, the pace is perfect, and the plot gives just enough twists and turns to keep you guessing how it’s all going to work out. DON’T YOU WISH is a completely captivating tale that definitely earns a spot on my keeper shelf. Even if you’re not a young adult reader, give this one a try. You won’t be disappointed!