Wednesday, 9 May 2012

REVIEW: Don't You Wish by Roxanne St Claire

Don't You Wish 
Author: Roxanne St. Claire
Pages: 368
Genre: Young Adult
Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers
Release Date: 10th July 2012

Synopsis. (Goodreads)

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.

REVIEW: 3.5 out of 5 stars

Don’t You Wish was kindly provided to me by Netgalley for Delacorte Books for Young Readers.

I have loved everything written so far by Roxanne St Claire, she won me over with her Bullet Catcher & Guardian Angelino series so I was quite eager to read her new Young Adult novel Don’t You Wish.

Annie Nutter isn’t high up on the social ladder, she is virtually invisible to those around her and is treated terribly by her peers; she lives in Pittsburg with her parents and young brother and has regular wishes and wants normal teens have, she yearns to fit in and belong.

When she is zapped by one of her fathers many crazy inventions she ends up in Miami and a parallel universe where her life becomes absolutely perfect, she is rich, popular, and beautiful and is now Ayla Monroe.

Annie is still the same person inside but has the perks of living the glitzy, popular life; but having the social perks aren’t what they appear to be especially when she falls for Charlie – a social outcast himself.

Annie was an easy character to relate to, she was sweet, caring and was from a family with definite problems, their life certainly wasn’t perfect and the question was always lingering about how different things would be if her parents had never married.

Charlie was perfect in every way for her and his sister Missy was wonderful! I enjoyed the way things were wrapped up between them.

By the end of the book, I was completely engrossed in each of the main characters and had a pretty good glimpse of some of the minor characters, they were each developed well.

Don’t You Wish is an enjoyable, fun read but also had depth and an underlying message that things we wish for aren’t always what is best – it was a fascinating concept. The pacing for me was a little slow at times and the plot a tad predictable but Ms St Clair’s writing is perfection.

All in all, a light, fun and entertaining read.

1 comment:

  1. I love the sounds of this I love it when you can really connect with the characters and every one of them become important to the story. I have this from Netgalley I should get to it soon I think I'd really like it!


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