Early Review: Don’t You Wish by Roxanne St. Claire

Posted by Jessi (Geo) on 3 March, 2012 | 2 Comments



Early Review: Don’t You Wish by Roxanne St. ClaireDon't You Wish by Roxanne St. Claire
Genre: Contemporary, Romance, Young Adult
Published by Delacorte (7.10.2012)
eARC, 368 pages
Source: NetGalley


5 Stars

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.

My Review

Oh my, where do I start? This book was so wonderful!! I’ve been stuck in this horrible rut of mediocre books with vomit-inducing romances for so long that I was beginning to think it was just me. But as it turns out, it isn’t!

I loved this one from start to finish. It opens with Annie getting totally shot down by some buttface jock and I immediately saw her as a kindred spirit, because let’s face it – I was a loser in high school too. I wanted to stand up to defend her and punch that guy right in the mouth!!

I loved seeing the development in Annie. In the beginning she doesn’t have much thought for her family or her best friend, Lizzie. She’s a bit shallow, thinking that being pretty and popular are crucial. She wishes she could be like that. And let’s be honest, who hasn’t occasionally wished they could live the life of luxury? To be able to have whatever you want and get whatever you want would certainly be great, right?
Then the unthinkable happens and she wakes up as someone else. Ayla Monroe – a selfish, cheating, lying, spoiled rich bitch. She’s got it all: money, social status, and looks. Or so she thinks. I was pleased with how quickly she realized that being pretty, rich, and popular aren’t the key to happiness. She becomes overwhelmed with drama and the constant pressure to keep up her cool facade. Then there were all of the family problems – it was really testament to the fact that there’s always things going on behind the scenes in ‘picture perfect’ lifestyles. Everyone has problems.

I absolutely adored Charlie! Talk about swoon-worthy – this is the kind of romance I’ve been looking for! It was flawed, real, and had that wonderful slow burn feeling that gives me butterflies. I wanted to jump in there, shove Ayla/Annie aside and steal him away for myself! Ohhh Charlie, you have my heart. ♥
And the ending…ahhh!!! I was grinning like an idiot for sure.

This book had a great message in it and is definitely worth picking up!

quotes“Ryder is pissed beyond description,” Bliss announces. “He’s epileptic.”
“He’s epileptic?” I couldn’t tell that.
“I mean he’s just crazy furious with you.”
I frown at her. “Do you mean apoplectic?”
Bliss’s grammatical faux pas cracked me up!

“Yes, you are pretty, and when you pictured perfect, you came damn close, but the part of you I like most is inside.”
Awwwww see why I love him :))

assessment
Plot: 5/5
Writing style: 5/5
Characters: 5/5
Pace: 5/5
Cover: 4/5
 
Overall rating: 5/5 starfish
Jessi (Geo)

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