Friday, July 6, 2012

Review: Don't You Wish by Roxanne St. Claire

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  • Publisher: Random House Children's Books
  • Publication date: 7/10/2012
  • Pages: 368
  • Source: eARC provided by NetGalley/Random House for review
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Overview

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 Thoughts


When I read the synopsis for this book I thought it sounded like a really great book. I liked the idea of her getting to experience the life she could only dream about. Be a popular, gorgeous rich kid instead of the invisible nobody with braces and freckles. I wanted to know how it would all turn out. This book is full of the typical cliches. The popular rich kids are the mean kids who everyone else absolutely worships. They can get away with anything and everything and they feel like they have to treat people like crap to keep up their superior status. They wouldn't be caught dead wearing anything but Prada, Dior, or other designer brands. 


OMG did I hate the characters at first. Well, actually for a lot of the book. I will be honest. I was a few pages away from putting it down. That is how much I was bothered by the characters and the lacking plot. I am glad that I decided to give it one more chapter because that was the one that got me. After that next chapter I needed to see what would happen. Ayla/Annie changes and I see her redeemable qualities, but it wasn't as much her that kept me reading as it was Charlie. I really liked Charlie. He is a great character. 


Annie, or Ayla was not very likable for most of the book at all. We get her as Annie for a short while in the beginning and you do feel a little bad for her. Then when she ends up being zapped into the life of Ayla she starts to get on my nerves. She is now popular, pretty, and rich. She also has a hot boyfriend and super cool friends. She is the queen of her school. Even though Annie is really in there, she acts like such a jerk about things. She doesn't want to ruin things for Ayla by being nice when she is supposed to be snobby and mean. She is constantly correcting her dumb friend. (Which really, I couldn't stand Bliss, but Ayla would constantly correct her when she used the wrong word or phrase.) Jade wasn't as bad, but she is still so concerned about their image as the A-listers. It got so annoying. I don't know if rich kids who go to fancy schools really act that way, but I wanted to smack them all. 


Charlie was awesome. He was the game changer. I kept reading for him. The Annie inside of Ayla just can't seem to stop herself from being interested in him. He also helps her even when she hasn't been very nice to him. He happens to pretty much be a genius, has a great twin sister named Missy, and sees the real Annie underneath all the glam and attitude. I liked how he finally was able to bring out the real her. She had pretty much crashed and burn when she wouldn't sleep with her egotistical boyfriend and Charlie was there to pick up the pieces. She trusts him with the truth about what happened to her, and he stands by her and the decisions she has to make. Total sweetheart!!


The story to me was very slow and aggravating to start. I didn't like the characters at all. When I want to punch everyone in the face it's pretty hard to enjoy reading a book. Especially the parents. I couldn't stand the way Ayla's parents were. I hated her dad the most. What an ass!! For real. It took a long time to get into this book unfortunately. Like 200 pages, but I really did end up liking it in the end. It could have been much shorter and more to the point I think, but it was enjoyable. It had a good message in the end and I think a lot of people will really like this one. 3 out of 5 stars.

27 comments:

  1. This book sounds like a big warning and reminder to "be careful what you wish for". The synopsis sounds great but that's about it. I can kind of deal with a slower-pace but I cannot deal with no or little connection to the characters. I'm glad the ending was at least, slightly enjoyable. :)

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    1. If the story had started to get better a little earlier I would have really enjoyed it. I was really about to give up. I couldn't stand the characters at all until the after 200 pages.

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    2. Wow! 200 pages? yikes! that's 100 pages too much for me.

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  2. It's always interesting to see how ppl act when they get everything they want. It's annoying when they act terribly, but awesome when they learn from it. And it's do hard when you don't even like the characters!!
    I'm glad you ended up liking Don't You Wish. Nice review!

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    1. I really loved the outcome of everything, but it took so long for me to start enjoying the book. I'm glad I didn't give up on it, but man was I close.

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  3. I read this book some time back and liked it I think. I agree that Annie was a little annoying, but she did eventually redeem herself.
    I continued the book for Charlie too. He was sweet. :)
    I'm really glad you continued the book, Amy.
    Lovely review ! :)

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    1. I loved Charlie and Missy. I am glad that the real Annie finally came through too, I just wish it had happened a bit sooner. It sucks when it takes about 200 pages to start to like a book.

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  4. This sounds like one that I will probably skip. It seems like I've read so many of these 'mean girl' books lately and I'm a little sick of them. I happy that you did end up enjoying it!

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    1. Yeah, I agree. I know girls can be mean, but this was so over the top and they weren't just mean, they were plain unlikable. They were rich kids who would steal for fun, be mean just because that's what "A-listers" are supposed to do. If Ayla showed any bit of niceness to an "invisible" her friends would go all freaking spastic about how she would disturb the natural order of things. It was really hard to read until Charlie entered the picture more.

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  5. Haha dude I love rich bitches! Why do you think I like Gossip Girl!? Haha. No no I get what you mean there's a line where you either hate or love to hate the characters. Too bad i remember this being one of my 1st ARC (it was on NT SO long ago) and being excited to read it but now I keep seeing average reviews and put it off for others >.< Not sure I'd like it more than you though, 1st = we're #soulmates, and 2nd, slow plot and punch worthy characters are just... no.

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    1. I did end up liking it, but OMG it was like 200 pages in before I didn't want to throw my nook out the freaking window. I was seriously about to give up, but decided to just give it one more chapter. I loe rich bitches, but not just overly mean and horrible ones.

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  6. You have more patience that I do for reading annoying characters. I'm glad you stuck with it and ended up liking it. I guess I'm too much - this is for my enjoyment - to stay with something I don't enjoy.

    Valerie
    StuckInBooks.com

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    1. Yeah, I was about to give up. I wouldn't have finished it if that next chapter wasn't good.

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  7. I liked this one -- it reminded me of an updated Freaky Friday. The Charlie/Missy storyline was one of the best parts.

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    1. I just really couldn't stand the characters at first. I know a lot of people really liked this one, and I did, but not until more than halfway through it.

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  8. Boo!!! I hate books that take FOREVER to get into!!! Honestly, I only like the cover for this one!!! The synopsis didn't sound all that super fab to me! Lol

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    1. I can't stand unlikable characters so it was hard to get through the first half. Once Charlie became more a part of the story it was good, but it just took so long to get there. If I didn't think I could have finished it that night there is no way I would have wasted another day on it.

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  9. You are WAY nicer than I would have been with this book, based off of your review! I would have given up after 100 pages if this book wasn't working for me, so kudos to you for reading on!! I'm pretty sure this is one of those books that I would throw across the room [literally]. Characters are SO important for me in a book, and all the characters in this book pretty much seem like they're jerks. Sure, the synopsis sounds really great, but I think this book just isn't for me.

    Thank you so much, Amy, for the helpful review!!

    -Aneeqah @ My Not So Real Life

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    1. I kept hoping it would get better and eventually it did. I really hate to DNF books so I try as hard as I can to get through them.

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  10. Great review. I saw this book and was wondering if it was good. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. It's not a bad book, just took me a bit to get into. I know a lot of others who really enjoyed it.

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  11. OMG! I was really excited once I saw the cover. It just makes me want to read this book. Judging from your review I suppose it is just another decent contemporary book. Great review

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    1. I think that I have read too many rich mean girl books recently. It was a good book, just hard for me to like the characters at first.

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  12. This doesn't sound good. I hate slow starts and boring characters. I probably won't pick this one up.

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    1. the characters are anything but boring, they are actually really mean and obnoxious to me. I know a lot of people love the catty girls thing, it's just not really my thing.

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  13. I love parallel universe stories, but I think it would be more interesting to read about Ayla fitting into Annie's life.

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    1. I agree. That would be totally entertaining seeing as the real Ayla is a total stuck up snobby bitch who has to get everything she wants.

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