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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Delacorte Books for Young Readers (July 10, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385741561
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385741569
  • Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.4 x 1.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,461,962 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

Gr 9 Up-Awkward Annie Nutter is tormented by the rich, popular kids whom she both envies and reviles at Pittsburgh's South Hills High. Her home life isn't any better: her brother is annoying, her father is a failed inventor, and her realtor mother has just discovered that the med student she could have married is now a billionaire in Miami. One stormy night, when trying out her dad's latest invention, Annie gets zapped into an alternate universe in which her mother is married to the former med student and she's Ayla Monroe, the rich, beautiful queen bee of a ritzy private school. At first she enjoys the perks of her status, but eventually she realizes that her so-called friends are shallow, she feels nothing for her jerky boyfriend, her new dad is a womanizer, and her mom is miserable. In a satisfying feel-good twist, the school's brilliant but bullied scholarship student helps her get back to her old world as they fall in love. There is plenty here that readers will find compelling. Unfortunately, cartoonish stereotypes of socioeconomic groups (rich people are horrible; poor people have hearts of gold); a plot that moves forward largely by way of lucky coincidences; and some problematic treatment of race (Ayla's ethnically ambiguous best friend is ridiculously described as "a little bit of everything-Asian, Hispanic, black, white, with some island flair thrown in for added spice.") make this novel more of a light read than the deeper exploration of identity, family relationships, and society it strives to be.-Riva Pollard, American Indian Public Charter School, Oakland, CAα(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review

VOYA, June 2012:
"A charming tale that will especially appeal to kids who feel themselves to be Invisible, tormented, and in need of empowerment skills."

More About the Author

ROXANNE ST. CLAIRE is a New York Times and USA Today Bestselling author of more than thirty novels of romance and suspense. She is the author of the Barefoot Bay contemporary series as well as two very popular suspense series, the Bullet Catchers and the Guardian Angelinos.

A six-time nominee and one-time winner of the prestigious RITA Award for the best in romantic fiction, Roxanne's books have also been awarded the National Readers Choice Award for best romantic suspense three times, as well as the Daphne du Maurier award, the Booksellers Best Award, the Award of Excellence, the Maggie, the Holt Medallion and many more. Roxanne's books have been published in dozens of countries and are routinely featured as selections in the Doubleday and Rhapsody book clubs.

Free reads, excerpts, character profiles, author news and contests can be found on her web site: www.roxannestclaire.com. You can follow her at www.facebook.com/roxannestclaire and www.twitter.com/@roxannestclaire,or email her via her web site. Roxanne lives in Florida with her husband, two children and loves to hear from readers all over the world!

Customer Reviews

It was almost like Roxanne St. Clair tried to make them as catty and obnoxious as possible.
Andrea @ The Busy Bibliophile
This books has such a fun, innovative story, with a creative, fast-paced, plot and lovable characters.
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Despite everything, I loved the ending of the book and I thought that it was perfect for the story.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rachel Hauck on July 11, 2012
Format: Hardcover
I loved this book. I won't write a story summary since other reviewers have done so, but this book is well worth your time. St. Claire is a master story teller and she completely capture the voice and tone of Young Adult fiction. As Annie/Ayla confront the realities of her life there isn't a girl or woman of any age who won't identify with the idea of being someone different, of being someone "better," then realizing there's nothing like being yourself. Annie is a brave woman at her core -- whether she's poor Annie or rich Ayla.

Even as a 50-something, I found great take aways for my own life. This is a fun novel with deep, thought provoking layers. St. Claire braves technical and scientific details with easy and simplicity. Makes the whole alternate reality believable. Don't miss this read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By B on July 10, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
I don't read much YA at all, especially nowadays, because they all seem to have the exact same premise. I only picked up this one up because it was by Roxanne St. Claire, who's been one of my favorite authors in her other genres, and it wanted to give it a shot. Don't You Wish really surprised me in a great way, because it seems to be different from the current YA books being published. This books has such a fun, innovative story, with a creative, fast-paced, plot and lovable characters. I devoured it like a beloved desert. I've loved every page of this book. It's been one of my favorite reads this year!

Annie Nutter is supposedly your average girl, as she doesn't get noticed at school and doesn't get to hang out with the popular crowd at school. She's just a band dork who gets made fun of. Annie is really nice and fun, but she's shy and doesn't show that much of her lovable personality to the world. At the point where she becomes Ayla Monroe on the outside, yet continues to be Annie on the inside, is where the true beauty of the character lies. Because of this - Annie gets this huge initiative and changes Ayla's life. A life that would seem to perfect for everyone that wasn't really living it. It's like Annie gets the spark to light the fire within [Ayla] and starts to proactively make things better. And Annie finally stands up for herself. I love that about her.

Then, there's Charlie, a geeky guy, within a picture perfect world who gets bullied for not being rich enough for the Crop Academy. He befriends Annie as Ayla. Of course, the real Ayla would never have befriended him. Charlie is a key character as it's his genius that eventually helps Annie figure out her final solution. Charlie is a very authentic, multi-layered character.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By AboutToRead on July 25, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Don't You Wish is a light, fun read that immerses you in a glitzy, but emotionally complicated world. After super dorky Annie Nutter wakes up in a fabulous Miami mansion as Ayla Monroe, she has everything she's ever wanted--except for a loving family. Annie soon discovers that being popular and ridiculously rich is not what she expected. Ayla is more or less a terrible person. She treats everyone like crap and she is no stranger to drugs and theft--not the kind of person Annie ever wanted to be.

Watching Annie struggle with the terrible person she was as Ayla Monroe was a joy. There was a lot of raw emotion that really added to the story. My favorite part, however, was the romance. Annie/Ayla and Charlie were so sweet together, and I loved the slight dorkiness that they both added to the story. I was a bit apprehensive when I first started Don't You Wish because I thought this was going to be a story about a girl wallowing in self-pity about all the things she couldn't have--and that really was not far off based on the first chapter or so. Luckily, the self-pity was short lived and the rest of the story was fantastic.

Time travel meets Gossip Girl in this perfect summer read. It's full of glitz, glamour, and romance, but still has enough emotion and depth to be meaningful. Annie's struggle to be true to herself as Ayla, and her quest to discover the true meaning of family is touching.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Literary Meanderings on July 18, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Annie Nutter is a `Nobody' - that's literally what the popular kids call her (and others like her) at high school. She's considered unremarkable and not even worth acknowledging. Her family struggles financially, her mom is average, and her dad is a super-kooky inventor. Annie's social life is nil, and so is her love life.

One day - after a prank in which the most gorgeous, popular guy in school asks Annie to homecoming only to turn it into a beyond humiliating joke in front of the entire school bus - Annie finds her mother crying in the magazine section at Wal-Mart. In her mother's hands is a magazine with an article about a billionaire and his amazing new home - turns out that Annie's mom once dated this man and may harbor some regrets about the direction her life has taken.

After Annie's parents have a very short, yet intense argument over one of her father's latest inventions... Annie has no idea what will happen to her family at this point, but she does know one thing: She is tired of being Annie Nutter. Tired of being at the bottom of the social ladder, tired of being the butt of jokes, tired of struggling, tired of it all.

That night Annie's life is changed forever. During a lightning storm, one of her father's inventions goes haywire and transports Annie to a whole other life. She went to bed as Annie Nutter - poor girl, social outcast, with her family in turmoil... and woke up as Ayla Monroe - rich girl, queen bee, with a mansion fully equipped with servants and a shiny new family.

Is having everything you've ever wanted worth paying the ultimate price? Annie (or should I say Ayla?) is about to find out.

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This book is quite unique (I've never read one like it), and I loved it!
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