Don’t You Wish by Roxanne St. Claire Review

Author: Roxanne St. Claire

Publication Date: July 10, 2012

Publisher: Random House Children’s Books

Format: Hardcover, 368 pages

Price: CAD $19.99

Source: E-book from NetGalley




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 insde, 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.

About The Author

New York Times bestselling author ROXANNE ST. CLAIRE has written nearly thirty books for adults in multiple genres. Don’t You Wish is her debut young adult novel.


The book was provided by the publisher Random House Children’s Books through NetGalley for an honest review with no compensation provided.

Annie Nutter is plain, nerdy and invisible at school. One stormy day her father, an inventor creates a machine that lets people make beautiful photos out of celebrity’s facial features. She dreams of being beautiful, rich and popular, and goes to bed. When she wakes up in the morning, she’s in a different home. Her house has turned into a mansion, her body has curved out in all the right places, her teeth and hair are perfect and when she looks into the mirror, a beauty is staring back at her. Her dream has come true, although her name is Alya Monroe. Her appearance might have changed but her personality stayed the same. Does beauty and money mean perfect happiness?

This book had all the teenage clichés that most movies have. Average plain girl wants to be beautiful and rich, but what she wants most in the world is to go back to being herself. Through out this novel Annie goes through the necessary peer pressures that trend experience and it all sounds fun and cool but once she starts to realize she’d rather be nice than mean, that’s when I start to grin. There’s a moral to this story. Beauty and wealth won’t make you happy. I loved it.

Cute, funny, and engaging, it felt like 13 Going on 30 meets Freaky Friday! I thought the ending was just so perfect and that’s the way I like it.

Rating 4/5


“Yes you are pretty, and when you pictured perfect, you came damn close, but the part of you I like the most is inside.”—Charlie (238)