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

I received this book for free from NetGalley, requested from publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Review: ‘Don’t You Wish’ by Roxanne St. ClaireDon't You Wish by Roxanne St. Claire
Published by Delacorte Books for Young Readers on July 10th, 2012
Genres: Contemporary, Love & Romance, Young Adult
Pages: 368
Format: eARC
Source: NetGalley, requested from publisher
Alternate universes exist! Perfect for moviegoers who loved 17 Again, Sliding Doors, and The Family Man, as well as the novel Before I Fall.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.

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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.


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





  1. Olivia Tan

    April 27, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    Great review, sounds like a great book read with good ending 🙂

  2. Jaime Lester

    March 31, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    I would have to go back, no matter what I had to do to get there. Beauty and wealth are nothing without the people that mean the most to us. This book could easily have been an aggravating read. It sounds like the author managed to write a book with heart and a message. I need to check this one out.

  3. Gaby

    November 19, 2012 at 9:56 PM

    Ohhhh the girl on the cover DOES look like an Olsen twin. WEIRD. This is the first I’m hearing about this book, and it sounds like it could be a fun read. I might check it out if I need a break from something heavy.

  4. SweetMarie83

    October 30, 2012 at 11:37 AM

    I loved this book! I actually enjoyed it more than I expected I would. It was so cute and funny, but it had a lot of heart too, and it actually made me teary more than once. Glad you enjoyed it too Giselle! 🙂

  5. Grace Lo

    October 21, 2012 at 5:59 AM

    I, judging from the cover, thought this would be a purely contemporary book, but while I’m fine with it, I’m glad it harbours a moral inside of its pages c: I’m sure that I myself would enjoy it and can’t wait to introduce it to my sisters!

  6. Megan K.

    March 25, 2012 at 12:46 PM

    Ah, I love cliched books. Well, sometimes. DON’T YOU WISH sounds really good! I saw it on NetGalley as well, but the blurb didn’t really catch me. I might have to think twice now. 😉

    Thanks for that honest review!

  7. Sam @ Realm of Fiction

    March 19, 2012 at 7:25 PM

    This sounds like a really good read. I’m glad to hear the ending is a good one! Awesome review! 🙂

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