Don't You Wish

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Don't You Wish
Age Range
14+
Release Date
July 10, 2012
ISBN
978-0385741569
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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.

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All That Glitters Isn't Gold
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
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5.0
Don't You Wish is an entertaining and often times, heartbreaking blend of Mean Girls, Back to the Future and It's A Wonderful Life. A story of one teenage girl's desire to be "seen" and the lessons she learns when the rose colored Dior glasses come off and she's faced with all that glitters and it isn't necessarily gold.

When Annie gets a chance to see her life from both sides of "her story", she'll have to decide which life is the one she really wants to live. There are pros and cons to whatever choice she makes, (assuming she even has one) and while it could be she's here for a reason, is she willing to risk everything to find out for sure?

I wasn't sure what to expect when I picked this book up but once I did, I couldn't put it down! I mean, who hasn't wondered what their lives would be like if they'd been born into another family? If one of our parents had married someone else, would "you" still be "you" or would you have been someone else entirely? Don't You Wish addresses the question of "What makes "you", you?" in a unique and thought provoking way with sci-fi elements that are creative and didn't make my brain hurt (too much). I tend to cower in the corner with my "Dunce" cap on at the mere mention of physics, quantum or otherwise. ;)

I really enjoyed Annie as a main character. She's got a good heart, considers other people in addition to herself and always tries to make the right choice despite the pressures around her. Lizzie is the kind of BFF anyone would be fortunate to have and Charlie and Chase are the type of boys you can bring home to meet Dad, whether he's an insanely rich doctor or a scatterbrained inventor.
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I want a pair of those sunglasses on the cover!
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