Friday, June 24, 2011

Double Take by Melody Carlson

This book was snatched by my teenage daughter the minute it was out of the mailbox.  So I asked her to help me write the review.

What is it that drew you to this book? 
Oh, the cover did it. I saw the cover and I wanted to read what it was about so I read the back blurb...I thought, "Oh, Cool!  This sounds interesting."  The thing that drew me in was that 2 girls from opposite life styles both hated their lives and wanted what the other had.  Since they looked exactly alike they decided to switch places.  

Have you ever read any of Melody's books before?
Not that I recall.

Will you be looking for more of her books now that you've read this one?
Oh, yes by all means.

Have you ever read Amish books before?
Yes, I've read many of Wanda Brunstetter's books.

What is it that you like about Amish books?
I think that the Amish life style is fascinating in it's own different way.  Reading about it gives you a peek into what Amish living is like.

Would you say this was a teen or an adult book?  Why?
I would put is as a teen book.  It shows some of the things teens go through.  The two main characters are teen girls. 

If yo were rating this book 1-5 (1 low) how would you rate it?

Young Socialite Switches Places with Amish Girl to Escape Manhattan Scene!
“Why does everything have to be so complicated?” Madison shook her Blackberry at her mom…
“I’m sick of it…I can’t take it anymore…”

Anna Fisher was bored. But she knew better than to say that out loud – especially when everyone was busy with farming and fixing and all the additional chores that came with springtime.

Bestselling author Melody Carlson takes readers into the worlds of a socialite and an Amish girl struggling with who they are in Double Take (ISBN: 978-0-8007-1964-7, June 2011, $9.99). Have you ever wondered what would happen if you could switch your life with someone else for just one day? Readers will live the one-week experiences of a bored Amish girl and stressed out socialite when they decide to switch places in Double Take.

Spring break has arrived. It’s her senior year, and Madison VanBuren is fed up with her surroundings and the pressures of life. Stressed out over choosing an Ivy League school that will please her parents, their marital problems, and her boyfriend's pressure, Madison gets in her car and drives west.

Meanwhile, eighteen-year-old Anna Fisher wants to escape the so-called simple life--which for her consists of caring for younger siblings, sewing, cooking, and gardening--and she's well aware that her future will simply be more of the same with a man she doesn't love.

Madison and Anna stumble into each other in a small town. Realizing their looks are uncannily similar, they both think their lives are boring. Thinking the grass is greener on the other side, they make a decision that will transform them forever and switch lives for one week.

Readers will love this funny and provocative tale of switching places from bestselling author Melody Carlson. As they get a glimpse and understanding of these two very different worlds. They may find themselves happy to be just who they are, and where they are.

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books, several of them Christmas novellas from Revell, including her much-loved and bestselling books, Christmas at Harrington’s and The Christmas Bus. She also writes many teen books, including Just Another Girl, Anything but Normal, the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the TrueColors series, and the Carter House Girls series. Melody was nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series and several books which are being considered for TV movies. She and her husband serve on the Young Life adult committee in central Oregon.

Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group, offers practical books that bring the Christian faith to everyday life. They publish resources from a variety of well-known brands and authors, including their partnership with MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) and Hungry Planet.

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