Sunday, September 14, 2014

Book Review: Your Perfect Life

Author: Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke
Title: Your Perfect Life
Publisher: Atria Books
Publish Date: June 10, 2014
Buy: Amazon
Review Copy Provided By: Net Galley
Book Blurb: 
Best friends since childhood, Casey and Rachel couldn’t lead more different lives. While workaholic Casey rubs elbows with celebrities daily as the host of Gossip TV and comes home nightly to an empty apartment, stay-at-home mom Rachel juggles an “oops” baby, two fiery teenagers, and a husband who barely seems the man she fell in love with two decades before. After an argument at their twentieth high school reunion, Casey and Rachel throw back shots to get the night back on track. Instead, they get a life-changing hangover.

Waking up in each other’s bodies the next morning, they must figure out how to navigate their altered realities. Rachel is forced to face the broadcasting dreams she gave up when she got pregnant in college, and Casey finally steps out of the spotlight to face the real reason why she’s alone. And they soon discover that they don’t know themselves—or their best friend—nearly as well as they thought they did.

Review: Your Perfect Life is a Freaky Friday/The Grass Is Always Greener scenario. Casey and Rachel are besties, but have very different lives, and they aren't even sure they like them.

Casey is a host of a TMZ type show called Gossip TV and Rachel is a stay at home mom. A little hocus pocus after their 20 year reunion and they've switched bodies.

Both of them have to get used to being the other, and that's not very easy.

Going in, I wasn't really thrilled with either character, but it was Casey, that I really loved as the story progressed. She really grew as a person becoming Rachel, plus she fixed a lot of things in Rachel's life, like her relationship with her daughters and her husband. Considering she was tv personality and not used to the whole family thing, her swap had to be harder to handle and adapt to.

It wasn't quite the same for Rachel, who got the hot body, nice house and fabulous clothes. But she also got the bad that came with it, in the form of backstabbing coworkers.

The switch brought out the best in both of them. It was funny and heartfelt and really a great read. If the whole body swap thing hadn't been done a bazillion times, it would make a fantastic movie.

Definitely a great weekend read!

Rating: 5 flowers


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