Saturday, June 14, 2014

(52)Your Perfect Life by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke

Your Perfect Life

Pages: 304

Publisher: Washington Square Press
Publication Date: June 10, 2014

Casey and Rachel have been best friends since middle school.  They went to high school together and college together and had the same dreams of going into journalism together.  Casey made her dream come true and Rachel got pregnant and married her sweetheart.  Now their 20th High School Reunion is upon them and they each think that the other has the perfect life.  Casey with her fat bank account and famous celebrity gossip television show.  Rachel is still married to John and their third (oops!) child was recently born.  In a "Freaky Friday" type of scenario they switch bodies while sharing a shot concocted by a special bartender.  Waking up and seeing your best friend's face in the mirror is just the beginning of what they have to go through.   As Rachel and Casey navigate the world in their best friend's body they start to realize just how good they had it before.  But what will it take for them to switch back?

Even though this is their first novel, I have been fans of Lisa and Liz for years, following their blog(now renamed) Chick Lit is Not Dead.  I was so happy for them when I heard they were publishing their first book and I was not disappointed!  Casey and Rachel kind of reminded me of my BFF and I.  We have been friends for over twenty-five years and are about as opposite as Casey and Rachel.  But it was obvious that even though the two friends were so different it was quite obvious how much they loved each other.  Especially when life took them down two very different paths.  They were both initially like fish out of water, but both Casey and Rachel settled into each other's lives in a way that made them both realize what was missing from their own lives.  That was the neatest thing to see.  Not that they could get a better understanding for each other (like the old Freaky Friday movie) but because they could each see and admit that there WAS something missing in their lives.  

Bottom line, Your Perfect Life was a fun read and quick read.  Nothing too strenuous and you got to meet some fun characters.    Another great one to throw in the beach bag this summer.


Why I Read...

I remember the carefree summer days when I used to ride my bike to the public library to pick out new books. I would go almost daily to find books to read. I read to learn. I read to explore the world. I read to escape. I read because not reading is not an option.

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