on June 10, 2014
Genres: Adult SFF, Contemporary
*This book was provided by the Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.
With “a delicious, page-turning premise, and sweet and surprising insights” (New York Times bestselling author Jen Lancaster), Your Perfect Life perfectly illustrates that old adage: Sometimes, you to have to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes to see what’s in her heart.
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 confront the reason she gave up her broadcasting dreams when she got pregnant in college, and Casey finally steps out of the spotlight to face the truth about 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.
Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke bring humor and heart to every page of this novel that is sure to please fans of In Her Shoes and The Opposite of Me. Your Perfect Life is a story about two very different women, what they didn’t know about each other, and how, by switching lives, they each learn to appreciate their own.
Everyone knows the old Freaky Friday story of switching bodies, and I think we have all wondered what it would be like to be someone else, but Your Perfect Life does a great job of making an old story seem new.
Casey and Rachel have been best friends since middle school, and find themselves in the predicament of switching bodies on the night of their 20th high school reunion. Rachel, who has two teenage daughters, a baby, and a husband, stays at home while Casey is a co-host on a hot celebrity gossip show. The book does a great job of showing the contrasts and similarities of each woman, as well as breaking down old habits and seeing things through new eyes. I really enjoyed how it showed the struggles of a stay home mother, working woman, and maintaining friendships that last a lifetime.
This book also explores the proverbial “road not taken”, as Both Casey and Rachel went to college studying broadcasting, yet Rachel dropped out due to getting pregnant while Casey worked up the ranks into a successful career in TV. The book did an outstanding job of showing each woman realize what she wasn’t missing-and what she was, due to life choices.
I liked this book and I think it’s a great easy read that you would enjoy on the beach or during a quiet afternoon to yourself. It’s not full of crazy adventures or action, but it’s a sweet story that moves quickly and has good characters.
Reviewed by Angie
I’m a foodie! Obsessed with creating new delicious concoctions and feeding them to my friends and family. When I’m not geeking out on social media I can be found gardening, cooking, reading and being a social butterfly (yah Tabs wrote this bio)
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