Friday, June 24, 2011
It's spring break of her senior year and Madison Van Buren is fed up. Stressed over Ivy League pressure, her parents' marital problems, and her boyfriend's neglect, 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.
Suddenly, worlds collide when Madison and Anna meet in a small town, realize they look uncannily similar, and decide the grass is definitely greener on the other side.
Readers will love this funny and provocative tale of switching places from bestselling author Melody Carlson. As they get a glimpse into two very different worlds, they may find themselves happy to be just who they are, where they are.
After a chance meeting, spoiled rich girl Madison trades places with sweet Amish Anna. Each girl is frustrated with her life and situation and on a whim, they trade lives for a week. Anna finds herself in a New York penthouse and Madison finds herself washing dishes and hanging laundry on an Amish farm. Anna searches out her boyfriend Jacob who left the Amish world for the English world of New York. Madison discovers that there is more to life than money and shoes and that real friendship is important.
The premise is completely implausible, the girls adapted far too easily to their new lives and their lessons learned were too convenient. Still, this is a light, enjoyable story with likeable characters. The story is sweet and clean and one that is easily recommended to teens.
Available June 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group. Thanks to Donna Hausler of Baker Publishing for the opportunity to review this book. You can learn more about Melody Carlson here. You can purchase your own copy here.
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