Your Perfect Life by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke

perfectBest 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. – Goodreads

I was guessing by the description that this book would be easy to figure out, and it definitely was. I don’t want to disappoint anyone, but it’s just like the movies you’ve seen – take your life for granted, switch bodies with someone whose life you’re jealous of, learn why you should love your own life to switch back. I just gave away the entire plot of the book. Oops.

Really though, I was hopeful that there would be a new twist on that same old story this time. While it is cute, it’s just not… new. I will give it this though, it does have a new perspective. While we’ve seen the whole ‘mother/daughter switcharoo’ and the ‘married dude/bachelor’ one too, this one is two best friends – a stay at home mom & a career woman. I loved that part of it! It was like something that could happen to me and my friends (I actually think it would be really fun if Lauren & I had to switch… haha). The story itself is really good too, and the writing was great! I really ended up liking it, even though I predicted the entire thing. Rachel’s teenagers though, they’re enough to make someone that has always wanted girls to totally change her mind (cough, cough, me).

I gave Your Perfect Life 3/5 stars on Goodreads. I really do think that if you read this with an open mind & purely for the fun of it, you will love it. I can’t wait to read more of Fenton & Steinke‘s collaborations – I think writing with your best friend is definitely the way to do it!

 

K

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