Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Your Perfect Life by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke

Goodreads Summary:
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.

My Review: 
I really enjoyed this book! A modern day Freaky Friday but, with people everyone can relate to. Casey is a big shot for a celebrity TV Gossip show. She makes the big bucks and has all the right friends. Rachel is a stay at home mom with two teenage daughters and a baby. They are both a little unhappy with their lives but, don't talk to each other much anymore. Casey's job is very demanding. They both end up going to their class reunion where they end up having a fight. The bartender, Brian, gives them each a special shot and nothing will be the same after that. They wake up in each other's bodies. Casey with a crying baby and Rachel in a huge king bed naked! Will they figure out how to switch back? After they see what they've been missing will they want to?

Rachel is a stay at home Mom. She didn't finish college because she became pregnant with her daughter Audrey. It was a personal choice. She loves her family. Things with her husband have been pretty much nonexistent. No sex life, no dates, no nothing. She sees Casey as the one who got a successful job in the area she wanted and in my opinion is a little jealous. When she switches into Casey's body she realizes how good she is at being on TV and how much she likes having time for herself. She also realizes how much pressure is on Casey in her job and how hard it is for her in a time when being almost 40 isn't "cool". 

Casey is a successful woman. She is single and ready to mingle, mostly with younger guys. She likes her job but, it's stressful and she pretty much lives for it. It is demanding and she doesn't get to spend as much time with Rachel as she used to. When she switches into Rachel's body it is a huge eye opener for her. How much Rachel actually does and how hard it is to be a Mom. She also sees that their marriage isn't as great as it appears. What the biggest game changer for her was realizing that she doesn't have kids or a husband. She is lacking these relationships and memories. She never really wanted it but, now...things are different. 

I loved this book simply because it was easy to see real people in it. For Casey and Rachel they realized how imperfect each other’s lives were but, also that as best friends they didn't know each other like they should. The whole experience may have pulled them apart at times but, in the end brought them together. It was a fun and fast read! Great for a lazy summer day!

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