Sunday, June 19, 2011

Book Review - "Double Take"

So often another person's life is so enticing and you wish to be that person and have his or her life. This is what two girls from completely different worlds think until they get to chance to switch places in Melody Carlson's new youth adult fiction novel, "Double Take."

Madison Van Buren, from one of the wealthiest families, is fed up with her life and being pulled in all directions. It is her spring break and she just heads out leaving New York City and ends up in Amish country. While at a diner she meets up with an Amish girl her age and who could pass as her twin. Anna, the Amish girl, is waiting for her uncle to pick her up to take to their home to help her pregnant aunt. The two girls switch clothes and identities and decide to meet and switch back in a week. Anna arrives at Madison's penthouse and begins a search for former Amish beau who had left for the city about a year ago and Madison is thrust into having to care for children and an Amish household. Neither girl is truly prepared for all of the experiences and soon realize there are aspects of their lives that they miss.

This is a fun book to read! It is a great illustration of being grateful for who you are and your life and that things may not always be greener on the other side. I enjoyed reading about the girls' experiences during their switch and experiencing along with them the changes and growth they each made. The relationship that Madison makes with Aunt Rachel is great and beneficial for both of them as is Anna's friendship with Lucinda. It is a great story of looking beyond the surface and appreciating life. I highly recommend this book for young adults and older adults as well!

“Available June 2011 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.”

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