Sunday, June 19, 2011

Double Take

Author: Melody Carlson
Publisher: Revell
ISBN: 978-0-8007-1964-7
Genre: Inspirational/teen fiction

Anna Fisher doesn’t want to go to a different Amish community and take care of her pregnant Aunt Rachel. She believes Aunt Rachel is lazy, and she doesn’t want the responsibility that she’d have there. But she doesn’t have a choice.

Madison Van Buren is one of the rich socialites in New York. But she is being pulled in too many directions. Should she go to Italy, Boston, on va-ca with her best friend, or to Nantucket with her boyfriend? What Madison decides to do is ditch them all and drive to the country.

Madison and Anna meet and are surprised at how similar they look. And Madison, a spoiled rich girl decides she wants to be Amish for a week. Anna would really love to go to New York to look for her missing boyfriend… and with Madison doing all the planning, they switch places… Can a spoiled rich girl really survive on an Amish farm—and not have the family suspicious? And can an Amish girl live in New York, find her old boyfriend, and not have the household maid suspicious?

What do you do when your life is not all its cracked up to be? Get a new one.

I wasn’t sure what to think of this book at first. It seemed kind of a bit contrived when Madison and Anna met, and switched places, but once they were both in place in their new environments the story got interesting fast. I couldn’t wait to see how things would work out. Both Madison and Anna became real, and I even fell in love with Aunt Rachel, Lucinda, and Malachi.
I can see how the book extends, and I really love that. This is a great book for teens. $9.99. 273 pages.

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