Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Double Take by Melody Carlson - REVIEWED

About the Book:

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 Bronner 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.

My Thoughts:

When the mega-rich of Manhattan swap places with a plain Amish girl, well, you have a seriously mixed up identity crisis! I’m telling my age when I say this, but Melody Carlson’s Double Take is the ultimate spin –off of the movie Freaky Friday. (yes, I was a young girl when the movie originally hit the big screen!) Carlson is such a versatile writer, that she makes readers take a “double take” at the ever popular Amish worldview as she juxtapositions two vastly different lifestyles!

The obvious problems posed by technology and basic creature comforts crop up immediately. However, the deeper issues of personal conduct, faith and relationship my surprise some readers. Double Take is a quick read, but the lessons that Madison and Anna take away from their life-swap experience are timeless and unchanging. Teens will find much to enjoy in Melody Carlson’s Double Take!

About the Author:

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books, several of them Christmas novellas from Revell, including her much-loved and bestselling books, Christmas at Harrington’s and The Christmas Bus. She also writes many teen books, including Just Another Girl, Anything but Normal, the Diary of a Teenage Girl series, the TrueColors series, and the Carter House Girls series. Melody was nominated for a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series and several books which are being considered for TV movies. She and her husband serve on the Young Life adult committee in central Oregon.

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

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have this book on my CBD wishlist. Thanks for you review of it. :)