Thursday, June 19, 2014

Review | "Your Perfect Life" by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke

Your Perfect Life by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke
Contemporary Women's Fiction published June 10, 2014
Washington Square Press
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Synopsis from Goodreads

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 Thoughts...
I enjoyed this book quite a lot.  It was a great quick read where once I started reading I didn't want to put it down.  This is a "freaky Friday" type tale, done it a very believable way.  Rachel and Casey have been friends for years.  For a time they were headed in the same direction, but in college life got in the way and while Casey continued on the course she had set Rachel's life took a different direction.  Now, years later they are attending their 20th high school reunion.

Rachel is a stay at home mom to 3 girls, married to the man she fell in love with 20 years ago. She's feeling like she is a failure, she's just a mom.  Her husband doesn't seem like that same man from all those years ago.  On the other hand Casey is a successful Gossip TV anchor who appears to have it all.  Casey, of course wins the award for most successful in their graduating class.  When Rachel is given the award for least changed this sparks an argument the brings up all sorts of feelings and resentments in both women.  They are each thinking that the other one ended up with the better life... The next morning they awake in each other's body and soon start to realize that maybe their life wasn't all that bad to begin with.  They each see things in the others life that need the kind of help that can only be seen from an objective point of view.  Being in another person's body can also help you to see the little things that you could be doing differently in your own life.  When they are finally able to return to their own bodies they are each able to live a more fulfilling life because they appreciate what they have so much more.

I just love the premise of this book and I enjoyed every minute of it.  I laughed and cried with each of these women as they began to learn and change as they dealt with the other side of the coin, so to speak.  I mean, come on, how many times have we wondered what our lives would be like if only we had made that choice instead of this one?  Or wondered what it would be like to live that persons life for just a couple days...  I know that I have.

If you are looking for a quick summer read then I highly recommend picking this book up.  I know that I will be looking for more from these ladies, I really enjoyed the writing style and I think they did a phenomenal job blending their voices into these characters.

XOXO, Shelly

*Disclaimer: I was provided with a copy of this book courtesy of the publisher in exchange for my honest review.*

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