Monday, August 8, 2016

Liz, Lisa and Your Perfect Life

I have always found books written by more than one person kind-of fascinating. I mean, do they alternate chapters? Do they each write for a character? How do the logistics work? Color me extremely fascinated if it's written by two best friends. But if it's written by two girlfriends and has a little Freaky Friday fun thrown in, I will read that puppy in one sitting on a lazy Sunday! Enter Your Perfect Life by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke.
This book was terrific, and I really think it would make a great book club selection as there's plenty to analyze in here. PLUS it has the added bonus of having one of the best first lines in literary history: "My mouth tastes like ass".

I was telling the ladies the other day how much I was enjoying reading books involving characters close to my age. This one definitely fits the bill. Rachel and Casey have been best friends since childhood. Casey hosts a celebrity gossip show on television, and sleeps with guys in their 20's who are looking for a way into the business. Rachel is a stay at home mom with 3 kids, married to her high school sweetheart. As they are reaching their 20th class reunion, neither's life is what they thought it would be.

So when the barman at the reunion offers them strange purple shots after they argue over their "Most Successful" and "Least Changed" awards, neither is expecting to wake up in each others much maligned shoes...but Freaky Friday it is!

Watching them stumble and then succeed in each others lives was highly entertaining for me. From Casey learning how to change diapers and help with Rachel fending off paparazzi and mean makeup artists. I just kept thinking what it would be like to wake up in say my sisters shoes...or one of my girlfriends in Oregon...or my high school best friend. We often look at other peoples lives and judge...or covet...without really knowing what their daily reality is. I think a lot of it stems from comparing our entire lives with other folks highlight reel on social media. I digress...

At 283 pages, this was a quick and lighthearted read. And since it was released in 2014 you should have no trouble hunting it down in your library or bookstore. I interlibrary loaned it since we didn't have a copy on our shelves. (If you don't know what that is, it's when your local library borrows a book for you from a different library...and it's amazing) I think it is a great summer read...nothing too heavy, but there is definitely discussion fodder in these pages.

According to the author's website they have written two other books together, and I've added them to my To Read I'm convinced they will be just as entertaining as this was. Their "About Me" page tells me they are my kind-of people.

On a personal note, tomorrow I am headed on a cross country jaunt with the hubster to visit our youngest at college so I'm not sure I'll be able to post until I return....unless y'all want posts with zero photos or links! BUT I am bringing books and audiobooks galore on the I will have plenty to review when I get back. Hopefully I will be able to catch up on my Goodreads challenge a bit! In the meantime, be sure to follow the blog (there's a button on the top right of the page!) and my Twitter and Facebook pages for serious Book Addict fodder. Have a great week!!

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