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If I Were You Paperback – May 10, 2016
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Gr 5–7—Best friends and soon-to-be seventh graders Katie and Melody each think the other has the ideal life. Katie envies Melody's perfect parents, gorgeous boyfriend, and beautiful body, while Melody longs for a more close-knit family and a figure that won't solicit unwanted attention from strangers. In the spirit of Mary Rodgers's Freaky Friday (HarperCollins, 1972), Katie and Melody find themselves in one another's bodies after a well-timed wish on the last day of summer. Predictably, as the summer resets and each girl lives the other's life, she begins to realize that the grass may not be quite so green on the other side. Once this realization is achieved, Margolis brings the story to a quick, tidy resolution. Katie and Melody are sympathetic characters, and tween readers will relate to the envy that twines its way through their friendship. The chapters alternate between the two girls, and while their points of view and family lives are in stark contrast, their narrative voices are less distinct. This book doesn't have much to add to the body-switch formula, but readers looking for a summertime read with boys and best friends will enjoy it. VERDICT An additional purchase for many collections.—Lauren Strohecker, McKinley Elementary School, Abington School District, PA --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“Margolis movingly captures the aches of tween life, all in an appealingly sun-drenched California setting. This will be a great fit for fans of Wendy Mass' fantasy tinged Willow Falls series.” ―Booklist
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I quite liked that it was a friend switching instead of a family switching. It was nice to see the change of what you think someone else's life is like in a dynamic of home life and parent's expectations and how maybe being the cute girl with the guy isn't really as awesome/important as you think it might be.
Maybe it is more of a parent trap/freaky Friday mix. Since its girls the same age changing lives parent trap style, but they have to change bodies freaky Friday style. Either way. This one is done pretty well and is a good read for tweens who can use a reminder that everyone has their own individual struggles.