Baker Publishing Group|June 1, 2011|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-0-8007-1964-7
It is spring break of her senior year and Madison Van Buren is fed up. Stressed over Ivy League colleges, her parents marital problems, and her boyfriend’s neglect, Madison gets in her car and drives west. Meanwhile, eighteen-year-old Anna Fisher 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.
Madison Van Buren’s family is rich beyond rich. They live in a Penthouse on the 26th floor of a beautiful building and Madison has everything any girl could ever possibly want from designer clothing to cell phones to computers to a Mini Cooper. Madison lacks for nothing. She even has her own money, wads of it and credit cards galore and lives a high and mighty life. However, lately she’s is just stressed to the max. Her parents are divorced and both want her to attend different colleges. One wants her to go to Harvard and the other one Yale but Madison wants to attend a smaller college. Her friends are getting on her nerves and Vivian wants her to go to Florida with her family for spring break, her boyfriend wants her to go to the Hampton’s, her mother wants her to go to Italy with herself and her grandmother and her father wants her to visit him in Boston. Feeling pressured she just hops into her car, drives west and ends up in a small town.
Anna Fisher is from a small Amish community and her days are nothing like Madison’s. Anna spends her days cooking, cleaning, making pies, doing laundry and watching her younger siblings. Every day is the same to her and she wishes she had some type of excitement in her life. Plus her parents most likely want her to marry that Zook fellow that she doesn’t like and has no plans to do so. Her old boyfriend, Jacob had left their community and gone to New York to get out of their settlement.
Madison and Anna bump into each other in this small town and realize that they look eerily alike, they could pass for twins. Together, they come up with this plan to switch places for an entire week, each living the other girls’ life. They went into the washroom of the coffee shop they were in and changed clothing and their adventure began. Anna headed for New York on a bus to live in Madison’s penthouse and Madison headed for the small Amish community.
They both discovered things about themselves during their week away that changes both their lives forever and just maybe they realize that each really is happy with their lot in life.
Double Take was a quick and easy read but very cute and very interesting. I thoroughly enjoyed this story from the first page to the last.
I would like to thank Graf-Martin for sending me a copy of this book.