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Format: DRM Protected ePub
Vendor: Revell
Publication Date: 2011
ISBN: 9781441232564
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Publisher's Description

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.

Author Bio

Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of over two hundred books with sales of more than five million. She is the author of several Christmas books from Revell, including the bestselling The Christmas Bus, The Christmas Dog, and Christmas at Harrington's, which is being considered for a TV movie. She is also the author of many teen books, including Just Another Girl, Anything but Normal, Double Take, and the Diary of a Teenage Girl series. She is the winner of a Romantic Times Career Achievement Award in the inspirational market for her many books, including the Diary of a Teenage Girl series and Finding Alice. Melody and her husband live in Oregon.For more information about Melody visit her website at

Publisher's Weekly

Giving the Parent Trap formula a cross-cultural twist, Carlson (the On the Runway series) creates a satisfying coming-of-age tale. On spring break, Madison, a spoiled Manhattan heiress bored with the relentless demands of her socialite regime, drives to Amish country. There she meets Anna, a hardworking Amish girl about to spend several weeks helping her pregnant aunt's family. Recognizing their incredible physical similarity, the girls exchange wardrobes, deciding to try out each other's lives for a week. Their stories unfold in alternating chapters that chronicle their adventures as they attempt to adapt to starkly different lifestyles while concealing their true identities. The contrasting settings of a lavish penthouse and a rustic farm with no hot water provide fodder for humorous misunderstandings, as well as occasions for each girl to think about her life choices and her relationship with God. Parallel themes run throughout: both girls provide healing to broken relationships in their counterpart's life and gain new appreciation for their own opportunities. Good pacing and colorful supporting characters enhance this predictable but pleasurable read. Ages 12┬ľup. (June) Copyright 2011 Reed Business Information.

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  1. Louisville, KY
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Captivating story line.
    October 21, 2013
    Louisville, KY
    Age: Under 18
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Double Take.
    This is a good book. The story held one's attention, and the characters were realistic and likable. Also, it was interesting that the story alternated between an Amish perspective and a normal perspective. This book had good themes, and the front of the book is interesting looking. This was an interesting book for younger teens.
  2. 5 Stars Out Of 5
    May 30, 2012
    Edith Earnest
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Double Take.
    This is a very well written book. From the first sentence till the last it really holds ones interest. I tried to imagine myself in either of the characters role and tried to think if I would or could have done anything different. It was a fun book. A different way of writing about the Amish.
  3. NSW Australia
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    A great story
    January 27, 2012
    NSW Australia
    Age: 55-65
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    I really loved this book. It was light and interesting and I couldn't put it down. It showed how we might long for something more but what we have and where God has placed us is worth appreciating. These two girls switch places because they look alike, one an Amish girl and one from the city. They get themselves into some sticky situations, but Maddison realizes what a selfish life she has been living and Anne realizes that she really does like living a simple Amish life. It was a great book and I recommend it to anyone who loves reading.
  4. Scotland, UK
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Not just for teenage girls
    November 7, 2011
    Rachel Ropper
    Scotland, UK
    Age: 18-24
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Double Take.



    RATING: 8 OUT OF 10

    How could two girls who look so alike be so different? When rich city-girl Madison Van Buren runs into her lookalike at a cafe in an Amish community in Pennsylvania, she begins to wonder how her life would have turned out if she's been born into the slow-paced country life of Anna Fisher. Stressed out by college choices, a possessive boyfriend, a needy best friend and her divorced parents, Madison sees Anna as an escape into a simpler way of life. Anna is tempted by the lure of freedom from responsibilities, and not having to constantly do chores and care for younger relatives. Living in New York would give her the chance to find her old boyfriend, Jacob, who left the Amish several years ago and hasn't been in contact. But switching lives turns out to be a lot more complicated than Madison and Anna imagined, and their plans for a carefree escape from their troubles doesn't work out quite as they expected. Both of them have something to learn about life, relationships and even God.

    Those who read my reviews may have noticed that I'm not particularly interested in YA fiction. But when I saw that Melody Carlson, Queen of Christian Teen Fiction, was jumping on the Amish bandwagon (or buggy, as may be more appropriate) I couldn't help but request a review copy. And despite my doubts about how well Amish fiction would transfer to the YA market - particularly with a cover that's just a tad too cheesy for my liking - this is definitely one that I'd recommend. It took me a few chapters to adapt to Melody's style of writing and fit back into the mindset of a teenage girl, but once I found myself settled in the story, I didn't want to put it down.

    Ignoring the plausibility of two girls looking so alike and just happening to run into each other, I loved the "Parent Trap" style plot of this book. Who hasn't wondered what their life would be like in a different place? As a British teen captivated by American TV shows and books, I used to daydream about attending an American high school like the fictional ones I was so familiar with. Like Anna, I believed my life would be so much more exciting away from home. But Anna soon finds that life in a city is much more overwhelming than she thought, and that it's not going to be easy finding Jacob in a city packed full of people. Plus, Madison's phone is difficult to operate, the TV shows seem mindless and none of Madison's clothes are remotely modest. She also has to deal with Madison's boyfriend, whom she ropes into helping in her search for Jacob, and an old friend of Madison's who immediately figures out that Anna is an imposter.

    Madison, on the other hand, discovers that the "simple life" isn't as relaxing as it sounded. Making up some ridiculous story about how she hit her head on the ice while skating and has forgotten a lot of basic Amish life skills, Madison has to learn how to do basic chores like cooking and washing dishes, as well as looking after half a dozen cousins. Thankfully, Anna's aunt and uncle don't seem to think that there's anything weird about "Anna" and are just thankful for the help while the aunt, Rachel, is nearing the end of her pregnancy. There are some really touching scenes between Madison and Rachel, who isn't popular in her community because she isn't the best homemaker and seems to be slacking in a lot of areas that other Amish women relish in. Madison - who has never had to wash her own dishes before, let alone bake a pie or change a diaper - admires Rachel and helps the other women in the community to appreciate her "aunt" and help her in the departments where she's lacking. There's also a little romance between Madison and a local boy who helps on the farm. It's not entirely necessary to the plot, but shows how teenagers can get carried away by their romantic daydreams.

    I actually ended up preferring Madison's Amish adventures to Anna's search for her old boyfriend, mainly because I felt that Madison had more to learn from her experiences. Anna gets a bit of a shock when she meets Jacob and discovers that he really has become an Englisher, and it shakes her teenage fantasies about her and Jacob ending up together, despite him leaving their community. I'm sure every woman can remember a time when they thought a teenage crush would turn out to be the man of their dreams, so Anna's story is quite easy to relate to, if a little bit anticlimatic. On the other hand, Madison does what many Amish fanatics fantasise about - convert to the calmer way of life. But what is there that's calm about cow stalls, outhouses and home births? Madison experiences a serious culture shock that causes her to rethink her "real" life, and make some changes when she returns to New York. Her experiences with Rachel's family are quite amusing, but I don't know whether I would have reacted any better in her place. While Anna's situation was more relatable, Madison's definitely made for a more entertaining read.

    Despite my usual wariness of YA novels, Melody Carlson may have actually made a convert out of me. This is definitely a book that I'd want my teenage daughter to read, if I had one, and is one to pass on to those younger sisters and daughters who try to sneak a peek at your Beverly Lewis novel. Amusing and very true to life, Double Take is one for both teenage girls and the older Amish fans, particularly those who like to fantasise about living the simpler life.

    Review title provided courtesy of Revell.
  5. 4 Stars Out Of 5
    a fun book
    October 25, 2011
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    This review was written for Double Take.
    I enjoyed reading this book.

    By the end of the book, I especially liked Madison.

    It was interesting to see that there is good and bad in both cultures. Neither culture was painted as all good.
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