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Avete mai espresso il desiderio di svegliarvi nel corpo di vostra madre? Beh, Annabel non ci aveva pensato, eppure quell'idea bizzarra è venuta in mente a sua madre, e così una mattina a sua insaputa, eccola alle prese con la colazione da preparare, il fratellino da portare a scuola, la lavatrice che impazzisce, per non parlare del colloquio con i professori... di AnnabelAvete mai espresso il desiderio di svegliarvi nel corpo di vostra madre? Beh, Annabel non ci aveva pensato, eppure quell'idea bizzarra è venuta in mente a sua madre, e così una mattina a sua insaputa, eccola alle prese con la colazione da preparare, il fratellino da portare a scuola, la lavatrice che impazzisce, per non parlare del colloquio con i professori... di Annabel naturalmente che, nel frattempo, dove si sarà cacciata? E cosa combinerà la madre nei suoi panni, sempre ammesso che sia così? Domande senza risposta fino all'ultima pagina di questa giornata davvero alla rovescia....

Title : A ciascuno il suo corpo: Imprevisti incidenti panico risate per uno scambio impossibile
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A ciascuno il suo corpo: Imprevisti incidenti panico risate per uno scambio impossibile Reviews

  • Carlos De Eguiluz
    2019-03-18 08:39

    Así que esto es lo que está pasando... Compré este libro por Amazon hace no más de un mes, y para ser franco, lo hice porque era mi deber, ya que la película —del año 2003, interpretada por Lindsay Lohan y Jamie Lee Curtis— era una de mis favoritas cuando apenas era un pequeño feto-renacuajo de cinco años de edad, so... se lo debía a mi inexistente infancia.Volviendo un poco más al tópico de esto, leí la novela porque... no lo sé, sólo sé que lo hice, y me alegro mucho de haberlo hecho, dado que, para ser honesto, está muy buena, bastante bien pensada, y para su tiempo —yup, publicada en 1972—, es sumamente innovadora.Ahora, del libro a la película, creo que prefiero un poco más la película, pues, a pesar de que la premisa resultó ser bastante similar, no fue exactamente la misma —y no esperaba que fuera igual, pero entiéndanme, crecí con ese filme, con el deterioro en la carrera de Lindsay—, aunque el libro tiene un toque distinto en su interior. Además de que todo está de cabeza y de repente me confundía —no sé, creo que esto sólo se debió a mi problema de sueño, que por cierto, nunca se va—.¿Qué es distinto?1.- Los Coleman no existen. Yep, en el libro son la familia Andrews.2.-Ape Face —Harry en la película— no era tan malditamente desesperante como en el filme, por el contrario, en la novela era tierno.3.- No hay tal padrastro, hay un padre y tiene una nula relevancia.4.- Borris/Morris no se llama Jake, ni parece un veinteañero que se retrasó en la escuela media superior. En el libro tan solo tiene catorce años, mientras que Annabel, no "Anna" tiene trece.5.- Annabel no toca la guitarra, ni canta, ni nada, ella es una nueva adolescente con brackets que sufre un huge make over al final.6.- El libro está escrito desde el punto de vista de Annabel, y no es hasta el final que nos enteramos que estuvo haciendo la señora Andrews en el cuerpo de su hija.7.- La premisa es la misma, pero los eventos son distintos.Me gustó mucho, y aunque no pude imaginarme a Lindsay como Anna, si que me devolvió a esos viejos días en los que todo parecía ser más simple. Estoy feliz, y esta vez no es una broma.

  • Melki
    2019-02-21 04:09

    I found this well-loved ex-library book on the dollar table at a used bookstore. That Edward Gorey cover just screamed "Buy me!" Plus, it was, well, you know - a buck.I've never seen either film version, but I'm familiar enough with the plot to know that at NO point in my life would I have EVER wanted to switch places with my mother.(Though, on closer examination, in my illustrious career as a homemaker/housewife, it seems I have done exactly that. Damn! That sucks.)Rodgers used a kind of whiny, rather scatterbrained delivery to bring to life her thirteen-year-old narrator. It brought back memories of the rambling speech patterns my boys used as pre-teens, long before they became monosyllabic teen-teens. That's been a few years, so, yeah, I had forgotten just how annoying it can be to listen to this chaotic chatter. Another drawback - though the pace is fairly frenetic, some scenes drag on and on, like when Annabel/Mom has a meeting with Annabel's teachers. AND while the ending ties things up nicely in just a few pages, we never learn just how the little switcheroo was accomplished. (view spoiler)[Yeah, yeah, we know Mom DID it, but HOW? And how can Annabel trust that she won't do it again? (hide spoiler)]My real rating is two-stars, however, I'm not the intended audience. It's been a couple of years since I was a thirteen-year-old girl. (Well, a couple of decades. Okay. SEVERAL decades. Happy now?) So, three stars it is - not a bad book, just wrong book, wrong time.

  • Sarah
    2019-03-17 03:48

    This book was okay. I haven't ever watched the original movie with Jodie Foster but the remake with Lindsey Lohan was much better than this book. I was a little hesitant to pick this book up when I read that it had been published in the seventies but apart from some old slang words, it was pretty much the same as a newer book. I felt like this book just pushed its message across too hard. It was so obvious that Mary Rodgers was trying to show kids that mothers do a lot and children should respect their mothers more. It felt very preachy and it took away from the story. I didn't like what went down between Morris/Boris and Annabel. Morris hated her and spoke about how ugly and horrible she was to Annabel herself (as Ma) but once she came home with a makeover, he liked her. And Annabel still liked him after all the bad stuff he said about her! Kids are really impressionable and so I just didn't like how that played out. I was kind of shocked that there was a lot of bad language and talk of murder/rape in this kids book. Then there was "unless you're a total retard, you can figure out what you're supposed to say". That was just wrong on so many levels and I absolutely despise that word. I wouldn't let kids read it. Some of the exchanges between the characters were just flat out weird. I think it was supposed to be funny but it just wasn't. I felt like Annabel's father spoke down to Ma a lot and it shocked me that Annabel referred to him as a cute man after he did. I didn't particularly like Annabel as a protagonist. The rest of the characters were okay but Ben was a real sweetheart. At the end, Annabel's mother wouldn't tell her how she swapped their bodies, how convenient for the author. It was a quick and easy read and I did like the idea but it was just an okay read. I wouldn't recommend it to kids or anyone else.

  • Marisa Bisaccia [book whisperer]
    2019-03-22 02:42

    Okay so I read this book for a reading challenge otherwise I would of never read it and just enjoyed my memories of the movie. This book wasn't written that great in my opinion and I felt like more of the story was played out in the movie which, made it more interesting. Odd for me to say that because, usually the book is always better. Guess it wasn't the issue in this case.

  • Jennifer Wardrip
    2019-03-05 02:56

    Reviewed by Samantha Clanton, aka "Harlequin Twilight" for TeensReadToo.comI don't know about anyone else, but whenever I hear the words Freaky and Friday, I automatically think back to Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis circa 2003. But this is a different FREAKY FRIDAY, the original, the better of the two in my opinion (I know there was another movie version in the 70s, but I've not seen it in years, and don't remember much about it besides Jodie Foster). This is the story of Annabel and Ellen Andrews, and Annabel needing to learn her lesson.I will tell you now, don't expect the same exact story as the movie that you've probably seen at some point in your life; expect the same premise, but a better story. Annabel is the stereotypical 13-year-old girl: she's loud, bossy, and negative, hates her family and teachers, but loves her friends and annoying her brother. Annabel is a highly amusing narrator and she sees things like most kids do, i.e. better than adults give them credit for.Annabel wakes up as her mother, gets dressed, fixes breakfast, sends Ben, aka Ape Face, and Annabel off to school, and then goes through her day in her mother's body. Dealing with all kinds of issues throughout the day, from the neighbor boy saying he loves her, losing both the kids, the police thinking she's crazy, and her husband's unexpected clients as guests, she handles it first.Not only does she have a wild ride, dealing with things her mother normally would have to deal with, she also has a school meeting to attend...about herself. She finds out things that she probably needed to hear, but things that hurt to hear, and that's where the lesson really starts to set in.The majority of the story is told from Annabel's perspective, while she is in her mother's body, and that actually helps the humor even more. Take this little gem for instance: "Well, in case you're interested, a mouthful of heart is something like a mouthful of captured frog, and a mind in turmoil simply means all the blood in your body rushes around in your head, leaving you icy cold from the neck down. As for 'butterflies in the stomach,' there is no such thing. They are June bugs." You'll have to read the book to find out the context here, but there are plenty more humorous moments between the 175 pages that make up this book.This is a quick read, but one I definitely recommend. It's funny and somewhat realistic, not in the whole switching bodies with your mother aspect, but in the way this family interacts with one another. I know that despite the length and the material that make up this adorable story, even I learned something about myself and I think everyone could take something away from this book, kids and parents alike.The whole 1972 copyright may throw some people off, but don't let it; it's a story that is still relevant today and probably will continue to be for as long as there are 13-year-old girls with mothers and little brothers especially.

  • Emily Potter
    2019-03-09 04:53

    This is a no no. I LOVE the 1970's movie. My siblings and I grew up on it. But I just dragged myself to the end of the book this week. I wanted to weep. Books shouldn't be that bad. It gave me hope, though, that perhaps one of the books I'm writing can be as bad as this and still get picked up by Disney and made into a classic movie. Sorry Mary Rodgers.

  • Pam Baddeley
    2019-03-06 06:51

    This is a quick page-turning read which was first published in 1973 and by 1976 had been made into a film starring Jodie Foster in the title role, as shown by the cover of the film-tie-in 1976 Puffin edition which I picked up second hand quite recently.The book gives us a first person narrative of one day in the life of 13-year-old Annabel Andrews who wakes up in the body of her thirty-five year old mother after an argument where she complains about not being allowed to have responsiblity for herself, and her mother says she will show her the meaning of that. Far from freaking out, Annabel is quite cool about it although she thinks that her mother's mind has gone jaunting off to possess someone else, such as Jacqueline Onassis, because Annabel's body is behaving as if Annabel is still onboard.After the bodily form of Annabel departs for school with younger brother Ben, whom Annabel persists in calling Ape Face and detests, she has to cope with the various things her mother is meant to be doing, including hosting dinner for her father's clients and attending a conference at school about Annabel's disappointing performance. During the day there are various farcical occurrences, such as the boy from upstairs, on whom Annabel has a crush, showing he is in fact smitten with her mother, certainly the Annabel-possessed version, and various run-ins with the police force.Parts of the story are very funny, such as the case conference at school. Other parts are just weird and don't work as the slapstick they are obviously meant to be, such as her telephone conversation with the police when she thinks her brother has been kidnapped. During the course of the story, she learns not to take for granted what her mother does, and to appreciate her little brother, who is actually a sweet kid.The story shows its age in some aspects, such as her insistence on being an adherent of Women's Lib in capital letters. The contradiction is that the feminism is superficial: her mother does all the things expected of women at the time including doing the catering for the husband's clients, doing his washing etc. Also, beauty is very much skin deep, with the boy Annabel fancies being put off her while she wears braces, and Annabel herself seeming to go along with the importance of physical attractiveness over other aspects. There is also a run-in with an unpleasant cleaning woman with racist attitudes, though the story shows its liberal credentials when Annabel gives her the sack.Overall it is a nice light read, although the above attitudes make it of limited relevance to today's teenagers. And obviously this is a portrayal of teenage life without the internet, smartphones and all the paraphenalia of being a teenager in the modern world. Having not seen either of the film adaptations - I gather there was a more recent one than the one starring Jodie Foster - I don't know if any of these issues were overcome.

  • Rebecca McNutt
    2019-03-14 08:40

    I'm not always on-board with Disney films, but one that I really liked in junior high school was the 1976 Jodie Foster film Freaky Friday. It was only recently that I discovered it was based on a middle-grade children's novel. The story of a prim and proper mother and her willful, precocious teen daughter, Freaky Friday is funny, weird and surprisingly insightful.

  • Jessie
    2019-03-05 07:43

    I saw the movie when it first came out and thought it was great but the book...not so much. This is one of those few times where the movie is better than the book.

  • Philip
    2019-02-22 08:55

    Dad: Starting out, how many stars do you guys want to give the book?Eleanor: 5!Gwen: 5!Poppy: 6!Gwen: Wait, I mean, 4.Poppy: SEH-VEN!Eleanor: You can't give it 7, Poppy. You can only give it 5.Dad: Have I ever made an executive decision before? I'm giving it 3 stars. And there's nothing you can do about it.Eleanor: Really? You're giving it really three stars?Dad: Ahhh...Gwen: Well, it's a little less than 4.El: And way less than 5.Poppy: Or a lot of money.Dad: I want you to know that I heard how many you think it deserves, but this time, I'm giving it less than that. To tell the truth, I think it should be happy with 3 stars. I was thinking about giving it 2....And you know what?All: What?Dad: I loved this book as a kid. I especially loved the Morris/Borris stuff and the meatloaf/beetloaf stuff. I thought that was hilarious. But there were some things that... when I was reading it out loud, I didn't actually read out loud to you because I felt like it was a little bit inappropriate.Eleanor: Really?Dad: Yeah.Eleanor: So that's why there were sometimes pauses?Dad: Yeah. I was thinking of how to say it so it would still make sense, but not be quite so unsavory.Eleanor: So, you didn't skip those parts, you just said them in a more childish way?Dad: Yeah. For instance, I didn't always like the way that the dad talked to the mom... so I changed that a little bit. And the cleaning lady? She said some things that were racist.Eleanor: What's racist mean?Dad: Mean to people that don't look like you because they don't look like you. ...Anyway, the book's point was that being racist is bad... and I like that point, but I didn't really like the way they made that point.Gwen: What point?Dad: That being racist is bad....Also, there were times I thought the book got a little bit boring. And some chapters just took a little too long for what I wanted at the time. Did you guys feel that way?Gwen: Yeah.Dad: Gwen, did you fall asleep while I was reading it?Gwen: No. I was awake the whole time. ...Well, maybe I did. I don't know.Eleanor: I understand about the cleaning lady, but I didn't think the dad was talking mean, or anything like that. I mean, he was only trying to say, "don't do so much for Annabel. She needs to do things herself." And I didn't mind that. Sometimes parents need to do that for each other.Dad: That's a fair point, Eleanor.Eleanor: Then why don't you like the way the dad talks to the mom?Dad: There were some times where the dad acted like all the mom did was spend money, and that the mom was stupid for not knowing how to clean shirts, and the mom was stupid for not understanding math... things like that... I bet, if you read it when you're older, you'll catch what I caught when I read it this time.Eleanor: But I wouldn't call the parents mean. Or Annabel mean. Or the brother mean.Dad: Well, I agree with you on the brother, for sure. He was nice.Gwen: Can I say that I liked the book?Dad: Sure.Poppy: I loved the book, and I love the wall.Dad: The wall? *confused about where a wall was featured in the book* What wall?Poppy *p0ints*: THAT WALL!Eleanor: Well, I liked the book, and I want to recommend it to people.

  • Rebekah
    2019-03-04 03:01

    Wow. Just wow. I get that it is dealing with the daily life of a mother and daughter in 1972 by someone who was a young woman in the 50's. But wow. At some point Annabelle herself calls somebody a misogynistic pig or something. And it wasn't the role of housewife at all I take issue with, but the attitude towards her. Granted it was the daughter as mother saying she, herself, was dumb, but also the husband and the way he spoke to her sometimes. And that awful cleaning woman. I also thought this was a children's book but all the smoking and drinking references (yes, I realize it was much more common), and all the jokes Annabelle makes about rape and other flippant remarks. I realize some of that would be attributed to age and attitude, but it does make the book more young adult. As for the audio version, there were several distinctive "New Yorker" voices. I wonder how those might be perceived. And I do have to say I kind of like the 2003 Curtis and Lohan film adaptation better, (I haven't seen the Jodie Foster) and I find it easier to accept that something beyond the mother and daughter wanted to give them the opportunity to appreciate the other. Though in the books case, it was really just the daughter appreciating her mother and brother, and even herself. Now I can say I know the original. I do recommend the audio for performance value.

  • Melanie
    2019-03-01 05:59

    I preferred the movie, but the book was cute too, at times. A bit too juvenile for my tastes, but I can't hold that against the book. It was interesting how the story differed from the movie in a big way (didn't expect that!).

  • Inn Auni
    2019-03-01 06:52

    I watched the 2003 movie and was expecting the book will be the same. It was an adaptation after all. I did not know why I kept believing that scriptwriter wouldn't change a thing and followed the book by the hook.The book was in Annabelle's pov. She woke up in her mother's body and have to take her roll. Her real body however was missing. Instead of being in her own awkward teenage body, with teeth covered in braces, she's in her mother's gorgeous body and the more reason for Boris, her childhood friend, to stay and help.A few was saying that this book was anti-feminist with the way Annabelle's dad treated her mom (with Annabelle in her) and with the way Boris treated Annabelle herself by confiding to her mom (not knowing it was Annabelle inside it). The book was written in the 70's. I'm not saying the 70's women should be Stepford Wife but, merely they have other priorities. I, myself, was more concern of my kids well-being compare to gender equality.If you want something that stick to the book, then the 2003 movie was not it. If you want something with more girl power, then ignore the book.[READ AT YOUR OWN PERIL](view spoiler)[A willful, disorganized teenage girl, Annabel Andrews, awakens one Friday morning to find herself in the body of her mother, with whom she had argued the previous night.Suddenly in charge of taking care of the New York family's affairs and her younger brother Ben (whom Annabel has not-so-affectionately nicknamed "Ape Face" and said "He's so neat, it's revolting!"), and growing increasingly worried about the disappearance of "Annabel", who appeared to be herself in the morning but has gone missing after leaving the Andrews' home, she enlists the help of her neighbor and childhood friend, Boris, though without telling him about her identity crisis.As the day wears on and Annabel has a series of increasingly bizarre and frustrating adventures, she becomes gradually more appreciative of how difficult her mother's life is, and learns, to her surprise, that Ben idolizes her, and Boris is actually named Morris, but has a problem with chronic congestion (at least around Annabel) leading him to nasally pronounce ms and ns as bs and ds. The novel races towards its climax and Ben also disappears, apparently having gone off with a pretty girl whom Boris did not recognize, but Ben appeared to trust without hesitation.In the climax and dénouement, Annabel becomes overwhelmed by the difficulties of her situation, apparent disappearance of her mother, loss of the children, and the question of how her odd situation came about and when/whether it will be resolved. Finally, it is revealed that Annabel's mother herself caused them to switch bodies through some unspecified means, and the mysterious teen beauty who took Ben was Mrs. Andrews in Annabel's body (to which she is restored) made much more attractive by a makeover Mrs. Andrews gave the body while using it, including the removal of Annabel's braces, an appointment Annabel had forgotten about (and would have missed, had she been the one in her body that day). (hide spoiler)]

  • Mi
    2019-02-23 05:45

    “I don't look like her. I wish I did. Well, today I do, and it's a great improvement!” Freaky Friday is certainly not the most sophisticated book but it fulfilled its purpose of keeping me entertained for a while. In fact, it did not last me for as long as I hoped it would. Not necessarily because it was gripping but because the lettering was rather large for an already short book.I have seen the film several years back – I cannot remember it well enough to say which I preferred but they were rather different. The main character of the book version – Annabel – felt younger than her movie version. Other than the implausibility of the body-swap being treated as rational– this book was rather fun to read with some quirky and adorable dialogues between Annabel and her younger brother who thinks he is actually talking to his mother. The dialogues between her and her love interest – who also believes he is talking to the mother – are also sweet.All in all, it is a cute (and very fast) read but there is nothing special to be expected from it. The type of story actually seemed more like something you would find in a comedy manga – and I think that for me personally, these kinds of stories just work better as a manga, to begin with.

  • Arminzerella
    2019-03-05 10:03

    I’d seen the movies before, but had never read the book on which they were based. It’s hysterical. After a terrible fight with her mother, Annabel Andrews wakes up one morning and realizes that they’ve switched bodies! Actually, she can’t tell if her mom’s in her body because her body is still totally acting like her, so she figures her mom is off somewhere else enjoying someone else’s body. Annabel’s excited to be her mom, until all sorts of things start going wrong, until her brother Ape Face disappears with a stranger, and until her father/husband (confusing!) invites some important clients over for dinner. That’s when the adventure becomes a nightmare. It seems like everything will end very badly for Annabel, but her mother switches them back in the nick of time and she’s been up to things, too, while Annabel has been coping as best she can. Mom and daughter each learn something about each other, helping them to understand why they do the things they do. Very funny and entertaining.

  • Charlie Drape
    2019-02-20 09:47

    Come on Mary Rodgers? You can do better than this. I do not recommend this book to anyone that is a human being on this here planet earth. A young girl wakes up one morning and she turns into her mother, and the mother turns into the daughter? This is incredibly unrealistic and Charles Drape does not dig unrealistic books. Alright, I might be exaggerating that a little bit, I like unrealistic books that are actually entertaining. This doesn't happen often and it is honestly incredibly sad when it does happen, but the movie is way better than the book. The movie sucked too, so that is telling you how bad this book is. The only reason I gave it one star is because it reminded me of Lindsay Lohan before she was participating in illegal substances and flipping off court judges. Rock on Lindsay!

  • Lisa Rathbun
    2019-03-08 06:54

    I didn't like this at all. In a way, it was almost didactic - the mother switchies bodies with her daughter to teach her daughter a lesson; daughter realizes how wrong she has been. It was also VERY dated, including a couple slang terms for other races (some expressed by the cleaning lady whom Annabel fires). The humor was way off to me; a phone conversation between the main character and the police was so bad it was excrutiating to read. Also, in my version the cover art shows Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis, but the much newer movie was very different from this book. I didn't like that Annabel's mother supposedly managed to switch their bodies, but in the last chapter refuses to explain to her daughter how, thus conveniently keeping the author from having to have a credible explanation. I don't think I'll even keep this one on my shelf.

  • Joana
    2019-03-11 02:59

    So basically Anna thinks her mom is ruining her life. 1 morning they switched body. Now Anna is in her moms body and her mom is in her daughter body. They each found out its not easy being each other.

  • Naomi Collier
    2019-03-10 08:03

    I read this as a child- multiple times. I don't know that I want to read it again as an adult. I have a feeling I'll be disappointed, but at the time I really enjoyed this book. I can't even remember how old I was; probably tween to early teen years.

  • Claire
    2019-03-04 05:05

    I love reading young adult books, but this book would have to be excluded from the list. I would argue that I liked the movie more........and yes, I am willing to admit that I watched the movie. The whole concept of the story is interesting, but that is about all this book has.

  • Christine
    2019-03-11 08:54

    I read the 1970s version, in the seventies.

  • Amie
    2019-02-23 04:43

    a light cute read; I read this in high school. (the movie that came out a couple of years ago with Lindsey Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis is pretty well done too)

  • 1labriah
    2019-03-21 05:39

    It's a pretty cool book. Sometimes I wish it happened to my mother and I so she should understand what teens really go through these days because she swears she already knows.

  • Lisa
    2019-03-04 01:41

    Picked this up at a used book sale because it looked interesting. Not as good as the Lindsay Lohan movie so far.

  • Sara
    2019-03-12 08:55

    Read as a kid. Liked it, liked the movie. (the Jody Foster one)

  • Hannah
    2019-03-22 04:53

    I definitely preferred the movie.The book was fine, though there was some sketchy content which surprised me, as this is a children's book. Even so I'm glad that I have familiarized myself with both book and movie.

  • Becca
    2019-03-16 01:50

    I read this book all in one sitting. It was an interesting read that had lots of plot points that were over stressed. For the lesson of the story, there is so much left unexplained. Her mother doing this all by will and the main character does a complete 180? Sure.....there was character development to be expected in this story...but come on. The only saving grace of this story was the fast pace of the randomness of events. Emotion was portrayed very well in this book and the writing was okay...there were some sentences worded weirdly and overall the tone kept switching from the original main character and the "mom" main character tone. (But in the same body!) ((Gasp!?))Given two stars for the circle the book this creates...I was left with a little bit of brokenness about this book and sneering in disgust. It is a cool concept overall but not portrayed very well. The climax of the book was honestly disappointing also.

  • Joan
    2019-03-23 02:44

    This was one of the first and maybe most famous body switching titles. Annabelle turns into her Mom for the day. Annabelle has to cope with trying to do her Mom's role which turns out to be considerably harder than she ever expected. Unlike many switching books, this is told solely from Annabelle's pov. I don't think I was quite in the mood for this title. It is funny but I just wasn't amused by it. These days, the mother would have gotten into trouble for letting the little brother cross the street by himself...although it actually was the sister's fault. Perhaps the story is a bit dated. There was a rather uncomfortable bit in there where Annabelle fires her mother's racist housekeeper. It didn't need to be in the story at all, but it was during a time when it was considered pc to include such sort of scenes so it feels like they shoehorned in this scene. Since the heroine is 13, I suppose this is another title that would be classed as YA these days. Again, it mostly doesn't feel YA. Although Annabelle does have a thing for the boy who keeps being put in a babysitting role during the day. A few times there was mention of the boy's horrible mother, although no details were given. Nowadays, that thread wouldn't have been left dangling.I picked this up from my old branch, and I took a look at the circulation figures I wrote on the first page. While it hadn't gone out much while I was at the branch, it increased circulation quite a bit afterwards. So, it was a good purchase, even if slow in the beginning. Nowadays, it might not have gotten the chance to improve circulation. The powers that be likely would have pitched it pretty early on. I am glad I read this book since it was a classic in its day.

  • Heather
    2019-03-11 06:59

    I'd never read this book as a young person, and never saw either of the two movies. Now that I have read it, I could definitely see where they could go to make it into a movie! However, there are some pieces that really date the book and make me hesitate before recommending it to a young person.First, there's some racial language in the book that I really don't think would fly in a new YA book today, even if spoken by a character we're not supposed to like (as it is here). This sort of set my eyes popping out of my head a bit. I guess I'm most interested to see how they may have changed this aspect of the character for the most recent movie.Second, the main character identifies as an environmentalist before it was a really big thing, but she also makes a couple of references to "Women's Lib" (yes, capitalized). It's cool that she's a feminist, but in my opinion it really dates the book to 1972 and may make it a little clunky for young readers today to understand.Speaking of the Women's Lib references, I also find it highly ironic (with forty-years-later hindsight) that the main character identifies with Women's Lib/aka feminism yet she doesn't question any of the things she's expected to do as her mother. Make dinner for her husband's business partners suddenly coming over for a visit. Ironing his shirts. Going to fetch more scotch. Even when she's not her mother, her world seems to rise and fall with the acceptance of the cute neighbor boy, who suddenly likes her when her appearance changes at the end. Yeesh.That said, I'm interested in seeing the film adaptations, especially the second one!

  • Lara Vehar
    2019-03-09 01:43

    I've been wanting to get my hands on this book for a while now and I finally got it from Book depository, it came this morning so I decided that it would be a nice short read I could finish in an hour or two and it was all right read I guess, nothing too fancy but quite below my expectations sadly. I like the premise, still do actually, it's about a sheltered teenager that I could relate to a lot and her mother swapping bodies for a day so they can learn more about one another, I still find it really odd that whole book happens in one day only but okay. Onto the characters now: - Annabell - The teenager and daughter of the story, I honestly really liked her because I could relate to her, my childhood was also really sheltered to the point where I couldn't go out alone until I was 18 which meant that I was a legal adult, my grandma always thought that if she let me go somewhere alone I'd either get hurt, either get mugged, either get killed or get into the drugs and alcohol, even though I was never into that. She is so sheltered that she feels trapped and that's why I feel she is failing at school and why she hates her brother, she is also really insecure which is why she also hates her "perfect little brother" who is neat, has blue eyes and perfect teeth compared to her brown eyes, messy room and braces. -Ape face/Ben is her little brother, she hates him and picks on him constantly yet he is still loyal to her and loves his sister a lot, he also admires her a lot and looks up to her so she ends up respecting and loving him back at the end of the day. -Ellen Jean Benjamin Andrews is the mother in the story, we learn that she is very protective and good mother but she also tends to excuse everything that Annabell does and doesn't want to properly punish her, she is also the one behind swapping the bodies, though that's never actually explained, it just says that she did it but not why or how or anything. -William Waring Andrews- I had a lot of problems with him, he is Annabell's father and the amount of times she calls him daddy even after she is in her mother's body is downright creepy, I get that this was written more than 40 years ago but still, it really bothered me and it really, really bothered me how degrading he was to his wife and how she still loved him and didn't really care, it starts off when they speak about money he gave her and how she spent 20 dollars on her daughter's clothes despite them being low on money, he acts like she is dumb and starts speaking to her slowly like she is a toddler, which really bothered me and then later when they speak about him inviting a couple of friends to a dinner he is all like: "Well honey if there's one thing you can do is you can at least cook well" but it's pretty much said in a really degrading way as in "women belong to a kitchen and nowhere else" way, it was really bothering me even though I again, understand that this was written almost 50 years ago so the times were different. -Morris/Boris - This was my least favourite character out of them all for sure, he has troubled life, his mom pretty much hates him/doesn't really care about him, he spends a day with Annabell in her mother's body but since she smashed his head with a shovel or something like that when they were young he refuses to forgive her and pretty much says that she is a horrible, rotten, garbage, useless and ugly person, insulting her all day long when he think that he speaks to her mom, is really degrading to her in general and when the mom thinks that she goes missing he flat out says that he was her mom he wouldn't care because she is worthless and garbage person anyways, he also comes off as really pushy and annoying, he basically admits to Ellen that he loves her and he let's Ben be "kidnapped" because he was baby-sitting him and this "hot chick he really wanted to smash" (pretty much his words just nastier, not mine) came and since she was hot it was all right for a child to go out with a total stranger (we learn that that was Annabell in the end but still, he completely changes when she looks hot, he is suddenly in love with her and she is the best person ever when he hated her when she was just her normal self). He comes off as really shallow and boring character and a douche bag, and the worst part for me was that they all end up completely forgiving him for letting their son be taken away by a stranger and Annabell even goes as far as forgiving him and being with him in the end despite him being a total douche bag to her for the entire day he was with her in her mom's body, but that's allright it's all swell because she has been in love with him for years. -The maid/Mrs Schmauss- Here you truly see how old this book is and how much they could get away with it: This lady is using really derogatory terms for black people, she doesn't call them n word but she calls them negros and is pretty much the most racist character in the entire story, she is against black people and spanish people, she gets drunk often and she calls Annabell pig and other insults and she is pretty much a garbage human being, Ellen puts up with her because it's hard to get maids but Annabell actuall fires her, prompts for that because I would be really mad if they decided to keep her around for the entire story. All in all, it ain't a bad book to read by any means, I do definitely like the movies better than the book because there are more events going whilst in the book you only have a few things happen and they are stretched over almost 200 pages. I also hate the fact that there is no explanation about how the swap happened in the book, at least in the movie you have them go to the restaurant and they get special cookies that make it happen, here mom just magically does it without any explanation. I wouldn't recommand it for young kids though or any kids for that matter, it's an older read yes but the racism is pretty prominent in parts of the story, and there are some sentences that are pretty bothersome as well like them using the word retard (again I get it, it was written 50 years ago so it wasn't as offensive back then) and the ending at least to me was pretty confusing too. It isn't a bad book but I will probably not pick it up again any time soon. I am still glad that I read it though because I've been wanting to read it for a few years now and I finally had the chance to do so.