- Written By: Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke
- Published by: Atria Books June 10, 2014
- Length: 304 pages
- Source: ARC from publisher in consideration of an honest review
Summary: With “a delicious, page-turning premise, and sweet and surprising insights” (New York Times bestselling author Jen Lancaster), Your Perfect Life perfectly illustrates that old adage: Sometimes, you to have to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes to see what’s in her heart.
Best friends since childhood, Casey and Rachel couldn’t lead more different lives. While workaholic Casey rubs elbows with celebrities daily as the host of Gossip TV and comes home nightly to an empty apartment, stay-at-home mom Rachel juggles an “oops” baby, two fiery teenagers, and a husband who barely seems the man she fell in love with two decades before. After an argument at their twentieth high school reunion, Casey and Rachel throw back shots to get the night back on track. Instead, they get a life-changing hangover.
Waking up in each other’s bodies the next morning, they must figure out how to navigate their altered realities. Rachel is forced to confront the reason she gave up her broadcasting dreams when she got pregnant in college, and Casey finally steps out of the spotlight to face the truth about why she’s alone. And they soon discover that they don’t know themselves—or their best friend—nearly as well as they thought they did.
Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke bring humor and heart to every page of this novel that is sure to please fans of In Her Shoes and The Opposite of Me. Your Perfect Life is a story about two very different women, what they didn’t know about each other, and how, by switching lives, they each learn to appreciate their own.(goodreads)
My Thoughts: I’ve been looking forward to this book because I’ve admired Liz and Lisa as book bloggers for years. I can’t imagine writing a book with a best friend. This story is totally fun! Casey and Rachel are best friends, a bit disillusioned with their own lives as the attend their 20th High School Reunion(really no good can come of that, wait for 30). Just as we’ve seen in countless movies a well meaning person decides to give them a shake up and after drinking a special purple shot, they wake up in each others’ bodies and lives. What happens is often funny, but also poignant and sweet. Each woman learns the downside of the others’ life, and also what she misses most from her own. Kind of a drastic take on the phrase the the grass is always greener.
I related to both Casey and Rachel, I was a very independent single women until 30 years old, so I often saw my former friends marrying and starting a family. They had lives I couldn’t imagine and really didn’t want. After my own marriage things changed with the birth of children and trying to do it all, I too gave up my career to be a stay at home mom, and help with our aging parents too. At that point I did look at women with careers, and less burdened with diaper changing and car pools and parent teacher conferences and wish away a bit of my time. It was nice to see both of these women and understand their roles.
This is a perfect read, for the beach, the pool, your comfy chair. It read quickly and I laughed a LOT! So this is not War and Peace, but it was a fun romp in a world where we take a peek at what our life might have been like…if only. I recommend this to anyone who enjoys women’s fiction and authors like Jennifer Weiner and Sarah Pekkanen.
Thanks as always to Wendy Sheanin at Simon and Schuster!!