Monday, June 9, 2014

#BookReview: Your Perfect Life by Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke

From the outside looking in, it can seem as if others are leading the perfect life. While you’re stuck with a screaming baby, brooding teenagers and a husband who barely communicates with you, your best friend is living the glamorous life. On the flip side, you’re an entertainment reporter on one of the hottest shows in town, but instead of the family you’ve always wanted, you’re skilled in the art of the one night stand with younger men whose names you can’t even remember.

Casey and Rachel have been best friends since they were kids. Equally ambitious, they went off to college together, determined to tackle the tough world of reporting. Unfortunately, only one of them made it. An unplanned pregnancy threw a wrench in Rachel’s plans, but she found herself marrying the love of her life and raising three great kids. Casey works in a cut throat industry. She loves what she does, but she’s constantly on guard because younger anchors are coming for her job every day. She’s put so much of herself into her job that she’s left no room for a real life. Up until their twentieth high school reunion, their lives have been enough for them.

In a scene reminiscent of Jen Lancaster’s Here I Go Again or Freaky Friday, which they actually reference, the ladies wake up the morning after the reunion in each other’s bodies. How does one learn to parent three kids overnight? Who steps into the spotlight after being a stay at home mom for the last sixteen years? Neither woman does either with ease, at first. Gradually, they begin to enjoy their roles, maybe a little too much for each other’s liking. Casey struggled so much to get along with her co-anchor, but Rachel has him eating out of the palm of her hand. Rachel couldn’t get her husband or kids to open up to her, but Casey has them all wrapped around her finger. Soon the women are questioning if they’re happier in their new bodies and whether or not they should attempt to return to their former selves.

Co-written by two authors, the story lines and writing are seamless. With some books, you can tell which author is writing the chapter or voicing the character, but Fenton and Steinke seem to have found the formula for co-authoring. In fact, because I read an ARC, I didn’t look at the cover and didn’t even realize that it was written by more than one person until well after I’d finished the book. Fenton and Steinke are best friends in real life and perhaps that lends itself to their ability to write so well together. I’m definitely looking forward to reading more from them.

Published: June 2014
Disclaimer: Copy of book received from publisher, opinions are my own.
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