Freaky Friday

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The classic story of switching places
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Mary Rodgers' story is a classic tale of a parent and child switching places. The book was also made into a movie recently starring Jamie Lee Curtis as the mom turned teenager.

Warning...the movie may have been based on the book and the cover of the book may have the movie's actors on the cover...but the book and the movie only bear a slight resemblance to each other.

I don't want someone to get the wrong idea and buy the book because they've seen the movie and expect it to be the same. Even if you have seen the movie, buy the book because it is interesting by itself and has some elements that the movie was lacking.

In the book, Annabel wakes up to find herself in her mother's body. Contrary to the movie, she's actually kind of excited by the thought, though she is confused as to where her mother's mind is (since daughter Annabel still seems to be herself). She jumps right into role playing and even manages to make breakfast for her husband/father (Ms Rodgers thankfully avoids any potential complications with Annabel and her father, quickly sending him off to work).

Things start to go downhill from there, as Annabel quickly comes to realize she doesn't quite have as good a handle on things as she thought she did. She also finds herself in the unenviable spot of having to hear her teachers criticize her in a parent-teacher conference.

She learns a lot of lessons about herself (and that cleaning her room might not be such a bad thing) and nearly has a breakdown when things get too much for her. Mom saves the day and things all work out for everyone in the end.

The book is copyright 1972, which makes perfect sense, as there are quite a few plot elements that don't ring "modern" (unlike the movie). In a lot of ways, I rather like the old fashioned feel of the book and I'm glad they didn't try to overhaul it to make it fit the movie.

I recommend this book for girls of any age, and perhaps for a few moms out there as well.

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Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers
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Reader reviewed by *Samantha*

I dont 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 Ive not seen it in years, and dont 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, dont expect the same exact story as the movie that youve probably seen at some point in your life; expect the same premise, but a better story. Annabel is the stereotypical 13 year old girl shes 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 mothers 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 shes crazy, and husbands unexpected clients as guests, she handles it well&at 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 things that she probably needed to hear, but things that hurt to hear, and thats where the lesson really starts to set in.

The majority of the story is told from Annabels perspective, while she is in her mothers body and that actually helps the humor even more, take this little gem for instance: Well in case youre interested, a mouthful of heart is something like a mouthful of captured frog, and a mind in turmoil simply means all the blood un 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. Youll have to read the book to find out the context there, 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. Its 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 dont let it; its 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.
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<3 this book
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Reader reviewed by Allire

This book is about this girl named Annabell. Annabell is a normal teenager. Her views are the same as teenagers and her attitude is the same as well. She thinks that adults have it easy. They just go to work, come home and have their children do everything for them. Whereas the kids have to go to school, do their homework, do chores and do anything else that their parents want them to do.... One morning Annabell awakes as her mother. She still has her teenager mind, and she knows that she is Annabell, but her body is her mother's. Annabell can also not find HER own body. She doesn't know where her body is nor where her mother is. From there Annabell must do everything as her mother. She must go to work and take care of everything as her mother. Through this transformation she learns that not everything is as easy as it seems being an adult.


The book is good. It's been made into like three different movies. I really liked how it had a decent life lesson, along with a good story. I also liked how the author presented her theme in an interesting and unique way. This book is one of my favorites.
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ok book awesome movie
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Reader reviewed by stellargurl

this book is a classic. it was written back then and make into a black and white movie too. now it has been written again with some editing done to it and also made into a color movie.

this movie is a classic because it has a moral to it and teaches a lesseon to both mom and daughters and posiblt dads and sons. the moral is no ones life is actually really perfect so u just gota deal with yours and learn to live with others.

i believe that it was and over-all ok book and an awesome movie which i would recoment to mothers and daughters everywhere to read and see together the love of a family
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crap
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Reader reviewed by dogma

this book is not the best book in the world.basicly a mother and a doaghter have been having problems with eacch other. so they go out to eat some placeand end up swicting bodies.they both learn what its lick to live in each other shoes and switch back

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i liked the movie better
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Reader reviewed by emma brown

the book was so boring i liked a the movie like way better. i was so totally angery with the book cuz usually the book is better than the movie but not in thi case. all ya i suggest ya just watch the movie
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A great book
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Reader reviewed by chatterbox891

Even though this book is kind of old, it will still appeal to teens all ove the place!

Annabel and her mom never understand eachother until one night, the switch bodies!!!!! Find out what Annabel does in her mom's body and what her mom does in her body!!!
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A good book
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Reader reviewed by Jamie

This book which was made into a movie also called Freaky Friday is about a mom and a daughter who change places. So the Mom turns into the daughter and the daughter turns into the mom. The whole book is about them trying to figure out to switch back it's a really funny book and I enjoyed reading it.
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who is who?
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Reader reviewed by dino_girl

A mother and daughter get into a fight. they go to bed tursday evening, and wake up friday in each others bodies. Don't you think it would be freaky to wake up in your mothers body? I would. It is a funny book, but not one of those books that you can read over and over again.
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Crazy
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Reader reviewed by Kristen

I loved this book (and the movie). The book is a little different though. The book is about Annabel and her mother switching places. In the book, the mom is responsible for the change. She was tired of Annabel complaining all the time. Through the book, Annabel learns to respect her mother more, and to love her brother.

All kids will love this book.
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it was okay
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Reader reviewed by lookwhaticando

This book isn't anything like the movie, only the fact that the mom and daughter are different and they change places. It was set like 20 years ago and there is many different and gets sortof boring. Its a fast and good read tho.
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