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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Baker Publishing Group (March 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800719646
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800719647
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.8 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #331,834 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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What do you do when your life is not all it's cracked up to be? Get a new one.

It's spring break of her senior year and Madison Van Buren is fed up. Stressed over decisions on colleges, her parents' bickering, and pressures from her boyfriend, Madison gets in her car and just drives away.

Meanwhile, seventeen-year-old Anna Fisher wants to escape the so-called simple life of the Amish--which for her consists of caring for younger children, 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.

Worlds collide when Madison and Anna meet for the first time in a small town, realize they look uncannily alike, and decide the grass is greener on the other side. Neither of them will ever be the same.

"This smoothly plotted story about seeing life from another's point of view will leave you feeling good and looking for more books from this creative and talented author."--Suzanne Woods Fisher, bestselling author of the Lancaster County Secrets series


Melody Carlson is the award-winning author of more than 200 books, including Just Another Girl and Anything but Normal. She recently was nominated for 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.

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By Louise Jolly TOP 50 REVIEWER on July 2 2013
Format: Paperback
Story Description:

Baker Publishing Group|June 1, 2011|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-0-8007-1964-7

It is spring break of her senior year and Madison Van Buren is fed up. Stressed over Ivy League colleges, her parents marital problems, and her boyfriend's neglect, Madison gets in her car and drives west. Meanwhile, eighteen-year-old Anna Fisher 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.

My Review:

Madison Van Buren's family is rich beyond rich. They live in a Penthouse on the 26th floor of a beautiful building and Madison has everything any girl could ever possibly want from designer clothing to cell phones to computers to a Mini Cooper. Madison lacks for nothing. She even has her own money, wads of it and credit cards galore and lives a high and mighty life. However, lately she's is just stressed to the max. Her parents are divorced and both want her to attend different colleges. One wants her to go to Harvard and the other one Yale but Madison wants to attend a smaller college.
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"Double Take"

By Melody Carlson

The back cover of this book says it all, " What do you do when your life is not all it's cracked up to be? Get a NEW ONE!"
AND that is exactly what two young , dissatisfied girls decided to do. The scene begins: Two girls, neither one happy with their current lifestyle. The grass is always greener on the other side, as we all know and these two decide to discover what would happen if they traded places. It helped that they looked very much alike, almost like twins.
One young lady is Amish and the other an Englischer. Now , I have your attention! What a great plot , Melody develops from this simple idea a complicated plot with lots of twists , turns and keeps you guessing throughout the book, as to what on earth these two girls will do next and how they will cope with the many life changes that they are going through. At times you laugh, other times, you want to cry. Madison, a high school senior is completely fed up and stressed- decisions about her future at colleges, her parents' bickering and pressures from her boyfriend are pushing her over the edge. Meanwhile, Anna wants to escape caring for younger siblings, sewing, cooking and gardening in her Amish home. She is afraid of spending her future with a man she doesn't love, doing the same chores.
The two girls meet in a small town and realize they look uncannily alike and decide to switch places for a time. Life will never be the same for either of them!!
This book certainly explains seeing life from another's point of view and leaves you feeling good. Creative writing from a very talented writer.
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Double Take poses an interesting scenario, the ability to exchange lives for a week with someone else to discover what life would be like if you'd been born into a different family. Carlson managed to create a scenario that seemed largely believable due to the fact that Anna was supposed to be helping out an aunt she hadn't seen in two years, and Madison's parents were likewise out of town, so that the people they mostly interacted with were none the wiser about the switch taking place. I did have to suspend my belief somewhat in regards to one key character not recognizing that Madison was not actually Madison. Also, a weakness that stood out for me is that there was no real consequences or accountability for their actions in the story with the exception of Madison having to apologize to one man for flirting with him and leading him on. Although they made a decision that was naive and lighthearted with no intent to cause harm, deceiving people is really no simple thing and this side of the story is somewhat glossed over.

However, taken at face value, it is clear Carlson is attempting to provide a lighthearted read that also imparts some deeper truths. I always enjoy reading about the Amish and the simplicity they've embraced, and Carlson not only provides an entertaining story, but also highlights our overindulgence in material possessions and how this can get in the way of our relationship with God. Carlson's conclusion was spot-on, as she writes "But Madison felt certain that God appreciated simplicity. Because that was where she had found him. And that was where she was determined to remain".

Teens looking for a fun story with some deeper themes should count on picking up this book.
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