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Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers

Freaky Friday (original 1972; edition 2009)

by Mary Rodgers (Author)

Series: Freaky Friday (1)

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A thirteen-year-old girl gains a much more sympathetic understanding of her relationship with her mother when she has to spend a day in her mother's body.
Title:Freaky Friday
Authors:Mary Rodgers (Author)
Info:HarperCollins (2009), Edition: Reissue, 144 pages
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  lcslibrarian | Aug 13, 2020 |
Anabel feels unfairly treated by her mother and that adults have it easy until she wakes up one morning inside the body of her mother! She experiences a roller coaster day finding out what adult life it really like and comes face to face with a few realities about herself along the way. Very amusing. ( )
  AccyP | Apr 1, 2019 |
I've seen just about every version of the movie adaptations of this book, but have never had the opportunity to read the original story until now. This particular copy was left in my Little Free Library, where it will return now that I've read it so another reader can find and enjoy this fantastic story.

Minus the more fantastical elements of the 1976 movie version (no water-skiing/driving mishaps here), the story is similar, Annabelle wakes up one Friday morning to find herself in her mother's body. Amongst the general confusion of this sudden body swap, Annabelle must deal with her mother's daily activities, which turn out to be much more tedious than she would have expected. She is also granted a great deal of insight into herself through her mother's eyes as she sees just how the people who engage with "mom" talk about Annabelle, from the housekeeper with the nasty attitude to her teachers and principal.

A great read for anyone and everyone. ( )
1 vote regularguy5mb | Dec 13, 2018 |
A thoughtful YA that doesn't gloss over the angsty mother-daughter relationship but rather turns it on its head and has teen and mom switch places in order to understand the other better. This book serves as the inspiration for the 'Freaky Friday' movies and still holds up remarkably well. ( )
  JCLHeatherM | Jan 27, 2018 |
Loved this when I was a kid, and it always makes me smile. By dame is Boris and I’b cub to bake you a beetloaf! Annabel is an ungrateful teenager, and her mum magically switches their bodies for the day, with the expected mix of hi-jinx, cringe comedy, and coming of age realisations. Reading this as a grown up, there are some subtle and uncomfortable insights on grown-up life (her mum lying to her dad about how it is the cleaning lady who can’t iron his shirts right, when in fact the cleaning lady is a drunkard who can’t iron shirts at all but who her mother doesn’t have the grip to sack, and she’s ironing all the shirts herself, and the shopping list which is mostly gin), and the ethics is all a little bit more uncomfortable (if she wanted Annabel to have a hair cut, it would be better to take her for one than take over her body and just have it done! And the ‘you can magically be attractive if you get a hair cut and new clothes’ meme isn’t great). But it’s lots of fun, and Annabel is a great balance between irritating teenager and sympathetic narrator. ( )
  atreic | Aug 5, 2016 |
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You are not going to believe me, nobody in their right minds could possibly believe me, but it's true, really it is!
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