Friday 28 January 2011

Freaky Friday by Mary Rogers

I was reading on Snowdrop Dreams, about the YA of the 80s and 90s Challenge, and, although I've not officially signed up for it (due to huge oversubscription to other challenges, and the fact that at the moment, it looks unlikely that I will ever actually be able to get into Bleak House!), I was reading Freaky Friday for the Gilmore Girls Challenge, and remembering all the many many good things about YA. If I'm totally honest, although I did enjoy the book, it wore its' publication date (1976) quite obviously, at least from a women's lib point of view. Freaky Friday is basic in it's premise. One Friday, Annabel Andrews wakes up to find herself in her mother's body. She subsequently finds out that her mother is in her body. The book deals with the consequences and resolution of this. In the interests of full disclosure, I have to add that I was quite a huge fan of the Lindsay Lohan movie when it first came out, and in many ways I still feel that the film surpasses the book.
That said, the book was light, fun, and did delve into the complexities of family relationships, showing the main character, Annabel's (Anna in the film) realisation of everything her mother does for her, very effectively.
However, it was mostly the style of the book which made me happy and nostalgic, and then reading around reminded me about the Babysitters Club books, and how obsessed I was by them. At the moment, I'm having one of those unsettled feelings, where I can't quite decide what to read, or really get into anything, so I think that diving back into the BSC, Paula Danziger, and Judy Blume, among others, could be just what I need!

Rating: ***

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