Saturday, February 4, 2012

My review on "Double Take" by Melody Carlson

Double Take

This novel starts out with Madison Van Buren- a seventeen year-old who is fed up with the pressures that turn her "Gucci and latte" life upside down. She is dealing with everything from guys to parents to college, and by the time she meets an uncanny look alike, she is practically losing it... (her mind, that is). Madison currently lives in a penthouse in NYC, and her life seems picture perfect from the outside, I mean, she has got money and everything. But Madison is realizing that isn't the key for a happy life.

Meanwhile, Anna Fisher currently resides in Pennsylvania in an Amish family. She had recently been heartbroken, by a boy that moved away to New York in his rumpsringa, leaving all he had ever known behind. Her parents are pressuring her to marry some-one she doesn't know, and she just wants out of everything.

When Madison's mother desires for her daughter to go with her and her grandmother to Tuscany ("to show her off") but she refuses, but doesn't want to stay home due to Garret. So, Madison just takes of driving in westward direction, and ends up in an Amish community coffee shop. (I liked this part!) She meets Anna, and tries to convince her they look alot alike. (Madison has to wipe off her "face" to convince Anna this). They suddenly start pouring their hearts out to eachother over a latte, and decide they could pull off switching places. Anna isn't quite sure, but remebers that Jacob is in the Big Apple... (the guy the broke her heart by leaving the community)... They talk and discuss everything they will need to know to convince others that Anna is Madison and that Madison is Anna.

Madison has to go help out Anna's uncle and his wife who is going to have a baby. (Rachel) Madison is not quite enjoying this, but is glad to escape from her life. Rachel and Madison ("Anna") form a bond, and become good friends through all of Rachel's ridicules of being called lazy and worthless as a woman. Madison does and learns alot in the community, but also deals with the trial of lying and deceiving. (Aka, only Rachel knows right now that Madison is an 'imposter'). Madison meets Malachi, a very handsome and struggling Amish dude. She knows its not love at first site, but is not sure what to think.

Meanwhile, Anna ("Madison") is doing a pretty good job of handling Madison's life. From Garret to former BFF's like Lucinda, everything is going great. Until Anna finds Jacob. He has completeky turned from Christianity and everything they had in common and Anna is unsure of herself now. She decides it is time to switch back...

The truth ends up coming out on both sides of this twisted and hilarious tale, and although irrealistic, this is one of the best books I have ever read.
Sensuality? Not really. Very, very, low although it discuss' romance in this book.
Language? Reference only, like "and he said a bad word that seemed strange after spending almost a week in the Amish communtiy"
Spiritual content? Yes, but there could have been a little more if both of the girls (especially Anna) were dealing more with spiritual content over anything.

My rating? Ten out of Ten stars!

1 comment:

  1. I love this! It sounds really good! I will have to read it soon. Thanks for sharing!