I’m Not Her

By Cara Sue Achterberg

4 out of 5 stars

As my dad always said, you should never judge someone unless you walk in their shoes.

Carin stops at the grocery store to pick up some donuts on the way to work. As she eyes the cashier Leann, she is silently judging how overweight she is. There is a freak accident where Carin is hit in the head with a large Valentine’s card. She comes to and seems to be watching herself knocked out on the floor but she realizes she is actually watching herself on the floor! She is in Leann’s body. She’s scared and horrified because this is a completely different life than her life. Leann is married to an abusive man and has a young son. Leann is also well over 350 pounds where Carin was very health conscience. She tries to communicate with her mother and friend but of course, they think she’s crazy. As time passes, she becomes very attached to Trevor, Leann’s son, and also tries to better Leann’s situation. Is it permanent?

I enjoyed this adult Freaky Friday tale. I especially loved Carin in Leann’s body. She realized how she was judging others and she jumped right in to bettering Leann and Trevor’s life. I loved how she immediately started taking care of Trevor without thinking as much about herself.  My problem with the story was Leann in Carin’s body. For someone who wanted more than she had, she just laid around eating and drinking. (There is eventually redemption with that so I didn’t hate her.)  Maybe if there was more of her in the story, I might have felt differently but I do think this was more Carin’s story to tell. This story really is about how we see other people and how everyone is the same inside. We all have a heart and a soul. Never judge a book by it’s cover. I would definitely recommend this book to someone looking for something a little different than the average Made-in-Hollywood body switch.

I happily received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

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