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Posted October 23, 2010
Cute, sweet story
Alexia Garcia looks just like singing star Kari Kingsley. Everybody says so, including Kari's manager, who wants to hire Alexia to be her double. Kari's racked up some serious debts (to the tune of one million dollars), and she needs someone to lip synch at a few minor concert appearances so she can keep earning money while she's in the studio working on her next album. By moving to California and impersonating Kari, Alexia will earn plenty of money, but what's she's really interested in is the chance to meet her California-dwelling father, whom she's never met and who may not even know of her existence.
I enjoyed this book so much, I read it in a single day. One the best elements of the book is Alexia herself, and she's absolutely the kind of girl I'd want as friend in real life (which is one of my chief criteria for liking female protags). I love ethnically diverse MC's, and I also have a soft spot for MC's who come from a low economic background, because I can relate to that. Alexia is half Latina and comes from a very low income family, which means she wears secondhand clothes and has her mom cut her hair because they can't afford professional cuts. She's a hardworking honor's student and she has a backbone--she doesn't back down from bullies, ever. With this kind of character foundation, she's able to be fairly sensible about being a glamorous celebrity double, and though she appreciates the chance to earn money and help her mother, she really only agrees to go to California because it will give her the opportunity finally meet her father. Now, that's what I call good motivation! She's not a whiny girl jumping at the chance to be pampered and petted; she's a girl with a need to meet her father, and the new job provides her with that opportunity.
Also, I'm pleased that Kari isn't a total monster--just run-of-the-mill shallow, not especially smart, and plagued by a truckload of immaturity. When she starts becoming friends with Alexia, I was downright elated, and then I was just as pleased when Alexia genuinely begins to care for Kari as a friend. How wonderful it is to see one of the "beautiful empty people" to be portrayed in such a humanized light.
Then there's the love interest, rock singer Grant Delray. He has a sort of righteous indignation against Kari for something she did, which means that he's unhappy with Alexia when they first meet, but Alexia does so much to mend Kari's mistakes, that the next time she and Grant run into each other, the tension is just right. Grant has a sense of humor. He is also good with children. He is also not stuck-up at all. He's one of those rare Good Guys in fiction, despite being a rock star, a profession where you expect a certain level of badness. He and Alexia's exchanges are so funny, I can't help but wish there were more of them. Grant needed more page time! And he would have gotten it, if this were a YA romance, but it's not, it's a coming of age story with love added.
Prior to this book, Janette Rallison was an unknown author to me, but I was so pleased by My Double Life, I plan to check out her backlist. I'm not sure how plausible the whole concept of celebrity doubles is, but the set-up works nicely for this novel, with its winning narrative voice, and humorous, down-to-earth tone. I laughed at Grant's dialogue, I shed a few tears during the big reveal scenes, and the book's end has still got me smiling.
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Posted August 20, 2013
Janette Rallison never fails to suck me in and keep turning
Janette Rallison never fails to suck me in and keep turning pages until I've devoured every last word. My Double Life is a fun and sweet story about a girl who becomes a double for a famous singer in order to meet her father. Infused with great characters and Janette's trademark humor, this young adult novel will appeal to teens and adults alike.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The character development was fantastic. I became very invested in Alexia and her story. I even cried at the end! You really can't go wrong with one of Rallison's books.
Posted June 12, 2010
Another Great Story By Rallison
I absolutely loved Janette Rallison's book, My Fair Godmother, and couldn't wait to read more from her. So when I saw the chance to read her newest book, My Double Life, on Around the World Tours, I had to sign up. While the plots of both books were strikingly different, there were aspects that I picked up in both books.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
The first of which was the humor found in both books. While I think that My Double Life focused less on humor than MFG, there were still quite a few funny moments. During some scenes, I ended up laughing aloud (much to my embarrassment), and I found a few scenes funny because I really connected with Alexia. Alexia was a realistic, likable character. While not all girls look like superstars, I could definitely relate to some of her insecurities, and was glad to see her follow her heart. I also want to mention Kari, the singer who is struggling to put out her new album. At first I expected to seriously dislike her. She seemed like the typical mean girl, who felt entitled to the royal treatment simply because she was a star. By the end of the book, however, it was clear that she was struggling with insecurities, too.
A major theme throughout this book is the idea of the importance of family. Alexia has grown up without her father, but her mother and grandmother have done a great job raising her. They don't agree with Alexia's decision to accept the job as Kari's double, and that's mostly because they care, and worry about her. After all, Alexia is traveling to the other side of the country to work, without any friends or family there to help her. I did wish that we could have learned more about Alexia's father over the course of the story. Without giving too much away, it takes quite some time for Alexia to actually meet him, and I really wanted to know what he was thinking.
Overall, I thought that My Double Life was another great read from Rallison. It was funny, and the story had some depth to it. As the summer grows closer, I'd suggest this to people who want a read that isn't too heavy, but still has substance. Plus, there's a bit of romance, too.
Posted July 30, 2012
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Posted February 10, 2011
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