Freaky Friday

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A delightful and charming story of a 13-year-old girl who wakens one morning in her mother's body.

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.

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A delightful and charming story of a 13-year-old girl who wakens one morning in her mother's body.

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.

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Annabel Andrews's does not like her mother always telling her what to do. Annabel's perspective changes when she and her mother seemed to have switched bodies on a Friday. Annabel, as the mother, finds out what it is like to deal with the daughter Annabel. After many events and happenings that mother deals with, Annabel realizes how difficult it is to be a parent. She also now understands things about her little brother whom she calls Ape Face. It is a real revelation when she finds how accommodating the brother can be and how fond he is of Annabel. It is indeed a Freaky Friday and one not to be forgotten. Even though the book was first published in 1972, it is still relevant today because family relationships—harmony and strife—always seem to be the same. The characters are realistic and the activities, conversations, and traits of human nature are all believable. 2002 (orig. 1972), Harper Trophy/HarperCollins Publisher,
— Naomi Butler
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780812428346
  • Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books
  • Publication date: 1/28/1972
  • Pages: 145
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.50 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Mary Rodgers is the author of Freaky Friday, a book that has sold more than a million copies, has been made into two movies, and is now considered, quite rightly, a classic. Mary has also written two other novels for young readers, Summer Switch and A Billion for Boris, as well as the music for the musical Once Upon a Mattress. A trustee of the Juilliard School, Mary Rodgers lives and works in New York City.

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Chapter One

You are not going to believe me, nobody in their right minds could possibly believe me, but it's true, really it is!

When I woke up this morning, I found I'd turned into my mother. There I was, in my mother's bed, with my feet reaching all the way to the bottom, and my father sleeping in the other bed. I had on my mother's nightgown, and a ring on my left hand, I mean her left hand, and lumps and pins all over my head."I think that must be the rollers," I said to myself, "and if I have my mother's hair, I probably have her face, too."

I decided to take a look at myself in the bath-room mirror. After all, you don't turn into your mother every day of the week; maybe I was imagining it-or dreaming.

Well, I wasn't. What I saw in that mirror was absolutely my mother from top to toe, complete with no braces on the teeth. Now ordinarily, I don't bother to brush too often-it's a big nuisance with all those wires-but my mother's teeth looked like a fun job, and besides, if she was willing to do a terrific thing like turning her body over to me like that, the least I could do was take care of her teeth for her. Right? Right.

You see, I had reason to believe that she was responsible for this whole happening. Because last night, we had a sort of an argument about something and I told her one or two things that had been on my mind lately.

As a matter of fact, if it's OK with you, I think I'd better start back a little farther with some family history, or you won't know what I'm talking about or who (whom?).

My name is Annabel Andrews. (No middle name, I don't even have a nickname. I've been trying to get them to call me Bubbles at school, but it doesn'tseem to catch on.) I'm thirteen; I have brown hair, brown eyes, and brown fingernails. (That's a joke-actually, I take a lot of baths.) I'm five feet; I don't remember what I weigh but I'm watching it, although my mother says it's ridiculous, and I'm not completely mature in my figure yet. Maybe by the summer though.

My father is William Waring Andrews; he's called Bill; he's thirty-eight; he has brown hair which is a little too short, but I've seen worse, and blue eyes; he's six feet (well, five eleven and a half); and he's a fantastically cool person. He's an account executive at Joffert and Jennings, and last year his main account was Fosphree. If you're into the environment thing at all, you know what that is: no phosphates, low sudsing action, and, according to my mother, gray laundry.

We had boxes of the stuff all over the kitchen. You couldn't give it away. This year, he has New Improved Fosphree (That's what they think!), plus something called Francie's Fortified Fish Fingers. Barf time! If there's anything more disgusting than fortified fish, I don't know what.

Oh yes, I do, I just thought of what's worse. My brother. He is I cannot begin to tell you how disgusting. It may not be a nice thing to say but, just between you and me, I loathe him. I'm not even going to bother to describe him-it's a waste of time. He looks like your average six-year-old with a few teeth out, except that, as my grandmother keeps saying, "Wouldn't you know it'd be the boy who gets the long eyelashes and the curly locks? It just doesn't seem fair." No, it certainly doesn't, but then what's fair? These days, not much. Which is exactly what I was trying to tell my mother last night when we had the fight. I'll get to that in a minute, but first a few facts about Ma.

Her name is Ellen Jean Benjamin Andrews, she's thirty-five-which makes her one of the youngest mothers in my class-she has brown hair and brown eyes. (We're studying Mendel. I must be a hybrid brown. With one blue and one brown-eyed parent you're supposed to get two brown-eyed kids and two blue-eyed kids. So far there are only two kids in our family, but look who's already gotten stuck with the brown eyes. Me. The sister of the only blue-eyed ape in captivity. That's what I call him. The blue-eyed ape. Ape Face for short. His real name is Ben.) Anyway, back to my mother. Brown hair, brown eyes, and, as I've already mentioned, nice straight teeth which I did not inherit, good figure, clothes a little on the square side; all in all, though, she's prettier than most mothers. But stricter.

That's the thing. I can't stand how strict she is. Take food, for instance. Do you know what she makes me eat for breakfast? Cereal, orange juice, toast, an egg, milk, and two Vitamin C's. She's going to turn me into a blimp. Then for lunch at school, you have one of two choices. You can bring your own bag lunch, with a jelly sandwich or a TV dinner (They're quite good cold.) and a Coke, or if you're me, you have to eat the hot meal the school gives you, which is not hot and I wouldn't give it to a dog. Alpo is better. I know because our dog eats Alpo and I tried some once.

She's also very fussy about the way I keep my room. Her idea of neat isn't the same as mine, and besides, it's my room and I don't see why I can't keep it any way I want. She says it's so messy nobody can clean in there, but if that's true, how come it looks all right when I come home from school? When I asked her that last night, she just sighed.

A few other things we fight about are my hair-she wants me to have it trimmed but I'm not falling for that again (The last time it was "trimmed" they hacked six inches off it!)-and my nails which I bite.

But the biggest thing we fight about is freedom, because I'm old enough to be given more than I'm getting.

Freaky Friday. Copyright © by Mary Rodgers. Reprinted by permission of HarperCollins Publishers, Inc. All rights reserved. Available now wherever books are sold.
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  • Posted February 7, 2010

    Really Stupid

    I read this book after I watched the original movie and it was really bad. I was so bored with it I skimmed over several chapters. It is nothing like the movie. the movie is exciting with challenges for both of the characters. But the book really boring and the characters have no trouble getting into each others lives. And there are many parts when i don`t even know what is going on. Over all I would not wast my money on it!

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  • Posted July 6, 2009

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    Reviewed by Samantha Clanton, aka "Harlequin Twilight" for

    I don't know about anyone else, but whenever I hear the words Freaky and Friday, I automatically think back to Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis circa 2003. But this is a different FREAKY FRIDAY, the original, the better of the two in my opinion (I know there was another movie version in the 70s, but I've not seen it in years, and don't remember much about it besides Jodie Foster). This is the story of Annabel and Ellen Andrews, and Annabel needing to learn her lesson.

    I will tell you now, don't expect the same exact story as the movie that you've probably seen at some point in your life; expect the same premise, but a better story. Annabel is the stereotypical 13-year-old girl: she's loud, bossy, and negative, hates her family and teachers, but loves her friends and annoying her brother. Annabel is a highly amusing narrator and she sees things like most kids do, i.e. better than adults give them credit for.

    Annabel wakes up as her mother, gets dressed, fixes breakfast, sends Ben, aka Ape Face, and Annabel off to school, and then goes through her day in her mother's body. Dealing with all kinds of issues throughout the day, from the neighbor boy saying he loves her, losing both the kids, the police thinking she's crazy, and her husband's unexpected clients as guests, she handles it first.

    Not only does she have a wild ride, dealing with things her mother normally would have to deal with, she also has a school meeting to attend...about herself. She finds out things that she probably needed to hear, but things that hurt to hear, and that's where the lesson really starts to set in.

    The majority of the story is told from Annabel's perspective, while she is in her mother's body, and that actually helps the humor even more. Take this little gem for instance: "Well, in case you're interested, a mouthful of heart is something like a mouthful of captured frog, and a mind in turmoil simply means all the blood in your body rushes around in your head, leaving you icy cold from the neck down. As for 'butterflies in the stomach,' there is no such thing. They are June bugs." You'll have to read the book to find out the context here, but there are plenty more humorous moments between the 175 pages that make up this book.

    This is a quick read, but one I definitely recommend. It's funny and somewhat realistic, not in the whole switching bodies with your mother aspect, but in the way this family interacts with one another. I know that despite the length and the material that make up this adorable story, even I learned something about myself and I think everyone could take something away from this book, kids and parents alike.

    The whole 1972 copyright may throw some people off, but don't let it; it's a story that is still relevant today and probably will continue to be for as long as there are 13-year-old girls with mothers and little brothers especially.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2008


    This is the best book ever because it has such good detail and a good main idea. I mostly like it because it shows how Annabel gets along with her mom and brother and what a twist it is when they go to a Chinese restaurant since her mom is getting married. it was a rehearsal dinner. that is when after that night they got a good view of how each others day works. the person gave them fortune cookies and they read a weird fortune and after they read it they got inside each others head. But it changed their lives forever. They realized they both had really hard jobs and times.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2007

    Freaky Friday

    Reviewed by Ryan Arnel Mary Rogers, the author of Summer Switch, wrote another amazing book called Freaky Friday. This book was written in 1972. Mary Rogers has written Broadway musicals and other books. One of her plays was Once Upon a Mattress. She was also a contributing editor for the best-selling record and book Free to be You and Me. While reading Freaky Friday, one of the quotes I found interesting was, ¿And if I have my mother¿s hair, I probably have her face too.¿ This relates to the book because this is when Annabelle realizes she is in her mother¿s body. What will happen to her mom? Another question I have is, what will happen to Annabelle¿s brother¿s Ape face? A typical teenage girl named Annabelle gets in a fight with her mother. Annabelle says her life is very hard and her mother¿s life is so easy. The morning after the fight, her head feels weird. She feels her hair and it¿s her mother¿s. She walks into the bathroom and that¿s when it happens: Annabelle found out she turned into her mother. Annabelle is stubborn because she thinks her mother¿s life is easy. She is a troublemaker because she played hooky from school. Annabelle is also smart because she has the potential to. I thought at times this book could be unclear. If you are a kid looking for an easy and funny book, this is the book for you. If you read this book, you will be reading one Friday you will never forget.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 18, 2006


    I liked this book alot. It is the best! I like how the character thinks. It got kind of boring toward the end, but I liked it anyway. I SO recommend it!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2005

    Freaky Friday

    Freaky Friday was an okay book, it was very different from the movie and from what I thought it would be, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2005

    Great, funny story... makes you wanna turn the next page!!

    Mary Rodgers did an excellent, impressive job on this book! Had a great plot, and it was HYSTERICAL! i finished this book all in one night because it was soooo good! :) Great story, but Annabel did get pretty smart mouthy towards her mother and other people over authority. Just put your guard on that. anyhow, this is a great book and i LOVE it! terrific, terrific, terrific... I'd give it a million stars if I were allowed!

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    Posted March 15, 2005



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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2005


    this book was a awsome story to read i really enjoyed it i wish there could could me more books on it i think you should reade it if u like funny books

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2004


    I loved this book so much and it like the movie. I would give it so many stars because it was funny,cool, it had good muisc.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 17, 2004

    Totally awesome!!!!!!

    totally awesome..... the book, the movie, but the songs in the movie was the best.... it lead me into learning electric guitar ..... wonder when freaky friday 2 is coming????

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 11, 2004

    Go for it!!!!!!!!!

    This book is the best!!!! Everything about it from the storyline to the type of writing to the movie! I recomend this book to anyone!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2004


    Okay, well ya c, the movie Freaky Firday is a blast. But the book, however cannot compare to the movie. If any of you want to know what Freaky Friday is the movie. (Lindsay Lohan rocks!) The reason the book isn't as great is because the narrator keeps on chattin' but otherwise it is pretty funny. It's alright to me.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 10, 2003

    Awesomely 'FREAKY'!!

    It's the best and keeps you reading throughout the entire book! It also makes you laugh until your abs are sore ; )

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2003

    Freakingly Funny

    If you want to read a book thet's super funny, go ahead... read this book. Come on! Don't be afraid. This book will tickle you're funny bone.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2003

    Reminded me of 12 Again

    This book is similar to another one I just read titled 12 Again, only in this one the mother and daughter actually switch places. It's very fun. Hope the movie is as good. I love Jamie Lee Curtis!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2003

    Two 'freaky' thumbs up!

    This book was great because Annabel does some pretty funny stuff while she's trying to act like the mom. I promise you: you will laugh a million times!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 10, 2003


    Out of all of the books I've read- this one sure tops oƒƒ the rest. Being a 70's classic, you'd think it'd be boring...well, you've got that wrong! It is very ƒull oƒ information and some of the emotions that Annabell goes through, are some that I go through every day!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 3, 2002

    Freaky,Oh Yeah!

    It is one of the best books I have ever read and has a wonderful plot and great descriptions.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 30, 2000

    My All Time Favorite Book

    Everyone of all ages should read this book. It's exciting from the begining to the end, and gives some nice suprises.

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