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Her whole life, Alexia Garcia has been told that she looks just like pop star Kari Kingsley, and one day when Alexia's photo filters through the Internet, she's offered a job to be Kari's double. This would seem like the opportunity of a lifetime, but Alexia's mother has always warned her against celebrities.

Rebelliously, Alexia flies off to L.A. and gets immersed in a celebrity life. Not only does she have to get used to getting anything she wants, she romances the hottest ...

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Overview

Her whole life, Alexia Garcia has been told that she looks just like pop star Kari Kingsley, and one day when Alexia's photo filters through the Internet, she's offered a job to be Kari's double. This would seem like the opportunity of a lifetime, but Alexia's mother has always warned her against celebrities.

Rebelliously, Alexia flies off to L.A. and gets immersed in a celebrity life. Not only does she have to get used to getting anything she wants, she romances the hottest lead singer on the charts, and finds out that her own father is a singing legend. Through it all, Alexia must stay true to herself, which is hard to do when you are pretending to be somebody else!

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Children's Literature - Amanda MacGregor
Eighteen-year-old Alexia Garcia is the spitting image of rock superstar Kari Kingsley. Kari's manager comes across a picture of Lexi and offers her a job posing as Kari's double. Reluctant to leave West Virginia for California immediately, Lexi is swayed by the idea of making a lot of money as Kari's stand-in. When she deduces that the father she has never known is also Kari's father, this seals the deal, and suddenly Lexi is being made over in Kari's image. Though their physical resemblance is strong enough to fool most people, Lexi has to learn how to walk, talk, and dress like Kari. When Lexi starts dating a rock star, Kari's nemesis Grant Delray, the double act falls apart and it looks like Lexi might be shipped back home before meeting her father. Lexi's transition from small-town girl to Hollywood It girl should make for an interesting and humorous fish-out-of-water story, especially as she is expected to pose so convincingly as a different person. However, Rallison's story has flat characters and uninspired plotting. Lexi's adventures as Kari are not glamorous or outrageous enough to make this book stand out and the loose ends of the story tie up too neatly. Readers looking for a juicy peek into celebrity life will find a sanitized and somewhat dull story of swapped identity. Reviewer: Amanda MacGregor
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Gr 7–10—Half-Latina Alexia Garcia lives in Morgantown, WV, with her mother, a hotel housekeeping supervisor, and her grandmother. Now 18, she has long wondered about the identity of her father. After seeing Lexi's picture on the web, rock star Kari Kingsley's publicist asks Lexi to play Kari in concerts so she can complete an album. The reason that the teens so closely resemble one another is gradually revealed: they have the same father, a famous musician who was attracted to Lexi's mother because she reminded him of his deceased first wife and never knew she had his child. Although Lexi doubts the ethics of subbing for Kari in concerts, she does it to meet her dad. Being a stand-in is hard work and Lexi can barely leave the publicist's apartment—no one is to know she exists. That doesn't stop her from running into her idol, Grant Delray, and they fall in love. Tabloids run pictures of Lexi (in her Kari persona) with Grant, and she ends up in major trouble. When she finally encounters her dad, he's furious that an imposter has been playing his daughter. Amazingly, everything is tied up neatly. This novel doesn't do anything new with the fantasy of becoming a celebrity or being the daughter of one. It's pleasant but convoluted and its feel-good ending doesn't ring true.—Tina Zubak, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, PA
Kirkus Reviews
Eighteen-year-old Alexia, the only half-Anglo, half-Latina girl in her school, is a doppelganger for singing superstar Kari Kingsley. After a classmate posts Alexia's picture on the Internet with the intent of making fun of her, she is contacted by Kari's management with a business proposal. In exchange for more than enough money to pay for college and signing a nondisclosure agreement, Alexia leaves her mother and abuela, moves to Hollywood and poses as Kari in public while Kari works on her new album. In Hollywood, Alexia is determined to find her father, a famous singer who doesn't know she exists. She also falls for teen heartthrob Grant Delray, who thinks she's Kari. There's plenty of tangled-web-weaving and looks at the not-so-glamorous lifestyles of the rich and famous. Alexia's book smarts don't always help her in her fast-paced job, especially when she tries to help Kari with her gambling addiction, but her devotion to her family and Grant will win the hearts of romantics everywhere. Good, clean, "Pop Star and the Pauper" fun. (Fiction. 12 & up)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399252624
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/13/2010
  • Pages: 272
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.56 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.95 (d)

Meet the Author

Janette Rallison

Janette Rallison is the author of the bestselling All’s Fair in Love, War and High School and a number of popular romantic comedies. She lives in Chandler, Arizona.

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  • Posted October 23, 2010

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    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.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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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.

    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.

    Content: clean

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  • Posted July 4, 2012

    I absolutely loved this book! The characters are well rounded! T

    I absolutely loved this book! The characters are well rounded! The plot has a few twists and its unpredictable, unlike other books of this genre. I HIGHLY recommend this book!

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  • Posted June 12, 2010

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    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.

    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.

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  • Posted May 2, 2010

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    One of the Best Novels I've Read This Year

    It's official, Janette Rallison has managed to woe me yet again with a fabulous, funny, and touching book filled with a whole lot of heart!

    One of my favorite parts of Janette's books are usually the characters, and with My Double Life, this trend continued, thankfully. Since all of them were so well-written that they just jumped of the page and came to life. I loved how all of them were real in the way that while, like anyone, they said stupid things and did stuff they would latter regret, they were also smart, charming, and someone who just supported each other fully. My favorite out of the bunch would have to be My Double Life's protagonist, Alexia, since she was all of these things and more. It was interesting yet heartbreaking to see her struggle with the fact that she never knew her dad and felt that if he, along with her half-sister and Grant, wouldn't love her simply because she wasn't wealthy. Also her relationship with Grant was done perfectly. I loved how while it was innocent in a way that only first love can be, you could also see just how much these two loved it each other even with the struggles that were often hurled their way. Lastly, I don't think this review would be done if I didn't mention Kari. Kari was someone who at first look, simply seemed dumb, but as you got to know her, you got to see that often celebrities aren't the person there are portrayed to be, leaving her to become someone who you simply adored.

    The premise of this is one that's intriguing. I loved the idea of a story dealing with celebrity doubles because it proved to cause drama, drama, and more drama that continually kept me hooked and flipping the pages, eager to find out what was going to happen next.

    And the writing of this is another part that made this story the awesome one it was. Since while it's easy and to the point, it's portrayed with a lot of heart, showing that Janette is a talented writer that I know for sure I'll be reading more by.

    In all, if you like stories with a lot of heart and happy endings, My Double Life is one to pick up because I'm sure you'll love it!

    Grade: A

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