I'm Not Her

I'm Not Her

by Cara Sue Achterberg


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It was a Tuesday like any other. And then it wasn't. A simple encounter at a supermarket changed Carin Fletcher's and Leann Cane's lives – literally. Suddenly Carin, a pretty, self-absorbed, underemployed college graduate, finds herself living as Leann, an uneducated, perennially poor, obese checkout clerk, and vice versa.Carin is at first horrified: she’s enormous, she can barely make ends meet, her husband is an abusive loser, and she's saddled with the kid Leann had when she was a teenager. Meanwhile, Leann is initially thrilled: she's escaped destitution, she looks like a model, and people treat her completely differently.But as the days pass, it becomes clear that life isn't clear-cut for either woman. Carin finds herself attaching to Trevor, Leann's precocious son, and developing feelings for Jimmy, a fellow employee who treats her with the respect few others bother to give her because of her appearance. At the same time, Leann is living a life she's always wanted in a body she's always dreamed about, but that doesn't mean that all of her problems have gone away...and a new one is emerging with Carin's sometimes-boyfriend.Both women are facing unknowable futures that neither could have imagined. Are they destined to live this way forever? And if so, where will it all lead? A brilliant, nuanced, and surprising tale about the way the world sees us and the courses we are on, I'M NOT HER is a remarkably assured first novel that introduces a profound new storyteller.

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ISBN-13: 9781611882155
Publisher: Story Plant
Publication date: 08/04/2015
Pages: 302
Sales rank: 639,764
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

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I'm Not Her 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 15 reviews.
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
A poignant story of what would you do if you were suddenly in someone elses body and life? While this theme has appeared in movies in the past, the book deals with the subject in a more realistic and adult fashion. Carin and Leann both learn to deal with issues that never before existed in thier lives. While Carin is beautiful and rich, her life is truly lacking in an emotional sense. Leann knows nothing but poverty and abuse (both physical and emotional). As the story progresses, both women learn valueable lessons from each other's lives and mature in a way they never expected. Makes you think about the phrases: Don't judge a book by it's cover and Walk a mile in someone elses shoes. We can all learn a lesson or two from this book. A true page turner
CJC21 More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this story. It might have a similar "Freaky Friday" storyline, but it deals with real, and important issues.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this story. It kept my interest, with a twist of supernatural, a dose of reality, a pinch of turmoil, and a lesson on friendship and love. A winner!
CBShaffer More than 1 year ago
Yes, it’s a ‘Freaky Friday’ theme, one we’ve seen before. But it is way more than meets the eye. Cara Achterberg has intertwined the vastly different lives of two women, Carin and Leann. The story unfolds quickly with no real explanation of the paranormal event. But that is okay. Like so many things in real life ‘it is what it is’, just get on with dealing with it. And Ms. Achterberg does just that because she has so much more to share with us. Her characters and their lives feel real. You will worry for them; feel in awe of them; and at times, definitely feel indignant and stunned at what lies below the surface of these two women’s lives. “I’m Not Her” is a quick read, but I believe something about this story will stick with you. I highly recommend reading it because not only is it an interesting, well-written story, it is a reminder that we don’t always see another’s full life. There is almost always more to it than meets the eye.
DiiMI More than 1 year ago
Have you heard the phrase, “Walk a mile in someone’s shoes?” How about, “Never judge a book by its cover?” What if some quirk of fate exchanges your essence, all that is you, with another? Carin and Leann somehow exchange places after an accident. Carin, wealthy, beautiful and shallow becomes Leann, an obese, coarse young mother living a tragic life of poverty and abuse with her son’s father. Will people believe they are not who they appear to be? Will they both learn how shallow it is to judge others by their appearance or circumstance? For Carin, this is a time of learning to give of herself, as opposed to always taking as young Trevor’s well-being becomes the focal point of her life. Always outspoken, she discovers that to survive, she must temper her comments, and accept the way others look at her unkempt and massive body. For Leann, she discovers that the rich and beautiful do not have fairytale lives, but it is certainly better than what she was living, but she missed her son, discovered that maybe to give him up to the real care he is receiving from Carin may be the best thing. But is it for any of them? I Am Not Her by Cara Sue Achterberg is a sometimes humorous, sometimes brutal look at lives that are different than our own. She focuses most of her tale on Carin in Leean’s body, the life Leean lives, the daily pain she endures, and lets Carin see just how low a human can be beaten down by their surroundings. Well written, sometimes light, sometimes frightening, but always intriguing, this bird’s eye view of two lives intertwined among millions is certainly food for thought, especially when one walks a mile in another’s shoes. I received this copy of this book from Story Plant in exchange for my honest review.
Holly More than 1 year ago
I was provided a e-book ARC copy of this book from NetGallery.com in exchange for my honest review This book was amazing, I started it late last night and couldn't put it down and was able to finish it this afternoon! I'm Not Her is about these two women named Carin & Leann and they have a Freaky Friday moment but with a much darker version of it. Without giving away too much info, these two woman learn to live life completely than the way they were living and get help in so many ways they never saw coming! The saying don't judge someone until you walk in their shoes is completely true for Carlin & Leann. If this book is any indicating of how Cara Sue Achterberg writes, I'm so looking forward to reading any future books from her!!!
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Lovz-Books More than 1 year ago
“This cannot be happening. Somehow I’m trapped in the body of Leann, and that doesn’t make sense. I need things to make sense. I’m a practical person. I don’t read science fiction; I don’t believe in God; and I’m not the least bit superstitious. I’m in control of my life, my future, and most certainly, my body. This cannot be happening.” (11) How in the world did Carin swap bodies with this enormous woman, a nobody she’s never met? On first impression, this seems to be another Freaky Friday tale, especially once you find out that Carin was born on Friday the 13th. So Carin is living the life of a fat, penniless cashier while Leann lives the life a skinny, rich broad. Interesting. So, yeah, this is another body-switch story. Having read body-switch stories before, I know the easiest thing to do is to get lost and forget who is who. But the author compensated for that by relaying the story in the 1st person POV of Carin and Leann, giving the reader a good taste of each woman’s life. I definitely felt more for Carin living in Leann’s humongous body and horrible life, especially since a good chunk of the book was devoted to Carin’s point of view. Having to put up with all that fat as well as a drunk, brute of a slob would be unacceptable for me. Unfortunately, Leann was just as bad as Leroy. What do you expect? They’re both good-for-nothing, lazy dummies that drink, steal, and smoke weed. I enjoyed the rude awakening that Carin experiences when she realizes the challenges of motherhood, poverty, and obesity—all things she looked down upon with contempt in the past. And you certainly applaud Leann’s reconnection with books. A simple story with relatable characters, I’m Not Her is a classic example of “walking a mile in each other’s shoes.” A delightful read!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A good reminder that looks can be very deceiving. That 'walk in their shoes' saying is so true and 'what would Jesus do'.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I thought it was good story about literally being in someone elses shoes. Even though you know what the outcome would be, I thought it was too short and sappy.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the way the characters develop throughout the book.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Too angst and no humor. These depend on a lot of humor was a tv series where he was always in someone elses life but a time travel switch by twins and sometimes look a like but dual drama no. Takes a really creative writer and frankly dont know of one who ever has managed this except as a comedy and has been father son or mother dsughter tv comedy.
essvagon More than 1 year ago
Book Review: Never judge a man (er Woman) until you’ve walked a mile in his moccasins. I’m Not Her By Cara Sue Achterberg In her debut fiction novel, Cara Sue Achterberg weaves a wonderful themed tale. A new twist on the “Freaky Friday” storyline with so much emotion it gives an honorable nod to the famous Disney tale and Mark Twain’s The Prince and The Pauper. In this novel the story starts with college graduate, Carin Fletcher. She’s young, beautiful, svelte and privileged. She is shopping at a Shop and Save grocery market eyeing the cashier with disdain. The overweight, uneducated cashier, Leann Cane, hits the cash register with her wide rump and causes a large Valentine decoration to fall. As the accident progresses, Carin is in the direct line of the falling display and gets knocked on the head. As a result of a cosmic twist of destiny the souls of the bodies change with each other. Carin learns to live the life of a severely overweight woman and how society ill-treats her. While Carin is in Leann’s body, she has to overcome sugar addiction, and junk food addiction not to mention a host of other physical issues. Carin truly learns how it feels to be Leann, although she is much stronger in how she relates to those around her. Leann, when Leann was in her own body, allowed her husband to abuse her, and she tolerated verbal and sexual abuse by a coworker. Leann looked for validation in the wrong places. While Carin is in Leann’s body, she changes these relationships and stands up for herself and Leann in the process. Carin being the princess had to live the life of a pauper as Leann was poor. Leann would steal food from the supermarket where she worked and would be the cheapest, least nutritional food just to have food. Her six-year old son, Trevor, is the angel of this story, as he knows something is not right with his mom. While he loves the attention he gets from the woman in his mother’s body, he still misses the real Leann. Leann, trapped in Carin’s body, finds out the posh apartment and the fantasy she dreamed of from watching her favorite soap opera was not what it was really cracked up to be. She was afraid to leave the apartment and the only true change she made was that she figured out she was worth something to her son. She missed him and found a way to see him, but it was not enough. Her redeeming quality change is to find a way to fight for him, for herself and for Carin. All in all, this story was an awesome read! The theme of living the life of another no matter the situation and not judging without truly knowing is a lesson we should all take to heart. It was fun and entertaining and as a reader you want to turn the page to see how or if they will swap back. I wanted there to be a longer denouement, to not have it wrapped up as quick as it was. That is a testament to how great the characters are that the reader wants to know more beyond the page that says The End. Perhaps a sequel will reunite the world with these characters? Please visit Cara Sue at her website to see where you can find her books, articles and other writing at http://www.carawrites.com/ And see her publisher’s page at http://thestoryplant.com/our-authors/cara-sue-achterberg/ FTC Disclaimer: I was given an ARC of this title through The Story Plant publishing and Net Galley for review purposes only. No other compensation was awarded.