In My Shoes

In My Shoes

by Adrian Stephens

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BN ID: 2940011170997
Publisher: Stephens Family Media Group
Publication date: 01/02/2011
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 321 KB

About the Author

From a very young age, Adrian Stephens loved telling stories, almost as much as he loved hearing them. Born in southern California, Adrian lived there until he was four, before his family moved him to southern Nevada. Early on, Adrian learned the value of a good story while his family recanted his toddling escapades; be it his breaking out of his house in the early morning hours and into an unknown neighbor’s house to raid their fridge at two years old, or a year later setting his parents’ bed on fire while his mother was sleeping in it. Thankfully, though the house did not survive, his mother did. The only escapade that resulted in injury came at five, when he tried to lift two hundred pounds off his uncle’s weight bench, falling off the back of the bench and bringing the weight down on his leg. Adrian learned firsthand that legs aren’t supposed to bend above the knee. Adrian soon realized how much he enjoyed entertaining people through his stories. As original ideas began taking shape, he decided to try developing them on paper. Though he never would have thought himself capable in his youth, a new found inspiration guided Adrian as he worked during lunch breaks and after putting the family to bed each night, to complete his first novel, In My Shoes . The inspiration has continued as Adrian now finds himself working on several new projects, to be completed over the next several years.

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In My Shoes 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 5 reviews.
LiteraryChanteuse on LibraryThing 21 days ago
I can say right from the beginning I liked this story. It is seen through the eyes of a teen boy which for me is a different approach as I have mostly read books seen through the eyes of a girl. It does switch up however from both perspectives accordingly. Incredible attention to detail by the author and no stone is left unturned here. Very funny and entertaining. I also must say I loved the ending!
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BigAl70 More than 1 year ago
My initial reaction to the premise of this book was, "it's been done." The idea of swapping places with someone goes back at least as far as "Cyrano de Bergerac" who did a low-tech version. The book "Black Like Me" wasn't a full-fledged swap, but did mine the same territory. "Freaky Friday" is an even better touchstone. I'm sure there are many more I'm forgetting or don't know. Then I read the Stephen's bio on Amazon where he says he wasn't much of a reader, rarely reading for fun, until about five years ago. I wondered if someone with so little experience as a reader could do a competent job as an author. My concerns turned out to be unfounded. The reason certain story types are used and reused is the basic premise has a lot to offer. The cliché about walking in someone else's shoes, the obvious inspiration for the title, has endless variations. The variations on this theme that are most likely to make a good story are those with two people prone to misunderstanding who find it difficult to imagine what the other person's life is like. The parent child swap in "Freaky Friday" is a natural. So is swapping a teenage boy with a teenage girl. As you'd expect Nicole and Jake find living the life of the other is more complicated than they realized. Stephens thought a lot about what it would take to make a situation like this work. Jake and Nicole gave each other extensive debriefings so they could learn to act correctly, otherwise they could damage relationships with friends and family for the other. Jake, in the body of Nicole, had to learn how to apply makeup and stop walking like a man. I was impressed at how well Stephens handled the details; especially the difficulties Jake had being Nicole. A potential pitfall of a novel like this is keeping track of who is who. If Jake does something, is it Nicole in Jake's body or Jake in Nicole's body? Most of the time Stephens managed to keep this clear. Any uncertainty was limited to the confusion the characters were also feeling. This is a fun read for teens and many adults. It should give either gender an appreciation for the challenges of the other - I know it did me. Or you can choose to overlook the lessons and concentrate on the humor in the situation. It's funny, as long as it isn't you in someone else's shoes. **Originally written for "Books and Pals" book blog.**
Mastigia More than 1 year ago
This is the first story I have ever read that really captured the indecision and confusion that is the high school experience. The almost adult earnestness with which the characters go about tackling the issues they face in the story totally reminds me of that time.
Gavi More than 1 year ago
This book definitely kept my intrest. It was a book full of turns that kept you laughing and sympathizing with the characters. The thoughts of the two main characters are exactly what any teenager would think in their situation and I would definitley recomend this book to ANY teenager and adult out there!