Two romances in one book!
What if you went to sleep plain and woke up beautiful--or vice versa?
An "Ugly Betty" and a Popular Beauty wind up trading faces-and lives-and the situation is not what either one expected.
When 15-year-old Darcy Doane wakes up as Cybil Sheffield, she is thrilled. Cybil is everything Darcy has ever wanted to be. Pretty. Popular. Only all the attention isn't exactly what Darcy expected. Especially when her own brother, Joey, is crushing on her. Gross. But then there's Devon, the real Cybil's boyfriend ....
Cybil is shocked when she looks in the mirror and sees a face she totally doesn't recognize. She thought not always being the center of attention might be a good thing, but being invisible is hardly bearable. Even her boyfriend, Devon, looks right through her! How can she survive when the only people (except a family of strangers) who even know she's alive are three dipsticks she can't remember ever seeing before? And why hasn't she ever noticed her new "brother," Joey, before?
With the school play, potential boyfriends and an A-List party coming up, Darcy and Cybil have a lot to work out. There's a learning curve for both of them, especially after they are caught fighting at school and forced by the principal to help her at a Return-to-Work project for displaced women.
Trouble is, how do they get their own lives back? And who ends up with what guy?
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About the Author
Ann grew up in Connecticut, where she graduated from The Morgan School and Quinnipiac University. She now lives in Oregon with her husband, who was her high-school sweetheart. Their wonderful daughter is grown, married and gainfully employed, and has given Ann her only grand-dog, Puff, a bloodhound-rottweiller-beagle mix and six grand-kitties. While she misses the East Coast, especially houses built before 1900, she enjoys the green valleys, fresh air and low humidity in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. Ann loves cats, walking, the Oregon Ducks and working in her back yard. In addition to stories and books for children and young adults, Ann also writes copy for humorous and conventional greeting cards. She loves to hear from her readers and can be contacted through her web site: http://annherrickauthor.com
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Lisa McCombs for Readers Favorite Who hasn't wished for the impossible? To be in someone else’s shoes? To have what someone else possess? Life is always greener on the other side, right? But how many people get their wish? When Darcy and Cybil wonder what it would be like to live a life totally different from the one they live now, their wishes come true. From feeding the chickens before school and wandering around the halls of school relatively unnoticed, Darcy wakes one morning to see the beautiful face of Cybil in the mirror. All of a sudden her nondescript life morphs into an existence of popularity and a social status she only dreamed of. Now she had the attention of the alluring British exchange student, she was a cheerleader and her home life did not include chickens. Her wardrobe was full of designer labels and she had her own bathroom! Not too shabby. On the other hand, a girl Darcy only knew from a distance has taken her place and is forced to fit her spoiled, privileged lifestyle into an awkward and fashion disaster. Of course, Cybil wants her face back, but she has to admit that sitting down to the dinner table with all family members present is a nice perk to this alternative lifestyle. Ann Herrick’s young adult novel "Trading Faces" is a fun read that explores an old idea of wanting to be someone else. This universal theme of switching places takes a fresh turn when romance is introduced and Darcy and Cybil realize that what they wanted was right in front of them the whole time. Good read!
“Why can’t I be beautiful?” Darcy wonders. Meanwhile Cybil muses that “being part of the beautiful, popular crowd is sometimes practically suffocating.” Author Ann Herrick captures the voices and interests of her in-crowd, out-crowd students perfectly in her YA novel Trading Faces, and the lives of her two protagonists could hardly be more different, for all they attend the same school and are auditioning in the same play. Will Darcy’s talents help Cybil become less self-absorbed? Will Cybil’s skills bring Darcy out of her shell? Can both girls somehow how end up better than they start? When dreams come true, things don’t quite turn out the way either girl expects. But one thing high school does teach you is how to pretend to fit in. Even when you’re not feeling yourself, there are steps to take, plans to make. Shakespeare’s mixed-up identities come to mind as these characters crush on different guys, see the world through different eyes, and generally, delightfully, confuse. Trading Faces is fun, intriguing, absorbing, and even thought-provoking at times as Darcy and Cybil ponder the how, where and when of being someone else and then becoming truly themselves. They’re just trying out for parts in the play, but they’re playing the parts of a lifetime as they try out for reality. Disclosure: The author kindly gave me an ecopy of her novel and asked for my honest review.