Saturday, January 11, 2020
Freaky in Fresno
Influencers. Movie nerds. Beauty queens. And one pink convertible. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to spend a day in her shoes? Two estranged cousins—geeky horror movie fanatic Ricki and makeup guru Lana—accidentally switch bodies for a fateful summer road trip that is part Freaky Friday, part romcom, and all heart.
Ricki has one goal: save the Starlight Drive-in movie theater from going dark forever. Okay, make that two goals … she may also want a first kiss from her cinema-rescuing partner and major crush, Jake. Lana definitely has only one goal: grow her online makeup channel to keep her momager off her back, even if the posts attract ugly internet trolls.
The two cousins couldn’t be more different, but their opposite personalities come crashing to a head when their aunt gifts the girls a vintage cotton-candy-pink convertible. To share. Ricki wants the convertible for the drive-in’s grand reopening, but it’s the same day as Digifest, a huge event where Lana needs to shine. After a major fight and a minor electric shock while wrestling over the wheel, Ricki wakes up as Lana, and Lana wakes up as Ricki.
Ricki and Lana have only a day to un-Freaky Friday themselves, a task made even more difficult as they try to keep up appearances on Lana’s channel and with Ricki’s hopefully-soon-to-be-kissed crush. But it turns out experiencing a day as each other—with a mini road trip and Chihuahua wrangling—may be the one thing that help the cousins see each other and themselves more clearly.
Freaky in Fresno:
Addresses perennial topics such as the importance of family and friendship with a hilarious Freaky Friday twist
Pays homage to beloved 80s movies, cult horror classics, and scream queens like Jamie Lee Curtis; a must-read for YA readers of all ages
Is written by Laurie Boyle Crompton, author of Pretty in Punxsutawney
Is perfect for fans of Mary Rodgers and Morgan Matson
My thoughts: Over all, this is a fun story that is a unique twist on the Freaky Friday movie. I like that it was about two cousins who were once best friends, but who have become enemies as they drifted apart. I felt like it could of had a little more depth to why they drifted apart and some of the issues that Lana was facing that Ricki becomes privy to when she switches places with her. I did find this to be an enjoyable story to pick up and read through, since it was fun with some surprising depth to it.
I received this book through Netgalley. This my honest review.
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