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Freaky Friday (Andrews Family #1)

3.71  ·  Rating Details  ·  6,524 Ratings  ·  210 Reviews
Nobody in their right mind could possibly believe me, but it's true, really it is!
Hardcover, 145 pages
Published June 17th 2003 by Turtleback Books (first published January 1st 1972)
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I found this well-loved ex-library book on the dollar table at a used bookstore. That Edward Gorey cover just screamed "Buy me!" Plus, it was, well, you know - a buck.

I've never seen either film version, but I'm familiar enough with the plot to know that at NO point in my life would I have EVER wanted to switch places with my mother.
(Though, on closer examination, in my illustrious career as a homemaker/housewife, it seems I have done exactly that. Damn! That sucks.)

Rodgers used a kind of whiny,
Jan 29, 2016 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, movie-is-better
This book was okay. I haven't ever watched the original movie with Jodie Foster but the remake with Lindsey Lohan was much better than this book.

I was a little hesitant to pick this book up when I read that it had been published in the seventies but apart from some old slang words, it was pretty much the same as a newer book. I felt like this book just pushed its message across too hard. It was so obvious that Mary Rodgers was trying to show kids that mothers do a lot and children should respec
Apr 23, 2016 Jennifer rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ya, 2016
Freaky Friday and it's sequel A Billion for Boris were probably my favorite non-Judy Blume books when I was in elementary school. In fact, I loved them so much that I can't even review this book as an adult in a meaningful way. So my love for this book is 5-stars although I can certainly see the flaws and intellectually I know it's not a 5-star book. Reading it now, it did surprise me to see how many references there were to smoking, drinking and how the father character treated his wife and dau ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
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I don't know about anyone else, but whenever I hear the words Freaky and Friday, I automatically think back to Lindsay Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis circa 2003. But this is a different FREAKY FRIDAY, the original, the better of the two in my opinion (I know there was another movie version in the 70s, but I've not seen it in years, and don't remember much about it besides Jodie Foster). This is the story of Annabel and Ellen
Emily Potter
Oct 27, 2007 Emily Potter rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This is a no no. I LOVE the 1970's movie. My siblings and I grew up on it. But I just dragged myself to the end of the book this week. I wanted to weep. Books shouldn't be that bad. It gave me hope, though, that perhaps one of the books I'm writing can be as bad as this and still get picked up by Disney and made into a classic movie. Sorry Mary Rodgers.
Nov 10, 2012 Jessie rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: usa
I saw the movie when it first came out and thought it was great but the book...not so much. This is one of those few times where the movie is better than the book.
Jul 31, 2015 Melanie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I preferred the movie, but the book was cute too, at times. A bit too juvenile for my tastes, but I can't hold that against the book. It was interesting how the story differed from the movie in a big way (didn't expect that!).
Wow. Just wow. I get that it is dealing with the daily life of a mother and daughter in 1972 by someone who was a young woman in the 50's. But wow. At some point Annabelle herself calls somebody a misogynistic pig or something. And it wasn't the role of housewife at all I take issue with, but the attitude towards her. Granted it was the daughter as mother saying she, herself, was dumb, but also the husband and the way he spoke to her sometimes. And that awful cleaning woman.

I also thought this
Freaky Friday is certainly not the most sophisticated book but it fulfilled its purpose of keeping me entertained for a while.

In fact, it did not last me for as long as I hoped it would. Not necessarily because it was gripping but because the lettering was rather large for an already short book.
I have seen the film several years back – I cannot remember it well enough to say which I preferred but they were rather different. The main character of the book version – Annabel – felt younger than her
I’d seen the movies before, but had never read the book on which they were based. It’s hysterical. After a terrible fight with her mother, Annabel Andrews wakes up one morning and realizes that they’ve switched bodies! Actually, she can’t tell if her mom’s in her body because her body is still totally acting like her, so she figures her mom is off somewhere else enjoying someone else’s body. Annabel’s excited to be her mom, until all sorts of things start going wrong, until her brother Ape Face ...more
Lisa Rathbun
Dec 14, 2014 Lisa Rathbun rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't like this at all. In a way, it was almost didactic - the mother switchies bodies with her daughter to teach her daughter a lesson; daughter realizes how wrong she has been. It was also VERY dated, including a couple slang terms for other races (some expressed by the cleaning lady whom Annabel fires). The humor was way off to me; a phone conversation between the main character and the police was so bad it was excrutiating to read. Also, in my version the cover art shows Lindsay Lohan and ...more
Charlie Drape
Jan 15, 2012 Charlie Drape rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Come on Mary Rodgers? You can do better than this. I do not recommend this book to anyone that is a human being on this here planet earth. A young girl wakes up one morning and she turns into her mother, and the mother turns into the daughter? This is incredibly unrealistic and Charles Drape does not dig unrealistic books. Alright, I might be exaggerating that a little bit, I like unrealistic books that are actually entertaining. This doesn't happen often and it is honestly incredibly sad when i ...more
Aug 13, 2008 Claire rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No
I love reading young adult books, but this book would have to be excluded from the list. I would argue that I liked the movie more........and yes, I am willing to admit that I watched the movie. The whole concept of the story is interesting, but that is about all this book has.
Naomi Collier
I read this as a child- multiple times. I don't know that I want to read it again as an adult. I have a feeling I'll be disappointed, but at the time I really enjoyed this book. I can't even remember how old I was; probably tween to early teen years.
May 04, 2009 Joana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So basically Anna thinks her mom is ruining her life. 1 morning they switched body. Now Anna is in her moms body and her mom is in her daughter body. They each found out its not easy being each other.
Apr 30, 2009 1labriah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's a pretty cool book. Sometimes I wish it happened to my mother and I so she should understand what teens really go through these days because she swears she already knows.
Aug 19, 2008 Amie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
a light cute read; I read this in high school. (the movie that came out a couple of years ago with Lindsey Lohan and Jamie Lee Curtis is pretty well done too)
Jul 28, 2008 Lisa rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Picked this up at a used book sale because it looked interesting. Not as good as the Lindsay Lohan movie so far.
Read as a kid. Liked it, liked the movie. (the Jody Foster one)
Feb 02, 2016 Heather rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I'd never read this book as a young person, and never saw either of the two movies. Now that I have read it, I could definitely see where they could go to make it into a movie! However, there are some pieces that really date the book and make me hesitate before recommending it to a young person.

First, there's some racial language in the book that I really don't think would fly in a new YA book today, even if spoken by a character we're not supposed to like (as it is here). This sort of set my ey
Aug 08, 2015 Patrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A mid-century classic. A story that stands the test of time. Though the lingo and a little bit of the gender role of Annabel's mom may be dated, Freaky Friday is still a great read for kids today because of the 'grass is always greener' plot. Switching places with her mother, Annabel finds out that being a grown up isn't all it's cracked up to be.

I like how the switch was on purpose due to some method by the mother which is left unexplained. I liked that the switch was unexplained as the real fo
She's Stacked  (Jo-Anne)
I read Freaky Friday many times as a kid. It has always been one of my favourite stories. It was also when I realised that I liked Edward Goerey's art and could recognise his illustration style.

Upon rereading this, I realised that I still loved it. I loved Annabel Andrews. She is a smart and savvy thirteen year old. She also had a mouth and was a big reader. I distinctly remember hoping to be her when I became a teen. As a young person who was curtailed by family, I loved and longed for her free
Katherine Martin
I had seen the Lindsey Lohan version of the movie years ago, so I thought that this would be a really easy read. Pretty much just a refresher. It could not have been more different. This was probably a good thing though since I didn't particularly care for the movie. Either way though, I thought the book was just alright. Nothing too impressive, but definitely not a bad book either.
Annabel wakes up one morning and finds that she is in her mother's body. The night before she and her mother got in
Evelyn Walsh
Read this about a million times when I was a kid, and my kids have embraced it decades later. Two days ago listened to the audiobook on a very long car ride with my youngest, who's 9, and she loved it so much she wanted to hear it AGAIN on day two of long drive. Kind of amazing to revisit as an adult and a parent. Rogers has a very light touch-- the book is funny and fast paced-- but she plumbs all kinds of emotional depths. My daughter especially enjoyed the time capsule aspect of the story (th ...more
Jul 16, 2014 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, 2014books
Just as enjoyable listening to this story as an adult. Having read recently that author Mary Rodgers passed away, it made me want to revisit this childhood favorite. Of course the 1972 sensibility of having the 13 year old girl in the 35 year old mom's body head to the store to replenish the liquor cabinet makes the book show its age, aside from that laugh out loud moment, I think the story holds up. The book is very sweet and isn't quite the spectacle that Disney's original version with Jodie F ...more
Feb 25, 2015 Christina rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
What a horrible book! I read it because I grabbed a few different books from our reading room to use for my after school book club. The kids are in fourth through sixth grade. The book says ages 8-12. I hadn't read it, but they had seen the movie and it caught their attention. I so hope I don't get in trouble! Between the mother going to the liquor store for vodka and gin and the maid using quite interesiting language and then the tirade that Anabel goes through about being out in the streets an ...more
Another one of my favourite books from my school days. I remember reading this around the age of 13 and I was so enthralled in it that I read the entire book in one Saturday. It's a story about a mother and her daughter swapping places so they can see what it's like to be one another. I only felt that Annabel learned any kind of a lesson though.

I've never seen the 1970s version of the movie, but the 90s version with Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsey Lohan was okay. It stuck to the bare bones of the b
This book is about how this teenager girl name Anna just wanted to play music with her band, but her mom is always in the way. she hates how she's always interrupting things in her life. One day when they went to a Chinese restaurant, this waiter gave anna and her mom a fortune cookies. the fortune cookies said that they would switch into each identity, and that unfortunately happened. Anna end up in her mom's body and her mom is in anna's body. this had set a big contatrophy because anna mom su ...more
Jennifer Maloney
Quick and cute. I was a bit confused at first because (view spoiler) (Confused yet?) If you've seen the original Jodie Foster version of this movie, it's 80% word-for-word the same as this book (which is fine, because I love that movie!).

I can't quite give this 4 stars b
They say that once you walk a mile in someone else’s shoes, you learn a lot. One day, that happens to Annabel. She takes on her mother’s body…and then all of the grown up responsibilities that ensue. An adult really does have more to do than lounge around and eat bonbons (or cold macaroni) all day. Annabel also discovers how people really feel about her. Maybe she has been wrong all along.

Children will love this book. They will find it humorous. They might want to try the “experiment” for themse
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Mary Rodgers was an accomplished author, screenwriter and composer. Her first book--Freaky Friday--won several prizes, and was cited on the ALA Notable Book list. She composed many musicals, and had also amassed credits in television and radio. She had served as Chairman of the Board of the Julliard School and on the Board of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.
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