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Freaky Friday (Andrews Family #1)

3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  5,601 ratings  ·  174 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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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
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.
Emily Potter
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.
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
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
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
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
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
Aug 13, 2008 Claire rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
I read this a few years before the Lindsay Lohan movie, which eliminated many of the best parts of this book and added in unnecessarily overstereotyped Asian characters.
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)
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
Picked this up at a used book sale because it looked interesting. Not as good as the Lindsay Lohan movie so far.
Freaky Friday is a pretty good book. It's about a mother a daughter. Her daughter Annabel and her don't have the best relationship. Annabel this her mother has the best life ever! One morning she woke up and was her mother! It's not so easy for them to switch back. They have to spend awhile being switching and trying to live different lives .

I really liked how this book was really funny. I recommend this book to everyone but especially young adults. The main character is Annabel and her mother
This book is called Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers. There's this girl named Annabel Andrews and she had a really tough life, with her brother, mom, and her band. They go to a Chinese restaurant and this lady gives them a fortune cookie and tells them to read it, next thing they know they switched bodies. I suggest this book because it's hilarious and you can imagine everything happening to them. My favorite quote was " If you don't like it, then don't eat it." I like that quote because it's not f ...more
Read as a kid. Liked it, liked the movie. (the Jody Foster one)
Freaky Friday is a book about how Annabel is always jealous of her parents how they can do whatever and whenever they want. She thinks it's unfair. One day she woke up as her mother. She then realizes that all those times her mom has told her to follow her boring rules she just wanted the best for her and that it's not easy being the mom because she has to clean, cook, do chores, love and care for the family. She regrets yelling at her mom and being ungrateful so she is then forgiven.

This book i
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 Andrews, and Annabel needing to learn her lesson.

I will tell you now, don’t
Alyssa Archambo
I am sad that I never realized the movies were based on a book, because had I not watched the movies beforehand, I think I would have liked this book more. Yes, this is one of those rare books where I like the movies better than the book. For one thing, in the book the switch is caused by the mother, and only Anna learns a lesson. I thought this was completely unfair, because a lot of times adults forget what it's like to be a kid and they don't realize what kids have to go through. I love how t ...more
This is a great book that covers the wonderful scenario of a child wishing they were a grown up for a day and some how thinking it was going to be fantastic. I rather enjoy these kinds of stories, not entirely sure why but there is the fact we get to read about a 10 year old or a 13 year old or whatever being in an adult body but still having the intellect and thought process of someone younger. Hilarity ensues.

Freaky Friday doesn't use a child, Annabelle is 15, but she is someone's child which
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A rebellious and disorganized teenage girl who believes that adults have it easy but quickly finds out other wise when she is faced with real adult responsibilities. Her name is Annabel Andrews. I really enjoyed reading this book. Freaky Friday! I liked the action, theme, and the point of views in this book.

Annabel Andrews is tired of her mother telling her on what to do. She's tired of being told to do her homework, clean up her room, and be nice to her little brother, Ape Face. She thinks if s
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Annabel terbangun di pagi hari dalam tubuh Ibunya. Mengingat betapa cantik Ibunya, Annabel terkena euforia sesaat dan bermain-main dengan make-up dan pakaian indah yang tampak memesona jika dipakai oleh tubuh ibunya. Ia bahkan tidak merasa panik ketika mengetahui Annabel masih tetap Annabel dengan tingkah kasar dan keterlaluannya. Tapi, jika Annabel masih tetap Annabel, sedangkan Annabel berada dalam tubuh Ibunya, lalu dimana jiwa Ibunya
Okay, so the basic outline of this book is generally familiar to anyone who has seen one of the movie versions of this story (there are at least three...the 1976 original staring Jodie Foster, a 1995 made-for-tv movie, and the 2003 Lindsay Lohan version). When a mother and her teenage daughter change bodies for a day, they each come to understand the other better, vastly improving their relationship. And to that extent, the movies are true to the basic story in the book. But the details certainl ...more
Joab Cohen
Plot summary: Annabel is a 13-year old adolescent who wakes up in her mother's body, following another fierce argument between the two. Annabel takes her surprising situation in stride and endeavors to have as much fun as a grown-up possibly can. Things get a little complicated as Annabel gets to see and experience the world – and herself in particular – from a completely different point of view. Her adventures throughout the day are hilarious, scary, romantic, and
endearing, until the conclusio
Freaky Friday, by Mary Rodgers is a book about a girl and her mother, who switch places. The main character is Annabel Andrews. She is a thirteen years old. This book takes place mainly at her house and at her school. Annabel’s main external conflict is that she is inside her mother’s body. Her main internal conflict is that she doesn’t know what to do, or how to act.

During my time reading this book I made a text-to-text connection. This book reminded me of the movie Freaky Friday. In the movie
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