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Your Perfect Life

3.77  ·  Rating details ·  2,125 ratings  ·  327 reviews
Your Perfect Life perfectly illustrates that old adage: Sometimes, you to have to walk a mile in someone else’s shoes to see what’s in her heart.

Best friends since childhood, Casey and Rachel couldn’t lead more different lives. While workaholic Casey rubs elbows with celebrities daily as the host of Gossip TV and comes home nightly to an empty apartment, stay-at-home mom R
Paperback, 304 pages
Published June 10th 2014 by Washington Square Press
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Liz Fenton
Dec 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Admit it, wouldn't it have been awkward if I only gave it four stars? ...more
Heartwarming smiley story. This was a cool read. A bit like in the story, the stars aligned and made for everything good. I was a bit down recently, just life, kids the usual etc. (Yes I sound particularly boring!). My girlfriend Jodie said, you need to read this Suz, it’s about everyone having a harder life than yours. The awesome thing was it was written by two best friends who met in English class, year 7. This is where I met my best friend who also happened to send this text a month ago. Lov ...more
It's easy to glimpse someone else's life and make immediate comparisons about how much easier or better it must be. Truth is, we all have an element in our life that someone else desperately wishes for, whether it's education, time, family, career, appearance, money, health, opportunity...the list goes on. Your Perfect Life shows a prime example of this. Two women who think one another has got it all until they wake up in each other's body and are forced to live each other's life. Slowly but sur
Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
Your Perfect Life gets 5 perfect stars from me! I loved, loved, loved it!! Admittedly when I originally read the premise I thought hasn't this idea been done a million times before? Then I thought well it is Liz and Lisa so I sure it will still be good. Well don't let that worry you, these authors put such a different spin on this you will love it!

Rachael and Casey have been BFF's most of their life (hmmm sounds like someone we know)! Casey Lee has a successful career as a host of Gossip TV. She
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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Freaky Friday, All of Me, Heaven Can Wait, Dream a Little Dream, Prelude to a Kiss, The Change-Up, Face Off, Like Father Like Son, Vice Versa, 18 Again, The Hot Chick. What do these all have in common? They feature the “I woke up in someone else’s body” storyline. And also . . . . .

Your Perfect Life is the story of two best friends – one a single, “TMZ” type of celebrity gossip show host, the other a stay-at-home mom – who wake up
Judy D Collins
An engaging, witty, humorous, and insightful read about the meaning of best friends, and the “grass is not always greener” – If you enjoy the idea of switching lives, you will love this delicious read of two women-friends from early childhood, living two different lives, and yet sometimes envious of the other --until they find by walking in their shoes, may not be their cup of tea, after all.

In particular is you like Freaky Friday, Sliding Doors, Trading Places, or others such as The Change-Up,
Jan 09, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This is the book that is going to set the bar for my 2014 reading! Smiled, laughed and cried throughout. LOVED it!

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AmberBug com*
Apr 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: bea2014maybe, bea2014, arc
Shelf Notes Review

Dear Reader,

How cute is this book? I was a little apprehensive (I'm not the romance or chick lit type of reader) and feared this would be the type of book made into a Lifetime movie... I was wrong. If this is made into a movie, they better steer clear of Lifetime! Your Perfect Life follows that old "switch-a-roo" plot line but these ladies do it right. One woman, Rachel, is a stay at home mom with three kids, the other woman, Casey, is trying to climb the ladder of journalism u
Amy Hansen
Jul 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I am a child of the 1980s, so movies like Vice Versa and Like Father, Like Son, where people switch bodies/souls, are something I can't resist. I also love books about women, motherhood, friendship, etc. Your Perfect Life takes on this fun (and in the movies, often corny) premise in such a mature, thoughtful and thought-provoking way. It is such a fun girl read reminiscent of books I loved in junior high, but tailored for grown ups girls and written with grace and poignancy.

What amazed me about
Sherri Thacker
Jun 24, 2017 rated it liked it
I'm one of the few who only gave this book 3 stars. Started out strong but then it just lost me. ...more
Mary Gramlich
Jun 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Why is it the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence

Women spend so much of their lives going over choices made, ideas that went nowhere, and years that are lost never to be re-gained. Lifelong friends, Casey and Rachel both believe the lives they have chosen are the ones they are meant to be leading, but still did something pass them by? Should I have done this, why did I decide to do that, where is the love of my youth?

Casey has a career to envy and Rachel has a family everyone
This book was exactly what I needed and it hit all the right notes. The perfect summer (or anytime read). Think Freaky Friday - high school reunion version. Two best friends with vastly different life circumstances swap bodies. One is a celebrity gossip host, the other a stay at home mom (who became a mom relatively young). Aside from being a lightning fast read, the authors handled many aspects of the switch in unexpected ways. I don’t want to give too much away but the manner in which Rachel h ...more
Dee DeTarsio
Dec 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Cheers! A toast at a high school reunion is the magic spark that ignites the premise of best friends switching bodies. Who doesn’t think “the grass is always greener,” especially with Facebook, where it looks like everyone else is living the life? (Or is that just me?!) BFFs in real life, authors Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke, have written a beautiful novel—smart, sharp, sarcastic—with an amazingly real and vulnerable look at friendship, love, and life. I inhaled it!
Jun 09, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2014
What a fun, summer read. I flew through it. Rachel and Casey are easy to both love and hate for various reasons. The premise is cute and fun but the subject matters aren't quick resolutions. ...more
Jan 24, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chick-lit
Your Perfect Life by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke is the perfect debut. Thank you to Atria for my copy. You may know these ladies from their website Chick Lit Is Not Dead. They have written a couple of other novels. It is their third novel.
Casey is one of the anchors for Gossip TV and very busy with her career. Her assistant Destiny reminds her about the accepted invitation to her high school class reunion. She desires to see her best friend Rachel from her childhood. Casey feels that sh
Jan 20, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Your Perfect Life is a story of two best friends Casey and Rachel who swap bodies at their high school reunion after arguing about how perfect they think each other’s life is, by a bartender who gives them a magical drink. Casey is a celebrity reporter and is on the Gossip TV show who focuses on work and doesn’t have time for a family and Rachel is a stay at home mom who got pregnant in college, dropped out and is now married with three children. Rachel and Casey have to figure out how to get b ...more
Jackie Bouchard
Feb 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to get an ARC of this.

I admit - I love a good Freaky Friday-esque tale, and this one does not disappoint. I'm sure many of us have wondered what our friends' seemingly "perfect lives" must be like to live. Of course, as in real life where I'd venture to guess that a lot of us try to paint a perfect picture of our lives for the outside world, the two friends quickly discover that the life they've been coveting isn't all it seems on the surface. The book takes the reader along
PopcornReads - MkNoah
Back in the 1980’s the film industry pretty much overdid the switching places theme in commercial movies, so when I first saw the publisher’s blurb for Your Perfect Life by writing team Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke I’m almost passed it by. There was something about it though that drew me back. Have you ever thought one of your friends had a pretty perfect life compared to yours? Ever wondered where the road not traveled might have led you? Obviously those trains of thought aren’t that productive ...more
Stephanie Elliot
Jun 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Loved this book by Liz and Lisa of the famed CHICK LIT IS NOT DEAD! I thought it was mind-boggling amazing how two people could weave this story together. It felt much like a 17 Again, Freaky Friday or The Change Up where two best friends are seemingly unhappy in their current lives and so they switch bodies only to discover where real happiness lies. I loved this book because it was charming and held a great message about being happy with what you have! It's a great read -- just fun all around ...more
Feb 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to read an early copy of this novel. Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke blend their voices seamlessly and hilariously and remind us that even though the grass often looks greener under our friends’ lives, nobody gets happily ever unless they go after it. Your Perfect Life is clever, quirky, fresh, and ultimately, empowering!
Donna Weber
Apr 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
A fun read that will have you quickly flipping the pages till the end. Although similar premises have been done before... never in quite this way. I needed a book that was not quite as "heavy" as those I have been reading. Don't be surprised that under the cute premise lies some real issues that will touch your heart. Is the grass really greener? Read it to find out! ...more
Oct 25, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-ebook
Cross between Freaky Friday and Firefly Lane. Liked the last 20% of the book the best. Couldn't read fast enough to find out how the main characters were going to switch back. Cute, somewhat predictable, easy read if that's what you're looking for. ...more
Catherine McKenzie
Feb 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The authors were kind enough to provide me with a review copy of this novel, which I read in a day. If you're looking for a great beach read this summer, pick this one up. ...more
Morelia (Strandedinbooks)
Mar 29, 2016 rated it really liked it


I laughed and cried and couldn't put this one down!! I'm really excited to read more from these two wonderful ladies!
Dana (pagestoreadfl)
Aug 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I’m between 3 and 4, but rounded up!

This is one of L&L’s earlier books. These are def “lighter” than their newer ones. But I was here for it. I love the story of female friendships. I loved how each character navigated their way through. There were true emotions— jealousy— that people like to pretend doesn’t happen in a friendship. L&L covered this well

Predictable— a bit. Fun to read— you betcha! Overall, I enjoyed this one and read it in pretty much one sitting, so it held my attention!
Aug 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
I feel like The Year We Turned Forty is a better version of this story. They're similar enough that it's hard not to compare and The Year We Turned Forty is a much more engaging read. Pick that one up instead. ...more
Jul 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
Full review:

I'll admit it: I have a pretty big fondness for contemporary fiction about ordinary women going through extraordinary things. So when I was given the opportunity to read Your Perfect Life, and was told that it was essentially an older version of Freaky Friday, I was in.

Debut authors Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke introduce us to Casey and Rachel, two best friends who have lived two very different lives. Casey has spent her life climbing the entertainment industry ladder, while Rach
4.5 stars.

This was so much fun and so uncomfortable (in a good way) at the same time. Imagine your closest friend living your life and discovering truths you did not want to share with her. This book is a lot about balance, careers, love and realizing it's never too late to improve things.

Best of all, I loved how the center of this book was friendship. Doesn't happen enough these days.

Following is the review originally posted @ Rather Be Reading Blog.

Two best friends writing a book about best f
Your Perfect Life is a story of two best friends Casey and Rachel who swap bodies at their high school reunion after arguing about how perfect they think each other’s life is, by a bartender who gives them a magical drink. Casey is a celebrity reporter and is on the Gossip TV show who focuses on work and doesn’t have time for a family and Rachel is a stay at home mom who got pregnant in college, dropped out and is now married with three children. Rachel and Casey have to figure out how to get ba ...more
B at Spare Time Book Blog
May 31, 2014 rated it really liked it
I really enjoyed this book! A modern day Freaky Friday but, with people everyone can relate to. Casey is a big shot for a celebrity TV Gossip show. She makes the big bucks and has all the right friends. Rachel is a stay at home mom with two teenage daughters and a baby. They are both a little unhappy with their lives but, don't talk to each other much anymore. Casey's job is very demanding. They both end up going to their class reunion where they end up having a fight. The bartender, Brian, give ...more
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Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke have been best friends for over 30 years and survived high school and college together. They've co-authored six novels, including The Year We Turned Forty, which is in development for a TV series. They also host the popular podcast We Fight So You Don't Have to. They both reside with their families and several rescue dogs in San Diego, California.

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