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Better You Than Me

4.02  ·  Rating details ·  148 ratings  ·  31 reviews
It's Freaky Friday meets Hannah Montana when two twelve-year-old girls--one a famous TV star, the other an obsessive fan--switch bodies with hilarious and disastrous results.

Ruby Rivera is a twelve-year-old superstar with millions of followers. Skylar Welshman is a seventh grader who wants to be cool--and she's Ruby's biggest fan. When Skylar and Ruby meet on the set of Ru
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published November 13th 2018 by Delacorte Press
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Emma Andje
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
*actual rating is 3.5 stars*

When a prop for Ruby Rivera’s television show swaps seventh-grader Skylar Welshman’s life of junior high school drama for Ruby’s life of celebrity, the tweens are ecstatic. They slowly learn, however, that no one has a “perfect life;” everyone has problems and insecurities. But are their borrowed bodies’ problems easier to deal with than their own? A lighthearted take on Freaky Friday tackles topics of body image, bullying, and the difficulties of fame.
Two 12-year old girls, Disney-esque star Ruby Rivera and her biggest fan Skyler Welshman, meet on the set of Ruby's hit television show and improbably switch bodies by accident. At first, thrilled with the situation, each tween believes the other has the better life in this Freaky Friday-like storyline. Due to various scheduling constraints, the girls plan to meet in several days to switch back. Meanwhile, each girl's assumptions about one another are put to the test as they struggle to cope wit ...more
Sep 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Such a cute read with an important message. I loved both Ruby and Skylar - they were both fun characters. Jessica Brody has become a new favorite author for sure!
Ms. Yingling
Dec 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Ruby Rivera is the star of a popular genie-themed television show, but she's not entirely happy with the life that entails. Skylar Welshman, A Ruby Rivera super fan, has had to move from Massachusetts to California with her mother, who is a professor, and is really not happy with the way the girls in her new school are treating her. When one day is especially bad, she hops on a bus to go to the studio where Ruby is filming, and the two end up locked in a props close
What if the magic lamp that is supposed to be a prop turns out to be real? What will you wish?

Ruby and Skylar make an accidental wish for each to take the other's life, because they both think that each of their lives is terrible and they all want the other's life. And so it happens. But they will find out that maybe it seems like a fun idea to switch lives, it isn't as fun after a while. I had tons of fun reading this one especially given the huge amount of character growth both characters exp
Jan 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Better You Than Me is a book I needed back when I was twelve. It wasn't that long ago that I was in Ruby and Skylar's (mostly Skylar's) shoes, wishing that I had a different life. Like both girls I had my escape through fiction. I got myself completely invested in stories and characters, and that was what got me through middle school. I guess that would explain why I was able to finish this book in one sitting, something I haven't achieved in a while. It was very personal for me as someone who c ...more
Apr 03, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ruby is a famous actor who would give anything to be a normal 7th grader. Skylar is a 7th grader wishing for a bigger, better life. If only they could switch places... Oh wait, they can and they did.

I was really disappointed in this book especially considering I really like Jessica Brody's books. I was sincerely hoping that the cover would be wrong and it wouldn't just be a cheesy, cliche middle grade novel, which unfortunately it was. My main problems:

- Skylar. She was obsessive to the point of
The title for this book is actually perfect for its content and its message since its two protagonists learn that the lives they have thought they wanted might not be quite what they expected. Twelve-year-old Ruby Rivera is a star with millions of fans, but she hates playing the character in Ruby of the Lamp and dreams of a much more normal life in which she has time to relax, read books, and eat the foods she loves. Skylar Welshman has just moved to California with her mother, who loves books a ...more
Jenny Ashby
Ah, Jessica Brody, your books are as refreshing as a spring day. I was desperately in need of a palate cleanser after so many heavy books in a row. I thought "I wonder if Jessica Brody has written anything recently?" and behold! She had! Brody is seldom breaking new ground with her lighter books, but she does a rehashing well. In this Freaky Friday set-up, both characters had me rooting for them and I wanted to see the lessons they would learn along the way. It would be typical to have the celeb ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Better You Than Me by Jessica Brody, 424 pages. Delacorte Press (Penguin Random House), 2018. $17. Content: Language: G; Mature Content: G; Violence: G



Twelve-year-old Skylar is a huge fan of tween star, Ruby Rivera. When Skylar has a bad day at middle school, with mean girls making her life hard, Skylar hops a bus to nearby Burbank to take a studio tour of Ruby’s TV set. While on the tour, Skylar sneaks into the prop closet and chances a
Mar 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was so ADORABLE. It's sad how I can relate to a 12 year old's obsession of a celebrity, but I really could lol. Maybe I should learn a few lessons for this book...

Anyway, I'm such a sucker for body swap stories and this book did not disappoint! It was a long book for a middle grade, which was not a bad thing. I had a lot of fun going on the journey with Ruby and Skylar and both characters were very interesting. Jessica Brody has a way of writing likable characters! I'm glad I didn't wa
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Nov 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019
Ruby is 12 and is the star of a TV show. The thing is, she used to love it but now she feels stuck. Her mom doesn't hear any of Ruby's protests and it also seems like with her mom's expensive habits, they need Ruby to keep this job so they can survive.
Skylar is also 12 and Loves Ruby's TV show. She would give anything to meet Ruby. She even sneaks onto the set to see if she can make it happen.
Imagine both of their total surprise when they magically switch places after a slight mishap with a clos
Dec 18, 2018 rated it really liked it
Body-swapping stories may not be original, but they're almost always a lot of fun!

This was such a cute book, and it made me smile from beginning to end. Being that it's a middle-grade book (not my favorite genre, but I love Jessica Brody) it's a little light on substance, but still a lot of fun.
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites

It was so good I was like "is this middle grade? cos it sure felt like I was reading YA"

I almost cried at this cos I know what it feels like to be an obsessive fan, wanting to escape, wishing to have somebody else's life...

and I just miss my mom

Zara Brumana
Cute. Definitely something that is written well for its demographic (12 year olds). It's not something that I would classify as YA necessarily, seeing as how that genre is more for those who have achieved puberty already.
Jul 23, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: 2019-new
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A heartwarming tale about friendship, and real life.
Hannah Middlebrooke
Nov 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a fun and easy YA read.
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
A modern day "Freaky Friday" aimed at tweens.
Lizz Axnick
Dec 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-not-read
This was a fun book to read. Although it has been done before, a la Freaky Friday, I still enjoyed reading it.
Sharon Buxton
Jun 20, 2019 rated it liked it
B. fiction, children's fiction, middle grades, switched identity
Feb 17, 2019 rated it liked it
The whole book was kinda slow but I want to read more.
Apr 25, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cute book about two tween girls who have a body swap (think Freaky Friday). Clean and an enjoyable read.
Apr 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I Highly Recommend This Book. I Couldn’t Put This Book Down Once I Started. Go Out And Read Or Purchase This Book
Jan 01, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, kids
Breezy and fun, with a surprising amount of heart and depth. Really sweet. An excellent palate cleanser if you’ve been reading too much serious stuff.
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Jessica Brody knew from a young age that she wanted to be a writer. She started self “publishing” her own books when she was seven years old, binding the pages together with cardboard, wallpaper samples, and electrical tape.

After graduating from Smith College in 2001 where she double majored in Economics and French and minored in Japanese, Jessica later went on to work for MGM Studios as a Manager

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