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My Double Life

3.98  ·  Rating details ·  3,907 ratings  ·  432 reviews
Her whole life, Alexia Garcia has been told that she looks just like pop star Kari Kingsley, and one day when Alexia's photo filters through the Internet, she's offered a job to be Kari's double. This would seem like the opportunity of a lifetime, but Alexia's mother has always warned her against celebrities.

Rebelliously, Alexia flies off to L.A. and gets immersed in a ce

Hardcover, 272 pages
Published May 13th 2010 by Putnam Juvenile (first published May 8th 2010)
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Every time I think I'm too old for YA romances, I read something like this book that makes my inner teenager squee. This is an improbable story with a main character, Alexia, an almost-graduated high school senior, who becomes the secret double for a pop star, standing in for her at appearances and even lip-synching for her at smaller concerts, because of reasons. Also, celebrity romance with a hot guy! It totally sounds silly, I know, but it actually makes fairly good sense in the context of th ...more
Dec 12, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
I'm only slightly biased about this book . . . ...more
Sherwood Smith
Feb 23, 2017 added it
Shelves: fiction
This quick YA read is thoroughly fun wish-fulfillment, perfect for sitting half the day in a car repair shop, as I can testify.

Alexia is half-Latina, half-white, growing up with her hard-working single mom in a small town in West Virginia, and living with her Abuela (one of the best characters in the book). She is a straight A student, a geek who has never dated, though she strongly resembles a famous rock star.

Her bestie Lori is trying to push her into asking a cute guy to the Sadie Hawkins dan
Dec 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
When I want to laugh and feel all glowy good inside I reach for a Janette Rallison book. She certainly didn't disappoint.

I would argue this is the most interesting one of Rallison's I've read so far. Alexia Garcia has a hardworking mother and no nonsense grandmother who love her. She is good student, half-Latina, and is a dead ringer for the pop singer sensation Kari Kingsley. Alexia has always yearned to know who her father is and the opportunity presents itself when Kari's assistant calls to s
May 13, 2010 rated it really liked it
So cute! I love escaping into Janette Rallison's books! She creates great characters who despite their flaws actually have a moral compass and values.

My Double Life was a fun fairy tale like story. One of those books that makes you smile and laugh and sigh. It's an upbeat and feel good story that can easily be read in an afternoon or evening.

If you are looking for a light-hearted, quick read with a great message you can't go wrong with My Double Life.

Originally read in February 2012 - Reread i
Nov 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: rom-com lovers
First up, the only reason I rated this book four stars instead of five is because I'm picky about my five-star books. Those are the ones that I put down and instantly want to pick up and read again right away. Rallison's Fair Godmother series got that rating because I found them rib-crackingly funny.

That aside, I really, really liked this book. I found it refreshing on many levels.

First, it was short. I love long books as much as the next person, but sometimes it's nice to pick up a quick-read
May 01, 2010 rated it really liked it
It's offical: I adore Janette Rallison. And no, it's not JUST because she hosted a giveaway for this wonderful novel and I won an ARC of it due to that contest on goodreads. . .that's just a small, insignificant, reason as to why I love her. ;) Oh, and just saying (well I'm kind of bragging. . .but hey I'm proud <3) Janette signed my copy of My Double Life. NO JOKE. =D I know, I know, I'm super lucky!

Okay, enough of me going on and on about unimportant things. Let's get on with this review, shal
Jes Drew
This is actually my third time reading this book, and I have to say my view of it has changed over the years. The first time it wasn't really my favorite because the couple don't wait until the very end to get together, which was important to me as a young teen. The second time around, I learned to appreciate it as a love story in its own right and the snarkiness of the heroine herself. This third time it's the family ties that really stood out to me- along with just how lovestruck the poor hero ...more
Jennifer Wardrip
Aug 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Reviewed by Angela S. for

Alexia Garcia has always been told that she could pass for the twin of pop star Kari Kingsley. The only difference between the two is that while Kari is living the life of glamour and wealth, Alexia and her family are unglamorous and poor.

So, when Alexia's enemy, Teresa, posts a mean-spirited photo of Alexia on the Internet, no one is more surprised than Alexia that it goes viral. Soon enough, things get a little weird when Alexia gets a phone call from
Oct 25, 2009 rated it really liked it
Mimi actually won the ARC on Janette's blog, thankfully Mimi has finals and has been to busy to read so I got to read it yesterday!
It was a fun quick read Alexia the main character is a half Latino girl whose Mexican grandmother lives with them. I loved the grandma she reminded me of my best childhood friend Erika's grandma watching her Mexican soap opera's and yelling at the TV in Spanglish.
One might by just looking at the title or cover see this book and think oh a fun book about a girl who g
Jun 07, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, funny
A fast and fun YA read about a girl who is hired to double for a rock star. As she learns how to act and pretend to be someone else, she discovers the truth about her own past and who she really is inside.

Another Janette Rallison hit to pass onto my daughter.
Oct 24, 2009 rated it really liked it
This book just made me feel good! I was sad when it was over.
Kate McMurry
Jan 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
The Pop Princess and the Pauper

A self-described "half-Latina" from a small-town, working-class family, Alexia Garcia is a dead ringer for twenty-something pop sensation, Kari Kingsley, who is also half-Latina. The amazing resemblance leads to a lucrative job offer to serve as the secret double for Kari at some of her public appearances so Kari can focus on completing an overdue album. Alexia's mom is strongly against the masquerade because, as she confesses for the first time in Alexia's 18 year
Jun 02, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2010-ya
If you ever need a funny, clean, romantic story all you have to do is fine 'Rallison, Janette' on your library shelf or at the book store.
Alexia wants to met her father and for just one day, make money for college and see what it's like to be famous.
But a celebrities life is not as glamorous as it seems.
She's pushed around, threatened, trained like a show dog and hurt.
And she falls for a hot superstar who thinks she is someone she isn't. And her lies are about to catch up with her.
I love the way
Last year, an author friend of mine, Jes Drew, recommended My Double Life by Janette Rallison on her blog as a great Kindle permafree read. I’ll admit, this book sat dormant on my Kindle for months until Jes reread the book and I saw her update on Goodreads. I knew then that I finally needed to read this book, and I’m so glad I took Jes’s recommendation!

What I Liked:

Combination of Two of My Favorite Tropes
I’ve loved Prince and the Pauper-esque stories since I was a kid watching It Takes Two star
Nina {ᴡᴏʀᴅs ᴀɴᴅ ᴡᴀᴛᴇʀ}
I'm going to give this 4 stars simply because it was cute.

The beginning had me frowning a little, simply because it just felt so impossible (and it is! in a Disney Teen/YA kind of way). But by the end, despite the impossibility, this is a cute little read.

Although I did enjoy the thrill that Alexia had in experiencing the life of a celebrity, I also enjoyed Rallison's take on this identity switch. I enjoyed the relationships between Alexia and Kari, Alexia and Grant, Kari and her father. And t
Mar 16, 2010 rated it really liked it
I absolutely loved Janette Rallison's book, My Fair Godmother, and couldn't wait to read more from her. So when I saw the chance to read her newest book, My Double Life, on Around the World Tours, I had to sign up. While the plots of both books were strikingly different, there were aspects that I picked up in both books.

The first of which was the humor found in both books. While I think that My Double Life focused less on humor than MFG, there were still quite a few funny moments. During some sc
May 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

This was my first time reading a Janette Rallison book and I was very impressed with her writing. She turned what could have been a cliché plot into something different and deeper. I think I'll definitely have to try another book of hers in the future.

Alexis Garcia comes from a poor background, with a caring mother and no-nonsense grandmother (who was hilarious and amazing, the kind of grandmother you usually see in young-adult books, I've noticed). Alexis also looks almost identical t
Jan 28, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: romance
Alexia is just a regular high school girl, except for the fact that she looks like famous pop star Kari Kingsley. Alexia's life is turned upside down with Kari comes to town herself hoping to hire Alexia to be her double. Alexia would move to California, live the rich and famous lifestyle, and make various appearances pretending to be Kari. At first Lexi turns the opportunity down, but when she realizes this might be her chance to meet the father she's never know, she changes her mind. However, ...more
Mar 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
This was a very simple read just a nice relaxing book. While it was predictable in what was going to happen in the book it was still an enjoyable read.

I enjoyed Alexia and her very normal life that many teens living here in the US are living everyday. She is down to earth while being smart and like most smart girls the target of the popular girls in school. She gets whisked away into the fantasy life of superstar Kari Kingsley to be her double since Kari does not perform well in public as she i
Janette Rallison is one of my favorite authors, I love all her books and this was no exception. I knew this was a retelling of Charles Dickens book the Prince and the Pauper (which I have never read), I love retellings and thought the modern setting seemed like a lot of fun. Alexia was a great leading lady. I enjoyed her personality and it was fun to read about her experiences. There is a love interest in the story, it does play a big role, but to me not as much as some of her other books. It se ...more
Jul 21, 2010 rated it really liked it
Darling. Loved the extra bonus scene at the end. I'm a sucker for celebrity reads.

Moral note: Child out of marriage. My teenager asked, how can she be Alex's daughter when all they did is talk...well...they did more than that.

7/21/10 So cute. I forgot what a great author Rallison is. I couldn't put it down. I don't remember anything bad in it. (I finished it a week ago).
Mandi Ellsworth
I read this on a rainy Saturday, and I enjoyed it. I thought all the characters were true to form. It reminded me a bit of Meg Cabot's "Being Nikki". I liked the good values displayed by the main characters and the emphasis on families being important. I also enjoyed Abuela. She was my favorite. ...more
Feb 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this. It was fun and lighthearted but also had a good storyline. I am really becoming a fan of Janette Rallison!
Sep 06, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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A pleasant book and I was enjoying it while reading but that was about it. Suspension of disbelief was definitely required here. But the writing was good and I might try some other books by this author in the future, although I doubt I will ever feel tempted to re-read this one.
Aug 10, 2019 rated it liked it
Meh. It wasn’t bad or anything, just not really interesting. It was like the author tried dragging out some scenes and somethings felt unresolved for me.
It had potential to be a Starstruck kind of book but left me feeling empty. I’m not even totally sure where the climax was tbh. If this book were longer, it would go straight to DNF. It was long and bland.
The Daydreamologist


This is the most serious work of Janette Rallison I've read yet- it's so unlike her previous books, which were light, fluffy reads with guaranteed happy endings and laughs from page one.
Oct 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a interesting book. And when her father knew that she is her daughter, that really touch me.
Aug 14, 2009 rated it really liked it
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