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It's spring break of her senior year and Madison Van Buren is fed up. Stressed over Ivy League pressure, her parents' marital problems, and her boyfriend's neglect, Madison gets in her car and drives west. Meanwhile, eighteen-year-old Anna Fisher wants to escape the so-called simple life--which for her consists of caring for younger siblings, sewing, cooking, and gardening ...more
Paperback, 271 pages
Published April 5th 2012 by Fleming H. Revell Company (first published April 15th 2011)
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Jul 02, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Baker Publishing Group|June 1, 2011|Trade Paperback|ISBN: 978-0-8007-1964-7

It is spring break of her senior year and Madison Van Buren is fed up. Stressed over Ivy League colleges, her parents marital problems, and her boyfriend’s neglect, Madison gets in her car and drives west. Meanwhile, eighteen-year-old Anna Fisher wants to escape the so-called simple life – which for her consists of caring for younger siblings, sewing, cooking and gardening – and she’s well aware that her
Giovanni Gelati
Jun 20, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoy Melody Carlson. I have had the chance to interview her on my blogtalk radio show, The G-ZONE, a little while back; here is the link:
I really enjoyed our discussion and had a nice time talking with her, so when the opportunity came up to read her novel I took a leap at it, why not, I love Amish people too. Here is what is going on in this novel:
“It's spring break of her senior year and Madison Van Buren is fed up. Stressed over Ivy League p
Paula  Phillips
May 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
Are you a fan or do you remember the tale of the Prince and Pauper ? The story where two boys meet who looked identical , both fed up with their lives decide to switch places only to discover at the end -what each were missing from their old lives and the surprise people got when their true identities were revealed ? I love that story, which probably is the reason I loved the movie The Parent Trap and the TV/Book series The Lying Game.

Christian author Melody Carlson decides to take that story a
Jun 11, 2011 rated it really liked it
Madison Van Buren is tried of having her future being chosen by her parents. It is spring break. A time when Madison is suppose to have fun and get a break from thinking about her future. It is just Madison and the maid left at home. Madison jumps in her car and heads west. Madison has no plans. She just knows she needs to get away.

Anne Fisher lives in Amish Country. She is at an age, where the Amish allow the teens to make up their minds, if they want to leave or stay and embrace the Amish lif
Jul 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is great!

'Double Take' is about 2 girls, Madison Van Buren and Anna Fisher. Madison is sick of all the pressure from her parents, on what University to go to and ways to spend the holidays with either her best friend or her boyfriend. Stressed, she drives off it the opposite direction to her family and friends, which leads to the Amish country.
Meanwhile, Anna is off to help with her pregnant aunt, where she has to help with her noisy children and help out around the house.
When they mee
Rachel Brand
How could two girls who look so alike be so different? When rich city-girl Madison Van Buren runs into her lookalike at a cafe in an Amish community in Pennsylvania, she begins to wonder how her life would have turned out if she's been born into the slow-paced country life of Anna Fisher. Stressed out by college choices, a possessive boyfriend, a needy best friend and her divorced parents, Madison sees Anna as an escape into a simpler way of life. Anna is tempted by the lure of freedom from resp ...more
Loretta Marchize
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The whole idea of this book appealed to me. I like reading about the Amish, I like reading books where people are swapped and I like Mrs. Carson's books.
This was a great clean YA novel and I highly recommend it to my friends, expecially the Christian ones looking for good books.
Nora St Laurent
Jun 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I’m a Melody Carlson fan, so when an opportunity came to receive a review copy of her newest book I jumped at the chance to read it. Double Take reminded me of two movies the first was the cartoon movie the Prince and the Pauper and the second was The Parent Trap. Melody Carlson blends these two premises in this novel. A spoiled rich girl is feeling overwhelmed by the choices she has to make with her life. Her father wants her in Harvard, her mother is pushing Yale, her boyfriend pressures to do ...more
May 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: i-own, for-review
Great for your Summer Escape to the beach or poolside...
If you're looking for a great summer read for adults and YA readers alike then check out Melody's newest novel. Spring Break is supposed to mean vacation time and who needs that more than a High School senior before graduation. Madison has Mom and Dad both pushing for Ivy League (different schools even) next year which would mean applications, essays, transcripts, and the rest all in to the schools and a decision on her part NOW! to pursue
Victor Gentile
Jun 21, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Melody Carlson in her new book, "Double Take" published by Revell gives us a view into the lives of two young women who happen to look-alike.

It has been done before. Mark Twain gave us, "The Prince and the Pauper" and Disney gave us, "The Parent Trap" but this is the 21st Century and it has not been done like this before. Socialite Madison VanBuren is a senior in high school. She is tired of her life so she gets into her Mini Cooper and heads West to get away from it all. After three hours of dr
Jun 19, 2011 rated it really liked it
When socialite Madison VanBuren, a senior in high school, tires of being pulled in multiple directions with her life of people-pleasing and her cheating boyfriend, she gets into her Mini Cooper and heads West, away from all the hubbub of her life. After three hours of driving non-stop, she stops in a small Amish town to eat.

Anna Fisher is now eighteen and in her rumspringa time of her life. She is finding her Amish life boring and is questioning her faith in the Ordnung. But she must discover fo
Christy Lockstein
May 23, 2011 rated it really liked it
Double Take by Melody Carlson is a young adult addition to the growing Amish genre. Madison Van Buren is sick of all the pressure in her life; her mom wants her to go to Tuscany for spring break, her best friend, Vivian wants her to go to Florida, her cheating boyfriend Garrett wants to make it up to her with a trip to Nantucket, and her dad wants her to tour Harvard to enter it after her senior year. When all four get angry at her for refusing to cave to their pressure, she takes a drive to coo ...more
Jun 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Madison Van Buren, is a seventeen year old living in the lap of luxury in New York. She comes from one of the wealthiest families in the country, and has what appears to be the perfect life, but that's really not so, she always feels as if she is being pulled every which way and never really has a say in her life. Anna Fisher is a seventeen year old Amish girl who is bored, and missing her boyfriend who left the community to go to New York, she has just been promised by her mother to go take car ...more
Jun 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: for-review
The concept of Double Take is really fun. There have been other books where kids which places but I'm pretty sure there has never been one where a Manhatten rich girl switches with a Amish girl.

Double Take is a really cute story with a good lesson in the end and really throughout the book. Madison is unhappy with her life, with the constant pull of her mom, her dad, her boyfriend and her best friend, she really just feels like she wants a simpler life and often feels like she was born in the wro
Double Take was a nice escape for me. It's not very deep, but still a bit insightful. The tension was also pretty low-key compared to other YA books Carlson has written for Revell. I found it fairly believable the way it was set up and for me it was interesting to read about the differences in the way they lived their lives. The characters struggled to act the part of the other person, and given the culture shock alone, I could see why this would be hard. I liked how they did the right thing whe ...more
Jun 20, 2011 rated it really liked it
Spring break means happiness, fun, and relaxation. But not for Madison Van Buren and Anna Fisher. Pressures from her family and friends leave Madison feeling attacked and stressed. Anna just wants to escape a monotonous life of chores and children. When the two girls meet, they realize they could easily pass for sisters and they have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to temporarily swap places. Anna will go to New York to experience life outside of the Amish community and maybe even find her old ...more
Trinity Rose
May 22, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Double Take by Melody Carlson is a fantastic, fun read. I love the switching that the girls did and thought it would be a dream come true for both of the girls, but then problems arise and they miss their own lives, but each of the girls have learned so very much. This book reminds me of the story of The Prince and The Pauper. You always think the grass is greener in the other person’s life until you get there and live their life for a few days.
This book is intended for the young adult, but can
Abbie Riddle
Jun 19, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this coming of age story two girls from two very different worlds collide. In a classic switch-a-roo they decide to change places for a week. In this week they will discover things about themselves they did not know as well as learn the truth of what really matters in this world.

Madison Van Buren is the only daughter of divorced parents. From the time she was born she has gotten everything a girl could want. Now at seventeen she is feeling pressured from all sides to do what everyone wants. H
Jun 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Author: Melody Carlson
Publisher: Revell
ISBN: 978-0-8007-1964-7
Genre: Inspirational/teen fiction

Anna Fisher doesn’t want to go to a different Amish community and take care of her pregnant Aunt Rachel. She believes Aunt Rachel is lazy, and she doesn’t want the responsibility that she’d have there. But she doesn’t have a choice.

Madison Van Buren is one of the rich socialites in New York. But she is being pulled in too many directions. Should she go to Italy, Boston, on va-ca
Lynda Schab
Jun 18, 2011 rated it really liked it
Remember the movie The Parent Trap? Loved that movie. Watching it as a girl, I remember wishing I had a twin somewhere so I could trade places. Not forever, just for a while. I've watched a few copycat movies over the years (It Takes Two with Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen comes to mind) and have always been intrigued at the possibility of two look-alike people (not necessarily twins) trading identities. There is something exciting about the thought of it. Could be just the author in me.

Along comes
Jun 21, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cindy's Review

A rich young socialite and an Amish girl who is missing her beau, after he heads to NYC, trading places. This could only happen in a book, as it is a bit unrealistic for real life. I had alot of trouble imagining a young socialite girl being able to do the work of an Amish girl. However Melody Carlson made the story work, she pulled you into the story, rooting for Anna to find her friend Jacob Glick in the big city of New York, and hoping that Madison would fall in love with Micah.
Oct 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Double Take is a wonderful story about when two girl's worlds collide. Anna a hard working Amish girl who is missing her boyfriend and Madison a pampered city girl who is stressed about life. After Madison takes off just to get away for a while, she stops in a small Amish town where she runs into Anna who is waiting to go to her aunts house where she will help her since her aunt is pregnant. When they realize how similar they look they come up with the idea of switching places. Anna wants to go ...more
Gabs {My Full Bookshelf Reviews}
Madison is a rich girl longing for a simpler life. Anna is an amish girl whose boyfriend left the community and now lives in New York. In a chance encounter, the girls meet each other and decide to trade places. But how can they pull this off, when each girl comes from a completely different lifestyle?

At first, I hated this book. For example, when the girls decide to trade places, I was mentally shouting, "This is so stupid!" I could not imagine two girls who literally met each other five minute
Jul 16, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2011
I love this book. The story begins by introducing the two main characters Anna, and Madison who are both stressed out or bored with the way their life is going. They have a chance meeting in a small town where they notice that they could easily pass for twin sisters. Here is where Madison sees a chance for a switch, but its not so simple. Anna is Amish and is on her way to her Aunt, whose own community is much more conservative than Anna`s own Amish community. So how is a rich New Yorker (Madiso ...more
Lydia Howe
Humm... Let's see. This book, was, well, interesting. I saw the book several years ago on Amazon and the premise looked promising, then someone who's reviews I enjoyed gave it five stars, and I figured it would be a quick, light-hearted read. And it was. It wasn't gripping by any stretch of the imagination and I read and listened to several other books throughout the duration of my reading "Double Take," but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

There were multiple times, the whole plot, actually, where I h
Jul 17, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I really, really enjoyed this book! It had the perfect level of both Madison and Anna's life-both Amish and English- to make it interesting and also a book with a good end value that you leave with. In the story both Anna and Madison find the Lord and find the meaning of true contentment. They both learn a lot about each others life style and I believe they both benefited from the switch they made. The story was equally as good entertaining-wise as the truth of the moral value, which the author ...more
Oct 25, 2011 rated it really liked it
Shelves: christian-books
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Mar 19, 2015 rated it liked it
I don't know how this book came into my library holds, but it was there; and since there was such a nice note from the library people saying "this is a good one, but this one is better" (I still have no idea what they were talking about) I couldnt help but read it. Seriously, the cover AND outline shout "DO NOT READ ME" to me. Oh well! the Book gods have spoken.

It was a fun and interesting read, all about perspective and how different viewpoints can alter things tremendously. I thought the Amis
Jun 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
The "look-alikes switching places" plot device that originated in Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper has been done countless times in movies, books, and television shows. You might think that makes this novel tripe, but Solomon said in Ecclesiastes 1:9 (NLT), "History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new." So, then, is Double Take worth reading? Yes. The fish-out-of-water characterization is quite well done, and the story takes a surprising t ...more
Sep 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much! Melody Carlson did a great job describing and writing about two extremely different life styles. In the book Madison, a girl who lives in New York City and is very rich meets Anna, an Amish girl from the countryside. The two of them instantly connect as friends and decide to switch places for a week since the look like twins. While they are living each others life styles, they both learn how to appreciate their own lives back home and grow closer to God. This book was ...more
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