Freaky in Fresno

Blink. Feb. 2020. 352p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780310767473.
Gr 8 Up–Ricki and her cousin Lana have nothing in common, but when a freak accident in a classic convertible causes them to switch bodies, they learn more about each other than they expected and are forced to work together. Ricki is a horror movie fanatic, working with her would-be boyfriend Jake to help restore the Starlight Drive-In Theater to its former glory—and to get a magical first kiss under the stars at the grand opening. Lana hopes to build her celebrity status at DigiFest, where her manager mom has booked her an appearance to promote her online makeup empire. Their Aunt May, hoping to reunite the girls, gifts them a classic pink convertible, which they must share, but the car only creates more dissension as each of them wants to use it at their big event that night. The car, however, has secrets of its own. The action moves quickly, taking place over just 24 hours, and is peppered with humorous dialogue alongside Ricki’s laughable attempts at mastering makeup, the antics of her ferocious chihuahua and her Aunt May’s wolf pups, and by the pranks pulled by Lana’s sidekick and possible boyfriend, Eric. The girls’ re-transformation is a bit sudden and puzzling, but results in a cinematically perfect resolution for all.
VERDICT A fun rom-com with strong family themes that will introduce middle grade and YA readers to Freaky Friday, Jamie Lee Curtis, classic horror films, and the pressures endured by social media celebrities.

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