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Ricki has one goal: save the Starlight Drive-in movie theater from going dark forever. Okay, make that two goals … she may also want a first kiss from her cinema-rescuing partner and major crush, Jake. Lana definitely has only one goal: grow her online makeup channel to keep her momager off her back, even if the posts attract ugly internet trolls. The two cousins couldn’t b Ricki has one goal: save the Starlight Drive-in movie theater from going dark forever. Okay, make that two goals … she may also want a first kiss from her cinema-rescuing partner and major crush, Jake. Lana definitely has only one goal: grow her online makeup channel to keep her momager off her back, even if the posts attract ugly internet trolls. The two cousins couldn’t be more different, but their opposite personalities come crashing to a head when their aunt gifts the girls a vintage cotton-candy-pink convertible. To share. Ricki wants the convertible for the drive-in’s grand reopening, but it’s the same day as Digifest, a huge event where Lana needs to shine. After a major fight and a minor electric shock while wrestling over the wheel, Ricki wakes up as Lana, and Lana wakes up as Ricki. Ricki and Lana have only a day to un-Freaky Friday themselves, a task made even more difficult as they try to keep up appearances on Lana’s channel and with Ricki’s hopefully-soon-to-be-kissed crush. But it turns out experiencing a day as each other—with a mini road trip in the Skylark and the Chihuahua wrangling it entails—may be the one thing that help the cousins see each other and themselves more clearly.


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Ricki has one goal: save the Starlight Drive-in movie theater from going dark forever. Okay, make that two goals … she may also want a first kiss from her cinema-rescuing partner and major crush, Jake. Lana definitely has only one goal: grow her online makeup channel to keep her momager off her back, even if the posts attract ugly internet trolls. The two cousins couldn’t b Ricki has one goal: save the Starlight Drive-in movie theater from going dark forever. Okay, make that two goals … she may also want a first kiss from her cinema-rescuing partner and major crush, Jake. Lana definitely has only one goal: grow her online makeup channel to keep her momager off her back, even if the posts attract ugly internet trolls. The two cousins couldn’t be more different, but their opposite personalities come crashing to a head when their aunt gifts the girls a vintage cotton-candy-pink convertible. To share. Ricki wants the convertible for the drive-in’s grand reopening, but it’s the same day as Digifest, a huge event where Lana needs to shine. After a major fight and a minor electric shock while wrestling over the wheel, Ricki wakes up as Lana, and Lana wakes up as Ricki. Ricki and Lana have only a day to un-Freaky Friday themselves, a task made even more difficult as they try to keep up appearances on Lana’s channel and with Ricki’s hopefully-soon-to-be-kissed crush. But it turns out experiencing a day as each other—with a mini road trip in the Skylark and the Chihuahua wrangling it entails—may be the one thing that help the cousins see each other and themselves more clearly.

30 review for Freaky in Fresno

  1. 4 out of 5

    Lindsay (pawsomereads)

    Wallflowers. Beauty queens. Film buffs. Drama queens. Have you ever wondered what it would be like to spend a day in her shoes? Two estranged cousins—geeky horror movie fanatic Ricki and makeup guru Lana—accidentally switch bodies for a fateful summer road trip that is part ‪Freaky Friday‬, part romcom, and all heart 💗 Freaky in Fresno is such a cute and fun read!! It’s full of nostalgia, silliness, love and family that all create such a touching book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Rach

    Ricki and Lana are cousins who have grown apart. They are complete opposites, Ricky works in a drive-in movie and loves horror movies and Lana loves beauty and has a YouTube channel. They are given a car by their Aunt but they must share the car if they want to keep it. They get in argument over the car and the next morning they wake up in each other’s bodies. This reminds me of film Freaky Friday which was a fun film. It was fun reading Ricki and Lana try and not slip up. The two relationships Ricki and Lana are cousins who have grown apart. They are complete opposites, Ricky works in a drive-in movie and loves horror movies and Lana loves beauty and has a YouTube channel. They are given a car by their Aunt but they must share the car if they want to keep it. They get in argument over the car and the next morning they wake up in each other’s bodies. This reminds me of film Freaky Friday which was a fun film. It was fun reading Ricki and Lana try and not slip up. The two relationships in the book were sweet. Ricki was the only POV in the book and I would of prefer Lana to have a POV as well. Overall this was light hearted YA book filled with humour and family. I received a ARC from Netgalley and Blink for an objection review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Michele Cisneros

    As someone born and raised in Fresno I feel like I’m obligated to read this book when it comes out...lol

  4. 4 out of 5

    Nicole M. Hewitt

    This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction This is one of those books that's just plain fun to read (or listen to, as I ended up doing). It takes the basic Freaky Friday premise and gives it a modern twist by making it about two cousins who couldn't be more different. Ricki is a horror film buff who desperately wants to save her local drive-in theater---and share a perfect first kiss during the drive-in's big night. Lana, on the other hand, is a blossoming beau This review and many more can be found on my blog: Feed Your Fiction Addiction This is one of those books that's just plain fun to read (or listen to, as I ended up doing). It takes the basic Freaky Friday premise and gives it a modern twist by making it about two cousins who couldn't be more different. Ricki is a horror film buff who desperately wants to save her local drive-in theater---and share a perfect first kiss during the drive-in's big night. Lana, on the other hand, is a blossoming beauty YouTube star who cares much more about her follower count than anything going on IRL---or at least that's what Ricki thinks. When the two switch places and Ricki has to live Lana's life for a day, she realizes that there's a lot more behind her cousin's YouTube obsession than just a desire to be popular. I loved that the book explored themes of how an online presence can be both rewarding and toxic. I think that teens will relate to Lana's desire to show only her most perfect self to the world since that's such a predominant theme in our culture right now. Meanwhile, she's been hiding a whole host of secret fears and anxieties. Ricki's self-sabotaging quest for the perfect first kiss is also incredibly relatable---she's the type of girl who tries really hard to create that perfect scenario, only to mess up the natural romantic scenario that's unfolding right in front of her. Overall, I found this to be an entertaining book with some great messages about friendship and family and walking a mile in someone else's shoes! NARRATION: Madison Lawrence did a great job with the narration, and I'd definitely listen to her again (actually I am, right now). ***Disclosure: I received this book for free from the publisher for review purposes (but ended up listening to the audiobook via my library). No other compensation was given and all opinions are my own.***

  5. 4 out of 5

    Rose

    Well, this book was a bit unusual. Even as I'm writing this a week after finishing, I still don't know what to think of it. The Good: Cousin Relationships: These aren't seen enough in fiction and it was nice to see how they didn't get along at the beginning and how they grew throughout the story. The Writing: The style was pretty good and the pacing was even. The Bad: The Concept: On the last page, I still struggled to wrap my mind around what was happening in this book. The Ending: A lot of action s Well, this book was a bit unusual. Even as I'm writing this a week after finishing, I still don't know what to think of it. The Good: Cousin Relationships: These aren't seen enough in fiction and it was nice to see how they didn't get along at the beginning and how they grew throughout the story. The Writing: The style was pretty good and the pacing was even. The Bad: The Concept: On the last page, I still struggled to wrap my mind around what was happening in this book. The Ending: A lot of action started happening at one time and it was a bit much. All that said, this is not a book that I will plan on revisiting in the future. Rating: 3 Stars Content: 5 Stars *I received a complimentary copy of this novel from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts are my own and a positive review was not required.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Olivia

    See my full review here: https://www.yabookscentral.com/yafict... FREAKY IN FRESNO is a spin on the old novel, FREAKY FRIDAY. Ricki (nickname for Lyric) had a falling out with her cousin and BFF, Lana, a few years earlier. Without much explanation, Lana seemed to no longer want to hang out with her. It coincided with the time her youtube makeup channel, Lookie Lana, really took off. The channel got so big, she might have endorsement deals, and her mother quit her job to be a full-time manager. Or, See my full review here: https://www.yabookscentral.com/yafict... FREAKY IN FRESNO is a spin on the old novel, FREAKY FRIDAY. Ricki (nickname for Lyric) had a falling out with her cousin and BFF, Lana, a few years earlier. Without much explanation, Lana seemed to no longer want to hang out with her. It coincided with the time her youtube makeup channel, Lookie Lana, really took off. The channel got so big, she might have endorsement deals, and her mother quit her job to be a full-time manager. Or, at least, that's the way things seemed to Ricki, who is really focusing on helping the drive-in movie theatre she adores stay afloat. She misses Lana, but she is not going to waste her time on someone who is so different than the BFF she used to know. When their other aunt, May (their mothers and aunt are named April, May, and June in birth order), offers to buy them the pink convertible that has always been an important part of the sisterhood in their family on the condition that they share it and spend time together in it, they end up taking the offer, reluctantly on Ricki's part. However, when they are fighting over who will get to take it for an epic Friday night when Ricki's movie theatre will be reopening after a full summer of work and Lana's makeup channel will be having an important appearance at digifest, they feel a zap and wake up the next morning in the other one's body. By this exchange, they learn big/deep truths about the life of the other and end up becoming closer than ever... but how will they switch back? What I loved: One of the most powerful representations is about mental illness (not quite named as such) of the anxiety/depression faced by Lana. This was really strong. I would have appreciated if a therapist or other help could have also come into play, but just having the descriptors and presence in the book can be helpful. The plot ends up being much deeper than anticipated, and it is overall a fun read with all the anticipated comedy and even some more thought-provoking elements about online commenting and mental health. Final verdict: Overall, this is a fun YA contemporary comedy that presents a fresh, new FREAKY FRIDAY plot and stresses the importance of family and having an emotional support network to help you. Please note that I received an ARC. All opinions are my own.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Liz Friend

    The story: Cousins-turned-enemies Ricki and Lana have nothing in common: Ricki is a horror-movie fanatic with a crush on co-worker Jake, and Lana is on the verge of becoming an internet star and makeup influencer. But Aunt May intervenes, determined that the girls need to rekindle a lost friendship, and things go Freaky Friday fast when a cosmic glitch in a pink 1966 Buick Skylark convertible forces each one of them to realize that there's always more than one side to a breakup. June Cleaver's ra The story: Cousins-turned-enemies Ricki and Lana have nothing in common: Ricki is a horror-movie fanatic with a crush on co-worker Jake, and Lana is on the verge of becoming an internet star and makeup influencer. But Aunt May intervenes, determined that the girls need to rekindle a lost friendship, and things go Freaky Friday fast when a cosmic glitch in a pink 1966 Buick Skylark convertible forces each one of them to realize that there's always more than one side to a breakup. June Cleaver's ratings: Language G; Violence G; Sexual content PG; Nudity G; Substance abuse G; Magic & the occult PG; GLBT content G; adult themes G; overall rating PG. Liz's comments: A fun story for a little older audience than Mary Rodgers's original Freaky Friday book. Also hand this very PINK book to any girl who liked Megan Shull's "The Swap".

  8. 4 out of 5

    Brittany

    When I went to the 2019 YALSA convention in Memphis, TN I picked this book up from an ARC table. The cover caught my eye (yes, I do judge covers!) and I just now got around to reading it. It is a super cute story that seems reminiscent of Freaky Friday (the Lohan version). If you like that movie, then you will really enjoy this book. Just throwing this out there: my favorite character was Evil Z. Ha! One thing parents of younger teens will enjoy is that this is a clean book. I didn't notice any When I went to the 2019 YALSA convention in Memphis, TN I picked this book up from an ARC table. The cover caught my eye (yes, I do judge covers!) and I just now got around to reading it. It is a super cute story that seems reminiscent of Freaky Friday (the Lohan version). If you like that movie, then you will really enjoy this book. Just throwing this out there: my favorite character was Evil Z. Ha! One thing parents of younger teens will enjoy is that this is a clean book. I didn't notice any language, sexual scenes, etc. Yes there was alot of talk about "that perfect drive-in kiss" but it was done in a tasteful way.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tara

    I didn’t read the description of the book before I downloaded the audio, but hey, there’s a dog on the cover so I figured I’d give it a shot? This book is a reimagining of Freaky Friday and it’s a typical teen YA fodder that even pays homage to Jamie Lee Curtis, which is kinda fun. It’s great for those who enjoyed Dumplin’, but definitely keep an eye out for terrible parents in this book (I.e. fame seekers via YouTube).

  10. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

    I devoured this book in a day! It was so cute and adorable with a freaky twist. I loved how the girls became friends again. As well as all the classic horror things and the true depiction of how people are on the internet. This was a must read for me!!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Christina Marie Reads

    I loved this adorable, fun, laugh out loud read! It's geared toward young adult readers but I think many middle grade and adult readers would find it enjoyable as well!

  12. 4 out of 5

    Lisa Mandina

    I just am not getting into this one. I think it started in a weird part of the story for me. I wish that had been more of a flashback maybe? I don't know. Just not for me.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Julie (Struck by Stories)

    This book felt a little average to me. Not really amazing, but also not particularly bad either. I liked the storyline fine, and the writing style was really addictive, but some of the characters felt a tad flat to me. I did like how it centered on family A LOT, though, which definitely improved my opinion of the story! My only wish was that I wish the formatting included Lana's perspective, instead of only getting to hear Ricki's perspective, All in all, while I still think I prefer Pretty in P This book felt a little average to me. Not really amazing, but also not particularly bad either. I liked the storyline fine, and the writing style was really addictive, but some of the characters felt a tad flat to me. I did like how it centered on family A LOT, though, which definitely improved my opinion of the story! My only wish was that I wish the formatting included Lana's perspective, instead of only getting to hear Ricki's perspective, All in all, while I still think I prefer Pretty in Punxsutawney (a similar book by Laurie Boyle Crompton published last year), I did enjoy this one and am excited to see what Laurie comes up with next!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Meagan Myhren-bennett

    Freaky in Fresno By Laurie Boyle Crompton Narrated by Madison Lawrence Freaky in Fresno is a fun book that features two former BFF cousins as they get an eye-opening day learning just what the other's life really is like. Ricki and Lana used to do almost everything together. But after a road trip with their moms and aunt, everything changed. When Aunt May gifts the two teens with a pink convertible, sparks are sure to fly. But the flying sparks are going to make the next day one that neither Ricki o Freaky in Fresno By Laurie Boyle Crompton Narrated by Madison Lawrence Freaky in Fresno is a fun book that features two former BFF cousins as they get an eye-opening day learning just what the other's life really is like. Ricki and Lana used to do almost everything together. But after a road trip with their moms and aunt, everything changed. When Aunt May gifts the two teens with a pink convertible, sparks are sure to fly. But the flying sparks are going to make the next day one that neither Ricki or Lana is about to forget anytime soon. And both are about to have a day that will find Ricki living Lana's life and Lana living Ricki's which is a BIG problem as each has the event of the summer occurring in just a few hours. Can they figure out how to get back to their own bodies before it is too late and they ruin the other's life? And the only one who notices anything is a chihuahua with a major attitude problem (actually reminds me of a couple of dachshunds I know and love). I really found this book a fun deviation from my normal fare. This is totally teen girl fun and at places totally over-the-top craziness. And throw in a couple of boyfriends you are looking at a relationship disaster waiting to happen. If you are looking for an escape from the stress of your day-to-day with some unbelievable family dynamics look no further. Now I didn't read this book but rather listened to it in audiobook form. It is narrated by Madison Lawrence who did a good job presenting the story. (I listened to it at 1.25 speed so it went a little faster than the 8 hours and 16 minutes listed time) If you are familiar with Laurie Boyles Crompton's previous title Pretty In Punxsutawney you will enjoy this one and there is more movie fun involved in this one too. No school situations with this one as it takes place towards the end of summer vacation. But this time it is a drive-in rather than a theater. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher through Libro.fm with no expectations but to provide my honest opinion. All thoughts expressed are my own.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Erica

    I received an e-arc of this book in exchange for an honest review. Let me preface this review by saying that I was unable to complete this book and marked it as a dnf. I tried on multiple occasions to get into this book but honestly I disliked the characters so much and some of the events that were happening just didn't sit well with me. The premise of this book is that two cousins are gifted their dream vehicle that they have to share even though they haven't gotten along for a few years now. T I received an e-arc of this book in exchange for an honest review. Let me preface this review by saying that I was unable to complete this book and marked it as a dnf. I tried on multiple occasions to get into this book but honestly I disliked the characters so much and some of the events that were happening just didn't sit well with me. The premise of this book is that two cousins are gifted their dream vehicle that they have to share even though they haven't gotten along for a few years now. They both want the car on the same night for different events and reasons and as far as I got in the book they both did not want to concede it to the other. One makes makeup tutorial videos and the other has been helping get the drive in movie theater up and running again. It ends up being a freaky Friday situation where the two will swap places and I'm sure will learn more about their difference and the pressures put on each other. Now as I said I didn't make it too far into the book. I believe I stopped at about a quarter of the way into it and the swap had just happened but honestly the characters were so whiney I just couldn't be bothered to continue. The one cousin only seemed to care about getting a kiss from her crush but only on one particular night because it was supposedly good luck for the couple to have their first kiss on that night. So she keeps dodging his advances but just makes things awkward between them and doesn't talk to him about what she wants and it was just so frustrating. The other cousin I didn't get as much of a feel for but it seemed like there were some issues between her and her mom but overall her character seemed to just be superficial. Either way, there just wasn't enough in the first part of the book to make me want to continue reading.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jessica Higgins

    Cousins, Ricki and Lana, are as opposite as can be. Ricki is a lover of horror movies. Lana is consumed by her online persona, “Lookie Lana”, a makeup and glamour guru. Once close, the cousins grew apart as they found different interests and have developed a general dislike of each other. To help remedy this, their Aunt May gives them a pink convertible, just like the one their grandmother used to own. While fighting over who gets to take the car to their big night, the drive-in theater’s reopen Cousins, Ricki and Lana, are as opposite as can be. Ricki is a lover of horror movies. Lana is consumed by her online persona, “Lookie Lana”, a makeup and glamour guru. Once close, the cousins grew apart as they found different interests and have developed a general dislike of each other. To help remedy this, their Aunt May gives them a pink convertible, just like the one their grandmother used to own. While fighting over who gets to take the car to their big night, the drive-in theater’s reopening for Ricki or Lana’s online personality festival, they receive an electrical jolt that causes them to switch bodies. While trying to find clues and keep things straight with their boyfriends, the two begin to redevelop their bond. Through a series of close calls in each other’s bodies, they fight to get back to normal before evening when they must go to their important events. The girls learn things about each other and themselves. Also disconnected, their mothers also are reunited by the girls’ switch. Freaky in Fresno is yet another twist on the old “Freaky Friday” concept. Unfortunately for adults who have read the original and been through a few of the adaptations of the original story, this book comes across as incredibly cheesy and predictable. It’s hard to make a used concept new and fresh. That being said, for today’s teens, this book will be fun and enjoyable, especially for teenage girls. At time, it was a little difficult keeping up with the girls as they were not in their own body. There were some humorous moments as the girls fought for each other and in the end there was a positive message. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.

  17. 5 out of 5

    BookwormishMe

    Ricki and Lana may be cousins, but they are nothing alike. At one time inseparable, they have drifted apart over the last year and half. Ricki is still the horror movie/gore queen. Lana is now the social media starlet. When their Aunt May decides that the girls need to reunite, Lana and Ricki get the shock of their lives. Over the steering wheel of a 1966 Buick Skylark Convertible, pink no less, Ricki and Lana find out what it’s like to live in the other’s shoes. Literally. At the old drive in th Ricki and Lana may be cousins, but they are nothing alike. At one time inseparable, they have drifted apart over the last year and half. Ricki is still the horror movie/gore queen. Lana is now the social media starlet. When their Aunt May decides that the girls need to reunite, Lana and Ricki get the shock of their lives. Over the steering wheel of a 1966 Buick Skylark Convertible, pink no less, Ricki and Lana find out what it’s like to live in the other’s shoes. Literally. At the old drive in theater, crazy magic happens and just like the movie Freaky Friday, Lana is now Ricki and Ricki is now Lana. Now the girls will be forced to survive as each other until they can find a way out of this mess. Adorable story about two teens who need a lesson in love, life and tolerance. Told from Ricki’s point of view, she is the one who felt betrayed by Lana when Lana’s YouTube channel took off. But once she is Lana, she is able to see things very differently. While Lana’s life looks glamorous, maybe things aren’t as rosy. And with Lana in Ricki’s body, Lana is able to do things that Ricki would never dream of doing herself. This is a story about family as well. Ricki and Lana’s mothers, as well as their Aunt May have some fences to mend. The car is the magnet that brings this whole family back together, for the better. With a little bit of romance and a whole lot of fun, this is a quick and adventurous YA novel. Since this is part of a series of novels loosely based around classic YA movies, it makes for a great summer series. Watch the movie. Read the book. Or the other way around.

  18. 5 out of 5

    CR

    This was a total hit with this reader!! As always I never read what the book is about when I start it. So I didn't realize that this was a take on Freaky Friday and I have to say I fell in love!! The blend of two girls who were like sisters that grew apart was so adorable. I loved how each one was going on with their lives after they grew apart but each was very similar. We have Ricki who loves classic horror films and the make up to match. She's trying to get with her crush and save the drive-i This was a total hit with this reader!! As always I never read what the book is about when I start it. So I didn't realize that this was a take on Freaky Friday and I have to say I fell in love!! The blend of two girls who were like sisters that grew apart was so adorable. I loved how each one was going on with their lives after they grew apart but each was very similar. We have Ricki who loves classic horror films and the make up to match. She's trying to get with her crush and save the drive-in movie theater that she loves. Then on the flip side we have her cousin Lana who is an online start for glamor and glitz makeup. The dynamic between the two of these girls and their families was one that will sick with you for a long while. The whole thing from family to internet fame felt so real. From Lana having to deal with internet trolls and haters (which by the way never let them win!) to Ricki learning to go with the flow and dealing with rejection. It all felt very real. I know that I feel so much for Lana as I have been in her shoes from getting death threats and more a few years ago when the internet trolls started up. This was a laugh out loud, good feeling, sisterhood story with a twist that I could not put down! Must READ!! Go Into This One Knowing: Makeup, Classic Horror, Humor, Sisterhood

  19. 5 out of 5

    Rachel

    3.5 ⭐️⁣ ⁣ When two polar opposite cousins inherit a pink convertible from their aunt, they must work it out on how to share it. Ricki, a horror movie extraordinaire, has been pining over a crush who she’s been working with to help revamp the local drive-in. Lana, a beauty queen blogger, has an important social event to attend to boost her followers. When the drive-in reopening and the event end up on the same night, these two fight for who gets the darn car. But, what happens instead? A Freaky Fri 3.5 ⭐️⁣ ⁣ When two polar opposite cousins inherit a pink convertible from their aunt, they must work it out on how to share it. Ricki, a horror movie extraordinaire, has been pining over a crush who she’s been working with to help revamp the local drive-in. Lana, a beauty queen blogger, has an important social event to attend to boost her followers. When the drive-in reopening and the event end up on the same night, these two fight for who gets the darn car. But, what happens instead? A Freaky Friday fiasco. Ricki is Lana. Lana is Ricki. And, how in the world do they switch back? More importantly, how do they switch back before their respective commitments?⁣ ⁣ This was a cute YA story about appreciation and coming together. What you see on the outside isn’t necessarily an accurate description of what’s going on on the inside. Until you walk a day in their shoes. LITERALLY. This was a refreshing take on Freaky Friday (Jamie Lee Curtis reference included), which I found enjoyable. All the characters had fun personalities, making the story so entertaining. If you are in the mood for a fun, Disney-esque story, then check this one out!⁣ ⁣ Thank you @kayepublicity and @blinkyabooks for sending me this copy! Pub date: Feb 11, 2020.

  20. 5 out of 5

    John Clark

    Take a girl who is crushing on a boy. They share the same passion for horror movies and are doing everything they can to save an aging drive-in movie theater. Ricki's determined to have her first kiss with Jake under the stars at the grand reopening. Avoiding his attempts to kiss her ahead of schedule seems like her biggest challenge, but fate has far bigger plans in store. Lana, her social media diva cousin, from whom she's estranged, starts the upset ball rolling when she appears after having Take a girl who is crushing on a boy. They share the same passion for horror movies and are doing everything they can to save an aging drive-in movie theater. Ricki's determined to have her first kiss with Jake under the stars at the grand reopening. Avoiding his attempts to kiss her ahead of schedule seems like her biggest challenge, but fate has far bigger plans in store. Lana, her social media diva cousin, from whom she's estranged, starts the upset ball rolling when she appears after having no contact for months with news that their hippie aunt has bought an exact replica of the pink convertible their grandmother owned. The girls can own it, but must share in all summer. That's a deal breaker for Ricki as cousin Lana has plans to use it the night the drive-in opens and pretty much all summer. Here's where fate steps in and somehow the car manages to switch the girls into each other's bodies. What ensues involves moments of 'holy cow,' avoiding that first kiss in very creative ways, total fish out of water experiences for Ricki as she tries to 'diva' herself and lots of laughs. I zipped through it an a couple hours and loved every minute.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Kayla

    * I received an e-ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. Overall, this was a pretty cute and fun read! It took me a little while to fully connect to the story and the characters, but by the time I approached the middle, I was invested. It's a fun, very modern take on Freaky Friday, with a "switch" between two cousins who don't get along. As an only child who grew up close to her cousins, I loved this take. While very fun and parts mad * I received an e-ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own. Overall, this was a pretty cute and fun read! It took me a little while to fully connect to the story and the characters, but by the time I approached the middle, I was invested. It's a fun, very modern take on Freaky Friday, with a "switch" between two cousins who don't get along. As an only child who grew up close to her cousins, I loved this take. While very fun and parts made me laugh (plus Erik, one of the love interests, is SO sweet), there's also a deeper element to it with an exploration of influencer culture and the toll that can take on mental health. To me, parts of the beginning and end seemed a little cheesy/forced (especially pertaining to theme), I'll admit, but I still thoroughly enjoyed it. I loved getting to see the relationship-building between the cousins, as well as the aunts, and--to not get into spoilers--the development of a relationship with another beauty guru (besides Erik). Plus, the DOGS. The dogs are fantastic. There are wolf dogs and a Chihuahua, and the dynamic between them is so funny but so true. I can attest from personal experience (lol). Basically, read for the fun but also meaningful take on Freaky Friday a la cousins, stay for the dogs--and Erik.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Freaky in Fresno by Laurie Boyle Crompton is a twist on the 2003 movie, Freaky Friday, with Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsey Lohan. In this version, Ricki and Lana are cousins who have grown apart. Ricki is now into horror movies while Lana is into makeup. Their Aunt May gives them a pink convertible to share, but after wrestling for the steering wheel in the car, they switch bodies! Now they are forced to work together to make it to the weekend unscathed! While they are bonding, so are their mother Freaky in Fresno by Laurie Boyle Crompton is a twist on the 2003 movie, Freaky Friday, with Jamie Lee Curtis and Lindsey Lohan. In this version, Ricki and Lana are cousins who have grown apart. Ricki is now into horror movies while Lana is into makeup. Their Aunt May gives them a pink convertible to share, but after wrestling for the steering wheel in the car, they switch bodies! Now they are forced to work together to make it to the weekend unscathed! While they are bonding, so are their mothers and their sister May--April, May, and June. This book has the perfect cover that shows June's Chihuahua, Zelda! This is a cute, entertaining YA story.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Liv

    Ricki and Lana, cousins and former best friends, are polar opposites. But when their aunt conspires to mend their relationship, they end up switching lives! I found the book a little hard to get into, and at the beginning I was bored. However, as it went on the pacing picked up and some of the situations the girls got into were brilliantly funny. The characters are fairly basic, but the book is quite entertaining. An easy, fun read for a quiet afternoon! I received a free copy from the publisher Ricki and Lana, cousins and former best friends, are polar opposites. But when their aunt conspires to mend their relationship, they end up switching lives! I found the book a little hard to get into, and at the beginning I was bored. However, as it went on the pacing picked up and some of the situations the girls got into were brilliantly funny. The characters are fairly basic, but the book is quite entertaining. An easy, fun read for a quiet afternoon! I received a free copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sasha

    Alright. I still sort of cannot believe that I, a 19 year old girl, read this book. In its entirety. And sort of enjoyed it. While the cover looks like something straight out of the mid 2000s from the 'teen' shelf at a random library that you might not give a second glance at, this book was NOTHING like its cover. It wasn't the most incredible thing on the planet, but the characters were enjoyable, and the overall book was cute. Nothing astonishing, nothing that exactly sets it apart from any ot Alright. I still sort of cannot believe that I, a 19 year old girl, read this book. In its entirety. And sort of enjoyed it. While the cover looks like something straight out of the mid 2000s from the 'teen' shelf at a random library that you might not give a second glance at, this book was NOTHING like its cover. It wasn't the most incredible thing on the planet, but the characters were enjoyable, and the overall book was cute. Nothing astonishing, nothing that exactly sets it apart from any other YA novel out there, but cute.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Ashby

    Much as I love a formulaic Freaky Friday retread, some are better executed than others. This one is not bad by any means, but it wasn’t as engaging as others I’ve read. I found it really long after about 75% where I was just anxious for the girls to switch back. And once they did, the promises to always be friends from now on, and the words of wisdom they shared with others along the same lines, ran long.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Sophia Lilith Winter

    A cute story about two girls switching bodies, forcing them to recconnect. One is a beauty queen and the other a horror movie fanatic. oh, and there's also a chihuahua so what more could I ask for? I overall enjoyed this book a lot and can see myself rereading it whenever i need to relax my mind from scary horror or high fantasy novels.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Libby

    The perfect light teen romance to read during a pandemic. Based on the same premise as "Freaky Friday," in this case it's cousins who used to be close and have taken different paths who switch bodies. Even though it's completely predictable, it's fun...and sometimes that's exactly what we need! A novel I can easily recommend to young teens as well as older ones.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Readsandeats

    I enjoyed this book but as it was so like Freaky Friday I found it too similar. However, the fact that it was cousins that switched was good. They learnt a lot not only about each other but themselves, that you saw them grow. The side characters were fun as well. I think this book also had an important message with regards to social media and the pressures it can put people under.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Kristin

    Cute if a bit sanitized and young YA/middle grade. Hard to follow when Lana was talking versus Ricki. Dragged with not much happening midway through. I wanted more cute dog stuff. Read through chapter 17. I received a free e-arc from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  30. 4 out of 5

    Maryann

    Review forthcoming in SLJ.

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