Freaky Friday
by
Mary Rodgers

Read by

Suzannah Fellows

Listening Library, 1995, 3 hours 21 minutes

2 cassettes, ISBN: 0-8072-7590-5

Genre: Young Reader

Subgenre: Fiction
Reviewed: 8/10/2002

Reviewed by: Conan Tigard

Book Cover

Excerpt

"Come on in, Mrs. Andrews. How've you been?"

"Well..." I started.

"Ah...you're not the only one," Mr. Dilk, the principal of my school continued, "everybody hates the hell out of February. But you look grand. Splendid. Have a seat while I get a hold of Ms. McGwirk and the good doctor."

Out of habit, I headed for one of the hard browns. But Dilk, while he was mumbling instructions into the phone, hissed at me to take the comfortable chair.

I did.

He drummed his fingers on the desk and smiled a knowing smile at me while nodding his head up and down. "Relax Mrs. Andrews. There's nothing to be alarmed about. We'll get this business about your daughter all straightened out in no time. Of course, I haven't had the pleasure of teaching Annabel this year, but I'll tell you one thing. That little gal is a personality in her own right. She has a real mind of her own."

Fat lot you know about it Silky Dilky.

"I guess that's true, most of the time," I said.

"You bet it is. And we at the Barton encourage that kind of spunk and zip. We like to see spunk and zip."

Spunk and zip? Spunk and zip! It sounded like a book about two Swedish brothers. The Adventures of Spunk and Zip. Spunk and Zip in the Frozen Fjord. Spunk and Zip in the Sunken Ship. See Spunk zip. Good lord, was I going mad.

"I'm sorry," I said, "you were saying?"

"As long as its accompanied by mature self-discipline and a sense of obligation to herself and her school."

Jeckle to Hyde in mid-sentence. The feet were now on the floor. The cigarette had been stamped out viciously in the ashtray. The hands were clasped together, with tapping index fingers. This is the church and this is the steeple. Open the doors and kill all the people. And the smile had vanished completely.

When do we get the long nails, and the fangs, I wondered.

 

Synopsis

Annabel is a troublesome young teenager. One morning she wakes up inside her mom's body. She can't believe it, until she remembers that she doesn't have to go to school now and that she is free to enjoy and easy day of leisure as an adult.

But things start to get a little out of hand when she realizes that she is supposed to attend a meeting with the principal of her school about herself. Then she forgets to pick up her little brother from school, kills the washing machine, plays games with the teenage boy that she has a crush on, has to make dinner for some clients of her father, and lets her little brother get kidnapped.

She soon comes to realize that it is just as hard, if not harder, to be her mother as she bumbles her way through a multitude of disastrous events. Maybe it isn't so bad being a kid after all.

This is an audio version of the book Freaky Friday by Mary Rodgers. The story is read by actress Suzannah Fellows. This audio book is in cassette format, consisting of 2 cassettes, each a little over 1 hours, and plays for 3 hours and 21 minutes. This is an complete and unabridged version of the novel.

 

Review

I was quite pleased by the reading of Freaky Friday by Suzannah Fellows. I really could believe that a young girl was telling that story of how she popped into her mom's body one day. Suzannah uses quite a bit of expression during the reading and is a lot of fun to listen to.

Mary Rodgers has created a fun novel for any young adult to enjoy, whether it being in book or audio book format. The story is quick-paced and enjoyable to take in. I quite enjoyed the journey of realization that Annabel went through as she finally appreciated that being an adult takes a lot of work and there are serious reproductions if they make mistakes.

Overall, I had a wonderful time listening to Freaky Friday with my seven-year old daughter. You will too.

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2002