I’m Not Her
By, Cara Sue Achterberg
I was given this book in exchange for an honest review. I really, really enjoyed this novel. Not only was it a great story, but I feel like I learned a lot from it. Leann is an obese, poverty-stricken, supermarket cashier who is married to an abusive husband. She got “knocked up” in high school and her mother basically forced them to get married. The brightest part of her life is her sweet 5 year old son, Trevor. Her mother is a religious legalist, who is also abusive to Leann.
Carin is a career woman with a successful, high-paying job and a not-serious, on again, off again boyfriend. She was raised by parents who cared a lot about appearances. Carin is in Leann’s grocery store checkout line when a giant display falls on her head and knocks her unconscious. Somehow, the two switch bodies.
This book mainly focused on Carin in Leann’s body. There were some parts with Leann in Carin’s, but not as much. I would have liked to see more changes in Leann.
Carin went from a pretty privileged life to totally seeing how “the other half lives.” She was judgmental in the beginning of the book, I would say about as judgmental as most people are. She was never rude to Leann, but she did have some thoughts about how large she was. Once Carin entered Leann’s body she began to see why Leann’s life had turned out the way it did. I feel like this story spoke to me and about how I sometimes judge appearances. It really gave me a new view on the fact that I don’t know what someone’s life is really like until I’ve switched bodies with them.
Another thing I loved about this book was the fact that when Carin was Leann, she worked incredibly hard to change her situation. She got another job, started working out, and became a better mother to Trevor. I just loved seeing her grit and determination and how much she cared about Trevor.
This was a really enjoyable book. I felt that it went much deeper than most body switch books. The reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is because there were some editing errors and because I would have liked to see more changes in Leann’s character.