LINDA JOY SINGLETON
Dying to be popular
Amber has a terrible sense of direction but that doesn’t stop her from going to Jessica Bradley’s party. Jessica is friends with Leah Montgomery, who just happens to be one of the most popular kids at school. Taking a tip from one of her many self-help books, Amber hopes to meet Mr. Mongomery, who’s in the music business.
After overhearing what the girls really think of her, she takes off realizing she was foolish to even think Leah and her friends would want to be around her. Later, after a freaky accident, she has an out of body experience. To her surprise she ends up in none other than Leah Montgomery’s body.
Now it’s up to Amber to figure out how to get back into her own body. Along the way she discovers some truths about Leah’s life which include an airhead boyfriend, an alcoholic mother, and a Daddy dearest who has a scary obsession for body perfection.
Amber finds out maybe being the most popular in school isn’t what it’s all cracked up to be. When she tries to tell her ‘new’ family the truth, the father threatens to send her to a mental institution. Her real family is back at the hospital waiting to donate her organs. Time is ticking away. She has to get back to her own body or she will forever be AmberLeah.
I really loved this teen-like Quantum Leap tale. This fast-paced and suspense filled novel will have the reader following Amber as she tries to figure out how to get back into her own body while dealing with sudden popularity. Singleton does a great job of showing a paranormal world with some twists and surprises. I especially loved the role a beloved pet plays in comforting the soon to be deceased.
Amber’s struggles feel real especially as she tries to communicate with her friends and family on what has happened. I couldn’t help but think this would make a wonderful teen TV series. Each chapter ends with a hook, pulling you in to read more.
I highly recommend this book to fans of Singleton’s SEER series and to others who love a good paranormal tale with a twist.