My Double Life by Janette Rallison is a roller-coaster of a read written with humor and emotion. The main character, Alexia, is a high school senior. She lives in West Virginia with her mother and grandmother. Lexi has never known who her father is but has wondered about him for her whole life. Fantasies about him appearing leading a beautiful horse–a gift for her on her birthday–have haunted her since early childhood.
When a picture of Lexi is posted on the internet to embarrass Lexi and her resemblance to famous singer (and seemingly not-so-bright) Kari Kingsley, Lexi gets a call. Kari needs a double to appear for her so she can work on her music, and Lexi might fit the bill. The money is appealing to Lexi, who has grown up with second-hand clothes because of her single mother–who gave up thoughts of college when she became pregnant with Lexi.
Lexi’s mother is against it, but when Lexi finds out that Kari’s father, Alex Kingsley, is also HER father, she accepts the job hoping to get a chance to meet him. The story invites the reader into the lives of the rich and famous. Lexi learns to deal with the paparazzi and she learns to like expensive clothes. She learns that Kari (her half-sister) has her own insecurities (including a gambling addiction and impulsive shopping sprees), and without telling Kari their true relationship, Lexi tries to help Kari do the right thing.
Unfortunately, while masquerading as Kari, Lexi meets heartthrob Grant Delray and falls for him. This leads to problems when Kari reunites with her real boyfriend. The press goes wild with reports of Kari two-timing her boyfriend, and Kari is not pleased when Lexi’s relationship with Grant jeopardizes her own relationship with her boyfriend.
When Lexi is forced to choose between her values and the money and luxury that her job entitles her to (and perhaps meeting her father), she makes the right decision. The ending will draw a tear from all but the the most hard-hearted. The book will also have readers looking for the next Janette Rallison book.
Janette Rallison maintains a website full of information about her published and her upcoming novels. Her books are available in the Chicago area at local independent bookstores like The Book Stall in Winnetka, The Book Bin in Northbrook, and Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville and Downer’s Grove.
Disclaimer: The reviewer was sent an advance review copy by the author. However, only books worthy of recommendation are reviewed; other books are declined for review by the reviewer.