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Just like me, only better
Snow, Carol, 1965-
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Berkley trade paperback edition.
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New York, N.Y. : Berkley Books, [2010]

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306 pages ; 21cm
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From the author of Here Today, Gone to Maui , the story of a woman who finally got a life...some else's.

Ever since Veronica's husband found the love of his life-not her-she's been a walking zombie with runny mascara. It doesn't help that she keeps getting mistaken for Haley Rush-the Hollywood starlet whose dazzling life is plastered on every magazine.

When Haley's manager offers Veronica a job as a celebrity double, it only takes a moment before she says yes. Veronica gets to drive Haley's car, wear her phenomenal clothes-and have fun with her hot celebrity boyfriend, Brady Ellis. Too bad the job's only part-time, and at the end of the day she has to return to her life as a cash-strapped substitute teacher and cub scout mom.

But when real sparks fly with Brady, is it a fantasy come true or a disaster in disguise?

Author Notes

Carol Snow grew up in New Jersey. She received a psychology degree from Brown University and a M.A.T. in English from Boston College.

Her novels include Been There, Done That (2006), Getting Warmer (2007), Here Today, Gone to Maui (2009), Just Like Me, Only Better (2010), and What Came First (2011). Carol has also written two young adult books Switch (2008), an ALA Quick Pick for Reluctant Readers, and Snap (2009).

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Veronica did want to marry and have children at a young age. But she never imagined that her husband would find his soul mate in an older woman, leaving her alone with her Ben, struggling to live on a substitute teacher's salary. As she sleepwalks through life, Veronica's resemblance to tween star Haley Rush gives her a unique opportunity to become Haley's celebrity double. The money is too good to pass up. So Veronica becomes a sprayed-tan blonde, with hair extensions and unlimited entrée into the glamorous life of a star, complete with an amazingly hunky ex-boyfriend, all the while trying to maintain her regular life as a mom in the unfashionable Los Angeles suburb where no one in Hollywood would dare to tread. It's getting harder everyday for Veronica to keep fantasy and reality from colliding, and maybe all that glamour is not what it is cracked up to be. An immensely fun read that skewers the celebrity lifestyle with wit and humor that makes Snow an author to watch.--Engelmann, Patty Copyright 2010 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

A divorced Orange County suburbanite's life gets a delicious jolt in Snow's superb romantic comedy. After Veronica Czaplicki's husband leaves her for a mega-rich realtor, she scrapes by, substitute teaching at her son Ben's elementary school and renting a guest house from an overbearing couple. In a fun twist of fate, Veronica's resemblance to young superstar Haley Rush (think: Miley Cyrus meets Lindsay Lohan) attracts Haley's manager, who offers Veronica $100 an hour to pretend to be Haley for photo ops. At first Veronica loves getting a makeover and "dating" Brady Ellis, Haley's hot ex-boyfriend and co-star. The good times, of course, can't last, and romantic treachery lurks. Snow (Here Today, Gone to Maui) turns what could've been just another single mom mope fest into a wonderfully witty reminder that celebrity always carries a price tag. (Apr.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved