Freaky Friday is a comedic children's novel written by Mary Rodgers, first published by Harper . Ashley explained that the musical is based on the original Rodgers book as well as the films. The musical is set in the present time in Chicago. Freaky Friday book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Annabel thinks her mom has the best life. If she were a grown-up, sh. Freaky Friday [Mary Rodgers] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Like Mother, Like Daughter Annabel Andrews is tired of her mother telling.

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Can you imagine what it would be like to wake up in somebody else's body? Just for one Friday, Annabel Andrews becomes her mother, and has a chance to. Freaky Friday. Read a Sample · Read a Sample · Enlarge Book Cover . One Friday morning, Annabel's wish comes true when she wakes up and realizes she's. by Mary Rodgers. On Sale: 06/17/ Freaky Friday. Enlarge Book Cover. $ Spend $49 and get FREE shipping on Format:Paperback. Quantity .

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A Lesson to Fathers , the novel by F. Anstey in which the protagonists are a father and son, though in the Mary Rodgers version the lesson is to daughters and mothers. A willful, disorganized teenage girl, Annabel Andrews, awakens one Friday morning to find herself in the body of her mother, with whom she had argued the previous night.

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Suddenly in charge of taking care of the New York family's affairs and her younger brother Ben whom Annabel has not-so-affectionately nicknamed "Ape Face" and said "He's so neat, it's revolting!

As the day wears on and Annabel has a series of increasingly bizarre and frustrating adventures, she becomes gradually more appreciative of how difficult her mother's life is, and learns, to her surprise, that Ben idolizes her, and Boris is actually named Morris, but has a problem with chronic congestion at least around Annabel leading him to nasally pronounce m s and n s as b s and d s. The novel races towards its climax and Ben also disappears, apparently having gone off with a pretty girl whom Boris did not recognize, but Ben appeared to trust without hesitation.

Finally, it is revealed that Annabel's mother herself caused them to switch bodies through some unspecified means, and the mysterious teen beauty who took Ben was Mrs. Andrews in Annabel's body to which she is restored made much more attractive by a makeover Mrs. Andrews gave the body while using it, including the removal of Annabel's braces , an appointment Annabel had forgotten about and would have missed, had she been the one in her body that day.

Disorganized perhaps even slovenly , rebellious, and something of a tomboy, year-old Annabel is a fairly typical teen who believes that adults have it easy and quickly finds herself out of her depth when faced with real adult responsibilities and concerns. She wants to be free because of her mother bossing her around and is really serious about doing some things she wants to do, but she can not because of her mother.

A typical pre-adolescent younger sibling, 6-year-old Ben delights in creating conflict with Annabel, torturing her and generally driving her crazy, which has led to her nicknaming him Ape Face. Unknown to Annabel, he and his friends think she is the epitome of cool, and he wears the nickname as a badge of honor.

The truth comes out when she slips up and calls him Ape Face while her mind is in Mrs. Andrews' body. A childhood playmate of Annabel, he has been somewhat afraid of her since a sandbox incident in which she cut his head open with a shovel.

Deciding she played too rough, he and his mother have made a point of him avoiding Annabel since. He is a cheerful, charming and handsome young gentleman, and does his best to help "Mrs.

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Andrews" really Annabel as she struggles through a tough day. He has some occasional breathing trouble, attributed to his adenoids and possibly a psychosomatic reaction to his own mother, which renders his voice nasal, making him unable to pronounce the letters m and n clearly.

Because of this, Annabel has always believed his name to be Boris, when it is in fact Morris. Unfortunately, she suffers the exact opposite misunderstanding when he offers to prepare a "beetloaf" for a dinner party with the limited assortment of culinary ingredients available, and she believes he is going to save dinner by providing a much more sensible meatloaf , but she is won over when she samples the new dish and finds it tasty.

Despite setting the events in motion and later ending them deus ex machina -style, Mrs.

Andrews remains along with Annabel's body, which she has taken an unseen character for much of the book, only revealing herself and what she has done at the end of the day. Mary Rodgers wrote two sequels featuring the Andrews family. All three Andrews family novels were soon published in Harper Trophy trade paperback editions.

Freaky Monday , in which year-old schoolgirl Hadley and a teacher she dislikes "switch bodies".

A major difference between the novel and the films is the presence of an outside influence switching the often-bickering mother and daughter against both their wills. Because of this, both serve as protagonists, and the films start shortly before the switch, illustrating the conflict between the two, then follow the trouble both have adjusting to their new circumstances, and the new respect and understanding they both come to have for each other before switching back.

Mary Rodgers also added a hobby for Annabel to the story, with an important competition, for which her mother lacks the skill, serving to bring the action to a climax.

This addition was kept in subsequent versions, although the original hobby of waterskiing changed to other events, and an important simultaneous event for the mother her wedding rehearsal dinner was added to the film.

In both films, his name is changed Luke in the film, Jake in the film , and he is already Annabel's love interest, rather than being an enemy of hers. Like the film, both of the updated versions of the characters fall in love with Annabel's mother due to Annabel flirting with him while in her mother's body.

Marc McClure, who played Boris in the film, also has a cameo as a delivery man who is also named Boris in the film. A stage musical has been developed by Disney Theatrical Productions , with the music written by Tom Kitt and lyrics written by Brian Yorkey and the book by Bridget Carpenter. The musical is set in the present time in Chicago.

The cast features Emma Hunton and Heidi Blickenstaff. A Disney Channel film adaptation of the stage musical was announced on September 29, Since I have never in my life seen my mother eating a marshmallow, I began to have a sneaking hunch that this was not my mother.

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She loses the caterer but wins over the TV audience with unbridled teenage enthusiasm. Any possible disturbing Electra element to Freaky Friday gets ably sidestepped: In the book, Annabel fortunately creeps out of bed before her father wakes up, and dad John Astin is never anything but friendly if demanding to his wife in the version.

For , the climax of the movie is not at an aquacade, whatever that is, but the wedding of Tess and Ryan Mark Harmon , who at least Anna is not related to.

She swats away his prenuptial kisses by pleading a cold sore. Boris flat-out falls for Mrs.

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Advertisement Rodgers contributed a lot of her original dialogue to the screenplay, and although the lead actresses do their able best to carry the lines across, they lose some of their bite off of the page. The screenplay varied almost unrecognizably from the source material except for the set up, and here Anna suffers from the same schematic problem as a typical suburban kid. Advertisement All three versions end in the same beneficial way: a deeper understanding and love on the side of both mother and daughter why no other version of the story thought to have females as leads is still a bit of a head-scratcher: Dudley Moore and Kirk Cameron, Judge Reinhold and Fred Savage, all switched fathers and sons.

The teen years are a notoriously torrential time of communication breakdown between kids and parents. Freaky Friday shows that despite these vast generational differences and struggles, the love between mothers and daughters remains a valuable, mystical constant. But the movies both hold up relatively well, primary due to the strength of all four actors juggling these parts Lohan really had a promising career before she went off the rails.

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