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Better You Than Me

Jessica Brody


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It's Freaky Friday meets Hannah Montana when two twelve-year-old girls--one a famous TV star, the other an obsessive fan--switch bodies with hilarious and disastrous results.

Ruby Rivera is a twelve-year-old superstar with millions of followers. Skylar Welshman is a seventh grader who wants to be cool--and she's Ruby's biggest fan. When Skylar and Ruby meet on the set of Ruby's hit show, Ruby of the Lamp, and wish they could switch places . . . it happens!

Now Ruby is living Skylar's life--going to a normal school, eating fro-yo, sleeping in, texting boys . . . it's amazing. And being Ruby is even better than Skylar imagined--her fancy closet is huge, everyone wants to be her friend, and she gets to spend every day with Ryder Vance, her dreamy costar. Life is a blast!

But when Ruby finds herself dealing with mean girls and Skylar discovers that being a celebrity isn't all red-carpet glamour, the girls start to wonder if being yourself isn't so bad after all. Can they swap bodies again? Or are they stuck being each other forever?

Praise For Better You Than Me

“A fun, fast-paced read for tweens . . . they’ll have a blast!” --Booklist

"Brody takes a common trope and freshens it up . . . . a strong story about appreciating friends and family and making good choices." --School Library Journal

"The familiar body-swap scenario gets a further magic twist in this comedic middle school fantasy. . . . a fun read for anyone who might wish they could be someone else for a little while." --Kirkus Reviews


"This lightweight, fun romp points out that big changes (some of them unfortunate) can come from small choices thoughtlessly made, and that being yourself with your equally uncool best friend is a lot better than being popular all by yourself. . . . Hand to readers looking for best-friend stories with a hint of romance." --School Library Journal

"Plenty of funny moments . . . a fresh take on the age-old theme of being careful what you wish for." --Publishers Weekly

"Reminiscent of 13 Going on 30 . . . readers will be satisfied." --Kirkus Reviews

Delacorte Press, 9781524769710, 432pp.

Publication Date: November 13, 2018

About the Author

Jessica Brody is the author of Addie Bell's Shortcut to Growing Up and many other books, including the Descendants: School of Secrets series, based on the hit Disney Channel original movie Descendants. She splits her time between California and Colorado, living with her husband and three dogs. If Jessica could swap lives with anyone, she would be Taylor Swift.

Visit Jessica at and on Instagram and Twitter at @JessicaBrody.