Kensington, May 2003, 6.99, 320 pp.
Movie star Jayne Cooper is upset because though her movies always make tons of money and she is one the highest paid stars, she has never received an Oscar nominee or even tepid critic approval. However, the worst slam comes from Steven (as in Spielberg), who refuses to give her a key part in his next angst laden film because she has no idea how the masses live so cannot feel the role. Jayne decides she needs to change places with a doppelganger if she can find one so she can learn how real people live.
Jayne meets checkout clerk and freshman composition professor Mary Lynn McLellan at a local supermarket. Though slightly overweight and poorly garbed, Mary Lynn could pose as Jayne's twin. Jayne persuades Mary Lynn to switch places in exchange for $100K. However, Jayne, posing as Mary Lynn, never expected to meet and fall in love with Joe Porter and his two little girls. Neither did Mary Lynn expect to love New York writer Arnie Levine.
Though the switch theme has been done a zillion times since Twain's the Prince and the Pauper, fans will enjoy this zany romantic romp reminiscent of former President Bush's encounter with the bar code system. The story line requires a brief acceptance that Jayne found a double in a supermarket frequented by the middle class, but he story is very amusing especially when the actress is clueless on everyday occurrences that most people take for granted. Fans who relish a lighthearted caper will appreciate this humorous escapade.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner