I read this in 1979, when I was 13. This was one of the first books I read that had body swapping. (Freaky Friday I read after The Mirror, for that reason.) If you've ever wondered what it would be like to go back in time and live your grandmother's life, or what it would be like to travel into the future and experience the world of your grandchildren, you will enjoy this well-written and well-plotted book. It's still one of my favourites.
Well written and satisfying, the first part (Shay's life in Brandy's body) was by far the most interesting of the three sections. The last part -- Brandy in Shay's body -- really started to drag a little during the time at the old coot's farm, and was less interesting because it was generally all taking place within a year and the character of Lottie was a bit of a downer. It picked up steam when the family started to believe the incredible tale in the diary, though.
For 20 years or so I have thought about The Mirror in one way or another. My paperback version from 1979 is long gone, but I can still see the cover. And the characters and the situations they are in are vivid memories that have come back to me over and over when I least expected it. And now here is the 20th anniversary edition! It is a quirky story that cannot be catagorized. A young woman who is reluctant to marry looks into an antique mirror and finds her self sent back to her grandmother''s time and into her grandmother''s body! She must find a way to get back, not realizing right away that her grandmother is in her body! What a surprise for both and what a delight for the reader. This is a time travel book that is smart, funny, sassy, and full of truth about relationships between women. Twice in my life I couldn''t put it down!
After looking into a mirror a young woman travels back through time into the body of her grandmother.
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