photography by PENGUIN RANDOM HOUSE
We’ve all been there. You’re wandering around the massive, impeccably decorated showrooms of Ikea and suddenly you’re playing house in your mind, imagining what it would be like to actually live in there. There’s even an entire scene in the movie 500 Days of Summer dedicated to playing out what it would be like, and we’re kind of obsessed with the idea of hosting the ultimate slumber party in the home-shopping haven.
Basically, spending a night in a store like Ikea would be a dream come true. And turns out, two preteens set out to do just that in an adorable new book by Catherine Newman titled, One Mixed-Up Night.
The middle-grade novel follows Frankie and Walter, two Ikea superfans. The best friends spends their days pouring over the pages of the catalog, playing a “picking game” to chose their favorite items on each page. Like us, the sixth-grade duo revels in rare visits to the store.
“Every showroom is like a perfect fake room pulled out of a perfect fake house,” explains Frankie, our narrator. “Like a life-size diorama of the idea of living somewhere stylish.” Wanting to visit the store in a most exciting way, Frankie and Walter decide to channel the characters of E.L. Konigsburg’s classic novel From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler and plan to spend a night in Ikea.
"One night all on their own, with no grown-ups or little brothers. One night of couch jumping, pillow forts, and unlimited soda refills. One night of surprises and twinkle lights and secrets they have been keeping—and waiting to share. One unforgettable night in Ikea," the book's synopsis reads.
We’re intrigued. Though technically written for a younger audience, any Ikea lover will want to hear how it all turns out. We’ll be adding this to our reading list.