Published by Katherine Tegen Pages: 400
Genres: Contemp, Fantasy, Fiction, Romance, YA
“YOU BE ME...AND I'LL BE YOU.”Goodreads
ELLIE spent the summer before seventh grade getting dropped by her best friend since forever. JACK spent it training in “The Cage” with his tough-as-nails brothers and hard-to-please dad. By the time middle school starts, they’re both ready for a change. And just as Jack’s thinking girls have it so easy, Ellie’s wishing she could be anyone but herself.
Then, BAM! They swap lives—and bodies!
Now Jack’s fending off mean girls at sleepover parties while Ellie’s reigning as the Prince of Thatcher Middle School. As their crazy weekend races on—and their feelings for each other grow—Ellie and Jack begin to realize that maybe the best way to learn how to be yourself is to spend a little time being someone else
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**EARLY ARC REVIEW**
I was not sure what to think of this book when I first saw it on “Edelweiss”. It reminded me of that (pre-AKOFU) Lindsay Lohan movie with Jamie Lee Curtis: “FREAKY FRIDAY”. Something about the book made me click the “download” button that day. I began reading that night & quite to my delight & surprise I wanted to keep reading. So I did. What I found was a seriously fun and delightful book. Perfect for the middle school-late high school set. It’s geared towards that age group, but I believe anyone can and will enjoy it. No “YA Shame” here!
Ellie and Jack are both young teens who through different circumstances wind up in the school nurses office. The nurse pulls some Harry Potter-esque stuff and BINGO BANGO! They have switched bodies and must survive the weekend as each other. The story could have seriously been a runaway train wreck, but like I said it turned out to be quite the delightful tale. Watching them navigate life as each other, and work out their personal issues was a sometimes cringe worthy, awkward, yet enlightening experience. There were times when the book was too “adorable” and was veering into the dangerously cheesy zone, but the author brought it back on track.
Both characters were incredibly bright and sensitive kids. Once the “swap” took place each was able to see the grass was not always greener. The weekend showed each of them they had strengths and talents they never imagined, and helped them begin the healing process in each others families and personal life’s. They had a lot to be grateful for and to thank each other for. I was HAPPY this did NOT turn into a total romance type thing. I believe it would have ruined it. Sure a few sparks flew, but that’s teen life for ya. It was nice to read a book such as this. A refreshing change of pace. I can see this as a book that many young adults will learn from, and be inspired by. It gets a lot of great life lessons across without sounding preachy and know it all. Lessons don’t always need to be taught via realistic and heavy stories. Sometimes you can learn a lot about yourself and life while reading a light hearted-fantasy based story.
If anyone else has read or is going to read “The Swap” I’d love to hear what you think of the book. A quick question..or two..Would you want to swap lives for a day? Would you want the person who takes your life to “fix” it completely or just enhance it for you? What would you wan them to learn by being you? Is there anyone famous you’d want to swap with?
COLLAGE INSPIRED BY THE SWAP BY MEGAN SHULL