Claire is your normal teenage girl, except for the fact that the boy she has a crush on calls her "dude". Oh, and you can't forget the fact that during storms, she can switch bodies with you. Yup, that's what I said. Switch bodies. The good thing is that it's usually at night, so by the time she gets into your bed and falls asleep, she'll wake up back at home and in her own body. The only girls that she can switch bodies with are people who are born near her birthday and live near her. Not a big deal, right? Well, that is until one night she gets stuck in a girl's body, Larissa, and she can't get back out.
So, what does Claire do? She improvises, of course. Especially the since the guy she has a crush on likes Larissa. But, then Claire finds out more about this girl and her life and she's ready to get home. School starts soon and if she's in Larissa's body, who's in hers?
This books is another one of those fast reads. It only took me a day, since it only has 215 pages. I love the whole story, though. It has a different feel to it, when you're reading and you get sucked in to the story. It's a one of a kind, that's for sure. Bravo, Ms. Snow! You really know how to drag the reader in and keep us focused on the story at hand. Hopefully we'll have more great stories to follow from her!
Reviewed by Breanna F. for TeensReadToo.com
Claire Martin is your average 15-year-old girl. She has her loving mom (Dr. Martin) and her best friend, Beanie. She also has a big crush on her fellow swimming buddy, Nate. And of course the ghost of her deceased grandmother (Evelyn) who has been around since Claire was a baby, even long before that. She probably doesn't sound that average anymore, right?
Here's the real kicker: Claire is what she and her grandmother call a "Switcher." Whenever a bad storm kicks up in Claire's little beach town, she'll be pushed out of her own body in to another girl's body. But only a girl who was born close to the same time Claire was and that lives only around a mile or so away. So most of the time Claire switches in to a visiting girl's body. Just someone who is vacationing with her family. Overnight, Claire ends up back in her own body and wakes up back to her old self.
But at one point (during the day even) a little bit of static electricity sends Claire in to the body of a girl that her and her
friend Beanie saw just the other day on the beach. She was obviously not a local from the looks of her, and she was watching two little boys. She was a skinny little thing in a bikini that barely covered her at all. She also seemed like a complete B word to both Claire and Beanie. Of course, she had all the attention from the guys, especially Nate. So when Claire is zapped into this girl's body (her name is Larissa) she is shocked, but at the same time a bit excited. She finally has a body that she loves and is actually able to show it off without looking ridiculous.
But when Claire wakes up the next morning she's still in Larissa's body. And now she's stuck watching these two attention-starved boys from basically dusk till dawn. But she has the attention of Nate and she's not about to lose it. What could a few days in Larissa's body hurt? Except for the fact that Larissa's soul is just floating around, while Evelyn is hanging out in Claire's body for the time being. Will Claire ever switch back to her own body? And the most important thing: will she actually want to?
This book was amazing! I pretty much couldn't put it down. I got so engrossed in it every time I picked it up. I could totally understand why Claire was debating whether or not she wanted her old body back. I mean, she finally had the attention of the guy that she has liked for so long. Who would want to give that up? And I loved Evelyn's character. She was hilarious. Always walking around as her ghostly self (when she wasn't in Claire's body, that is), smoking the same cigarette day after day. The ending was also really touching. It was just overall a fantastic book.
I highly suggest reading SWITCH when it's released. You won't be sorry.