Saturday, May 2, 2009

Switch by Carol Snow

Not much happens in Claire's sleepy beach town, but that's okay. All she wants is to hang out with her best friend, make the high school swim team, and convince Nate, the guy of her dreams, to stop calling her "Dude." And, oh—she'd really, really like to stay in her own skin.

Ever since Claire hit her teens, electrical storms have been making her switch bodies. Usually she's back to her old self in no time. But when something goes terribly wrong, she finds herself stuck as another girl. And not just any girl, but the icy beauty who has caught Nate's eye.

Suddenly Claire goes from being Miss Average to Miss Gorgeous—the model-thin blonde that every girl wants to look like and every guy wants to date. Will she ever figure out how to get back to her old life? More importantly, will she want to?
Character Development: 8/10
Originality: 10/1o
Overall Enjoyment: 8/10
Ending: 7/10
Voice: 8/10
Setting: 7/10
Recommendation: 8/10
Total Score: 56
Grade: A

Age Appropriate?
Cussing: Some
Sexual Content: Suggestive in conversation
Disturbing Images/ Violence: None
Aimed at ages 13 and up

I asked my friend for a book that has a fantastic beginning that would immediately pull me into the story, and SWITCH was what she placed in my hand. I was not disappointed. After the first paragraph I was transported to Claire's sunny and stormy beach town, and I was perfectly happy to be there.

SWITCH was a completely original idea and Carol Snow pulled off the believability aspect of it wonderfully. The narration Claire's character is very easy to relate too. She has a bit of every girl's personality in her. She is a likable protagonist, despite the fact that her inner monologue sometimes seems whiny.

The overall theme of the book, to appreciate yourself for who you are, was excellently delivered throughout the novel. Carol Snow's writing creates the characters and situations in a way that the reader will completely empathize for them.

The ending was somewhat unsatisfactory for me. Claire resolved things to my contentment with some characters, but I think that others needed to know more of the truth. It might have changed the outcome. I find myself hoping that there will be a sequel to this story, because there is so much more I want to learn about the characters and their endings.

To read a sneak peek of SWITCH and preview part of its rockin' beginning, click here.

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