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[Review] Swapped by a Kiss by Luisa Plaja

Swapped by a Kiss
by Luisa Plaja

: 4 / 5
Blurb: When Rachel's on/off boyfriend David goes to a music festival in England, she jumps on a plane to surprise him - but she gets a shock of her own. Not only does she find David kissing someone else, but it's their friend Jo! Super-lovely, super-loved, all-round-perfect Jo.

Rachel runs away, wishing she could leave her life behind - and she suddenly finds herself in Jo's body! Can she keep this swap a secret? Can she unravel what's really going on? Can she get to grips with Jo's out-of-control curly hair?

And if she discovers that being in someone else's shoes isn't all it's cracked up to be, can she ever be herself again?

These are just my thoughts, which will be typed when I think of them.

Review: I won this book as part of the goodreads first reads program. When I found out I'd won, I was ecstatic. I was intrigued by this book not by the prequel to which this one is a sequel, but by the clever story plot and premise. The whole "switching bodies" and finding out something you thought you already understood. I loved "Freaky Friday", and I like how this book played up on that whole idea. The characters were interesting, well developed for a 300~ page book, and I generally liked them. I wish I'd just finished reading this book yesterday, since my memory of it is a bit hazy (very bad memory). I read it at least half a week ago. The book is easy to read- a younger child could definitely read this, as well as adults.

I just want to stress that I really enjoyed the ending. I was tearing up for a while, and then just when I thought that that would be the end, everything is neatly tied up, and I was left with a smile on my face. It was exactly the kind of scene that I would have loved to be played out on a movie screen or something when I was a bit younger. Jo's friends were charming- they're the kinds of friends who are a bit ditzy (at least that), but they're also loyal to Jo (who was actually Rachel). The revelations that follow the switch between the two, I thought, was played out well. Plaja has written a nice rendition of the long-played out idea of "walking a mile in another's shoes".
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