Thursday, July 9, 2009

Switch by Carol Snow

Claire Martin has some serious body issues.

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?

Reading about Claire's previous body switching was interesting, because it brought things together, and informatively showed how things happened. Like the relationship between Claire and Beanie, Claire's best friend. The whole body switching thing in general was pretty cool to read about. You'd think it'd be great to be someone else for a day, but this novel proves that it isn't.

Another thing that I liked that this novel showed was that, things aren't always as they seem. Larissa, the girl that Claire switches bodies with for the most of the book, is a beautiful, blonde girl. When Claire was herself, Larissa seemed to be full of herself and snobby, but when Claire was in Larissa's body, she saw how hard her life was. She was always ordered around like a maid, and all she really wanted to do was see her father. I quickly had more respect for Larissa's character.

The characters were fun and very likable. Beanie, has to be my favorite character. She's witty and relatable, her weakness, though, is that she is easily put down. I think she made the book a lot more interesting, even though she didn't play such a big role. Nate, Claire's object of admiration, annoyed me a little because he didn't seem to be genuine all the time. He was sort of confusing to me.

The only disappointment that I had with SWITCH is that I wanted more! The ending was left open, and sometimes that's perfect, but in this case, it wasn't. I wish more was told. Other than that? Very entertaining.

SWITCH is an easy and enticing read. Almost immediately I was drawn in by its story. If you haven't read it already, I recommend it.


Writing: 4/5
Plot: 3/5
Character: 3/5
Cover: 2/5
Overall: 3/5


Marie said...

Is this sort of like the plot to a recent Meg cabot book?

Watching said...

:O yeah it sounds kind of like Airhead, but in Airhead she was stuck in the body she's in since her other one got smashed ^^;;