Tuesday, June 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?


I was not very impressed by this novel. I felt like it was missing something important.

The idea of body switching wasn't exactly anything new. I did like Snow's spin on it, though. The way the switching was completely random and Claire didn't have any control over it was interesting because you never knew whose body she might end up in next.

I wanted to know more about, well, everything. If the switching was genetic, then why couldn't Claire's mom do it? How and why did the switching actually occur? Why was Evelyn's ghostly figure still floating around - why didn't she move on? How come Claire was the only one that could see Evelyn? I also felt like I needed more background information about Larissa, her parents, and the Sealys. I understand that as the reader you're supposed to use your imagination to fill in the blanks for things that the author doesn't tell you but I had a lot of questions and I just felt like the story was lacking without the answers. Of course, I'm a person that wants the author to spell everything out for me. If you're a person that would rather think up their own explanations and fill in the blanks themselves then this might be your kind of book.

I didn't think that any of the characters were as well-developed as they could've been. I really just wanted to know more about them. The story itself wasn't bad - I had to keep reading to find out if Claire would ever get back into her own body.

I have to say that the ending made no sense to me. *SPOILER* Why would Nate suddenly like her when he just got done saying that he saw her as one of the guys? He claimed to be so in love with Larissa, like, two minutes before. Yes, I know that Claire technically was Larissa at the time but he seemed to be more attracted to her physically than anything else. If anyone's read this book, please explain this to me! *END OF SPOILER*

Ultimately, this is not something that I can see myself reading again in the future. I just wasn't a fan.

2.5 out of 5 stars


  1. It's sad that you didn't enjoy it that much, because I always thought it looked like a cute book.

  2. Hmm, I don't think I'll read it then! It doesn't sound that interesting, from your review lol.