Title: Change Places With Me
Author: Lois Metzger
Series: N/A, Standalone
Genre: Young Adult, Science Fiction
Publisher: Balzer + Bray
Publication Date: June 14th, 2016
Pages: Kindle, 224
My Rating: 2.5 Stars
Rose has changed. She still lives in the same neighborhood with her stepmother and goes to the same high school with the same group of kids, but when she woke up today, something was just a little different than it was before. The dogs who live upstairs are no longer a terror. Her hair and her clothes all feel brand-new. She wants to throw a party—this from a girl who hardly ever spoke to her classmates before. There is no more sadness in her life; she is bursting with happiness.
But something still feels wrong to Rose. Because, until very recently, Rose was an entirely different person—a person who is still there inside her, just beneath the thinnest layer of skin.
I was given an ARC by the publisher through Edelweiss in exchange for an honest review.
Change Places with Me has a synopsis that just made me need to know what's going on. The synopsis is very vague, but in this instance it worked out perfectly. However, I can't help but be disappointed.
Change Places with Me is a very weird book. The tone of the whole book is weird, and Rose talks as if she's not a fifteen-year-old girl. Once you start reading the novel, what's behind the mystery kind of gets predictable. The characters, for me, are not well-developed, and there was a hint of romance that was not explored. Or even if it's just friendship, it still wasn't explored well.
The resolution is a good resolution generally, but it's not a proper ending to tie all lose ends. I felt like it ended abruptly, but the ending was really beautiful. However, even until the end, both the speech and the narration were still awkward.
I think the only thing that I liked about this novel is how much of a quick read it is. I read this in just a few hours and it's easy to breeze through. The book is not so bad in the sense that it didn't make me cringe. The book is just really not for me. Overall, it was kind of 'meh.'
Labels: 2.5 Stars, 2016, ARC Review, Science Fiction, Young Adult