Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Switch by Tish Cohen

Young Adult: 254 Pages
Publisher: Harper Collins Canada
Published: May 9, 2011
Series: None
Source: From publisher for review/blog tour
Buy the book: Amazon
Find the Author: Website

Good girl, honour-roll lifer, Berkeley-bound, mildly neurotic, high strung twelfth grader Andrea Birch just wants a bit of privacy. Oh, and perhaps a bit more of a social life. Or just a life in general. But when your mom and dad are foster parents who can’t turn away a child, trying to carve out a little space for yourself while tending to the needs of everyone from twin toddlers to angst-ridden adolescents is nearly impossible. And then Joules Adams, daughter of internationally famous rock star Nigel Adams, jumps into Andrea’s car, setting off an improbable car chase and ending in detention. For Andrea, it’s the last straw. Why is it that Joules, breaker of all rules, living a life of luxury, gets off so easy? Why does she have everything, including a cool famous dad, and Andrea has nothing, not even her parents’ full attention?
In a modern, hip take on the classic Freaky Friday story, Tish Cohen delivers a fresh look at wishing your life was someone else’s.

When I first came across Switch my interest was immediately peeked by it's simple yet alluring cover and intriguing premise. What I didn't know was the awesomeness that was waiting for me inside those paperback covers.

Tish Cohen's captivating writing style had me flying through the pages. It was simple and flowed beautifully. She also crafted the story flawlessly. I never had a confusing moment when it came to the characters. With "body switching" novels that can be quite difficult but Cohen delivered it perfectly. I was pleased more than once how well she got into the mind of these two completely different teenage characters, as well as many other secondary characters. Not once did the characters blend. Tish Cohen created a stunning character cast.

I was drawn to Andrea right away. She was such a likable character, a real pleasure to read and discover. Joules was also a great character. She sounds like a perfect choice for a body switch but underneath that "perfect" exterior are insecurities and her own personal issues. I had a blast getting to know Andrea and Joules and seeing their relationship unfold. I can't forget to mention Will. He was a sweet, swoon-worthy character.

I was really taken by surprise with this book. I thought it was just going to be a light, airy read for the summer, but what it turned out to be was so much more. It was funny, Witty and even suspenseful. It had it's heartfelt moments as well as heart wrenching moments. I laughed and I cried.

Switch was the total package. Fun, gripping and emotional at times, it has something to offer all readers. Tish Cohen has earned a new fan in me, and I am eager to read her previous and future books!

The Crazy Bookworm wants to know: If you could switch lives with someone for a day, famous or not, fact or fiction. Who would you switch with?

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