Body Trapped is an energetically written, pacy adventure suitable for teens and above. Lee finds himself in Gary's body after both are involved in a near fatal accident. With Lee's body in a coma, can Lee find a way to make someone else's life worth living?
I really enjoyed this story, which was much grittier than I expected so perhaps not suitable for younger teenagers. There are some violent scenes and drug references as Lee is caught up with the local gangs (but kept within a moral framework). Elmokadem's style is fast, funny and also touching, especially in the scenes where Lee is forced to interact with his parents as a stranger. Humourous moments include Lee coming to terms with his new older body and his delight in discovering that he has a girlfriend, though he isn't quite sure what to do with her! I found the resolution of Lee's violent cousin Tony's part in the story a little too fast, as his fate was explained rather than shown through the action, but I thought Lee's visit to his old house and also his conversation with his father were beautifully and sensitively handled. I also liked the developing relationship between Lee and his new sister, Stacey. This book would be good for reluctant readers, especially boys, as the story starts quickly and the reader is thrust straight into Lee's terrible quandary.
The book also raises some interesting issues such as organ donation, as well as identitity and whether we should try to be ourselves or the people others, especially our peers, expect us to be. Lee is determined to stay true to himself, a principle which guides him through his problems and gives him hope for the future.
Recommended - and a great price as well.