- Paperback: 352 pages
- Publisher: Corgi Childrens (29 April 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0552560960
- ISBN-13: 978-0552560962
- Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.2 x 19.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,483,210 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Swapped by a Kiss Paperback – 29 Apr 2010
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"A great quick, light, fun read" (Once Upon a Bookcase)
"Mishaps, some very funny scenes, misunderstandings and a dawning enlightenment build apace through the story" (Chris Brown School Library Association)
"Exciting, funny and filled with great characters, Swapped By a Kiss will keep you entertained right until the very last page" (Booktrust)
This sparkling sequel to SPLIT BY A KISS is a body swap book in the funny tradition of Freaky Friday.See all Product description
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Having read both of Luisa Plaja's previous novels, I was prepared for Swapped By A Kiss. I started reading it at home, with absolutely no strangers present to witness the inevitable descent into giggles, snorts and giggle-snorts I knew would ensue. Unfortunately, I then had to go out, and managed to find myself reading the side-splittingly funny 'glow pants' episode on a train full of suited types who (bless them) did a marvellous job of pretending not to notice my unrestrained guffawing. As in Split By A Kiss, most of the big chuckles come courtesy of Jo's best American friend, the seriously clueless Tori. An airhead with a heart of gold, Tori's ditzy outlook on the world is the perfect match for main character Rachel's super-spiky snark.
However, Swapped By A Kiss isn't just played for laughs. As body swap stories go, this one is a little more subtle than the familiar parent / teenager or male / female switcheroos. After all, Rachel and Jo are friends. They're the same age, they go to the same school, and they've even hung out a little. They think they know all there is to know about each others' lives. But, of course, they don't. Thanks to the switch, Rachel gets the chance to really test her hypothesis that her life would be easier if she were Jo - and Jo is given the opportunity to get to know who her friend Rachel really is, beneath the hair dye and the tough grrrl exterior. It's an eye-opener for both of them, but especially for Rachel, who also gets a taste of what it's like to be free of the persona she's created. As Jo, Rachel can finally let herself go and make new friends and even show her glowing pants... er, I mean try spreading a little harmony instead of disorder. Unusually for a Young Adult title, there's also a great deal of insight into that tricky 'what-happens-next' stage of teenage relationships.
Swapped By A Kiss is smart, funny and utterly adorable. It's the kind of book that'll pick you up when you're feeling down, and it also delivers one of those killer plot twists that Luisa Plaja does so very well. In fact, I think it just might be her best novel yet. Readers looking for an upbeat, girly read with a lovably snarky main character should definitely reach for this one.
Jo splitting in two in the first book was just awesome. Following her down two different paths at the same time was awesome, but watching Rachel in Jo's body, trying to be British and nice was just genius! I didn't really relate all that much to Rachel, as she's hugely into graphic novels, comics and superheroes - not really my bag. But I sympathised with her and her situation. Not only are the guys in Rachel-Rachel's and Rachel-Jo's life "dastards", but there are more serious issues running through the book; identity and self-image.
Before the swap took place, it was heart breaking to read Rachel's thoughts about herself, and about Jo. What it says above in the blurb, "Super-lovely, super-loved, all-round perfect Jo," is exactly what Rachel thinks of her, where as she describes herself as "oversized". She believes she's a nightmare, and if she was Jo, she wouldn't have to deal with the crap going on in her life, and everyone would like her better - especially David. It's just awful having to read about Rachel's low self-esteem and her other issues, and not being able to give her a hug. It's really sad!
However, this is not to say Swapped is hard, emotional reading. Swapped is quite a light, humourous read, and pretty fun. The scrapes Rachel gets herself into in Jo's body are just hilarious. Attempting to use British words, and make up fake swear words - because that's what British people do - is cause for much laughter. Jo's diary entries of conversations she has with Rachel's mum, while pretending to be angry, unkind, and American are also hilarious.
All in all, a great quick, light, fun read that touches on some serious subjects. This would make such a good beach read! I loved it, and I so hope there is going to be another story about these characters. Maybe involving one of the boys this time!
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