Change Places With Me by Lois Metzger
Genre: YA Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery
Published June 14th 2016 by Balzer + Bray
Length: 224 pages
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.
CHANGE PLACES WITH ME was a short and satisfying read, but not one to make me feel like it blew my mind. It follows the story of Rose, who realizes that something isn’t quite right with her life. She changes in personality and attempts to change her appearance, but she tries to figure out what exactly is off about herself.
I thought the plot was interesting, but I was frankly quite bored. As a book that was around 200 pages, I should have been able to finish this book in a 2-3 days but it took me a bit longer to finish it because of how tedious the book seemed. Don’t get me wrong though; the plot was slow, yes, but throughout the book, there are multiple little hints and clues that help you figure out the mystery of Rose, which makes this book a good kind of book for those who love science-fiction and mystery novels.
Our main character, Rose, was interesting enough. She changes seemingly overnight, and it was interesting to learn more about her and a certain other character that really helps solve this mystery. There are a multitude of secondary characters that could be pretty interesting, but they were mostly forgettable.
Overall, CHANGE PLACES WITH ME is a quiet yet satisfying read that didn’t overly impress me, but I still liked it nonetheless. If you love weird mysteries and science fiction, make sure to pick this one up!
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