Changes Places With Me by Lois Metzger
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 really loved the flowers on this cover, so I wanted to do a little feature for this book. I’ll be matching the main characters in the story to different types of flowers that I feel match up with the characters’ personalities. (Thanks to Hannah @ Irish Banana for giving me the opportunity!)
Rose — Rose
Of course, I felt like our main character, Rose, had a personality that not only matched up with her namesake, but also one that was a bit more defensive (like the thorns) and a bit paranoid.
Evelyn — Daisy
I feel like Rose’s stepmother, Evelyn’s personality matched up with a daisy, mainly because she was trying her best to take care of Rose. Daisies just give me the feeling of mellowness, which I think related to Evelyn in terms of how Rose saw her.
Dr. Star —Iris
The iris flower contains a few dangerous chemicals to humans and animals alike (and also sorta looks like a star), and since I don’t want to spoil too much of the book for y’all, I feel like Dr. Star has a few qualities and skills that remind me of this flower.
Lois Metzger was born in Queens and has always written for young adults. She is the author of five novels and two nonfiction books about the Holocaust, and she has edited five anthologies. Her short stories have appeared in collections all over the world. Her writing has also appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, and The Huffington Post. She lives in New York City with her husband and son.
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