Rose has changed. She still lives in the same neighborhood and goes to the same high school with the same group of kids, but when she woke up today, something was a little different. Her clothes and hair don’t suit her anymore. The dogs who live upstairs are no longer a terror. She wants to throw a party—this from a girl who hardly ever spoke to her classmates before. There’s no more sadness in her life; she’s bursting with happiness.
But something still feels wrong to Rose. Because until very recently, she was an entirely different person—a person who’s still there inside her, just beneath the thinnest layer of skin.
I want to make it known before I even start this review that this book was a DNF for me. I got to around 30% and realised that this book wasn't going anywhere fast. It's a slow burn that maybe I may have been able to finish at a different time, but I read this after a couple of pretty intense reads so this book didn't really stand a chance.
This is a book which takes time to get to the point, putting in little bits of the creep factor to make the reader feel unsettled, I think for a lot of people this would work in the books favour but that isn't something that I really go for.
The main problem that I think that this book will struggle with is that I just don't think it's something that will appeal to the masses. I know a few of my reader friends who would devour Change Places With Me, it's totally their thing. Then I know most of them wouldn't even pick it up in a bookstore.
Overall, Change Places With me just failed to grip me, but I think it definitely has it's niche in young adult fiction. I just don't think it's going to make waves, which is probably a crying shame because maybe the genre needs something new.
Overall Rating: DNF at 30%
Book released June 14th 2016 by Balzer + Bray
Book received from the publisher/author in exchange for an honest review