Publication Date: June 14, 2016 by Balzer + Bray
Genre: Young Adult Contemporary
[Review copy provided for the blog tour, thanks to The Fantastic Flying Book Club and the publisher for the review copy!]
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.
The title of the book caught my attention first. And then I saw the cover plus the tagline and I knew I just have to read this book.
This was a quick read, especially because I kept turning the page, wanting to know what really happened. I had a little problem with that, because I was already at 44% and I still don’t know what’s happening. The next chapters made up for it, and I think I was like, “Ooh, so that’s why.”
This book presents something futuristic, something that I’m really interested in learning more about. I think this is similar to Adam Silvera’s More Happy Than Not because Change Places With Me is about someone who wanted a different life. Science tried to help, but in the end, it’s up to the character to decide what living really means.
I wish I could talk more about this, but I chose not to because it would spoil the whole experience. What I could tell you is that this is not something new – everyone probably felt sad at one point in their lives. And that’s okay. It’s okay to wish you were someone else – because the moment you actually get what you want is the moment you’ll realize it: you don’t need to be someone else to be happy.
Change Places With Me will make you reflect on how you’re spending your time in this world. Are you the girl who wanted to be “Rose” or are you sticking with who you really are as you try to get through life?
No answer is right or wrong. It’s up to you.
Quote love! ❤
A rose by any other name. It’s an expression. It means you can change the name of something, but it doesn’t change what it is.
This is when I noticed the clever use of name – and I really liked it.
Why should you be stuck with something that no longer fits? I wasn’t born with the name Rose – but it’s perfect for me.
This is when I saw the story her eyes – she really has a point here.
What you see in the looking glass isn’t important – it’s who you are that matters.
We all have sadness. But you can’t let it destroy you; you have to let it go. Grief is a balloon just waiting to be popped.
Wise words there.
Final Rating: 4/5
About the Author:
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.