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The New York Times bestselling author of The Other Woman returns with a wry tale of two women who discover the grass is not always greener on the other side of the Atlantic

Vicky Townsley is single, solvent, and seriously successful. Features director of the hugely successful Poise! magazine, she has an amazing flat, good friends, a fantastic wardrobe . . . in short, everyt...more
Paperback, 463 pages
Published by Penguin Books Ltd (UK) (first published 2005)
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Jennifer
Swapping Lives is a standalone women's fiction novel written by author Jane Green. I was very optimistic about this title when I read the book synopsis- who wouldn't want to swap lives with someone else for a while??- but unfortunately I was disappointed. I almost added it to my "lost interest" shelf after the first half (more like 60%) bored me to tears. The second half was a little better (when the two women finally swapped lives) but it wasn't good enough to make up for the overall somewhat d...more
LindyLouMac
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What a boring novel! I found this terribly dull and flat with page after page of repetitive descriptions of the life styles of the two shallow protagonists Amber and Vicky. Amber Winslow the American social climber, full time wife and mother and Vicky Townsley the single successful English girl leading a tough but hectic life as Features Director of a magazine. The theme of the novel is as the title implys a Life Swap between these two women neither of who...more
Ashley
I hated, hated, hated this book. I only finished it because I paid 70 cents for it dagnabbit. The character of Amber is the biggest Mary Sue I've ever read. I wanted to smack her idiotic face off. She's such a horrible person, always competing with her "friends", lying to her husband about spending, ignoring her kids, etc, but the author tells us numerous times that everyone just loves her and they understand that she's such a great person and that she really does love her kids. I kept thinking...more
Julia
I'm going to just come out and say it... this is the worst bit of chick lit that I've ever had the displeasure to read. As mentioned in other reviews, the repetitiveness of lifestyles was nonstop and exhausting. I was looking for something light and easy yet found myself skipping over large sections (entire pages!!) that were either redundant or useless information (it was simply a complete waste of trees to waste pages and pages on the other potential candidates... as if the fact that there are...more
Sara
OK, I know this is a big call but this really was quite possibly the worst book I've ever read. Seriously. And while I love me a bit of literature I'm also no book snob and not averse to a bit of craptastic drivel or lighthearted chick-lit for a read on the beach either. I'm just grateful I didn't buy this book. It was lying around at my parent's house presumably from a guest who had left it there and as I had nothing to read I picked it up.

I'm one of those people who feel compelled to finish a...more
Rachel
Swapping Lives is the story of Vickie Townsley and Amber Winslow. Vickie is the features director at Poise magazine in England and is living the life of an urban, single woman in her mid-thirties. Amber is a rich housewife in Connecticut. Amber enters and wins a contest sponsored Poise magazine to swap lives with Vickie for a month to see if the grass really is greener on the other side. Is being a single girl as carefree and fun as it seems? Is being a rich, suburban housewife less stressful th...more
Carolyn
I really enjoyed reading this book. I was delighted to see the main topics tackled, especially as it's considered "chick lit", were not about attaining the perfect guy or finding the perfect "shag" or following some bumbling female who doesn't do her job properly but somehow finds true love and sucess suddenly, and predictibly, at the end of the book... but rather about substantial and relevent stuff that we all deal with in our day to day lives: like what the most important things to have in yo...more
Allyson
Yikes, this book was a total mess. It was 3/4 back story! The actual plot didn't start until disc 6, and it was a 10-disc audio book! You got into every character's head and life story while two characters were in the middle of a conversation, making it incredibly confusing once the author jumped back into the present moment. Usually, I don't mind that writing technique, but when you're doing it for every character, rather than the main, and jumping between them all, it feels bogged down and slo...more
Hayley Noble
I brought a huge stack of Jane Green books recently, mainly ones I have previously read but one wasn't available and was substituted for life swap. Surprisingly one of hers that I hadn't read before.

Jane Green was one of my top 5 authors when I was younger. As I have got older though, my tastes have changed but I couldn't wait to get started on some of her books again.

Although I enjoyed this book. I have fallen out of love a little bit with Jane Green. I actually find her books really samey sa...more
Mayu
Esta fue la segunda y ultima novela que lei de Jane Green. Si comparamos esta novela con Hechizada, la diferencia es MUY grande, y admito que esta novela es menos deprimente. Pero aun asi, no me gustó.

Esta novela recrea el show televisivo en el que dos mujeres intercambian sus vidas, el problema viene en que una de ellas es soltera y la otra esta casada y tiene varios hijos y con este experimento la soltera casi le roba el marido a la casada.

El chick lit me resulta muy aburrido y la trama de es...more
Jennifer
Jan 10, 2009 Jennifer rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who likes the worst of chick lit.
Shelves: personal-reading
So I wanted a chick book late this summer — just an easy little read for the lazy days on the boat — so I picked up Switching Lives by Jane Green off the bargain rack at Borders. I mean, it was a hardback book for less than $5, and I had read two of her other books years ago and found them tolerable. Not this one! It was insanely predictable and included a character with the name Hugh Janus — I kid you not! That one is so bad that I wouldn’t want to take the credit for making it up. I do think I...more
Heather
Oct 20, 2011 Heather rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Heather by: Katie
I found there were many issues with this book. First of all, it had a slow beginning and I think I was almost half way through when they finally got to the swapping lives part. Then, and I could be wrong (but I don't think so though because I kept flipping back and forth) I found out that the two main characters of the book each have a friend named Deborah! How confusing is that? They didn't even acknowledge that they both knew somebody by the same first name.

OK, so once I was past all that and...more
gille
Unfortunately, I finished this book over a week ago and didn't get around to the review until now so it's not really fresh in my head. I did like it, and I breezed through it like all the other chick-lit books I ever read. I really like Jane Green, and I like her style. This book narrates a little differently, and I enjoyed that. It felt almost like we were watching things unfold, it was a little different than I'm used to and a pleasant change.

One thing really annoyed me: TWO characters named D...more
Firrose(Felrose)
Sep 13, 2013 Firrose(Felrose) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Firrose(Felrose) by: Anna Marie M. McConchie
At first, I wanted to rate this book 3-4 stars, but then this is another first for me and a lot of reasons why this book deserved all stars :))). I knew the book was underrated. But when I read, it turns out that this book is a bit of resourceful and hilariously funny!

While reading, I'd list down some useful and kind of beneficial thoughts :)))

1. Why hire a decorator for your house/home, when in fact you're the one who's going to live there! Home should be filled w/ memories not like a showroom!...more
Merle Brown
I found this lying on the bookshelf theother day, so decided to read it - my boyfriend was away and i couldn't sleep, so felt like reading something easy. All this did was make me angry. I've not read any of her stuff before, and after this, which i haven't even finished yet, am not sure whether I will.
It's not badly written, but there are just glaring inconsistencies in the plot and the character that just don't ring true at all!
We're led to believe the swappers are to wear each other's clothes...more
Laura
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Gayla Whinery
I read most of this book on flights I had over the course of a few days. While it may be considered "light reading" the premise is something we can all relate to: that the grass is always greener in someone else's life. By comparing mid-30's women, one who is single and career successful, the other married with kids and queen bee in her suburb, swapping lives helps them appreciate themselves and their own lives better, and helps them figure out what they really want in life. In reading this book...more
Sandra
May 04, 2014 Sandra marked it as borrowed-but-decided-not-to-read
I'm about 40 or so pages into this book, and as yet it isn't really grabbing me. I'm going to give it just a bit longer and see if I get into it more, but when I avoid reading because I'm not that into a book, then I know that it's almost time to find something different to read. I usually like Jane Green, but this time, I'm just not sure. I have a heap of other books from the library to read, so if I'm not 'taken' in the next chapter or so, I'll be giving up on this one!

Well I've just read revi...more
Caz Lopez
This book is about 2 women one called Vicky Townsley who lives in London and is a features editor for a magazine in London called Poise. The other woman called Amber Winslow who is from connecticut USA and has got a hubby and two children called Jared and Gracie.
The story is about these two women who are not happy in their lives doing the same thing all the time and having to compete with other women. So as a journalist for a popular magazine Vicky gets offered something that might be life chan...more
Annabel Nguyen
It's an interesting! I guess we all wish that we have the life of someone, a better life, more promising. Because it's as simple as "Grass in the other side is greener". If you say "yes" than this story is for you.

Simple storyline, touching with full of emotion, funny with the smart conversation and sparkling with the life lesson was learned.

What I don't really like in this book is the story structure is not equal. I would expect to read more about the story after the swapping lives, not befor...more
Tracie
This was a good book, but after the initial swap things started to drag a little. There were some valuable lessons to be learned regarding the old saying about grass being greener on the other side. Basically the book reiterates the importance of being fully content with your life at that moment in order for more things to come.
Myrtle Yvonne
Jane Green's swapping lives are def a chic-lit. It will drag you to the realization that, even if you wants and drools over a thing, maybe it's something you don't really need in the first place. It shows the girl's fickle personality and in-contentment over things. Since I don't really like chic-lit books, I didn't like it that much.
Cheer Papworth
I just finished this book and it was okay. I could relate to the "mom" in some ways. I think it is true that we tend to think life is always better for someone else, but the reality is that no matter how much money, talent,etc. someone has, they still have difficulties.
Maria
I was a little disappointed in this, having just completed her other book, didn't enjoy the story or the characters and it was too lengthy and verbose. I noticed that in 'Second Chance' as well but I was more willing to forgive in that case.
Jo
I knew I had already read it, but couldn't remember the story at all so read it again recently and still enjoyed it - even if I'll probably forget it again!
Devon
Having been one of my favorite authors I always look for new releases by Jane Green. However, her latest books have not been holding up well against her earlier works and, in my opinion, Swapping Lives is no exception. The concept was okay, a single 35 year-old professional woman swaps lives...not just jobs, homes or spouses, but lives, with a 35 year-old American wife and mother of two. The idea is to completely immerse themselves in one another's lives, mingling with their friends doing their...more
Eryani N. Yulita
This book actually grabbed my attention at the first time, i like the idea how two women who are desperately wishing for something that they do not have. Vicky, a thirty-something woman who is single and craving to have a married life, loving husband, sweet children, and a golden-retriever dog. In another side, Amber is a married woman who has everything that Vicky wants but longs for something because she feels insecure and unhappy.

Then, through a program held by the magazine company where Vic...more
Amanda Marshall
This book follows the rather overdone, yet still intriguing idea that the 'grass is greener on the other side' when it comes to being a married or single woman. Unfortunately I found the American character Amber to be instantly annoying and very hard to believe. The author has given her perfect looks, a perfect husband and kids, a perfect house, tons of money, people to cook, clean and even a nanny!.. yet her only focus is competing with her socialite 'friends', complaining about "being exhauste...more
Katie
I'm really starting to get into the author Jane Green and want to slowly read all of her books. This was my third one of hers and I was looking forward to read about the swap.

It was pretty much like the television show where the wives would swap for a week and try to live that woman's life and that is why I was so interested. I have always wondered what goes into a swap. Why someone decides to do it? How it begins? And if anyone ever learns from it? This book went though all the stages that inv...more
Michelle
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