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Claire Martin has some serious body issues.

Not much happens in Claire's sleepy beach town, but that's okay. All she wants is to hang out with her best friend, make the high school swim team, and convince Nate, the guy of her dreams, to stop calling her "Dude." And, oh--she'd really, really like to stay in her own skin.

Ever since Claire hit her teens, electrical storms have
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Hardcover, 215 pages
Published September 9th 2008 by Harper Teen (first published September 1st 2008)
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Nian
Dec 30, 2008 Nian rated it liked it
Shelves: 2008
This takes having an identity crisis to a whole new level. Claire is a body switcher. On electrically charged nights, her soul leaves her body and travels to another. But there’s always her dead grandmother to fill her body for the night until Claire returns the next morning. However, one switching incident leaves her stuck in Larissa’s body with no way of returning to her own. But, does she even want to stop being beautiful and bold like the Larissa that everyone thinks she is?

1. What’s with t
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Leah
Jan 24, 2009 Leah rated it really liked it
Claire, an average-looking champion swimmer with a crush on an unattainable guy, a best friend who obsesses about her weight, and an unknown father, seems like a normal teenage girl -- except that during electrical storms, she has a tendency to temporarily "switch" bodies with other girls her age. Oh, and she regularly converses with her dead grandmother, who had the same problem (and who may or may not have died as a result of it). Aside from that, her life is pretty normal, until she finds her ...more
Rachel
Jan 17, 2009 Rachel rated it it was ok
Switch is the story of 15 year old Claire – a dead average girl with the inherited ability to switch bodies with other girls born at the same time she was. The ‘switch’ happens whenever she is touched by a strong electrical current (think lightning storm in the area). She has no control over the process and always returns to her own body when she falls asleep.

Until Larissa Hughes – size 2, wealthy, teen beauty queen. Claire switches with her and gets stuck. Chaos ensues as Claire finally gets th
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Wendy Darling
Interesting concept, some funny dialogue, a fun relationship with her best friend Beanie..but other than that, very little happens, there's no tension, and it never feels like anything big is at stake. The book pretty much just ends--spoiler, they just switch back--and that's that. Pretty pointless.
Naomi
Nov 22, 2010 Naomi rated it it was ok
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McKenzie
Apr 23, 2010 McKenzie rated it it was ok
Ok, I've got to admit, I've had this on my shelf for about a year. I was just never that interested, but now I finally read it. What got me reading was the concept. Claire's stuck in another girl's body, but the catch is, she has the attention of her crush now. She can't figure out how to get back, but does it really matter when she might want to stay this way?

I found this book to be so-so. It was fine; it just wasn't an amazing have-to-read-it kind of book. The concept of body switching was coo
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Sophie
Aug 05, 2012 Sophie rated it really liked it
I like the idea of it. Being able to switch bodies is really interesting and what's even more interesting is switching bodies with a smoking hot Barbie doll! But, as Claire discovers, appearances aren't all what they seem. Sometimes people who seem perfect, have a tough life.

What I'm confused about is how Claire can see her Grandmother's spirit but she can't see Larissa's spirit. And why can she see spirits at all? I don't get how seeing spirits ties into switching bodies & electricity. Elec
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Sara
Jan 14, 2009 Sara rated it really liked it
3.5 stars. Claire, a teen girl who temporarily finds herself in someone else's body whenever there's an electrical storm, wakes up in someone else's body one night and can't seem to get back into her own. I liked Claire a lot, and I liked her friends (and acquaintances) from the high school - none were perfect or stupid, and all had their flaws, which made them feel real. I liked how Claire discovered Larissa's problems (Larissa being the girl whose body she's stuck in) and how she realized that ...more
Jessica
Jul 21, 2011 Jessica rated it it was ok
Shelves: teen, library-books
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My Review

Claire has more issues then just her body, she can see her dead grandmother, and she can switch body's with other people. Not just anybody though, they for one must be born under the same moon as her and two, they must be within a mile.
But when Claire switch's with a beautiful girl who is only there babysitting for the summer she doesn't want to give it up, she finally catches the eye of her crush, Nate, and can act in whatever way she wants. She
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Kathy
Jul 08, 2009 Kathy rated it liked it
Shelves: ya, urbanfantasy
Even tho this has the fantasy element of body switching, really it's about body image, being comfortable in your own skin, and the old adage of don't envy someone until you've walked in their shoes (in this case, literally)...Cover is cool but doesn't match the description of the plain-looking heroine in the book. Good for tween/teen females who like reality fiction but are assigned to read a fantasy
Geli
Apr 25, 2012 Geli rated it really liked it
Shelves: supernatural, teen
this is a very interesting story about a girl that can switch bodies with girls who have similar birthdays as herself when there are thunderstorms.

its a very nice story about being comfortable in your own skin. it was not a powerful read but a light hearted one and quite sad overall. the message the story gives out is a good and i think its important that young girls get that message in a positive way that isnt too preachy.
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I did like this book but the ending was not what i expected because it seemed to contradict what the author was saying the entire book. Besides this it was okay.
J.D. Stroube
Feb 19, 2009 J.D. Stroube rated it did not like it
I did not enjoy this book. Hardly anything happens throughout the book, and the ending was terrible. I would not recommend this to anyone...
AJ LeBlanc
Dec 30, 2008 AJ LeBlanc rated it it was ok
Quick and easy premise:

Fifteen year old Claire is a girl with normal and fairly easy teenage problems. Nate, the love of her life, sees her as a bro. Her body, while strong from swimming, isn’t going to turn any heads. She’s average. Well, she would be if it wasn’t for two things: she hangs out with her dead grandmother and she sometimes switches bodies with other girls.

OK, so everything is normal and quiet about her except for that whole switching bodies. Turns out that electricity does somethi
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Danielle
I am so sick of saying "well it was a cute read" and yes it was a cute read

but I would have much rather spent my time reading one of the hundreds of books that are EPIC, change your lifes, make you fangirl, that I own!

Maybe if I was younger I would have ate it up and adored it, but I didn't understand plot back then. I also hadn't read enough to know this book, while interesting, has been done. And I will presume it has been done better by someone other than Carol Snow.

Sorry dear.


I mean it has
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Jennifer Wardrip
Reviewed by Breanna F. for TeensReadToo.com

Claire Martin is your average 15-year-old girl. She has her loving mom (Dr. Martin) and her best friend, Beanie. She also has a big crush on her fellow swimming buddy, Nate. And of course the ghost of her deceased grandmother (Evelyn) who has been around since Claire was a baby, even long before that. She probably doesn't sound that average anymore, right?

Here's the real kicker: Claire is what she and her grandmother call a "Switcher." Whenever a bad s
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thebookblogger
Jul 10, 2009 thebookblogger rated it liked it
Claire Martin has some serious body issues.

Not much happens in Claire's sleepy beach town, but that's okay. All she wants is to hang out with her best friend, make the high school swim team, and convince Nate, the guy of her dreams, to stop calling her "Dude." And, oh—she'd really, really like to stay in her own skin.

Ever since Claire hit her teens, electrical storms have been making her switch bodies. Usually she's back to her old self in no time. But when something goes terribly wrong, she fin
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Lisa
Feb 21, 2012 Lisa rated it really liked it
Claire is a fifteen year-old girl with an unusual secret: she switches bodies against her will. Claire hasn't told anyone her secret, except Evelyn, the ghost of her grandmother who has been around since Claire was a baby and who only Claire can see. Usually when Claire switches bodies, it is for a period of only a few hours. Upon sleeping, Claire usually returns to her own body. The switches usually occur during electrical storms. One day, Claire receives a shock from touching a light switch a ...more
Katie
Nov 11, 2010 Katie rated it it was amazing

Review: Claire Martin has been having problems since she was a teenager. And they weren't normal teenage problems either, they were body switching episodes occurring when ever there's a thunderstorm in the area. Now Claire's switched with a vacationer in her town and can't get back to her regular body. Even more weird, Claire or the body she's in has the attention of Claire's long time crush. The biggest question is: will she be able to get back to her body?

I discovered this book by complete acc
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Stephanie
Feb 05, 2009 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: own
Switch reminded me of Wake because of the “accidentally-coming-into-your-body-slash-seeing-your-dreams” stuff. Seriously. I mean, besides the fact that Wake was about dream catching and Switch was about body changing, they almost follow the same type of plot.

Both girls have powers that they didn’t ask for and both girls each encounter some sort of adventure that has something to do with that specific power. For Claire, it was accidentally going into someone’s body and staying there…longer than s
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Ashley
Feb 22, 2010 Ashley rated it really liked it

Author: Carol Snow
Pages: 224
Source: Purchased from Barnes and Noble
Series or Standalone?: Standalone

When lightning strikes and electric currents are in the air, Claire Martin temporarily switches into the body of any nearby girl born under the same moon as her. She knows she’s not normal ... but she’s dealing with it. Besides, it usually only lasts for a few hours and then she wakes up in her own body. So when she finds herself trapped in the body of the beautiful new girl in town, her whole wor
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Shirley
Apr 08, 2014 Shirley rated it really liked it
In the book, "Switch", by Carol Snow, a 15 year old girl named Claire was just a normal girl. She is a swimmer and a very good one. Although, there is one thing that she has that is a unusual...whenever there is a lightning she switches bodies with someone. But she always switches back after a short period of time. Her grandmother had the same ability as well, but her grandmother passed away, but she as a ghost visits Claire. One day Claire switched bodies with another girl named Larissa. Lariss ...more
Rachael
Aug 17, 2008 Rachael rated it really liked it
Claire Martin leads a pretty regular life in the resort town Sandyland. She loves hanging out with her best friend Beanie and spending as much time as possible in the water, not to mention lusting after the hottest guy on the swim team, Nate. There’s only one thing that sets her way apart from other girls: when Claire gets too close to lightning or another electrical charge, her spirit will switch from her body to the body of the nearest girl born under the same moon. Usually, the switch is fast ...more
Caitlin O
Mar 17, 2012 Caitlin O rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: teen girls
Switch was a really good book. It is about a strong girl named Claire Martin that was living a normal life, until she hit her teens. Electrical storms were starting to get more common in Sandyland, where she lives, she would "switch bodies." When the switching occurred, it would be automatic and uncontrollable so she had no choice if she wanted to switch or not. She can only switch with girls her age that live near her.
Even though the book didn't start out extremely exciting, I kept reading. I
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Karin
Sep 14, 2008 Karin rated it liked it
Claire can always tell when an electrical storm is brewing. Her body is tuned in to the lightning. Ever since she hit her teens, lightning has caused her to switch bodies with people. She doesn’t keep the bodies long and she always gives them back. Until one night.

Claire is an average girl. She is a star swimmer, has a best friend, and dreams of having the perfect guy notice her. Unfortunately, Nate thinks of her as a sister, but everything changes for her when she makes a switch with a new girl
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Christy And Danielle
Claire Martin lives in a small beach town called Sandyland. Claire isn't an ordinary girl but the only person other then herself that knows about her "abnormality" is her grandmother who isn't exactly living.

Claire's grandmother, Evelyn, tells her that it's completely normal. That the "switching" is just something that happens when it storms because it happened with Evelyn as well. Claire switches bodies with other girls her age. Evelyn tells her that she can only switch with girls that were bo
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Shelley Coughlin Porter
Oct 15, 2008 Shelley Coughlin Porter rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book as a cross between Meg Cabot's Airhead and Lois Duncan's Stranger With My Face. Electrical impulses (like shock from static cling, or lightning storms) cause Claire to leave her body and enter the body of another girl, one who was born under the same moon. She discovered this when she was young and she realizes it is pretty strange, but I suppose no more strange than the fact that her dead grandmother's ghost hangs out in her bedroom and talks to her. And anyway, once she goe ...more
Ash
Mar 23, 2010 Ash rated it it was ok
I'm really torn as to what I wish to say about this novel. My school librarian handed it to me one day as I was borrowing out a stack of books and said I might like this. The truth is I did like it, but I was left feeling as though the story didn't really develop in a logical way despite the magnificence of the storyline! It's not every day that an idea this original finds it way into a book these days, and the really sad thing was it just didn't for some reason entirely sit well with me, when I ...more
Gunne
Mar 07, 2009 Gunne rated it it was ok
Not too long ago I read Repossessed by A. M Jenkins about a devil hijacking a body. Switch does it more realistically without the devil bullshit - it's involuntary and requires a simple jolt of electricity. It's about this girl who's able to communicate with her dead grandmother, and also has the "ability" to jump from her own body to some random person's. Usually she gets back to her own body by sleeping, and the switch usually happens when there's a thunderstorm and strong lightning, but one d ...more
2Melody6385
Dec 01, 2011 2Melody6385 rated it really liked it
Claire has been switching bodies with girls ever since her newly teen years. Electrical storms have been making her switch bodies. She usually switches back to her normal self in a few but when she makes a switch with Larissa she is stuck like that. Larissa is a gorgeous yet not so fit diva who has Nate's ( Claire's crush ) attention. When Claire and Larissa switch, they both live two different lives in confusion for awhile and observe each others lives. Claire's past grandmother's soul is guidi ...more
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Called “an author to watch” by Booklist, Carol Snow is an American author of contemporary women’s fiction and young adult literature. After graduating from Brown University with a degree in psychology, she spent many years writing literary short stories before accepting that she couldn't go more than a few hundred words without cracking a joke. She eventually turned her attention to crafting humor ...more
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