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Switch by Tish Cohen
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Jan 15, 2012

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** spoiler alert ** When Andrea Birch gets fed up with the life she leads--her mother has fostered 37 different kids over the years with Andrea often getting stuck with many of the chores--she wishes for a very different sort of life, the life of gorgeous Joules Adams, the daughter of rock singer Nigel Adams. Unbeknownst to her, Joules wishes to be her, and the change takes place. Both teens end up uncomfortable inhabiting each others' bodies, which is blissfully painful for Andrea since she has a crush on Joules's boyfriend Will Sherwood. All sorts of confusion results from the switch, and Andrea realizes that there really is no place like home. The sub-plot concerning Joules's father and the drinking that has resulted in several accidents that are covered up with no consequences for him is disturbingly real, and the fact that this man who is idolized by thousands yearns for his daughter's love and respect is poignant, if expected. Although this sort of story has been told before, I found it hard not to like the self-deprecating and love-lorn Andrea and feel sorry for the poor little rich girl Joules who doesn't have it as great as many might think.

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