ELLIE spent the summer before seventh grade getting dropped by her best friend since forever. JACK spent it training in "The Cage" with his tough-as-nails brothers and hard-to-please dad. By the time middle school starts, they're both ready for a change. And just as Jack's thinking girls have it so easy, Ellie's wishing she could be anyone but...more
That was a really fun, entertaining and heartwarming read. It was nice to once again read a middle school book. At first I wasn’t into it that much because it feels like this familiar and predictable plot and I’m just reading it to kill time but as the story goes on, I find myself liking it more and more. The development of each character is quite adorable and I’m really happy with their self-discoveries and changes when they literally experienced living each other’s lives. I’m looking forward t ...more
THIS IS MY REACTION AFTER READING THIS FABULOUS- INCREDIBLE- UNDENIEBLY SWEET AND HEART-WHELMING STORY EVER:
“You boys are my pride and joy,” my dad goes on. “You are the biggest blessing of my life. You do everything right. And I’m not talking about hockey. Hockey is a game, it is not what defines you. You are beautiful young men. You are kind, you care about others—” I look up at his eyes brightening through the tears. “I’m here, and I wan...more
It was on the desk when I was checking out books for my kids in the children's section of my library, so I threw it in my bag, thinking it might be a somewhat amusing change from the Freaky Friday type switching bodies story.
Instead I got a sensitive and moving story of empathy and perspective, very well suited to its young teen target audience, of both sexes.
I was surprised by how unexpected the eventual outcome was and how sweet the ending was, without be ...more
Another book with a misleading summary, yet instead of being disappointed, I'm actually glad the book took a completely different direction from what the blurb seems to imply. The body swap, instead of becoming a vehicle for romance (though I'd be lying if I say I don't ship it because I do), was used as a catalyst for both Jack and Ellie to overcome their weaknesses and grow as characters. It's a book about friendship, family and self-discovery, headed by characters who are both likeab ...more
The main idea is not something new ... I've watched the movie about swap body several years ago. But this novel is really--just like I said before, and maybe you dont want to read it again, so I change the words--Great!--and no! Not just great, but amazeballs. For sure ... I kind of hoped ...more
I could really relate to this story, it was the story I needed to read when I was in grade 7! I loved Jack and Ellie! <3 ...more
If I had a dollar for every time "girl" is used as an insult, I could supply an entire women's studies class with their textbooks.
If I ever meet Jon Scieszka, I'm demanding an explanation for his quote on the cover. ...more
As the youngest of four boys, Jack constantly strives to live up to his Dad's rigorous expectations and be the best. He doesn't dare mess up. 8th grade will rock if he can stay in the school of his choice. But then he loses his temper and gets in a fight that threatens to cost him everything he has worked for...
Only-child Ellie dreads 7th grade. Her once best friend now actively bullies ...more
ALL THE AWWWWWS.
After finishing this book, I realised how wrong the description of the book was; this isn't a romance. I mean, sure, Ellie and Jack experience a few heart thumping moments or whatever, but they're all just crushes because they're just in their early teens.
Come on, we had those. Those stupid, 3 day infatuations with guys you wouldn't touch with a ten foot pole now.
Although, when I was in the seventh grade, my most immediate worry was when the next episode of my favorite TV sh ...more
I'm not typically a middle grades reader. In fact, I loved the cover of this one so much I snagged it before I realized it was a middle grades novel. I really should take a chance on more of these as they are something I could talk to my students about more than some of the upper YA stuff. The Swap was an excellent way to dive into middle grades and get a feel for this age group. Also, after teaching 7th and 8th gr ...more
Plus, frosting on the cake, Jack, the 13-year-old boy MC, plays hockey. I keep accidentally picking up stuff that has hockey in it, and it makes my heart weep with happiness every time! (Even though he's a Bruins fan... ...more
I was shocked by the plot of this book, it was very exciting and nerve-wracking. (view spoiler) ...more