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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 herself.
Then, BAM! They swap lives - and bodies!
Now Jack's fending off mean girls at sleepover parties, while Ellie's reigning as The Prince of Thatcher Middle School.
As their crazy weekend races on - and their feeling for each other grow - Elli and Jack begin to wonder if maybe the best way to learn how to be yourself is to spend a little time being somebody else.
382 pages, Hardcover
First published August 1, 2014
“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 want to tell you how much I love you.”
Sometimes we even talk about my mom. We remember her, all the good times.
I still wear the gold chain and pendant around my neck.
I never take it off.
The pendant is engraved with one word in tiny scripted letters. You need a magnifying glass to see—
The word is LOVE.
I love my family more than I could ever say. When I look across the fire at Summer and my dad, Jett, Elle, Gunner, Stryker, I’m so grateful. I feel like the luckiest kid in the world.
And maybe I am.