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The Swap

4.16  ·  Rating details ·  4,081 ratings  ·  766 reviews
"You be me...and I'll be you."

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

Hardcover, 382 pages
Published August 26th 2014 by Katherine Tegen Books (first published August 1st 2014)
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Angela Zhang This was really short and sweet, it had its good parts, and it made sense while staying really well written. Definitely worth reading!

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Aj the Ravenous Reader

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
Aisha (seetheworldwithbooks)
5++ 'If you could dream it, you could achieve it' STARS




“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
Aug 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Even though this book follow middle grade characters, their stories are ones to which people of all ages can relate. Told between two perspectives, this "Freaky Friday" inspired novel draws readers in with its strong emotions, real-life struggles, and laugh-out-loud humor! Overall 5/5 stars; I can't wait to see what Shull writes next! ...more
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Michelle Glatt
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
What a surprisingly deep and heartfelt book! I was expecting something light given the Freaky Friday - type premise, but it REALLY dove into some middle school issues in an effective, realistic, and sometimes brutally honest way. I am going to be recommending this one A LOT.
Jul 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Way to reinforce gender stereotypes. People need to relate to other *people* and not think of the world as divided into boy vs. girl. Yes, ok, I know that part of the point of the book was that girls are people, and boys are people. And I know both parents are doing are pretty good job, at least by the end, of being both mother and father to the kids. And the kids do learn to appreciate some bits of the opposite sex's approach to life. But those points are made very quietly and, imo, ineffective ...more
Minty McBunny
Oct 06, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2014, october-2014
This book was a delightful surprise.

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
Apr 10, 2014 rated it really liked it

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
Jan 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Oh my gosh. This book is aggressively adorable. It pulled me in, and I could hardly escape for homework breaks. The story is very cute, well thought out and relatable. I definitely recommend when you need a little sunshine in your life.
OH. MY. GOD This just like ... the best book I've ever read in this month. Really, I have the hardest time and the hardest mood this month. I loose my energic. But, Oh God! This book is totally, Awesomesauce!
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
Jun 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I absolutely loved this book! The idea has been done before, freaky friday and its a boy girl thing, but I was still wrapped up into this book right away, it was realistic, heart warming and funny at parts, plus I really enjoyed the characters, especially Summer (Ellie's mom) who was undeniably sweet. The ending was perfect, and its something that many people can relate to. I did think it was going to go in a different direction, but I'm glad that it was done the way it was. Great story! I recom ...more
Brittany (Hiatus-On/Off)
I freaking loved this book and now it's being turned into a Disney Channel Original Movie! I admit the movie does look different than the book but it still looks just as funny!

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
Dec 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
So .. first thing's first: This is a love story. Not like a couples love story. It's more like loving your family. Loving with what you have, embracing yourself and your potential and staying true to yourself. Appreciating the simple joys of life and what is has in store for you. It's saddening that most kids in High School lived in it like they have to please everyone, that you have to be friends with the most popular ones so the society can accept you even if they're a bunch of wackos and bitc ...more
Jun 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book!! It was amazing!! It is super funny, and I'm going into 7th grade, so it was perfect. And I know exactly what Ellie (Jack) is going through, which makes it even more funny. I think boys and girls around 11-14 should DEFINITELY put this book on their reading list. It teaches you that boys and girls both have it tough in middle school, and don't judge a book by its cover. I really loved this book, and even in you're older or younger, you should still read this amazing book!! ...more
Jul 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
If an alien had recently landed on Earth and asked for a handbook on rigid human gender roles, you could hand over this book.

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.
Jun 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
this book was the book that i have been looking for it was so good that i could not put it down
May 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I thought that this book was good
Sep 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I loved this book so much. The characters that swapped lives were a boy and a girl so it was funny reading how they dealt with some pretty awkward situations. This is a book that will make you laugh a lot. Although some parts were funny, both characters had pretty sad situations so reading this you will sympathize with them. The Swap is like a much better version of 'Freaky Friday'. Once you start reading this book you won't be able to put it down. ...more
Jennifer Druffel
Jun 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Yes, switching bodies has been done plenty of times before, but not in the way Megan Shull writes it. I immediately became invested in the two main characters Ellie and Jack. Both struggle with issues other cannot see. This book is true to middle school angst. Fun, loving, and heart-warming. I was pleasantly surprised by this book.
Jun 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book! Loved the pov switches more than expected, like Jack's personality soooo much and his brothers. It was a heart warming book of family fruendship and self acceptance. ♥♥ ...more
Freaky Friday meets middle school in this unexpectedly delightful story about family, friends, and fulfillment.

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
Sep 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: arc-collection
This book was in my to-be-read pile since I got the ARC but I never got the time or mood to read this. There's something about it that makes me think twice whether to read it or not. I was thinking it will be like Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell or Say What You Will by Cammie McGovern and to be honest the feelings while reading this was the same one when I was reading the books I have mentioned above, and that's a good thing because I enjoyed it. I was so ready to finish it in one day but I w ...more
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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
Beth Kakuma-Depew
Aug 21, 2014 rated it really liked it
This is a perfect middle school book about being yourself, standing up to bullies, and realizing how the other half lives. Is the ending too neatly wrapped up? In my opinion, no, not if the author's aiming for a middle school readership. Also, this is a book about a magical switcheroo -- It's light fantasy, in a Disney TV show way. The girl lives only with her mom who's very emotional and comforting. The boy lives with his dad and three older brothers who are all very macho and hard-core about t ...more
Dec 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing
In this novel, the reader comes to understand the meaning of empathy and learning to become loyal. This story takes place in modern times, and Ellie and Jack are the protagonists of the book. The story is told in the first person by both Ellie and Jack. When they both swap lives, they must learn to adapt to each others lives as the other person. "You be me, and I'll be you." is a quote often stated throughout the book. This book is easy to relate to because of the many similarities the character ...more
Elizabeth P DeLana
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Smart. Funny. Insightful. Great premise. Enjoyed the tween slang. Read it.
Andrea at Reading Lark
Review Posted on Reading Lark on 7/22/14:

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
Arlington Leatham
Oct 23, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book was about a girl named Ellie (Elle) and a boy named Jack. One day when Elle is having friend troubles with her ex-Bff Sassy Gaines and Jack had just got out of a fight with his enemy Porter they both find themselves in the nurses office where they are trying to debate between each other who has a better life when they both wish that they could have the other persons life all of a sudden it happens. Before either of them know it Elle is in Jacks body and Jack is in Elle's. Jack has big ...more
Molli B.
What a sweet, fun book. So glad I randomly picked it up in a bookstore today!! It's middle grade (the MCs are 12 and 13), and I loved both kids and think that anyone at all can relate to their stories. I'm a huge fan of the Freaky Friday swap trope, and it worked really well here.

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...
Christina E.
Oct 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
The Swap by Megan Shull is a unique display of perspectives of boys and girls. A boy named Jack spent a few years of his life under the strict rule of his father with his three brothers. And a girl named Ellie was bullied by her old friend. One day when their worlds seemed to be crashing down, they swapped bodies. Jack was dealing with Ellie's bullies. And Ellie was training under Jack's dad, Captain.

I was shocked by the plot of this book, it was very exciting and nerve-wracking. (view spoiler)
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Megan Shull is the author of many books for kids, including THE SWAP (streaming now on Disney+) and BOUNCE soon to be a Paramount Film starring YouTube personality Jojo Siwa, produced by Will Smith, James Lassiter and Caleeb Pinkett. Megan holds a doctorate in Educational Psychology from Cornell University. Born and raised in Ithaca, New York, Megan lives and writes in her hometown.

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