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Change Places with Me

3.15  ·  Rating details ·  877 ratings  ·  213 reviews
Rose has changed. She still lives in the same neighborhood and goes to the same high school with the same group of kids, but when she woke up today, something was a little different. Her clothes and hair don’t suit her anymore. The dogs who live upstairs are no longer a terror. She wants to throw a party—this from a girl who hardly ever spoke to her classmates before. Ther ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published June 14th 2016 by Balzer + Bray
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mayday Not really. I'd say just read it, and if you find something off about the first few chapters, it's supposed to be that way. Just stick with it. :D
Lois Metzger Rose is fifteen years old. She might seem older. Clara seems younger.

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Emily May
Jan 29, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult, 2016, arc, sci-fi
“It’s as if you’re not here.”
Rose felt her throat tighten. “So, where am I?”
“Somewhere else.”

I feel sad as I write this review; not because the book is sad, but because I think it will struggle to find readers. The blurb is deliberately vague. There is no whipsmart heroine, no love interests, no spoon-fed simplistic cycle of conflict and resolution.

Nothing about it screams thought-provoking, futuristic sci-fi. And yet, that's exactly what this is.

Change Places with Me is a short novel, ful
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Alluring and captivating, Change Places with Me wrapped me in an unsettling atmosphere from the very first page. Indeed the questions started piling up at once, breaking through Rose's apparent happiness, pulling at it, restlessly.

Am I annoying if I say that it's not the point? Yeah? Okay then, let's try this : Change Places with Me is an unputdownable scifi/thriller that kept me glued to the pages for hours without
Nov 28, 2016 rated it really liked it


Change Places with Me is a futuristic Si-Fi novel, filled with unusual characters, a very interesting world and a lot of weirdness.
The first 100 pages were so complicated, I hardly followed up with the story, I was lost a couple times, and what I would recommend is that you really should concentrate while reading this. The rest of the book was better and I started to round the story in my mind even though the story itself leaves a lot of things unexplained.
I will not try to explain
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
I really don't know what I thought this book was going to be about, but it wasn't anything like I was thinking. Thank goodness it was a short book because I had to figure out what was going on!

She woke.
And for a split second saw nothing but a cloud of red light.
Where am I? She could use one of those maps with an X, like at the zoo, that clearly say YOU ARE HERE.


Rose lives with her stepmother, Evelyn. Her father died when she was younger. And one day Rose wakes up and she's a totally different
Sarah Elizabeth
(Source: I received a digital copy of this book for free on a read-to-review basis. Thanks to HarperCollins and Edelweiss.)

“This is what you should do, she told herself. Grab things, exist at the centre of your life, not the edge.”

This was a bit of an unusual story, and I’m not sure I really get it.

Rose was an okay character, she seemed nice, but she also seemed a bit vacant. She was almost too happy, and too satisfied with her life to be believed.

The storyline in this was about Rose
May 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2016-read
This is what you should do, she told herself. Grab things, exist at the center of your life, not the edge.

But it felt, oddly, as if someone else had told her this and she was only repeating it.

Rose wakes up one morning and feels different. She doesn't know what exactly, but something has changed. For one thing, she knows she wants to be called Rose now, because that's the name that suits her. She talks more than she used to, and laughs more, and wants to try new things. What could be wrong wit
I don't even know where this book was going, so I DNF'd it...
Anatea Oroz
Jan 29, 2016 rated it did not like it
Well, this book was weird. But not the good weird. Sadly, I didn't like it.

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I think this might be a case of it's-not-you-it's-me. This one has some pretty positive reviews from friends I trust on Goodreads, but from the moment I started reading I just wasn't feeling it.

I was really interested in it from the synopsis, because it's absurdly vague and leaves a lot open for reader interpretation. I guess, because of that, in my mind I started to expect a much more exciting story and I was pretty disappointed with what I got. And I really don't like to give books a low ratin
Gray Cox
I just re-read this book, and HOW DID I FORGET HOW AESTHETIC AND AMAZING IT WAS?!?!?!?!

Original review:

This book starts off with the sense that something is off. And that feeling haunts every sentence until the middle of this book.

It's vague. It's sad. It's pretty.

This book has a futuristic twist, the world is way more scientifically advanced than ours is yet, but it is only shown in tiny bits in the story. A boy with a diamond tooth, the ability to wipe and replace memories, chairs that mold
Jun 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Change Places With Me by Lois Metzger was one I was not certain how I felt about it right away. The story opens with a teen girl who is very positive. She believes that everyone is her friend and that she wants nothing more that to be happy and live in the moment. However, she can’t shake a nagging feeling that something is off. That inside she is someone else and that maybe everything is not as it seems.

This is a hard book not to
Kim at Divergent Gryffindor
Actual rating: 2.5

Change Places with Me has a synopsis that just made me need to know what's going on. The synopsis is very vague, but in this instance it worked out perfectly. However, I can't help but be disappointed.

Change Places with Me is a very weird book. The tone of the whole book is weird, and Rose talks as if she's not a fifteen-year-old girl. Once you start reading the novel, what's behind the mystery kind of gets predictable. The characters, for me, are not well-developed, and there
Jan 23, 2017 rated it it was ok
I know this one's had a lot of good reviews, mostly citing an eerie atmosphere and intriguing, twisting themes, but I found it all rather cloying and stilted.

Rose was unbearable, Clara mildly frustrating, and all the little drop-in comments to prove how "futuristic" this setting was - well, those were infuriating. Seriously, teeth tattooed with butterflies is supposed to show us that this is a technologically advanced society? The plot "twist" (if you can call it that) would have felt a lot cree
Elise Ozarowski
Jan 29, 2016 rated it it was amazing
This book is so small, yet so incredibly mighty. I really loved the structure used--it allowed Metzger to fit a lot theme-wise into very little space without ever feeling like she was trying to fit too much. The book is set in 2029, so a not-so-far-off future, something I felt made it pretty unique. There's a slight touch of sci-fi, but nothing that would make me classify it as sci-fi. Overall, this one is a really good exploration of grief, depression, and what might happen if we could lose the ...more
Jan 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Change Places with Me is a short but compelling read. While the reader has no idea who Rose used to be or what she was like before the book began, the subtle comments made by the characters around her creates a great sense of unease and mystery for the reader. While the book begins like many by having the reader slowly get to know the main character, Change Places with Me troubles this by introducing us to a character who is new to every character, and asks the audience to question Rose and ask ...more
May 24, 2016 rated it liked it
What an odd book. I can see why it's getting mixed ratings. I gave Change Places with Me three stars because I finished it wondering if I'd actually enjoyed it or just appreciated the cool idea - if this was a "bold" new approach to the YA genre, or just a plain bizarre story.

A girl wakes up in a house that is her own, but something feels off. She says goodbye to her stepmother and goes to school, where she is bubbly and cheerful with everyone she comes across. Her friends don't know how to reac
Feb 22, 2016 rated it really liked it

This book gave me serious Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind vibes. I loved that about it – it’s one of my favorite moves of all time. Change Places With Me had many differences of course, since we are dealing with a teenager in the not too distant future. But if you take the basic concept, the idea that you can have your memories altered, essentially to take the pain of them away, then you could understand this book.

Rose is such an unusual narrator. She spends a large amount of time telling
Jul 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
"It's a funny thing about memories. Why do we remember certain things and forget so much else?"

This book is one I've had my eye on for awhile now. I loved the cover, the title, the simplicity of the synopsis. I knew I had to buy it as soon as I saw it at a bookstore. I was surprised with how short it was when I picked it up, but I was still hopeful because a lot of shorter books are better executed than really long books. This one was quietly mesmerizing.

The whole atmosphere of this book is
Zemira (Kylo Ren fangirl) Warner
This was one unusual book. I wasn't sure what was going on most of the time. I kept waiting for the sci-fi part of the story to get bigger but it stayed in the background the whole time. Even though the book was set in future, it's not an unimaginable future.

The main character, Rose, is trying to find the missing pieces of her past. Things in her life remained the same. She's the only one who's actually changed. Rose was confusing. I couldn't figure her out. Even after I finished reading I stil
Elizabeth Mathis
Rose has changed. She still lives in the same neighborhood with her stepmother and goes to the same high school with the same group of kids, but when she woke up today, something was just a little different than it was before. The dogs who live upstairs are no longer a terror. Her hair and her clothes all feel brand-new. She wants to throw a party—this from a girl who hardly ever spoke to her classmates before. There is no more sadness in her life; she is bursting with happiness.

But something st
La Coccinelle
Dec 30, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: young-adult
I totally failed my Goodreads challenge for this year. This is only the third book I read all the way through. At least it was better than the other two I read in 2016... though not by much.

Please, dear author, I want some more...

The premise is about the only thing I liked in this book, and I can't even talk about it because it's one of those books that's all mysterious and whatnot in the beginning, and if you start to talk about any part of the plot, you'll give too much away. All I can rea
Apr 12, 2016 rated it really liked it
I wasn't sure what this book was about at first. Given the description, I thought maybe this was a story where the main character somehow really changes places with someone. But this is just a metaphor for how this character is dealing with crippling depression. It is also a futuristic tale, where people can use technology to solve problems such as loneliness, anxiety, and fear. But these solutions can have unexpected side-effects...

(I truly do not want to include spoilers so this is a really di
Christine Zarah
May 28, 2016 rated it it was amazing
There would have been so many just-right names for her—Rose, for instance, which was so simple but contained so much, beauty plus a thorn to protect her.
This book was sooo weird. But it is my kind of weird. There's no romance to pull me in but it was refreshing and mind-boggling enough to keep me flipping through the pages and get to the end so I can understand what is happening.
Ms. Pratt herself, dark wavy hair, olive skin, always wearing muted colors like beige and taupe. It had never
Jun 23, 2016 rated it liked it
The story start off with Rose waking up and feeling like a new person, someone she's not supposed to be, yet not unpleasant enough that she wants to change this new person she's become. It's a bit difficult to review this book without giving the story away. I'll just say that I really enjoyed reading it and wanted to find out how Rose had become this new person she was. A lot of the story is somewhat cliché, with the mean girls, the nerdy best friend that's not part of this new crew, the cute bo ...more
Liz Rosenberg
Mar 19, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Lois Metzger is one of my favorite authors. In Change Places with Me, she creates a futuristic book about Rose, who seems happier than she has any right to be. But is the life she's remembering really her own? Change Places With Me is a fast-paced story about identity, memory, friendship, family and grief. It reads so fast but it goes deep, and has sadness with touches and sparks of humor. I just love this book.
Jun 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In many ways this reminded me of Ness's A Monster Calls. The theme explores loss, death and ultimately how we do or don't deal with it. Set in the future, the variety of help available increases with technological advances key. I was held captive and read it in one sitting.

Changed the read date to 11th not 10th so books shelf in order I read them.
Review first appeared on my blog: Book Addict 24-7

I received a copy via the author in exchange for an honest review

Lois Metzger tackles a topic in her newest novel that I connect with on many levels. Change Places With Me deals with grief and how it affects people differently. In doing so, Metzger’s novel also (whether it is on purpose or purely coincidental) gives us a story that may follow various different stages of grief. Told in short chapters and with a sometimes manic protagonist, CPWM is
She woke.

And for a split second saw nothing but a cloud of red light.

‘Where am I?’

Premise : Rose Hartel woke up, today, feeling…different. A voice in her mind urges her to be different, to be happy, to try new things.

"This is what you should do," she told herself. "Grab things, exist at the center of your life, not the edge."

She can’t say why, but her old life doesn’t quite fit, anymore. Her routines, her solitude, even her pajamas feel, suddenly, wrong.

But why?

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Jun 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
This is going to be a difficult review to write. The premise of this book was great.
The execution was so much less than....
The book is written in 3rd person POV; which is probably my problem w/ it.
I dislike talking about the plot line when I'm writing a review, b/c I don't want to give away more than the synopsis. Most of the joy in reading is finding out what happens next. Or, discovering what happened first, to make the present - the present.

However, for this book, I have to talk about the b
Robert Dunn
Jul 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing
An intricate psychological thriller inside a compelling tale of a teenage girl stuck between two identities, Change Places with Me pulls you into Rose’s world and keeps you there. The book is set slightly in the future, allowing author Lois Metzger to come up with just the inventions she needs to make her book hum. The futurism is fun—oh, no, another hydro-bus broke down!—but the setting is really there to give specific form to universal teenage questions of identity, and a young woman’s singula ...more
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Lois Metzger was born in Queens, New York City. Three of her five young-adult novels take place in Belle Heights, an invented Queens neighborhood that is boring on purpose to stand in stark contrast to the dramatic life of her characters. She has also written two nonfiction books about the Holocaust, and has edited five anthologies of original short stories. She lives near Washington Square Park i ...more

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