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Swapping Lives

3.58  ·  Rating details ·  26,729 ratings  ·  1,128 reviews
Ever wondered what would happen if you got the chance to live the life you couldn't have?

Amber Winslow has got the kids, the hubby, the suburban home in Connecticut, USA - and the feeling that somehow life is passing her by.

Vicky Townsley is features editor at Poise! magazine in London, she's single, solvent and seriously successful - but she'd ditch it all for marriage, a
Hardcover, 410 pages
Published June 13th 2006 by Viking Adult (first published 2005)
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Swapping Lives is a standalone women's fiction novel written by author Jane Green. I was very optimistic about this title when I read the book synopsis- who wouldn't want to swap lives with someone else for a while??- but unfortunately I was disappointed. I almost added it to my "lost interest" shelf after the first half (more like 60%) bored me to tears. The second half was a little better (when the two women finally swapped lives) but it wasn't good enough to make up for the overall somewhat d ...more
Apr 05, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

What a boring novel! I found this terribly dull and flat with page after page of repetitive descriptions of the life styles of the two shallow protagonists Amber and Vicky. Amber Winslow the American social climber, full time wife and mother and Vicky Townsley the single successful English girl leading a tough but hectic life as Features Director of a magazine. The theme of the novel is as the title implys a Life Swap between these two women neither of who
Ashley P.
Mar 29, 2011 rated it did not like it
I hated, hated, hated this book. I only finished it because I paid 70 cents for it dagnabbit. The character of Amber is the biggest Mary Sue I've ever read. I wanted to smack her idiotic face off. She's such a horrible person, always competing with her "friends", lying to her husband about spending, ignoring her kids, etc, but the author tells us numerous times that everyone just loves her and they understand that she's such a great person and that she really does love her kids. I kept thinking ...more
Dec 20, 2018 rated it it was ok
2.5 At the very most...SSSOOOO where to begin? LOL... It was a total chick-lit and I thought it would be a light read but it seriously could've been made into a cutsie short story of 250 pages the most and be done but NNOOOO the author decided it needed to be over 400 pages.

My brain cells died after the plot began. A single 35 yr old girl in London that wants a house, hubby and kids-- works for a magazine and shags multiple losers. A middle aged lost (who am I?) mom in Connecticut, USA-- has th
Jan 15, 2013 rated it did not like it
I'm going to just come out and say it... this is the worst bit of chick lit that I've ever had the displeasure to read. As mentioned in other reviews, the repetitiveness of lifestyles was nonstop and exhausting. I was looking for something light and easy yet found myself skipping over large sections (entire pages!!) that were either redundant or useless information (it was simply a complete waste of trees to waste pages and pages on the other potential candidates... as if the fact that there are ...more
Jan 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book. I was delighted to see the main topics tackled, especially as it's considered "chick lit", were not about attaining the perfect guy or finding the perfect "shag" or following some bumbling female who doesn't do her job properly but somehow finds true love and sucess suddenly, and predictibly, at the end of the book... but rather about substantial and relevent stuff that we all deal with in our day to day lives: like what the most important things to have in yo ...more
Oct 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
A brilliant story about two women who decide to 'swap lives' for a month. Vicky works for a fashion magazine in London and as part of a feature article, decides to swap lives with an American mother and social climber, Amber. Neither women are happy with their lives and think they need a change, and wonder if 'the grass is greener on the other side'. Some hilarious moments ensue and the story gave me a lot of laughs. Easy to identify with both women, and a really fun story. I thoroughly enjoyed ...more
Jul 09, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 stars, a perfect summer read.
Feb 06, 2013 rated it did not like it
OK, I know this is a big call but this really was quite possibly the worst book I've ever read. Seriously. And while I love me a bit of literature I'm also no book snob and not averse to a bit of craptastic drivel or lighthearted chick-lit for a read on the beach either. I'm just grateful I didn't buy this book. It was lying around at my parent's house presumably from a guest who had left it there and as I had nothing to read I picked it up.

I'm one of those people who feel compelled to finish a
Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was ok
Yikes, this book was a total mess. It was 3/4 back story! The actual plot didn't start until disc 6, and it was a 10-disc audio book! You got into every character's head and life story while two characters were in the middle of a conversation, making it incredibly confusing once the author jumped back into the present moment. Usually, I don't mind that writing technique, but when you're doing it for every character, rather than the main, and jumping between them all, it feels bogged down and slo ...more
Oct 03, 2010 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, chick-lit
Swapping Lives is the story of Vickie Townsley and Amber Winslow. Vickie is the features director at Poise magazine in England and is living the life of an urban, single woman in her mid-thirties. Amber is a rich housewife in Connecticut. Amber enters and wins a contest sponsored Poise magazine to swap lives with Vickie for a month to see if the grass really is greener on the other side. Is being a single girl as carefree and fun as it seems? Is being a rich, suburban housewife less stressful th ...more
Nov 05, 2015 rated it did not like it
First of all, this book was terrible. TERRIBLE. My review is mostly retching sounds. The fact that it's rated four stars on goodreads is proof that not only is humanity doomed, but also that we deserve it. In defense of this terrible, terrible book, with the terrible cliche plot and the two dimensional characters and the sickly pink cover and the author photo that looks like a knock off Sarah Jessica Parker who never heard the 90s were over, I knew it was going to be a terrible book when I bough ...more
Dec 28, 2012 marked it as borrowed-but-decided-not-to-read  ·  review of another edition
I'm about 40 or so pages into this book, and as yet it isn't really grabbing me. I'm going to give it just a bit longer and see if I get into it more, but when I avoid reading because I'm not that into a book, then I know that it's almost time to find something different to read. I usually like Jane Green, but this time, I'm just not sure. I have a heap of other books from the library to read, so if I'm not 'taken' in the next chapter or so, I'll be giving up on this one!

Well I've just read revi
Julie Yashur
Aug 25, 2020 rated it liked it
What a disappointment! I saw the title and immediately thought of reality shows. Therefore, I thought this book would be really cute and funny.

Amber is an American married housewife with two children and feels like she is missing something from her life. Vicky is a British single career woman who envies women who are married and have children.

At this point the book really dragged for me. I was beginning to wonder if these two people were ever going to swap lives. The swap didn't seem to last v
Karen Jarvis
May 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Nice easy read.
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it
I have to say I really enjoyed this book. Who would not fantasize over living someone else's life? For a chick lit book, it was detailed with enough info about the different characters and what motivated them to want a change. I was glad I read it even after reading some not so nice reviews.
Funny, heartfelt, and fairly true enough.
Kathleen Brunnett
Nov 28, 2014 rated it did not like it
Ugh! A waste of my precious reading time. This book was given to me by a co-worker as it is one of her favorites. Note to self: politely decline next time she approaches with a book.
Colleen Whale
Nov 22, 2020 rated it it was ok
Vicky is a single woman in London, who has to attend dinner parties alone and spends her weekends with her brother and sister-in-law living the perfect life in the country with their children. She keeps thinking about how wonderful it would be to be married and have children of her own. While discussing this at work, where she works for Poise! magazine, the next thing she knows she's agreeing to do a Life Swap with a married woman. After reading lots of responses, and meeting some prospect "Swap ...more
I'm waffling between 3 and 4 stars because I'm a sucker for a happy ending. But there were some things in here that are really a product of their time and I'm hoping to leave those days in the past where they belong. ...more
Allison Clark
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy read, chic lit style book
May 27, 2018 rated it liked it
- debatable characterisation of american family
- a few errors regarding names
- intriguing plot, although fairly predictable
- was expecting a bit more drama in regards to certain actions
- depiction of Highfield was enticing and vivid
- probably wouldnt read again
Jan 16, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: chick-lit, pop-sugar
I couldn't decide whether to give this book one or two stars. I decided on to because I did finish the book, although I'm not sure why. I was looking for good fluffy chick lit to give my brain a break. But this just wasn't good. oh well, at least I've read a book with a pink cover for this year's pop sugar challenge. 😂 ...more
Sep 07, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was a great story with a very interesting idea. I loved what happened (mostly) but I thought it was a tad bit unbelievable at times. Still -- a solid Jane Green book!
Helena Wildsmith
Oh I do love Jane Green books - as moreish as chocolate! Not realistic but absolutely the sort of book you can throw yourself into and feel sad that it's come to an end. ...more
Hayley Noble
Jul 20, 2014 rated it liked it
I brought a huge stack of Jane Green books recently, mainly ones I have previously read but one wasn't available and was substituted for life swap. Surprisingly one of hers that I hadn't read before.

Jane Green was one of my top 5 authors when I was younger. As I have got older though, my tastes have changed but I couldn't wait to get started on some of her books again.

Although I enjoyed this book. I have fallen out of love a little bit with Jane Green. I actually find her books really samey sa
Merle Brown
May 21, 2010 rated it did not like it
I found this lying on the bookshelf theother day, so decided to read it - my boyfriend was away and i couldn't sleep, so felt like reading something easy. All this did was make me angry. I've not read any of her stuff before, and after this, which i haven't even finished yet, am not sure whether I will.
It's not badly written, but there are just glaring inconsistencies in the plot and the character that just don't ring true at all!
We're led to believe the swappers are to wear each other's clothes
Aug 08, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiftyfiftyme
Unfortunately, I finished this book over a week ago and didn't get around to the review until now so it's not really fresh in my head. I did like it, and I breezed through it like all the other chick-lit books I ever read. I really like Jane Green, and I like her style. This book narrates a little differently, and I enjoyed that. It felt almost like we were watching things unfold, it was a little different than I'm used to and a pleasant change.

One thing really annoyed me: TWO characters named D
Aug 28, 2008 rated it it was ok
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Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommended to Heather by: Katie
I found there were many issues with this book. First of all, it had a slow beginning and I think I was almost half way through when they finally got to the swapping lives part. Then, and I could be wrong (but I don't think so though because I kept flipping back and forth) I found out that the two main characters of the book each have a friend named Deborah! How confusing is that? They didn't even acknowledge that they both knew somebody by the same first name.

OK, so once I was past all that and
Jan 10, 2009 rated it did not like it
Recommends it for: anyone who likes the worst of chick lit.
Shelves: personal-reading
So I wanted a chick book late this summer — just an easy little read for the lazy days on the boat — so I picked up Switching Lives by Jane Green off the bargain rack at Borders. I mean, it was a hardback book for less than $5, and I had read two of her other books years ago and found them tolerable. Not this one! It was insanely predictable and included a character with the name Hugh Janus — I kid you not! That one is so bad that I wouldn’t want to take the credit for making it up. I do think I ...more
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Jane Green's eighteenth novel, Falling, is soon to be released with Berkley/Penguin; she is the author of sixteen previous New York Times Bestselling novels, and known as one of the world's leading authors in women's fiction, with over ten million books in print, and translations in over 25 languages.

Previous novels have included The Beach House, Second Chance, Jemima J, and Tempting Fate.

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