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Where I End and You Begin

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Ezra Slevin is an anxious, neurotic insomniac who spends his nights questioning his place in the universe and his days obsessing over Imogen, a nerdy girl with gigantic eyebrows and a heart of gold.

For weeks, Ezra has been working up the courage to invite Imogen to prom. The only problem is Imogen’s protective best friend, Wynonna Jones. Wynonna has blue hair, jams to '80s
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Hardcover, 304 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Disney-Hyperion
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Tucker  (TuckerTheReader)

Many thanks to Disney Press for sending me a copy in exchange for an honest review

A perfect blend of sci-fi and young adult romance!

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Larry H
Jan 15, 2021 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Preston Norton's Where I End and You Begin is a fun and different take on the Freaky Friday theme which may make you approach viewing any astronomic event with a bit of trepidation.

"My excuse was that I was an antisocial loser with crippling anxiety who had no intention of branching out of my small, sad, pathetic world, thank you very much. I mean, my greatest strength was math, for Christ's sake!"

Ezra has been obsessed with Imogen Klutz since the fourth grade, but as much as he's though
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Roger Hyttinen
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction-fantasy
So first off, I'll mention that I love the body swapping trope and some of my favorite films include Freaky Friday, Big, 18 Again, Vice Versa, 17 Again and the like. Now I've read a few body swapping books, and my experience has been that this trope doesn't translate all that well to the written form. Body swapping novels often end up being frustrating and confusing so though I was intrigued by the synopsis of this book, I was also a bit hesitant. But I needn't have been because the author reall ...more
Lauren Stoolfire
I received an ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Where I End & You Begin by Preston Norton is a unique and fun YA contemporary body swap novel - think Twelfth Night meets Freaky Friday. For the most part, this novel really delivered for me. The cast of characters was complex and quite engaging, but Ezra himself was easily my favorite and the easiest to relate to for me. No matter what the exploration of identity is fascinating. Plus, I have to admit I totally enjoyed all of the
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Francis
Feb 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: came-soon-18-20
Full review here: https://bookpeopleteens.wordpress.com...

WhereIEnd&YouBegin

“I sat on the curb, leaned back, and looked at the stars - crystallized, sparkling against the black tarp of the sky. I wondered how much of me was up there. How many times I had disintegrated, dissolved into that infinite sea, become one with something so much bigger than myself. How many times had it saved me?”

In total, Where I End & You Begin was a quirky, well-plotted, genuinely funny novel that took a played-out trope and made it
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Rachel
Apr 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow wow wow, I really liked this book! It was quirky, hilarious, and very well-written. The characters were dynamic and interesting and the way this plays into the body swapping is great. Each character is dealing with something, even down to the secondary characters, and I really felt close to all of them. The author covered sexuality in a way I haven't really heard before and, though I don't personally relate to how it comes up in the book, I think it was so important to see in a YA book (or a ...more
Patty (IheartYA311)
Sep 24, 2019 rated it liked it
Cute and quirky, but I expected something more. Although semi-entertaining, the MC's inner monologue bordered the fine line between charismatic and annoying; so much of it was unnecessary. There were a few LOL moments, especially during friendly banter. I was interested in the story but it had pacing issues, and it could have easily been 300 pages instead of 400. I could, however, see this being a funny Netflix-type movie. ...more
Jypsy
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
Where I End And You Begin is a truly unique story. It was not what I expected, but I liked it because it's unusual and requires you to think. The characters are likeable and engaging and entertaining. The story is well written and kind of crazy but in a good way. I think young adult readers will enjoy it. Thanks to NetGalley for an arc in exchange for an honest review. ...more
Misty
Sep 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 STARS...only because I would have also liked to have read Wynonna’s perspective.
Katharine
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
I capital-L loved this book!

I'm not going to lie, my diehard never ending love for She's the Man was 60% of the reason I picked this book up (so the fact that it was referenced MULTIPLE times with direct quotes was basically a dream) so I was expecting it to just be a fun body-swapping read. But it turned out to be this really funny, really lovely sort of exploration of being your authentic self, and gender and sexuality, and family and friendship, and trauma, and none of that ever felt like it
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Marie
Mar 27, 2020 rated it it was ok
This book took me so long to read (even during coronovirus quarantine!) It was so weird and more than a little awkward. Lots of curse words throughout the book, too many f-bombs to even count, not worth it to be honest. I guess the ending was ok except that the major conflict was not resolved and it just kind of ended abruptly. I'm really surprised that it has over a 4 star rating overall. I think it hovered between 1 and 2 stars and maybe I leaned up because I was so excited that I finally fini ...more
do
Jan 24, 2020 rated it liked it
2,75 - 3 stars
Knobby
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arc
I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review

I was surprised at how much I enjoyed Where I End and You Begin, especially since the start feels rocky. The book opens with Ezra and his best friend Holden breaking into their school during a lunar eclipse, because they know Ezra's long-time crush Imogen is there observing it and Ezra wants to ask her to prom. Imogen's best friend, and Ezra's long-time nemesis, Wynonna is also there, and after a bit of dramatics, the
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Brittney
Jan 30, 2019 rated it liked it
*Thanks so much to Disney Book Group for providing me an eARC via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

3.5 / 5 stars

Where I End and You Begin follows the troublesome situation of two teenagers body-swapping. Ezra and Wynonna must navigate acting like each other until they can figure out how to stop swapping. Ezra and Wynonna definitely do not see each other eye to eye at first, but they must learn how to better understand and support each other so that they can stop this unique situation.

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Kendall
Apr 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of Freaky Friday, She's The Man, and those who are okay with skimming from time to time
3.5 Stars***

TW: Sexual exploitation/revenge porn of a minor, death of a parent, alcoholism

In all reality, this is an incredibly enjoyable book. The characters are interesting, and who wouldn't love a "Freaky Friday" esque body-swapping plot line with characters who hate each other? The characters are interesting and the way sexuality and gender is worked through in this story feels genuine and authentic. BUT.....there are WAY TOO MANY pop culture references made. I'm all for an occasional nod to
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Kelle
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was written for pop culture enthusiasts, nerds, and others everywhere. One of the funniest books that I have read in a very long time. Norton encapsulated the torment of being in love, in high school and not quite fitting in or understanding oneself. Then once you are wrapped in that misery, he takes it a step further. Switching bodies between female and male characters who don’t really like each other all that much and allowing for such a personal insight was funny and allowed feeling ...more
Candace
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bravo! This was such a fantastically well done book! Quirky, unique and dare I say, STRANGE (in the best way possible), characters. The characterizations in this book were certainly a highlight but Norton also was able to get us truly invested in their friends and family and the trauma surrounding them. I am also impressed with Nortons ability to take sexuality out of the box. Allowing us to see another take on it in this unusual experience of body swapping. Highly engaging!
Lisa
Feb 06, 2019 added it
Shelves: 2019, arc
I think the idea is solid and interesting; the humor is laugh out loud good. But somehow the story dragged and become overly complicated in some areas. I found myself skimming because it just couldn't hold my interest. ...more
Natalie
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Inspired/re-telling of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night about finding your identity, sexuality, friendship & that great, beautiful things can happen when you let yourself be vulnerable & seen 💜💙🧡❤️
Wilma (LifeGoofer)
This isnt a bad book! Really enjoyed it and it was perfect as an audiobook. Just a little bit two cheesy for my taste. I do love a good body swap story!
Bentgaidin
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
'Where I End & You Begin' is a teen rom-com with switching bodies, Shakespeare, and a non-Euclidean love polygon. It's full of over-the-top fun, that never gets so much as to be obnoxious about it, and the characters all feel relatably confused by both their current predicaments and the dramas of their high school lives. It does a lot with gender, and bodies, and the confusions around them; I only wish it had ended up being even queerer than it already is. But it was still a fun, quick read, and ...more
Silvia
May 28, 2020 rated it liked it
*3.5*

I honestly wished I could have given this book more stars, but sadly that wasn't the case. I found this book to be fast to read and really entertaining, and I loved the two main characters, Ezra and Wynonna, and all the body swapping plot was honestly so good, but sadly I had some problems in relating with some of the love stories and one character in particular, Imogen.
I feel like Ezra was in love with the girl without even knowing her so well, clinging to a childhood dream that surely do
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Ben Howard
Dec 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Picked this up because of the Freaky Friday vibes, and it did deliver on that.

Where I End and You Begin is a book about what it means to be you. Does the body you're in determine who you are? It follows a boy named Ezra who suddenly begins to body swap with a girl named Wynonna. Ezra is in love with Wynonna's best friend, Imogen. And Wynonna is in love with Ezra's best friend, Holden. You can see where this is going, can't you? Ezra and Wynonna agree to help each other out in the love departmen
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Agnieszka
Dec 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Okay so I support the message this book attempts to send, and that's why it gets 2 stars, but.

I almost ditched it at the beginning and I basically only was able to not do so through the sheer force of will.
Quirky edgy tumblr posts - that is the style it was written in. All the nerdy stuff that gets outdated in 2-3 years - it is there. And this book is already so 2011-2012, its jokes, quirkiness, high school dramas and shit. This is my era high school experiences (if I was american and not the pa
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Samantha (WLABB)
May 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya, lgbtqia, arcs
Rating: 3.5 Stars

Ezra had been pining away for Imogen for the past 7 years, and when he was finally going to act on his feelings, he suddenly found himself body swapping with Wynonna, his enemy and Imogen's best friend.

This was actually a fun and interesting take on the whole body-swap plot. Like many other stories employing this plot device, the two "swappers" had envied the other's life, but where it differed was in the way Wynonna and Ezra kept switching back and forth. The abrupt swapping a
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Morgan
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
4.5 stars

*Read at work for review for ROYAL*

Wow this book is filled with a lot of things that will really make you feel the feels. Where I End & You Begin is all about self-discovery and acceptance as well as the acceptance of others. One of my favorite lines in the book is about labels and how you shouldn’t have to define yourself if you don’t want to, you should just be you.

Ezra and Wynonna are two vastly different human beings. Ezra is a fairly average teenage boy with a huge crush on a girl
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Amy
Oct 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I've just finished the book I feel like I've been waiting literal years to read, and I am so enamored. Like, that is literally my entire brain, just so gratified.

I don't think I've ever read a book really centered on a body-swap, because god knows I can do without the movie tropes in book form, but this was so fabulous I can't (won't) get over it.

I can't even compare Ezra to Cliff, because you can't compare two different fabulous characters. Ezra is really sweet and nice and actually really re
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Thomas
Apr 09, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’m a sucker for a good body switch story mostly because it’s a form of transformation and I’ve always loved stories that explore that subject. When I was a kid I tried reading Freaky Friday but I couldn’t finish it. I guess a girl switching with her mom wasn’t an interesting enough transformation for me and the story was mostly played for laughs which wasn’t interesting enough for me either. This one, as far as I’m concerned, is on another level.

A number of users have labeled this is Contempora
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Joanna
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to Netgalley for an eARC in exchange for an (admittedly late) review.

Wow, I really was not expecting to like this book as much as I did. At first the book gave off a very John Green-esque vibe, and I was worried it would be kind of pretentious or cliche-filled, but it was so unexpectedly enjoyable. The writing was very distinctive, and very pop-culture-y, which was probably the biggest downside for me, not because I didn't like the references, but because those kind of references (esp
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Lourdes
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A big thank you to Netgalley for providing me with an advance copy of this book.

Just like in the movie Freaky Friday and 17 again, the swap of characters, I really enjoyed it.

Where I End and You Begin is very moving and ended up being a beautifully rendered story of love, attraction, sexuality, family, and friendship. It's a wildly entertaining read, and I felt that the author did an excellent job of bringing his characters to life, allowing all of them to thrive in their complexity.

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Preston Norton is bisexual, slightly genderqueer, and married. He is the author of Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe, Where I End and You Begin, and Hopepunk.

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