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Where I End and You Begin

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  324 ratings  ·  130 reviews
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
Kindle Edition, 416 pages
Published June 4th 2019 by Disney Hyperion
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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
Roger Hyttinen
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 22, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 18, 2019 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: coming-soon-19
I'm a sucker for anything Twelfth Night related.
Mar 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 09, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 29, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
*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.

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
Feb 06, 2019 added it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jul 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 💜💙🧡❤ ...more
Jul 24, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Feb 12, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Mar 24, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Samantha (WLABB)
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
Sep 05, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 g
Aug 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
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
Apr 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: arc, kindle
This was such a fun book! It follows the lives of Ezra Slevin and Wynonna Jones as they body-swap Freaky Friday style. They are not sure how or when to predict the swaps. It becomes a love square(?) since Ezra has a crush on Imogen, who happens to be Wynonna's best friend. And Wynonna has a crush on Ezra's best friend, Holden.

Ezra's parents are both doctors at a local hospital, so they are NEVER around. Wynonna's family history is a lot more complicated. It is an essential part of the story, and
Heather Brown
Apr 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's Twelfth Night-ception! In a story based on Shakespeare's Twelfth Night, the characters are acting in their school's performance of Twelfth Night, and watch and discuss movies based on Twelfth Night (like She's the Man)---and it is glorious!!! Somehow, geeky, shy Ezra switches bodies with loud, annoying Wynonna. They have to make it work, so they pretend to be who they look like, while helping to win the heart of each other's crush. Ezra has been in love with Wynnona's best friend Imogen sin ...more
Aug 16, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019, litsyatoz2019
With being distracted by moving this summer, one thing that’s taken a hit is my reading. That being said, I only thought this book was ok, but it could also be because I was distracted and couldn’t really lose myself in the story. I just found it confusing, although it was a somewhat original take on a familiar trope. It was one of those odd cases though where I could see myself enjoying a big scene adaptation more.
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is exactly like freaky Friday, but on drugs. And the people who swap aren't family members, they're enemies, kind of. Oh and they're the opposite sex and they both have crushes on both of their best friends.
This book made me want to befriend the main characters. I love Shakespeare, and this modern day version was excellent.
Jun 07, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I kind of knew what I would be getting into when I borrowed this book from the library... which is exactly why I wanted to read it. And I did enjoy it, but I admit that there were times when the story went all over the place and some things felt like they didn't make sense within the context of the story. Some stuff just isn't explained at all or are resolved way too easily.

I'm going to get my complaint out of the way first. I personally don't like this running cliche of punishing kids by making
3 stars

Thank you to Netgalley and Disney for an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review

This book had a very interesting concept with the body swapping plot line mixed in with a Twelfth Night subplot, but I found myself wanting just a little bit more in the end. This book follows the story of Ezra, an insomniac high schooler, who is desperately in love with Imogen, and has been since elementary school. He devises a plan, along with his friend Holden, to ask Imogen to the Prom during
Samantha Tan
Overall rating: 2.5-3 stars

Thank you, Disney, for sending me this ARC through NetGalley! I'm a huge Twelfth Night fan and was excited to read this book when I read the premise.

That being said, even though I read the book in a day, I found it underwhelming. I think there was a lot of promise at the beginning, but the book was so all over the place. Let's start with things that I liked about it:
- exploration of gender and sexuality: this part was awesome. I love how this book questions gender norm
Small Review
Originally posted on Small Review

Freaky Friday body-swap stories aren't unique, but I do have a soft spot for them. Last year I read and enjoyed Preston Norton's Neanderthal Opens the Door to the Universe and while that book was a hot mess of every issue and 90s reference plus the kitchen sink, it was also compulsively readable and hilarious (there's a Sermon Showdown. I'm still in love with that).

So, when I got this book, I was looking forward to it. It's big, yeah, but it's a super fast read.
Jul 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'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, ...more
Adalaide Hyde
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I received a free copy of this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. All quotes are from the uncorrected proof and may not be included in the finished product.

"Whaddaya say, Wynonna Jones. Are you 'down to clown'?" "I've been known to dabble in a little tomfoolery."

So, first off, this book was hilarious. It had me laughing on page one and I never really stopped. The humor was a great companion to everything else that was going on in this story because it certainly had its heavy
Aryn O'Connor
Sep 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Received an ARC from Netgalley for an honest review.

I loved this read. Contemporary stuff is not usually my favorite thing - I am definitely more of a fantasy person. So, when I started reading this, I was not sure if it was going to be my jam. However, I am really happy that I gave it a chance.

Ezra has been obsessed with Imogen since he can remember. When his own nervousness isn't getting in the way of talking to Imogen, her brash best friend Wynonna's torment creates an even tougher barrier
Ezra Slevin is a nerdy insomniac who has his own secret YouTube channel full of him doing skits of Johnny Depp characters from all his movies. He's also had a crush on Imogen since they did a Shakespeare play together in 4th grade. Ezra's problem, other than his innate shyness, is Wynonna Jones, Imogen's best friend. Ezra and his best friend Holden break into the school on the night of the eclipse so Ezra can ask Imogen to prom. Sadly Wynonna finds them first and she has no intention of letting ...more
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“The hallways was a riptide, pulling everyone and everything into the cafeteria. Holden and I stepped into the flow of bodies, submitting ourselves to the undertow.” 0 likes
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