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Swapped by a Kiss

3.68  ·  Rating details ·  191 ratings  ·  26 reviews
When Rachel's on/off boyfriend David goes to a music festival in England, she jumps on a plane to surprise him - but she gets a shock of her own. Not only does she find David kissing someone else, but it's their friend Jo! Super-lovely, super-loved, all-round-perfect Jo.

Rachel runs away, wishing she could leave her life behind - and she suddenly finds herself in Jo's body!
Paperback, 344 pages
Published April 29th 2010 by Random House Children's Books (first published April 2nd 2010)
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Sammee (I Want to Read That)
I was so excited to read this book. I loved Spilt by a Kiss and could not wait to revisit the characters - and I can tell you that I loved it! Not only is it completely hilarious but it is also incredibly romantic and Luisa has the marvelous ability to completely floor you. There was one thing in particular that I did not see coming!

Many of the characters return from Spilt by a Kiss and it was great to see Jo again - I loved hearing her side of events through her 'diary' entries. We also have Da
May 19, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: ya-contemporary
I wish I wasn't myself anymore.
I wish I was her.
I wish I was Jo.

Rachel hates her life. Wen her on/off boyfriend David goes to a music festival, she decides to surprise him - but she gets a shock of her own. Not only does she find David kissing someone else, but it's their friend Jo! Super-lovely, super-loved, all-round perfect Jo.
Rachel runs away, wishing she could leave her life behind - and she suddenly finds herself in Jo's body! Can she keep this swap a secret? Can she unravel what's really
Aug 30, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult
As much as I loved the character of Jo, I found it harder to get into Rachel's head. Rachel is the tough cookie, she snaps before she says "hi" and she is, all in all, someone who makes it incredibly hard to love her.
Never one to admit defeat in the face of adversity (yes, I just said that about a book), I have persisted in my quest to like Rachel, not only for her badass feminist attitude, but also for her real slightly hidden personality. The book is told from the alternate point of view of R
Sep 19, 2010 rated it really liked it
What can I say?! The book any teenage girl would love, a modern twist on freaky friday.
My favourite character had to be Rachel, she is so funny and quirky and I could guess she wasn't as hard faced as she seemed.
At the beggining when Jo was kissing David I could not believe it. Jo from the previous book 'Split by a Kiss' would never cheat on Albie with david who is dating Rachel! As the story unfolded I was gripped and could not guess where Albie was. The format of the book was origional with
Rebecca Smith
Jul 24, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much. I must admit when I was reading the first few chapters I was so tempted to just put it down and forget about it but I am so glad I didn't! ...more
Mar 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Having read the preceding book in the 'By a Kiss' series and absolutely adoring it, I jumped to purchase this when I found there was another book set in the same world, with the focus on one of the other characters in the original book.
*DISCLAIMER: You do not have to read 'prequel' Split by a Kiss to understand Swapped by a Kiss, though I highly recommend reading it*

Following the events of the previous book, Rachel is finally in a relationship (though somewhat on/off) with boyfriend and long-te
Jul 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Very very nice book I read this book when I was younger so I still had a young mind then but I bet I’d still like it now
Aly (Fantasy4eva)
DO NOT read this review if you've not read the first.

As I sat watching fantastical depressing anime I knew I had to cheer myself up, and what better way then reviewing a joyful book in the making?

In split by a kiss we get to know Josie, what I realised through this book was how much I missed and had become fond of Josie. I also got an insight as to how others might see and perceive Josie from afar. Rachel envies Josie, now I never saw that coming at all!

One of the things that I was eager to k
Michelle (Fluttering Butterflies)

AWW! I loved this book. I think Luisa Plaja tells a great story with some truly fantastic characters that end up in the funniest circumstances. A body-swap novel? How much more fun can you get? But as much as I was laughing at the misunderstandings and the terrible attempts of an American passing as someone from England, I was also really touched by Rachel's insecurities about her size and her relationship with David. And appealing to my inner-nerd are Rachel's forays into writing her own graphi
Nov 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
Swapped by a Kiss is the third - and my favourite - novel by Luisa Plaja. I loved it; it was so much fun!

As the sequel (of sorts) to Split by a Kiss, we move away from Jo and focus on Rachel, one of the friends Jo made in Boston. I really liked Rachel then, and after reading her story, I love her even more. She’s sparky and angry completely kick-ass. There are lots of issues and mysteries surrounding her and her family though which make for some very surprising plot twists. I was taken by surpri
Feb 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I've read Split by a Kiss, one of Luisa's other books, which I loved, so I was really excited to read this book. And I was right, because I think this is Luisa's best book yet!( Well, considering I haven't read Extreme Kissing but still....)

Tori wasn't my favourite character in this book, because I thought seemed even more vain than in the last one. She just got on my nerves sometimes. But her ditziness was hilarious at times! This time around, my favourite character was definitely Rachel. In th
Apr 13, 2011 rated it really liked it
Swapped by a Kiss is the companion novel (or the sequel) from Split by a Kiss. I enjoyed the first book and therefore knew that this one was going to be fun to read. And I was so right.

Rachel is a young girl that’s always angry, a bit arrogant and bad-tempered. And with all these not so wonderful character qualities, underneath it all she’s caring. At first I had a hard time liking her, but I knew from the first book that it was all a front. A front to not let the people she love too close.

Cass -  Words on Paper
May 22, 2010 rated it really liked it
I won this novel for the first reads program.

I'm very satisfied with the read. I liked the characters- they were all different and interesting in their own ways, the writing was nice and consistent through and through. The concept of story was derived from Freaky Friday, but under a whole new cast with different problems. While I didn't read the first book "Split by a Kiss", of which "Swapped by a Kiss" is a sequel, I became quickly attuned to what was what and who was who, and a clear picture
Jennifer Wardrip
Nov 11, 2010 rated it really liked it
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Rachel is in love. So is her friend, Jo. Unfortunately, they're in love with the same boy, Rachel's boyfriend, David.

So when Rachel catches Jo and David kissing at a music festival, adding fuel to their already disintegrating relationship, she finds herself wishing to be anywhere else. Instead, she finds herself trapped inside the body of none other than Jo herself!

Will she and Jo find a way to switch back, or will they be stuck forever?

Luisa Plaja's
Rachel S
Feb 12, 2012 rated it really liked it
Sweet, comical and sprinkled with Plaja magic, Swapped by a Kiss is a fun and girly read. Great storyline, think Freaky Friday but in black and white.

I love the characters in Swapped by a Kiss. My favourite characters are probably Jo and David. Jo because of how she manages to keep up the image of Rachel and David because he never really gives up on Rachel even though she can be a bit grumpy and snappy around him.

At some parts of this book I got a little bit confused when it came to Jo in Rache
Liz Rettig
Feb 01, 2010 rated it it was amazing

Ever envied someone you thought was prettier and more popular than you? Ever wished you could be that person and live her perfectly happy, trouble-free life? In Swapped by a Kiss Luisa Plaja deftly weaves a wonderfully funny body swap story in which Rachel - a rebellious, tough-acting Goth(ish) girl - gets her wish and swaps bodies, clothes and life with her friend “too cute” Jo. But soon she finds Jo’s perfect life turns out to be not so perfect after all and now she has to deal with Jo’s probl
Aug 25, 2014 rated it really liked it
Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars

This was a very quick, fun and lighthearted read. I liked all the characters, except for Hailey. She was just annoying in my opinion. This book wasn't anything to take seriously and and it's something you can breeze by quickly. I liked the book, but there were some info parts about the characters that in my sense too long. I think the book dragged on longer than it should've. That's why I gave it a 3.5 rating, but it was still an enjoyable read that I would recommend to p
Mar 12, 2011 rated it really liked it
Finally got it back from my teens so I could read it myself! Another great read from Luisa. It was cool meeting the characters from Split by a Kiss again. I didn't like the setting as much (muddy field in England vs. US high school), but the story was good. I loved Freaky Friday as a kid, and enjoy all variations on that theme. I'm still in awe of how she gets so into the heads of teenagers. Brilliant. Well done Luisa x ...more
Feb 08, 2011 rated it really liked it
Fun, contemporary teen fiction with an enjoyable, well-paced plot. Handles teen issues with boys, family & friends with good sense and empathy. I especially related to the best friends triangle story. It appears there are some things we never grow out of. I look forward to reading Luisa Plaja's other books. ...more
Oct 03, 2011 rated it really liked it
Swapped By a Kiss is the sequel to Split By a Kiss. I enjoyed Swapped By a Kiss better than the previous book. The main character Rachel has attitude and a good sense of humor. Jo is a part of this story too, and though I wish she was featured a tad bit more, she adds to the excitement. The book is a modern Freaky Friday that both Teen Brits and Young Adult Americans would likely enjoy.
Sep 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I wanted to read something super light, funny and sweet and this was the first thing I thought of. It definitely lived up to my expectations from my inner 13 year old. I LOVED Split by a Kiss and it's one of those teen books I've never really forgotten about. I do think I prefer the first book to this one but it definitely still has all of the same charm. Quick, fun and lighthearted read! ...more
Jul 22, 2013 rated it liked it
Decided to continue my recent audiobook trend with this one - didn't enjoy Rachel's perspective as much s Jo's, but a really solid and entertaining red nonetheless. Full review to follow.

(Actual rating: 3.5 stars.)
Erin Murphy
Mar 23, 2014 rated it liked it
I honestly didn't have very high expectations for this book but I honestly couldn't put it down once I started reading it! ...more
Zia Lawrence
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Author of teen comedy romance novels including Split by a Kiss, Extreme Kissing, Swapped by a Kiss and Kiss Date Love Hate, published by Random House. Latest novel is Diary of a Mall Girl, published by Curious Fox.

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