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What if a successful, single Londoner and a comfortable, Connecticut mother of two were to walk in each other?s shoes for a month? Vicky Townsley is the director of Poise! magazine and lives a glamorous London life. She has everything she wants?except marriage, children, and a house in the country. Amber Winslow has a stone mansion in Connecticut, two kids, and a nanny, bu ...more
Hardcover, 416 pages
Published June 13th 2006 by Penguin Group (USA)
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Jennifer
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
LindyLouMac
Apr 05, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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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
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Ashley P.
Mar 29, 2011 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Julia
Jan 15, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Carolyn
Jan 16, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Rachel
Oct 03, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Allyson
Apr 02, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Sara
Feb 06, 2013 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jane
Nov 05, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sandra
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
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Barbara
Jan 26, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
Barbara
Jul 19, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ho trovato il libro eccessivamente pesante nonostante lo argomento.
I pensieri della protagonista sono sempre gli stessi, fissata col trovare un marito a tutti i costi. La co-protagonista sembra uscita da Desperate Housewives, tranne che per avere tutto questo, ha faticato fin dalla giovinezza e alla fine neanche le piace!
Sono dovuta arrivare al sesto capito per trovare qualcosa d’interessante che mi convincesse ad arrivare alla fine del libro che poi l'unica cosa che mi ha sorpreso veramente è
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Allison Clark
Jun 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy read, chic lit style book
Carolyn
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked it.
Hayley Noble
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
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Merle Brown
May 21, 2010 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
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gille
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
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Firrose Felrose  Ationg
Sep 10, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Firrose by: Anna Marie M. McConchie
At first, I wanted to rate this book 3-4 stars, but then this is another first for me and a lot of reasons why this book deserved all stars :))). I knew the book was underrated. But when I read, it turns out that this book is a bit of resourceful and hilariously funny!

While reading, I'd list down some useful and kind of beneficial thoughts :)))

1. Why hire a decorator for your house/home, when in fact you're the one who's going to live there! Home should be filled w/ memories not like a showroom!
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Laura
Aug 28, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Heather
Jul 26, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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Jennifer
Jan 10, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Gayla Whinery
Feb 21, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read most of this book on flights I had over the course of a few days. While it may be considered "light reading" the premise is something we can all relate to: that the grass is always greener in someone else's life. By comparing mid-30's women, one who is single and career successful, the other married with kids and queen bee in her suburb, swapping lives helps them appreciate themselves and their own lives better, and helps them figure out what they really want in life. In reading this book ...more
Mayu
Jul 14, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Esta fue la segunda y ultima novela que lei de Jane Green. Si comparamos esta novela con Hechizada, la diferencia es MUY grande, y admito que esta novela es menos deprimente. Pero aun asi, no me gustó.

Esta novela recrea el show televisivo en el que dos mujeres intercambian sus vidas, el problema viene en que una de ellas es soltera y la otra esta casada y tiene varios hijos y con este experimento la soltera casi le roba el marido a la casada.

El chick lit me resulta muy aburrido y la trama de es
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Tracie
Jul 24, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a good book, but after the initial swap things started to drag a little. There were some valuable lessons to be learned regarding the old saying about grass being greener on the other side. Basically the book reiterates the importance of being fully content with your life at that moment in order for more things to come.
Maria
Oct 24, 2011 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I was a little disappointed in this, having just completed her other book, didn't enjoy the story or the characters and it was too lengthy and verbose. I noticed that in 'Second Chance' as well but I was more willing to forgive in that case.
Cheer Papworth
I just finished this book and it was okay. I could relate to the "mom" in some ways. I think it is true that we tend to think life is always better for someone else, but the reality is that no matter how much money, talent,etc. someone has, they still have difficulties.
The Cats Mother
I knew I had already read it, but couldn't remember the story at all so read it again recently and still enjoyed it - even if I'll probably forget it again!
Katie B
Magazine editor, Vicki Townsley, is feeling frustrated at the age of 35 that she hasn't gotten married and started a family. Amber Winslow, has wealth and a family, but can't help but feel like something is missing from her life. When Vicki's magazine sponsors a contest, the two women decide to swap places for a month. Vicki comes to live with Amber's husband and two kids in their mansion in Connecticut and Amber flies out to England to discover what it is like to live as a successful single gal ...more
Karen Hufman
Jun 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It wasn't quite what I expected, but I still enjoyed it. Vicky is a single 30 something London woman yearning for a husband and family with a good job at a London magazine, who ends up swapping lives with Amber, a woman with a gorgeous husband and adorable kids who seems to have it all while living in Connecticut. The first half of the book sets up their lives before the swap. Amber's life was a little too Desperate Housewives but it was still fun to read. There were a couple of things that I fo ...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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