- Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
- Publication date: 8/26/2014
- eARC provided by the publisher for review
“YOU BE ME...AND I'LL BE YOU.”
ELLIE spent the summer before seventh grade getting dropped by her best friend since forever. JACK spent it training in “The Cage” with his tough-as-nails brothers and hard-to-please dad. By the time middle school starts, they’re both ready for a change. And just as Jack’s thinking girls have it so easy, Ellie’s wishing she could be anyone but herself.
Then, BAM! They swap lives—and bodies!
Now Jack’s fending off mean girls at sleepover parties while Ellie’s reigning as the Prince of Thatcher Middle School. As their crazy weekend races on—and their feelings for each other grow—Ellie and Jack begin to realize that maybe the best way to learn how to be yourself is to spend a little time being someone else.
This book was so entertaining and cute. It was just the type of book I was looking for to just lose myself in and put a smile on my face. It wasn't just cute and fun though, it was very thoughtful and did cover some deeper issues. It had some of the harder things at it's core, but in the end it was really just a wonderful story about growing up and learning life things along the way.
Ellie is a bit of a pushover. She has no confidence in herself and after being dumped by her BFF (who was really mean by the way) she goes into her first day of school feeling horrible. To make it worse, Sassy (said ex BFF) is being a total jerk. She is purposefully loud and mean saying things and laughing at Ellie. Of course Sassy is super pretty and popular. When Ellie and Jack end up in each others bodies, things get a whole lot more interesting... and awkward. Ellie really does an awesome job at playing him though. She never imagined that being a boy would be so hard. Or that she would learn so much from it. Not only about herself, but deeper life things as well. I really like who she grows to be by the end of the book.
Jack has had a tough life. Sure, from anyone else he looks like he's got a great life. He's super awesome at hockey, gorgeous, and popular. No one knows how hard his dad pushes him to be perfect, or that he is hurting from his mothers death. To him, it's like he can never be good enough or actually enjoy himself besides playing hockey. When he ends up as Ellie, he is in a whole new world. He is smothered by love by her mom, but also dealing with Sassy and her crew that are super mean girls. He won't take it though, and he won't let them treat him (Ellie) like that. He learns a lot about himself with the help of Summer, who is Ellie's mom. He also finds that Ellie is an amazing person and he has made a great friend.
Both Ellie and Jack have their own issues they are dealing with, and they are very different at handling situations. Without even knowing it, they are helping each other by letting the real them come through while being stuck as the other. This was an uplifting story that made me feel good. Though I was so irritated at Sassy and Aspen, it didn't ruin the book for me. I also love how it's so realistic to how kids that age talk and interact. It was very age appropriate and believable. If you are looking for a fun quick read that will give you all the happy feelings, this is the book for you.
*An advanced copy of this book was provided by the publisher in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any compensation.