Sunday, January 30, 2011

Swapped by a Kiss by Luisa Plaja

I wish I wasn't myself anymore.
I wish I was her.
I wish I was Jo.
Rachel hates her life. When 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 going on? Can she get to grips with Jo's out-of-control curly hair? 
And if she discovers that being in someone else's shoes isn't all it's cracked up to be, can she ever be herself again?
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 the last book I didn't like her because she just seemed like some moody girl that was mean to Jo. But hearing things from her point of view really changed my mind.

Rachel was so insecure, and I felt really sorry for her. She thought she was fat, and that no-one liked her, and it was just awful hearing her hate herself so much. ( OK, I know she's not real, but she seemed real to me!) She was cynical, which was actually very funny, when you get over the mean part! But towards the end, she starts to be nicer to people, and realises she can make more friends by just being  herself.

This is honestly probably one of the funniest books I've ever read! I haven't read many books that have actually made me laugh out loud. But Luisa Plaja is just such a fantastic author, it's hard not to laugh!

My rating? 5/5, no question about it! One of my new favourite girly reads, sure to cheer you up and make you laugh when your feelin' down! Hehe! I love that word. Feelin'. OK, random. Bye bye! And make sure to get your copy of Swapped by a Kiss NOW!

Age Group: 12+
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Official Publication Date: 29th April 2010
Author Website: Chicklish

Thanks so so soooooo much to Luisa for sending this to me to review!

This review was done as part of the British Books Challenge 2011 hosted by The Bookette.


  1. I want to read this book sooooo much :(, I loved Split By A Kiss! Brilliant review.

  2. I love Luisa's books, too. She's an awesome lady.

  3. Awww... it is always great to see the love of Luisa's books. Sounds like they are very humourous but also deal with serious issues around self-perception. Fab!


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