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Claire Martin has some serious body issues.

Ever since Claire hit her teens, electrical storms have been making her switch bodies. Usually she's back to her old self in no time. But when something goes terribly wrong, she finds herself stuck in the fabulous body—and life—of Larissa, the icy blonde beauty who has caught the eye of Nate, Claire's longtime crush.

Will Claire ever figure out how to get her old ...

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Overview

Claire Martin has some serious body issues.

Ever since Claire hit her teens, electrical storms have been making her switch bodies. Usually she's back to her old self in no time. But when something goes terribly wrong, she finds herself stuck in the fabulous body—and life—of Larissa, the icy blonde beauty who has caught the eye of Nate, Claire's longtime crush.

Will Claire ever figure out how to get her old life back? And, more importantly, will she even want to?

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Editorial Reviews

Sarah Mlynowski
“An electrifying page-turner-—you’ll love this book.
KLIATT - Cara Chancellor
If Claire Martin could change one thing about herself, she'd wish for narrower shoulders … or that her mom would tell her who (or where) her father was, or that her grandmother's ghost wouldn't smoke cigarettes on her bed, or that she could stop trading bodies every time she got too close to electricity. In fact, "switching" has been one of the least stressful parts of her life, much easier to deal with than her backstabbing former best friend and much, much simpler than her feelings for cute lifeguard Nate. When a chance spark of static electricity makes her trade bodies with Nate's new crush, though, things get more complicated. All of a sudden, Claire can't switch back. Worse, she's not sure she wants to. The idea of trading places with the prettiest girl in school is not new, and Switch delivers the same outside-versus-inside lessons as many books in this genre. What makes Snow's story unique is its magical introduction to "switching" and the crotchety fairy grandmother who teaches Claire about her ability. While it dabbles in real teen issues, such as eating disorders, pregnancy, and divided homes, Switch bears closest resemblance to an episode of TV's popular Heroes series and will be enjoyed by teens drawn to light fantasy/science fiction. Reviewer: Cara Chancellor
Children's Literature - Elizabeth McMunn-Tetangco
Claire Martin lives in a sleepy beach community and loves her mother, friends, and grandmother, even though her grandmother is a ghost who sits, endlessly smoking, around the premises of Claire's house. Claire is also a competitive high school swimmer and a no-nonsense friend. To complicate matters further, however, whenever there is electricity in the air, there is a chance that Claire will switch bodies with the nearest available girl close to her age. It is all an accident, but when Claire switches with Larissa, a beautiful girl being pursued by Claire's crush, it is hard to want to go back. The book is an interesting read and will catch the eye of young teens interested in science-fiction and fantasy. The characters are solid and the writing is engaging. Some of the plotlines, however, lack dimension, and the conclusion leaves so many loose ends, it is hard to come away completely satisfied. Still, Claire is an easy-to-like, ordinary-girl narrator, and her story will interest readers of fantasy and realistic teen fiction. Reviewer: Elizabeth McMunn-Tetangco
Kirkus Reviews
It usually happens to 15-year-old Claire when there's a thunderstorm, and only with someone born under the same moon. Switching bodies, that is. The bulky swimmer can't explain why on a clear night she finds herself in the knockout body of Larissa, the snobbish vacationer she recently encountered in her sleepy seaside town. Or why she can't return to her own body after sleeping, the usual remedy. With an overworked single mother who won't reveal her father's identity, the teen has only one confidante: her deceased grandmother, Evelyn, a fellow switcher who died prematurely in a mental institution. When gorgeous Nate, Claire's longtime crush, decides to date Larissa and Evelyn takes over Claire's body to relive her lost youth, will Claire ever want-or be able-to go back? As she discovers truths about Larissa's family, Evelyn's past and her relationship with Nate, she learns acceptance-especially of herself. Claire's quick-paced narration comes laced with bolts of sarcasm; the realistic problems blend successfully into a suspenseful, mystical story that will attract fans of both chick-lit and the supernatural. (Fantasy. YA)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061452109
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 8/25/2009
  • Pages: 231
  • Sales rank: 956,043
  • Age range: 13 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Carol Snow is the author of two books for adults, Been There, Done That and Getting Warmer, and two books for teens, Switch and Snap. Originally from New Jersey, Carol now lives in California with her husband and children.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 3, 2012

    Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I started this book in hard cover amd finished it on my NOOK and it was awesome!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 23, 2011

    lovely

    i completely fell in love witj this book it took meon agreat journey(:

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 17, 2008

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    Reviewed by Breanna F. for TeensReadToo.com

    Claire Martin is your average 15-year-old girl. She has her loving mom (Dr. Martin) and her best friend, Beanie. She also has a big crush on her fellow swimming buddy, Nate. And of course the ghost of her deceased grandmother (Evelyn) who has been around since Claire was a baby, even long before that. She probably doesn't sound that average anymore, right? <BR/><BR/>Here's the real kicker: Claire is what she and her grandmother call a "Switcher." Whenever a bad storm kicks up in Claire's little beach town, she'll be pushed out of her own body in to another girl's body. But only a girl who was born close to the same time Claire was and that lives only around a mile or so away. So most of the time Claire switches in to a visiting girl's body. Just someone who is vacationing with her family. Overnight, Claire ends up back in her own body and wakes up back to her old self. <BR/><BR/>But at one point (during the day even) a little bit of static electricity sends Claire in to the body of a girl that her and her <BR/>friend Beanie saw just the other day on the beach. She was obviously not a local from the looks of her, and she was watching two little boys. She was a skinny little thing in a bikini that barely covered her at all. She also seemed like a complete B word to both Claire and Beanie. Of course, she had all the attention from the guys, especially Nate. So when Claire is zapped into this girl's body (her name is Larissa) she is shocked, but at the same time a bit excited. She finally has a body that she loves and is actually able to show it off without looking ridiculous. <BR/><BR/>But when Claire wakes up the next morning she's still in Larissa's body. And now she's stuck watching these two attention-starved boys from basically dusk till dawn. But she has the attention of Nate and she's not about to lose it. What could a few days in Larissa's body hurt? Except for the fact that Larissa's soul is just floating around, while Evelyn is hanging out in Claire's body for the time being. Will Claire ever switch back to her own body? And the most important thing: will she actually want to? <BR/><BR/>This book was amazing! I pretty much couldn't put it down. I got so engrossed in it every time I picked it up. I could totally understand why Claire was debating whether or not she wanted her old body back. I mean, she finally had the attention of the guy that she has liked for so long. Who would want to give that up? And I loved Evelyn's character. She was hilarious. Always walking around as her ghostly self (when she wasn't in Claire's body, that is), smoking the same cigarette day after day. The ending was also really touching. It was just overall a fantastic book. <BR/><BR/>I highly suggest reading SWITCH when it's released. You won't be sorry.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 9, 2008

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    FUN READ!

    This Young Adult book caught my eye with it's great cover and the fact it is Carol Snow's debut Young Adult novel.<BR/>What a fun, light read. Perfect for the Young Adult crowd. My 12 year old daughter and 16 year old son both enjoyed the book. <BR/>Claire, is a body-switcher, who is trying to move thru adolescence with this strange ability. Her grandmother Evelyn is hilarious and I couldn't wait to see what she would do next. The book has a great message for the YA crowd about liking yourself.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 31, 2012

    I love Switch!

    This is an amazing book! I just finished the hunger games (2nd book) & so I was going to check the 3rd hunger games out at my school library but couldn't so I was just looked around for snother book. Then SWITCH caught my eye because I love fantasy books and hello! A girl with lightning all around her that spells all fantasy! So I checked it out & read a bit during 1st period then more and more till I was so stuck in it I didn't even hear the bell ring! So in my 2nd period I read more then in 3rd a bit more but I got caught and was forced to stop. Then more in 4th also got caught. So I stopped reading till 6th when we were reading. Then after school I read at my cousins & fell asleep then awoke with SWITCH on my face! HAHAHA. So I am now reading it. But I had to grab my nook & tell you this story now i'm a big fan of theese amazing books! So...... READ UT I'M TELLIMG YOU IT'S AMAZING! well going to go read by 80) have fun with this amazing book!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted March 10, 2009

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    Awsome!!!

    this is an awsome book and i loved it! if u dream "what if's" this is a great book. i was notin love with the way the book ended bu7t the story was amazing. i could not put it down i read it when ever i could (even when i should have been working on other things). Irecommend this book to everyone !

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2009

    Wonderful!

    I just finished this book- and it was absolutely fabulous! I can't even explain why it was a good read, it just was. I reccomend it- definitely

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2013

    Cool book

    I love how she gets stuck in a nother girls body.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 23, 2012

    Good job

    Your my mom so its not like i can say bad job :) but i do honestly lile this book

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