Change Places With Me by Lois Metzger
(Website, Twitter, Goodreads)Published by HarperCollins on June 14th 2016
Genres: Depression & Mental Illness, Emotions & Feelings, General, Social Themes, Young Adult
From Lois Metzger, the acclaimed author of A Trick of the Light, comes a work of speculative fiction set in the near future about a teen girl who gains a new perspective on her life. Perfect for readers who enjoyed Adam Silvera’s More Happy than Not.
Rose has changed. She still lives in the same neighborhood and goes to the same high school with the same group of kids, but when she woke up today, something was a little different. Her clothes and her hair don’t suit her anymore. The dogs who live upstairs are no longer a terror. She wants to throw a party—this from a girl who hardly ever spoke to her classmates. There’s no more sadness in her life; she’s bursting with happiness.But something still feels wrong to Rose. Because until very recently, she was an entirely different person—a person who’s still there inside her, just beneath the thinnest layer of skin.
The synopsis, in all its ambiguity, and the captivating rose and thorn cover drew me to this novel. I didn’t know what it was about, per se, but the main character didn’t understand herself, either. Within the pages, I found a lot of mystery, and a character that played two roles—before and after.
Change Places With Me opened up in the after. I didn’t know Rose’s old name, as she refused to even think about that person anymore. She didn’t know why she didn’t want to think about the person she had been the day before—all she knew is that she woke up and felt…different.
The novel was broken into three sections, and I wasn’t disappointed to learn what exactly was going on. However, since I had no backstory when Metzger jumped into this new life for Rose, I was a little confused. Though, she did a wonderful job of creating an alternate main character. The Rose after and the girl before were completely different, and once I understood where exactly the story had went it started to click into place.
While I thought there might have been a slight spark of romance, in the end, nothing happened. I don’t have to have romance in a book, and, considering where Metzger went it didn’t need one. In fact, the way that the book was structured the main character didn’t have many relationships. The book was incredibly centralized and focused on Rose.
I sat down and read this book in a few hours. It’s really short and offers readers an easy afternoon of escaping to the year 2029. It didn’t make a huge impression on me, but I did have to know how it ended. Metzger had a unique spin on the sci-fi genre in YA, and Change Places With Me is different than anything I’ve ever read before.
“‘A rose by any other name.’
‘What? A rose–?’
‘It’s an expression. It means you can change the name of something but it doesn’t change what it is.'”
“…’So you see, not everyone is what they seem. Sometimes you think somebody’s wonderful but she’s not, and the opposite can be true, too–‘”
“But a name was–well, important. It gave you a place on earth that was yours alone.”
“‘Memory molds our personalities, shapes our possibilities, lends depth to our consciousness, depth like the buried cities near Mouth Vesuvius, one on tops pf the other, the present cities on top of increasingly long-ago ruins.'”
**These quotes were taken from the eARC**
What do you think of the quotes I picked? Metzger focused on sense of self a lot in this book, and my eyes were drawn to quotes that encapsulated that theme.
Order your copy:
Prize: Win (1) of (2) copies of CHANGE PLACES WITH ME by Lois Metzger (US Only)
Embed Code: a Rafflecopter giveaway
Check out the rest of the tour!