Change Places with Me

Change Places with Me

by Lois Metzger


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062385536
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 06/14/2016
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.30(h) x 1.00(d)
Age Range: 14 Years

About the Author

Lois Metzger was born in Queens and has always written for young adults. Her novels include the acclaimed A Trick of the Light and Change Places with Me. She has also written two nonfiction books about the Holocaust and has edited five anthologies. Her short stories have appeared in collections all over the world; her writing has also appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, and The Huffington Post. She lives in New York City with her husband and son.

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Change Places with Me 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
NancyBarbar More than 1 year ago
In “Change Places With Me”, a moving story of grief and acceptance, Lois Metzger seamlessly blends elements of science fiction and everyday experience to create a compelling novel you won’t want to put down. Already looking forward to reading this author's next book!
The-Reading-Geek More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed Change Places With Me! I will be as vague as possible in this review because this is definitely one of those books where the less you know, the better. Change Places With Me is the story of Rose who wakes up one day and is changed. She is no longer sad, but instead, she can barely contain her happiness. She suddenly wants to change her clothes and hair. Now she loves dogs and even wants to throw a party. However, this is all so different from the girl she was just yesterday. Rose was a really interesting and well developed character. She is struggling with not feeling like herself, but at the same time, she's so happy now. There were also several interesting side characters that I enjoyed getting to know. The plot was paced well and grabbed my attention right away. I felt like there was a lot going on in this book, but at the same time, it didn't feel overwhelming. As I mentioned earlier, the less you know about the plot, the more you will enjoy this book. It started to become slightly predictable during the middle, but I still really enjoyed the suspense surrounding what happened to Rose. I especially liked how this book was divided up into three parts because it helped bring the whole story together. I have read one other book by Metzger and she has a very distinctive writing style which I loved reading once again. Another great aspect to this story was the setting. Change Places With Me is set several years into the future and I really loved all of the new changes to this world. Some things still seemed the same, but then there was all this new technology that was so much fun to read about. Overall, I really enjoyed Change Places With Me. If you're looking for a quick and suspenseful book with some science fiction, then I definitely recommend picking this one up. *A copy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review
MsArdychan More than 1 year ago
I wasn't sure what this book was about at first. Given the description, I thought maybe this was a story where the main character somehow really changes places with someone. But this is just a metaphor for how this character is dealing with crippling depression. It is also a futuristic tale, where people can use technology to solve problems such as loneliness, anxiety, and fear. But these solutions can have unexpected side-effects... (I truly do not want to include spoilers so this is a really difficult review to write!) What I will say is that this book presents an original voice in Rose, who is bright, optimistic, and never seems to be bothered by anything. But something in the back of her mind is nagging at Rose. Why is everyone around her so surprised by her behavior? Was she somehow different last week? I think this book has a lot to say about how all of us see other people and think that their lives must be perfect compared to ours. This causes people to think if they just fixed themselves everything would be fine. I really liked this book. I found the character of Rose to be tragic. What really makes a person an individual? Is it our personality, our memories, or our emotions? If any one of these things drastically change, then who are we then? I can relate to this in my own life. When I was growing up my father was a loud, boisterous person. He was also rather volatile. When he was 55 my dad had a massive stroke which changed him forever. He recovered physically, but his personality was completely different. He was soft-spoken and even-tempered. For those of us who walked on egg shells around his moods, we saw this as an improvement. But it was also a loss because he lost so much of what made him him. He no longer was the fun, creative person who was the life of the party. We all have easy and challenging aspects of our personalities. I hope when people read this they will reflect on how having both sides makes us more complex, interesting people. And that (even if we are dealing with difficulties) we do not need to erase what makes us unique in order to be happy.
AmyLynn More than 1 year ago
This is a magical book. Written simply, almost starkly, yet warm with sympathy for its characters and hilarious in spots (the dialogue is matchless), it really nails the feelings of depression and grief and the trouble you get into trying to run away from them. I found it both enlightening and comforting, shimmering with traces of things almost seen. No car chases or time travel, but riveting nevertheless as Rose in effect moves between realities, trying to figure out why her happy world doesn’t seem quite right. The book has stayed with me ever since I read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
"Change Places with Me" is a profoundly beautiful story for readers of all ages. Humor and compassion are the fractals that recur throughout, carrying this suspenseful and believable tale through to its deeply resonant and masterful conclusion.