NOTE: I received the eARC via Netgalley in exchange for my honest review.
Nice cover, nice premise, nice idea. Then why on earth didn't it work out?
was so cliche, I had to physically make myself stick to the pages,
instead of just switching to another book. Yeah, pun intended.
So, let's organize this a bit, shall we?
Writing style: I did not think it flowed very well. It most certainly did not make me stick to the page.
It was rather push this, pull that, so we'd make it work kind of thing.
None of the events seemed to flow well. Also, the entire book was
squeezed in about a week of fictional time. In that one week, so many
things happened, that it's really lost on my imagination how it could
ever be perceived as realistic. People fell out of love, fell in love,
got expelled from school, got serious in their respective relationships,
got serious in life... in just one short week. Seriously?
Pretending to be someone else seems an easy thing to do. Until you do
it, and you find out it's not easy at all. It's really a pain in the
neck. It only brings along trouble. So, I guess what the authors wanted
to convey to their readers, is that you have to be who you are, to
express yourself - thoughts, feelings, etc.- if you want people to see
the real you when they look at your face.
Also, there was the topic
of doing the right thing, vs. keeping your mouth shut. Either of those
has its consequences, but what's the right choice?
I can't say how sad I am when the characters have no voice of their
own. When their wings are so clipped, they can barely swing them, let
alone fly. I think the authors tried to put the characters (and yes, I
do mean all of them) in some sort of a mould. To fit the cliche. To be
what everyone believes they should be.
A character has to be given the chance to be who they truly are.
is why none of the boys - Cameron or Parker - made me swoon over them.
Seriously, they didn't strike me as any original people. They were just
words on a page without a single thought of their own. In fact, they
were so unremarkable, that I can't even make myself remember who they
were and what they were like without looking at my notes. I only
remember that Parker was a bit pushy and hot-headed, while Cameron was
put back and sweet.
More can be said about Faith and Honor. They,
by the way, have no resemblance to their names whatsoever. So, Faith is
the sister with more conscience. She's the one with the forbidden
feelings toward her twin's ex. She's the one blamed for mistakes that
didn't quite depend on her. Overall, she was the nice girl, who was
open, and didn't hide her real personality.
Honor, on the other
hand, was the broody one. She was the queen of snap-land. She was never
nice to anyone and she liked to blame everyone else for her mistakes.
Like she blamed Faith for breaking up Cameron and her, when Honor was
the one who initiated it in the first place.
In conclusion, The Switch was sweet, somewhat funny and fast-paced, but it didn't leave me satisfied.