Jun 13, 2016

Review: Change Places With Me by Lois Metzger

CHANGE PLACES WITH ME is a quiet, unassuming book that will unfortunately slip by a lot of readers. But it's a subtly disturbing book that makes you pause and think and wonder. Lois Metzger's beautifully written prose is haunted and almost lyrical.

This book is definitely ... different. I'm not sure exactly what I expected when I started it, but I don't think it was this. It was a pleasant surprise. This book can only be described as a mystery shrouded in an enigma. 

It's a fairly fast read, but I loved taking my time and savoring over the course of an afternoon. Metzger's writing and her heroine, Rose, are compelling and make for a great narrative.

Rose has changed. She still lives in the same neighborhood with her stepmother and goes to the same high school with the same group of kids, but when she woke up today, something was just a little different than it was before. The dogs who live upstairs are no longer a terror. Her hair and her clothes all feel brand-new. She wants to throw a party—this from a girl who hardly ever spoke to her classmates before. There is no more sadness in her life; she is bursting with happiness.

But something still feels wrong to Rose. Because, until very recently, Rose was an entirely different person—a person who is still there inside her, just beneath the thinnest layer of skin.

Lois Metzger was born in Queens and has always written for young adults. She is the author of five novels and two nonfiction books about the Holocaust, and she 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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  1. I like savoring books, too. Unless I have to read so fast to find out what happens at the end!

  2. Thanks for introducing me to this book. I have to know what happened--this sounds like an exciting story.


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