Swapped by a Kiss by Luisa Plaja

Title: Swapped by a Kiss
Author: Luisa Plaja
Published: 29th April 2010
Format: Finished Paperback
Pages: 352
RRP: £5.99
Rating: 12/13+

Rachel hates her life and everyone in it – she even has suspicions that her on/off boyfriend David might not be entirely trustworthy. However, when David invites her to a music festival in England featuring their friend’s band, she jumps at the chance for an overseas adventure. Hoping to surprise David, Rachel arrives at the festival early, where she runs into a nasty surprise of her own – she sees David kissing their friend Jo. Distraught, Rachel runs off, wishing she could leave her life behind… the next thing she knows, she’s back with David. But not as herself… She’s now in Jo’s body! Can she keep the swap a secret from David until she can work out exactly what’s going on and get her revenge? Over the course of a very weird weekend, Rachel puts herself in someone else’s shoes and finds that her own maybe weren’t as uncomfortable as she’d always thought. But can she ever be herself again?

Swapped by a Kiss is the sequel to Split by a Kiss (link to my review). Luisa Plaja encompasses the majority of the characters, but not the minor characters such as the cheerleader and the jock, as this time the book is set in England, during festival season, when the weather is musty, muddy and dreery (with occasional appearances from the sun)!

I thought this book was even more enjoyable than the first, mainly because there was a whole lot more exciting things going on! The plot felt a lot more developed, and as a result, lifted the awesomeness of the book up several notches.

The book focuses mainly on Rachel and Jo living in each other lives. This leads to hilarity (Glow Pants Girl was, I have to say, an excellent example of “festival celebrity status”). Although, Luisa has managed to not make it just fun and games, and the book includes doses of real contemplation regarding parent, boyfriend, “usefulness” and self esteem issues.

For Rachel and Jo, it seems like the chance of a lifetime when they first figure out they have switched bodies. They both genuinely believe the others’ life is better, but once they start living the life a little, not all is at it seems.

I thought the writing quality of the book was actually better than the first book, and I believed the characters were more like teenagers, and because it was the sequel as the book went on, I found out a lot more about them, and what happened after the end of the first book, which I thought was a happy ending that was perfect.

Now, most people think the Freaky Friday plot is pretty over used, it’s been done. Not like what Luisa Plaja did! Because Jo and Rachel were sort of friends, and had big ideas about each others’ lives (wrong ideas) it made it even funnier the situations they got into.

Overall, for fans of chick lit and Luisa Plaja, you’ll love this! Although, even if you aren’t a fan of chick lit I would still recommend it as it’s not just that, it has lots of interesting things happening, comedy and romance!

Plot: 9/10
There was a much thicker and better plot than in the first one, with more events happening to keep the reader occupied.
Writing Quality: 9/10
Luisa Plaja upped her game, and the quality has increased since the last book! The confusions with UK and US phrases/sayings/words was even better.
Originality: 9/10
Just as original as the first book, if not more so. It takes Freaky Friday and pounds it into the ground !
Characters: 9/10
I knew the characters from the first book so I felt even more attached, and it was lovely to see them encounter different situations.
Descriptions: 8/10
There was definitely more descriptions in this book, so I enjoyed the book a lot more because of it!

44/50 = 88%


Thank you so much to Luisa Plaja!

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4 responses to “Swapped by a Kiss by Luisa Plaja

  1. Just the review I needed.
    I have the first book but haven’t read it yet, (Bad me) but now you have me excited about the second one so I shall be rushing upstairs to go read it.
    You are right. The ‘Freaky Friday’ concept is getting really worn and when I heard that this was a body-swap-type-book I thought “Oh, here we go again!” But it’s brill to hear it’s not all like that.
    Fantasic review! Thanks 🙂 x

    • Thanks Zoe!

      I do really think the whole Freaky Friday idea was executed well in this book, and overall I really enjoyed both books – a really nice pick-me-up!

      Hope you enjoy them too 🙂

  2. Thanks for the review–I haven’t heard of this series before, but sounds kind of light and fun, and I haven’t read to many body-swaps lately, so it’ll be fresh for me 😉

    • No problem! It is pretty light and fun, I mean, it is pretty much a YA chick lit type of book, but it has some really good messages in it too. I think you would enjoy it!

      Thanks for the comment :3

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