Meet Lena (13). She is our narrator. She's also a Reaper who collects souls after people pass away. She thinks Marcus, a guy in her school, is adorkable but her heart is set on Brent Adamson. Unbeknownst to Lena, Marcus has a crush on her and is trying to figure out how to get her to notice him. He has his own gift: he's a Cupid. He who knows when two people should be together and he gives them a little help, but helping himself is against the rules. Since they barely talk to each other, neither one knows about the other’s gift. That is about to change.
At Connie Reynold's party, Connie dares Lena to kiss Marcus. That kiss switches their powers. Lena is now a Cupid and Marcus is a Reaper. Except they don't know that, either. It isn't long before they realize something is wrong. They will try everything to fix it and switch those powers back. Will it work?
BTSYA / Teen Reader (Age 16):
I really liked how Lena and Marcus were stumped and couldn't figure out how to exchange their powers. All I kept thinking was “how are they going to do it?!” That's what made it so entertaining. No, I'm not going to tell you if they finally got it. It is not one of my "most favorite" books, but I liked it. I first read it when I was 14 and would recommend it for pre-teens and middle school kids. It would be a fun book to give your daughter or niece.
This is a fun, quick read. Marcus and Lena are likable characters and the story has more meat to it. Lena and her dad are navigating their way to a new normal after her mom up and left. Marcus is dealing with low self-esteem, which starts with his dad's disappointment in him and continues with daily run-ins with Caspar Brown; he is also avoiding going to see his ailing grandfather, with whom he has a very special relationship.
Much more than light humor and magic. Readers will quickly connect with Lena and Marcus and their experiences in navigating teenhood.
None for us. Some parents may not want their preteen reading about parties and kissing.
This is the first book in the Switched at First Kiss trilogy.
Which would you rather be, a Reaper or a Cupid? Ask your child what their special gift is. What would they do if their talent was "traded" with a sibling?
9 and Up
12 and Up
Teen STAR Review Team, Be the Star You Are!™ . Reviewer age: 14
Borrow. If you like this, then be sure to borrow the other books in the series.