Book Review: Body Swap by Sylvia McNicoll

36569630Book Title: Body Swap
Author: Sylvia McNicoll
Series: N/A (Standalone)
Publication Date: October 9th 2018
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
My Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

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A fatal collision — who’s to blame? Two bodies, two souls switch in search of justice.

When fifteen-year-old Hallie gets knocked flying by a Hurricane SUV, her life ends without her ever having kissed a boy. At an otherworldly carnival, she meets and argues with the eighty-two-year-old driver, Susan. Both return to life, only with one catch — they’ve swapped bodies.

Now Hallie has wrinkled skin and achy joints while Susan deals with a forehead zit and a crush on a guy who’s a player. Hallie faces a life in a long-term care residence. Susan gets picked up for shoplifting.

As they struggle with technology, medications, and each other’s fashion foibles, they start to understand and maybe even like each other. But can they work together to prove that a defect in the Hurricane caused the deadly crash? Or will their time run out?

I received a copy of this book from the publisher via Netgalley (thank you!) in exchange for an honest review.


What compelled me to request for this book on Netgalley was the summary. I think it would be interesting to read about a teenage girl swap bodies with an elderly woman. I had hopes for this one, but I’m so sad to say that Body Swap did not meet them.

But let’s start with what I liked. The actual plot of the book is actually good and quite promising. I like the concept of our two main characters, Hallie and Susan, living the other’s life, while searching for a way to go back to normal, despite of their 67-year age gap. It’s fun to see Susan’s transition from originally being an 82-year-old woman to having a 15-year-old’s body, as she learns all about technology and its convenience.

And that’s about it. Now, moving on to the stuff that I think needs improvement…

I had a hard time finishing this book due to a lot of factors. Firstly, I did not connect to any of the characters. I tend to enjoy reading more when the books have complex characters with great character development. This book, however, failed to have said characters. Actually, I’ve come to dislike Hallie. She takes advantage of Susan’s money when they swapped bodies. I mean, Hallie insisted on buying not one, but two $600 phones and then eating at an expensive restaurant afterwards. Susan is an old lady, for crying out loud! Hallie has made a dent on Susan’s retirement money for sure. Aside from that, I hate how Hallie doesn’t even hide her disdain about swapping bodies with Susan. It’s just plain rude. As for the other characters, they just don’t have much depth to them.

I also would have had trouble recognizing whose point of view I was reading if not for the indicators at the start of each chapter. It’s hard to differentiate them at times due to how flat they all fell.

Another thing is that the goal of the book is just so confusing. There’s just so much going on: pretending to be the person they’ve swapped bodies with, proving that a car company is at fault for their mishap, scoring a boyfriend for Hallie, proving that cellphones are both bad and good. All of these in just less than 250 pages.

Overall, this has a great premise but since I am a character-driven reader I didn’t really like this one. Still, go check this out if you want to as this is just a quick read. Unfortunately, this one’s not for me.

All book cover photos and book info (such as summary, publication, etc.) are taken from Goodreads and Netgalley.


2 thoughts on “Book Review: Body Swap by Sylvia McNicoll

  1. I read this too. I am not a fan of how shallow and stereotypical it was albeit mentioning in the foreword it didn’t reflect that much. It was disappointing.

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