18222555Switched at Birthday by Natalie Standiford
Release Date: February 25, 2014
Publisher: Scholastic
Source: ALAMW2014
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Buy It: Amazon | IndieBound

What if your birthday wish turned you into someone else?

Lavender and Scarlet are nothing alike. Scarlet is tall, pretty, and popular — the star of the soccer team and the queen of the school. Lavender is . . . well, none of these things. Her friends aren’t considered cool, her hair is considered less than uncool, and her performance at the recent talent show is something nobody will ever forget — even though she really, really wants it to be forgotten.

There’s only one thing Lavender and Scarlet know for sure they have in common: the same birthday.

They’ve never had parties together. They’ve never swapped presents. But this year, because of two wishes that turned all too true, they are about to swap something much bigger than presents. Because the morning after their birthdays, Lavender is going to wake up in Scarlet’s body . . . and Scarlet is going to wake up in Lavender’s. But in order to change back, they’re going to have to figure out how to be someone completely opposite of who they ordinarily are… – Goodreads


There is only one word for me to use to sum up this book and that word is: cute.

This book is super cute. It is the story of two girls who could not be more different if they tried. While Lavender is the awkward, sarcastic girl who has never fit in, Scarlet is the Queen Bee and she knows it. Yet, with the help of a bit of magic the two begin to know each other better than they ever wanted to.  On their 13th birthday, they both make wishes and wake up the next morning to find each other in the other persons body. After the initial shock, they both try to adapt. Scarlet starts to pick up Lavender’s sarcasm, while mellowing her out and Lavender picks up being nicer, while making Scarlet have a bit more of a bite.

Lavender also struggles going from the nobody, to the person everyone acknowledges  and Scarlet struggles going from everyone’s BFF to the person everyone mocks and makes fun of. Both of them quickly realize the life they haven’t wasn’t nearly as bad as they originally thought. While their lives weren’t ideal, and really who’s 13 year old life is, they both found an understanding of not only the other person, but of each other.

The book worked, even with the bit of “magic” that make it seem out there. It works. Proof that Standiford has the middle grade language down is the fact that most of this was a very uncomfortable read for me. Not that I was bullied as a child nearly as bad as Lavender was, but it was still painful for me to read because everyone has those feelings in them, or knows that child and your heart will go out to them. I wanted more of this book, but I also believed that Standiford left this book in the perfect spot for the reader to imagine what happens next.