Imagine the joy of finally seeing your children off to college and making
big plans for rekindling the romance between your husband and you.
Imagine that your plans
fall through time and again because your husband is so busy with work and
Imagine confronting the
subject of those "meetings" and discovering to your great shock that she
looks exactly like you . . . 10 years and 15 pounds ago.
Now imagine, just
imagine, switching places with her!
What worked for me:
I love funny books, and "Switcheroo" certainly had some laugh-out-loud
lines and memorable moments, which was very helpful in offsetting the
altogether heart-breaking story of a marriage crumbling amidst a mid-life
As a wife myself, I could
certainly sympathize with Sylvie Schiffer's hideous plight. But I
was surprised to find how much pity I could dredge up for young
look-a-like mistress Marla.
Sylvie was slightly plump and feeling frumpy in the beginning of the
story, but she shed some weight in order to be able to swap lives with
Marla, who gained weight for the same reason. (Ordinarily fussing
over losing 10 or 15 pounds and getting plastic surgery would bother me,
but I think for the most part the author handled the situation in a rather
tongue-in-cheek way and gave society a bit of a thumb-to-the-nose where
its beauty standards are concerned.)
work for me:
it's a modern-day faerie tale that uses science in place of magic, so
let's face it . . . plausibility isn't really a factor here.
I hope to high heaven my
grown children are never so unobservant or self-absorbed that they cannot
tell the difference between me and a total stranger, especially when the
stranger has a completely different personality and way of speaking than I
I wanted to like the
husband, and I certainly pitied him, but the vindictive streak in me
thinks he did not suffer nearly enough for the havoc he wreaked in the
lives of Sylvie and Marla.
And you've gotta love
a word processor's find/replace tool. I certainly think there must
have been a last-minute plausibility boost made to the manuscript using
one. How else can you explain a 29 year old woman constantly being
referred to as a young girl and talking as though she's hanging out in her
dormitory lounge? Really, I suspect that Marla was 19
right up until 2 minutes before this book hit the presses.
Great bubble bath book for fans of screwball comedy, but be prepared to
really work at suspending your disbelief while reading.
Warning: some coarse words,
weight loss and plastic surgery scenarios.
If you liked "Switcheroo" you might also enjoy
"Crazy For You",
"Dating Dead Men", "Tara Road",
"Welcome to Temptation", "Faking It", The
"Stephanie Plum" mystery series,
Girl", or "Fast Women".
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