Published: 22nd April 2016
Take a chance on a new life and maybe you’ll find your happy ever after. Because true love is always worth the risk…
Handsome prince, beautiful house, fabulous job? Polly has none of these. All she has to her name is a string of failed relationships and she’s up to her ears in debt. She sees herself as a hopeless case and would do anything to change her luck.
Simon is approaching the big 50. He’s off his game at work, his kids don’t seem to notice he exists and his wife seems to think he’s made of money. As for sex …what’s that?
So when the opportunity comes for both of them to swap their lives for a life of luxury, they jump at the chance. For Simon a life of helicopters, fast cars and hot babes beckons. For Polly, it’s all diamonds, spa days and celebrity parties. What more could they want?
Trouble is, the grass isn’t always greener on the other side. Is life in the fast lane more than either of them can cope with?
Life Swap is basically about two person, Polly and Simon, who are both going through some issues in their life. Polly is drowning in debt while Simon is in danger of losing his job, among other things. When they were given chance to swap lives with other people of their own choice, they thought that it would great to live the life of people that they envied.
First of all, let me say that Life Swap was not bad. It’s still readable and judging from the reviews in its Goodreads page, I’ve seen other people enjoying it and gave it rave reviews, so maybe it was just me and the book not being my cup of tea.
I felt that the main reason Life Swap just did not hit the spot with me was because half of the book was mainly the background story of Polly and Simon. I admit that it was vital to the story as a whole but I felt that it was too long, so it was quite boring, especially for Simon’s part, as it felt flat, like there was actually no story at all. Polly’s story was tolerable but I’m not a huge fan of jumping between past and present. I thought it could have been dealt better and it would have been a much better book for me if the background story was cut to a minimum because by the time their lives get swapped, I felt like my interest was slowly dwindling.
I also felt that maybe I’m not in the right type of target market for this book as I cannot relate to anything in it, lest of all the two main characters Polly and Simon. I felt annoyed that they complained and were whiny through most of the book, which made me put down the book multiple times.
I do like the lesson behind the story though, the fact that life is not always greener on the other side and the fact that what you see of other people’s lives is just the surface and you don’t know what really goes on in their lives unless you’re in their shoes.
Disclaimer: I received the ARC from Bookouture via Netgalley in exchange of honest reviews. All opinions are mine.