Published December 2nd 2013
Ever since high school, Kayla has been crazy for gorgeous football player Talon. But before she could muster the courage to tell him, he became a hot item with her beautiful BFF, Reagan. The only person who knows Kayla’s secret is Wesley, Talon’s best bud—and he’s got it bad for Reagan. Now they’re all in college together, hanging out 24/7. For Kayla, seeing the two lovebirds together is absolutely unbearable. So Kayla and Wesley hatch a plot to drive them apart before Talon has a chance to give Reagan the Christmas gift she’s been waiting for.
Soon enough, the once happy couple is fighting. Reagan suddenly can’t get enough of Wesley’s goofy sense of humor, and Talon seems to be paying more attention to Kayla than a guy who’s “only a friend” ever should. But just when everything seems to be falling into place, Kayla and Wesley accidentally spend a night together and discover a hitch in their plan they never considered: that switching partners may not lead to a perfect ending after all.
I love a good love story with a few twists and turns, so that is what originally drew me to this book. I was a bit hesitant about it though, because (and if you've read some of my other reviews you'd probably already know this about me) I really don't like it when people prey on other's already in a relationship - whether or not they're the happiest couple or just a see-where-things-go couple. And this one seemed worse because it is the couple's respective best friends doing the evil plotting to tare the happy couple apart. However, Mae portrayed Kayla and Wesley in such a way that you understood their reasoning behind their plotting and that it truly felt like the right thing to do to them. I understood, but I did not condone it.
One thing I think that I'll never understand: Those crazy long time obsessions on some guy you never interact with. I mean, why? Kayla says that she's been in love with Talon since he helped her when she fell off her bike in elementary school and then never spoke to him again until he started dating her best friend Reagan. Sure, it was nice of him, but to warrant a full on crush on him for years? Uh, no. It's so anti-productive. The obsession blinds you from all the other great opportunities out there. I think Switched proves this point perfectly, that Kayla and Wesley had been in love with the idea of their "True Love" and not the actual person.
Mae has a great written voice in this novel, that make it engaging and had me finishing Switched in one sitting. The cute lovey-dovey scenes scattered throughout the book kept the secret romantic in me thrilled and mt love of humour was satisfied with doses of some awkwardly funny moments.
An all round well written novel, Switched is about the journey fight for the one that you love - even if it's not the person that you originally thought it was. For the lovers of secret schemes and surprise love, Switched is a must-read.
4 out of 5