Boy Swap by Kristina Springer
Reading Level: Young Adult
Release Date: October 13, 2013
Pages: 120 pages
Source: Author Request
Reviewed By: Kate McMurry
When seventeen-year-old Brooke Thomas is invited by Cassie Deegan, the most popular girl in school, to join a secret club, Brooke eagerly anticipates that membership will greatly improve her lowly social status. But at the initiation meeting, she learns that the group is called the Boy Swap Club, and the only reason Brooke has been invited to join is because she has "a desirable boyfriend," a fellow band geek Brook has been dating for four months. Brooke agrees with the assessment about her boyfriend Chris, whom she regards as quite handsome, though she hadn't until now realized that the popular girls shared her opinion. Confused and overwhelmed by what is at stake in the Boy Swap Club, Brooke allows herself to be pressured into signing a pledge that consists of four startling rules:
- Never hog your boyfriend all to yourself.
- Never get mad at a sister member for dating your guy.
- Don't go all the way with any of the swapped guys.
- And never, ever, fall in love with any guys involved in the swap.
Within days of committing herself to the club, Brooke painfully discovers that these rules have concrete consequences when Cassie starts hitting on Chris, and Brooke's assumption that her boyfriend would never cheat on her is proved horrifyingly incorrect.
This book reads like a classic plot for a comic teen movie such as Mean Girls, and I can easily imagine it optioned to become a film. As is typical for chick lit, the story focuses almost exclusively on girl power rather than romance, though there is a bit of romance in a significant subplot. There are many humorous moments as mild-mannered Brooke becomes the "worm that turned," working hard to outwit Cassie and beat her at her own game.
Fans of YA chick lit will find this an entertaining read.
I rate this book as follows:
Chick Lit Plot: 4